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Weight Loss for Pregnancy: Use Diet & Exercise

Weight Loss for Pregnancy: Use Diet & Exercise

A lot of news I read about comes as no surprise to me, and sometimes sounds like a broken record, but a little reinforcement is never a bad thing.

Evidence suggests that a combination of dieting and exercise is a more effective way of losing weight after pregnancy than just dieting alone. Returning to body weight gradually after giving birth seems to be important, because women who regain their pre-pregnancy weight within six months have a lower risk of being overweight ten years later.

Also, exercise helps improve heart health, which is always a good thing since you're going to have a toddler to run around after in a few short years. If you're not comfortable leaving baby with a sitter while you exercise, grab the stroller and go.

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facin8me facin8me 8 years
Wiggle- I guess that's kind of my point- after the six month mark you can shift from exclusive breastfeeding to introducing weaning solids and other liquids...but before that women are not supposed to diet and are encouraged to keep their caloric intake increased to support lactation (that's not to say that some women don't lose weight anyways). I my issue here is the mixed messages given to women who already have enough on their plate. On one hand society is telling them to get their *sses back into shape, and then you have the medical community advising a delayed schedule of dieting if you're exclusively breastfeeding.
wiggle wiggle 8 years
Dieting and exercse worked vfor me. Breastfeeding and weight loss is different for all women. Some women lose weight becasue of breastfeeding and some don't - I was in the last group. After the baby is six months old it should be eating solids and eating less and less breast milk.
lintacious lintacious 8 years
"Evidence suggests that a combination of dieting and exercise is a more effective way of losing weight after pregnancy than just dieting alone." WOW! Are we sure that dieting AND exercise is effective for pregnancy weight loss? I've never heard this before! That the combination of both is more effective than dieting alone?! Really?!! This is news to me!!
facin8me facin8me 8 years
I feel like there is a lot of conflicting information out there for pregnant and postpartum women. The post above mentions that women who are back to their pre-pregnancy weights within six months have a lower chance of being overweight ten years down the road, but I've heard from moms that breastfeed that their doctors told them to avoid active dieting until they were finished breastfeeding (or at the earliest six months from giving birth if they were still bf but wanted to lose weight). I know that breastfeeding burns a lot of calories in itself, but you're supposed to eat an additional 500 calories a day to make up for it. So which is it?
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