How to Loose Weight Before and After Pregnancy

Ever wondered how to loose those additional weight gained in the course of putting to bed a beautiful child? In this article we will discuss How to Loose Weight Before and After Pregnancy.

You should gain weight gradually during your pregnancy, with most of the weight gained in the last 3 months. Many doctors suggest women gain weight at the following rate:

  • 1 to 4 pounds total during the first 3 months (first trimester)
  • 2 to 4 pounds per month during the 4th to 9th months (second and third trimesters)

How to Loose Weight Before and After Pregnancy

The amount of weight you should gain during pregnancy depends on your pre-pregnancy weight.

  • Women whose weight was in the healthy range before becoming pregnant should gain between 25 and 35 pounds while pregnant. The advice is different for those who were overweight or underweight before becoming pregnant.
  • The best way to start a pregnancy is to be at a healthy weight.
  • Gaining a healthy amount of weight, based on your weight before pregnancy, will help you have a more comfortable pregnancy and delivery.
  • Gaining too little weight will make it hard for the baby to grow properly. Gaining too much makes it more likely that you will have a longer labor and more difficult delivery. It also makes it harder to return to normal weight after the baby is born.
  • Remember, this is not the time to lose weight.

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If you gain too much weight during pregnancy, it can be hard to lose the weight after your baby is born.  Most women who gain the suggested amount of weight lose it with the birth of the baby and in the months that follow.

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How to Loose Weight Before and After Pregnancy

Breastfeeding for more than 3 months can also help you lose weight gained during pregnancy. If you gain too little weight during pregnancy, you may have a higher risk for a premature delivery and a low birth weight infant.

Follow your Daily Food Plan for Moms to choose the right amounts from each food group. In addition, visit your health care provider regularly so they can check on your weight gain. If you are gaining weight too slowly or too fast, change the amount you are eating:

  • If you are gaining weight too fast, cut back on the calories you are currently eating.
    • The best way to eat fewer calories is by decreasing the amount of “extras” you are eating.
    • “Extras” are added sugars and solid fats in foods like soft drinks, desserts, fried foods, cheese, whole milk, and fatty meats. Look for choices that are low-fat, fat-free, unsweetened, or with no-added-sugars.
    • Alcohol is also considered an “extra,” but you should not drink at all while pregnant.
  • If you are not gaining weight, or gaining too slowly, you need to eat more calories. You can do this by eating a little more from each food group.

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