It is common to gain between 4 and 18kg during pregnancy, depending on your pre pregnancy weight. After the baby is born, your weight usually drops around 5-10kg by the time you have left hospital. The excess weight left is recomended to then lose over the following 6-12 months.
The best way to do this is follow a healthy balanced diet - slowly reintroducing excercise when you can (delayed if you had a c-section) and continue to breastfeed for the 12 months or longer. Exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months months means you are providing all the energy the baby needs to grow and develop! Did you know 1 day of breastfeeding is equivelant to nearly 1 hour of jogging. It's just another one of the wonderful benefits of providing your child with the food nature intended. However some Mum's find they have an increased appetitie when breastfeeding, make sure it's not confused with your thirst sensors, as there is a marked increased need for fluid dring breastfeeding.
Most importantly it's important to be sensible with your weight loss after having a baby, fad and restricted diets are certainly not the way to help your body recover after the roller coaster of pregnancy and childbrith it's just been through. Be patient and aim for about 1-2 kg per month of weight loss and seek assistance from an accredited practising dietitian and exercise physiologist if you need some extra help and guideance.
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