Article by Alice Miller
Many health advisors have expressed fears that many mothers are risking the health in trying to lose that baby weight by copying stick thin celebrities
They face constant pressure from TV and glossy magazines with photos of celebrity mothers who ‘seem to ‘ easily snap back into shape just weeks after giving birth
One has to remember that many of these celebrities have their own pressures to regain the figures as soon as possible and while most employ nannies, dieticians, and personal trainers to help them achieve their weight loss goal, the majority of ordinary mother do not, and cannot
While it is perfectly understandable why a woman after pregnancy would want to lose weight quickly, namely as fast as possible, they need to proceed with caution. Although it is possible to lose weight, at least a little bit of it, in a relatively quick period of time, they should know that there are dangers associated with doing so.
Health experts are concerned that some new mothers trying to emulate the same results are resorting to unhealthy crash diets or setting unrealistic goals – such as regaining their former figure by the time their child is 12 weeks old
Doctors have advised against cutting out dairy products, particular for breastfeeding women. In extreme cases it could lead to a calcium deficiency putting these mothers at risk from osteoporosis later in life
A very limited and low calorie diet can also cause a mothers milk to dry up or lead to a lack of vital fat for the baby’s nourishment
Although losing weight after a pregnancy is important to avoid obesity, diabetes and heart problems in the future, dieting should be gradual and controlled with light exercise and realistic weight loss targets
The amount of weight gain during pregnancy can very widely, although the experts say that the average anywhere between 15lb and 35 lbs.
The best way to lose weight and keep it off is to lose weight gradually. Nothing too extreme. Healthy eating and physical fitness go together, and a good balance diet is required.Women who want to lose weight after pregnancy should not cut out food groups or embark on severe restricted diets, especially if they are breastfeeding
Dairy products are important for calcium and protein. Fruits and Vegetables are also important. They are low in fat and calories, and a great source of vitamins, potassium, fibre and carbohydrate energy, but they are very nutritious to ensure mother and baby stay as healthy as possibleThe last thing a mother needs after giving birth is to put themselves under pressure to get back to a particular size or shape too quickly. Women gain weight in pregnancy for a reason. For the healthy growth and development of the baby plus for the nutritional fat stores for breast feeding the baby afterwards
Information contained in this article is not meant to replace professional advice. Always check with your physician before starting any weight loss or exercise program.
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