Reclaiming your body after PregnancyPosted: May 3, 2011 in Obesity Medicine by Craig Primack MD FACP
After giving birth to your little bundle of joy there is no doubt that you feel both a sense of relief to finally have your baby in your arms and a sense of excitement to reclaim your old body.
During pregnancy, you had to alter your eating habits to get the right amount of nourishment for your growing baby. Pregnant women may take a full nine months to gain weight during the pregnancy, so it is important to remember that you can’t expect to lose all the weight in a week or two. It does take some time and patience, but it is certainly possible to lose weight after pregnancy, especially with the assistance of a medical weight loss program to help you make smart choices.
One way to help keep your body on an even keel is to change your meal structure: Rather than three big meals a day, consider five smaller meals throughout the day. This way, you will not have a chance to grow too hungry and will always know that a meal is not too far away when the hunger pangs do strike.
High fiber foods are a good staple of your post-pregnancy diet since they help you feel satiated for longer. Many veggies, fruits, and whole grains have high fiber and will make great additions to your daily diet. Adding lean protein sources like chicken without the skin, lean beef, lean pork, and non-fatty fish is another good way to eat food that will satisfy your hunger while still gaining essential nutrients. Dairy products are fine to include in your diet, just make sure to avoid heavy cream by switching to skim versions for your milk, yogurt and favorite cheeses.
It is important to eat as healthy as possible during your post-pregnancy weight loss regimen. As a new mom you will need all the energy you can get and eating healthy is sure to help you shed that extra weight and keep up with your new addition!