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Postpartum Care

Although weight loss during pregnancy may seem disturbing, it is utterly frequent. It is not always a concern, especially if the weight loss is temporary and is followed- by the recommended weight gain. However, if you lose weight during pregnancy and it is significant, persistent, or appears after the first trimester, you should not worry.

In many cases, weight loss can be difficult and requires medical attention. For this reason, your provider will monitor your weight gain or loss at each prenatal appointment. We will look at why weight loss occurs during pregnancy, if there is a problem, and what you can do about it.

In early pregnancy, babies are still quite small- and have only the most basic calorie and nutritional needs. Therefore, unexpected weight loss during this period (usually due to morning sickness) will not affect your baby's growth.

Keep in mind- that a healthy weight gain in the first trimester is usually only a few pounds - usually between 2 and 4 pounds, depending on how much you gained before pregnancy.

If you lose a few pounds instead of gaining more, the net loss is only a few pounds. When nausea subsides in the second trimester and appetite is restored, the weight is quickly restored.

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When Weight Loss Is Advised

Deliberate weight loss during pregnancy is not recommended unless recommended by your doctor. Some overweight women are advised to lose only a little weight. However, there are serious discussions about the benefits and risks of this strategy, as research and experts disagree.

"Some studies suggest that the recommended excess weight gain may benefit women with a BMI > 30 kg/m2 before pregnancy, but may increase the risk of having a toddler in women with a normal BMI or low." item.

Preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, emergency cesarean section, and the birth of an abnormally large baby are associated with mild weight loss in obese women. Except for women with a BMI above 35, this benefit can be costly, as losing weight below the required criteria increases the risk of anxiety for your baby.

When a woman's BMI peaks, she may have enough fat to support her baby properly without gaining too much weight. Your doctor is the best person to determine if weight loss or weight gain is acceptable in your particular situation.

Why is ​Weight Gain Important?

However, the average weight gain after the first trimester is necessary for the health of the baby- as well as for the formation of large fat deposits in the mother's body, preparation for childbirth, childbirth, and pregnancy.

It is usually not a good idea to follow a strict diet while you are pregnant or to drastically reduce calories or food groups. The healthy development of your growing child will increasingly depend on adequate calorie and food intake. However, your child can use somebody fat when needed. Pregnancy can cause morning sickness and encourage women to adopt healthier eating habits__ which can lead to weight loss in the first trimester. For pregnant women with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more small weight loss may be indicated under medical supervision.


BMI is a formula- that calculates the percentage of body fat based on height and weight. Remember that a healthy weight is more than just a BMI, as many women (over 50%) fall into the "normal" range. Consult your doctor to find out__ if your current weight is safe for you.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum

However, morning sickness can often progress to hyperemesis gravidarum, a more severe form of morning sickness (HG). In women with this disease, the symptoms decline and- lose more weight.

“If a patient has persistent vomiting accompanied by weight loss of more than 5% of pre-pregnancy body weight, along with signs of ketones in the urine, it is believed_ to be HG,” said Dr. Fetal Medical Center. Chris Han explains. Female ultrasound. For example, a woman with 140 kilograms of HG at the start of pregnancy will lose 7 kilograms or more.

According to research, more than 36,000 women in the United States are hospitalized every year because of HG. Because women can be treated at home or outpatients by health workers, the actual_ number of women with the disease could be much higher.

Hyperemesis gravidarum is characterized by intense nausea and vomiting, which can cause thirst and an inability to eat. Therefore, if you suffer from this disease, you can lose weight.

HG usually begins between the 4th and 6th weeks of pregnancy and peaks between the 9th and 13th weeks- Most women feel relieved between_ the ages of 14 and 20, although others need treatment during pregnancy. Out of hospital hyperemesis can be treated, but in extreme cases' hospitalization may be required.

How Much Weight Should You Lose After Having a Baby?

During pregnancy, women gain 25 to 35 pounds. While every woman is unique, here are some basic ideas about the direction your weight is taking:

7.5 pounds of baby

1.5 pounds of placenta

2 pounds uterus

2 pounds of amniotic fluid

2 pounds of breast tissue

4 pounds of blood

7 pounds of fat storage from mom

You may not need to lose as much weight as you think. The good news is that you will lose about 13 pounds as soon as you give birth. It is the sum of the weight- of the baby, the placenta, and the amniotic fluid. You will lose more weight in the week after birth because you eliminate excess fluids. The fat you gain during pregnancy will not go away on its own.


Breastfeeding is good for you and your baby. One year after birth, women who exclusively breastfed their babies for at least the first three months weighed an average of three kilograms less. Women who are exclusively breastfeeding are also more likely to return to pre-pregnancy weight, albeit in a slightly different way.

Eat High Fiber Foods 

Even if you don't change anything adding extra fiber to your diet after giving birth can help you lose weight. According to Harvard researchers, people who ate 30 grams of fiber without making any changes in their diet lost as much weight as those who strictly followed the rules of the Deities.

Here are some simple strategies to increase your fiber intake:

Fiber One fiber-rich foods like rolled oats


Brown rice)

wheat bread

Broccoli and Brussels sprouts are examples of vegetables.

Red beans

Lima beans are an original type of bean

Peel a squash, grate it and squeeze the juice

Apples with skin.

Obtain Enough Sleep

It can be difficult__ to get enough sleep when caring for a newborn who wakes you every two hours. Unfortunately, if you don't get enough sleep after your baby is born, it will be harder for you to lose weight.

Getting enough sleep will also help you adapt to your parenting style. Here are some tips to help you sleep better with your new baby in the family:

  • Seek help from relatives and friends. Many people want to take care of your baby while you sleep.
  • Place the crib next to your bed for easier handling at night.
  • Avoid caffeine since it can interfere with your sleep
  • Have a one-night babysitting session with your partner. Breastfeeding can help you fall asleep while breastfeeding at 2 in the morning.
  • Go to sleep instead of working.
  • Sleep while your baby is asleep.

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