The mother experiences weight changes after delivery, that is she loses somewhere in the order of 10 to 12 lb. right away, which amounts to the sum of the baby’s weight, the amniotic fluid, the placenta and blood loss.
Around the 6-week mark after the delivery about 30% of women will have reached their pre-pregnancy weight.
At the 6 months mark the majority of mothers will have reached the pre-pregnancy weight again.
However, there is a smaller group of women who were already overweight prior to getting pregnant who gained excessive weight during the pregnancy (usually more than 30 to 35 lbs.).
They tend to retain about 10 to 11 lb. at the 6 months mark and if they do not educate themselves about proper nutrition and exercise, they will experience excessive weight gain with future pregnancies or as time passes.
It is very worthwhile for the physician to spend some time with the young mother to talk about healthy eating habits and regular exercise that could involve jogging strollers. In particular, it should be discussed it is best to not give in to sugar cravings, but to step up the consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables. Starches like pasta, white flour and pastries are foods that contribute to health problems as well with high insulin and food cravings. A Mediterranean diet will reduce insulin, lower food cravings, and help the woman to reach a healthy weight after her delivery.
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