Weight Loss Expert
Dear Renee: I’m pregnant and am already concerned about losing the post-baby weight, especially because I have already gained 25 lbs and am only 6 months along. I exercise 4-5 days a week right now (weights, walking, etc.) and have been eating pretty healthy (with a treat here and there). Any suggestions as to 1) how to curb my weight gain over the next three months and 2) what to do to jumpstart my weight loss once I have the baby?
Dear CaliGal: First, congratulations! You bring up issues common to many pregnant women and new moms. Healthy weight gain during your pregnancy should be guided and monitored by your OB and varies with your pre-pregnancy weight. You need only 300 extra calories each day (for a single birth); this would be equal to about 2 ½ ounces cheddar cheese or 3 slices of whole wheat bread or 1 cup of ice cream. The old adage that you’re ‘eating for two’ is deceiving.
There are several things to consider in losing weight after your baby
is born. If you’re planning to nurse, this burns about 500 calories
each day, which is enough to help you lose a pound a week. Nursing
means it’s very important to have a healthy diet. Whether nursing or
not, your diet should include 2-3 servings of low fat dairy, plus lean
meats, whole grains and plenty of vegetables and fruit. Of course,
exercise is always an important part of keeping weight off and staying