One thing I'd like to add to Tanya's great advice, is that fitting in even 20 minutes of exercise a day can make a big difference in reaching your weight loss goals. More than just burning calories, exercise can help regulate your mood and appetite, helping you keep on track with healthy eating. Think about joining the Babyfit bootcamp at the link below. It's a great way to have fun with fitness and stay on track. http://babyfit.sparkpeople.com/m ommyteams_individual.asp
Edited by: CATHY_CRAM_MS at: 11/15/2010 (21:50)
Catherine is the co-author of "Exercising Through Your Pregnancy" with Dr. James Clapp, and author of Fit Pregnancy For Dummies, published by Wiley Publishing in 2004. To learn more about these books or buy them online you can find them on www.amazon.com.
Cathy also provides Prenatal & Postpartum Fitness Information and certification courses to Healthcare Professionals. Click here to learn more.
11/9/10 8:12 A
Your body was designed to produce milk to feed your little one. Maternal stores serve as a wonderful and constant available energy source to ensure your body can produce milk at the rate and amount your little one needs. Breastfeeding is not only the best way to nourish your little one; it is also the most efficient way to use your maternal fat stores as they were intended. When you breastfeed, your body converts the nutrients you eat into the milk your baby eats. This is a very energy-demanding process and typically requires 750 calories a day more than your body needs to maintain its pre-pregnancy weight. The goal in post-pregnancy nutrition is to encourage the body to dip into those maternal stores slightly.
This article can help ensure you are eating enough to produce milk, care for your family AND use maternal energy reserves.
As parents you establish the teaching, training and expectations for your child in the first 7 years of their life. After that you live out what you set up.
11/8/10 11:45 P
My second child is nine weeks old today and my goal is to return to my pre-preg weight from my first child who is 27 mos, which means I have 25lbs to lose. I am breastfeeding and not losing any weight, or, well, I am yo-yo'ing. It's very frustrating, but my eating habits have been yo-yo'ing, as well, so that should explain things ... but only a little.
I just cannot understand how by week 3 I had lost 20 lbs (from 165 to 145), and then at week four I gained five lbs out of no where! Well, Okay, my appetite did increase and I think there was some hormonal shift b/c up until the end of week two, I felt very anxious (I tend to eat less when anxious) -- but to gain 5 whole pounds while nursing and in just one week? It's not like I was exceeding 2500 calories a day. And that weight (150lbs) stuck up until week six when I decided to go on a 1500 cal/day diet plus two days a week of cardio and weights (I had a c-section so couldn't start earlier). Within two weeks of watching what I ate and only moderately working out, I lost 6-7lbs! But as of last Wednesday, I stopped working out and began eating 2000-2500 calories/day (I'm an emotional eater and some personal factors led me to totally derail), and today (Monday) I was up five pounds! How could this be? That's one pound a day! I've never gained so much weight in just a week -- not even while pregnant! Sorry, needed to vent -- any advice would be great. I feel really ugly and gross ... my darling toddler loves my cushiony tummy, he says it's "nishe and shoft," but this cushiony softness needs to go! I'm 5'6" and 31, if that helps w/ anything.
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