Baby Weight By The Numbers
Celebrity moms make losing the baby weight after pregnancy look so simple. The fact is, for most of us losing the baby weight is rather difficult. In fact, a recent study showed that a year after pregnancy most moms still had baby weight left to lose.
Out of 774 new moms, 75 percent were heavier one year after pregnancy than they were before they got pregnant. Roughly 47 percent of the 774 new moms retained 10 pounds more weight and roughly 25 percent retained 20 pounds or more. Only some of the women were overweight pre-pregnancy. Of the the women that had healthy pre-pregnancy BMI 1/3 were overweight or obese after they gave birth.
So why is this happening? Most of the women gained more than the recommended amount of weight when they were pregnant. This makes it more difficult to lose the weight after pregnancy. The fact is pregnant women only require an additional 300 to 400 calories daily, but most women eat much more than that. People encourage a mom to eat for two when eating too much more can be harmful to them post pregnancy. If a new mom gains 40 extra pounds rather than 20 she will have a much harder time losing that weight.
A women who is underweight when she gets pregnant should gain 28 to 40 ponds while pregnant. A women that has a normal Pre-pregnancy weight should gain between 25 to 35 pounds while she is pregnant. Overweight women should gain 15 to 25 pounds. Moms should consult their doctor to confirm how much weight is good for them to gain.
Moms who are pregnant should always focus on not gaining too much weight while they are pregnant. If you gain too much weight you can lose it with a sensible diet and exercise plan.
- Dan Canfield