When is it safe to start a nutrition program?

Pregnancy on it’s own causes a lot of changes to your body’s metabolism. Now throw in the socially accepted excuse that you are “eating for two” and everyone around you wants to feed you! If you have any struggles with weight management this can be a very challenging time.

During pregnancy a woman of average weight should be gaining around 25 to 35 pounds. This decreases a little if you started your pregnancy overweight and increases if you started your pregnancy underweight. It is true that you need to eat more to make sure your fetus gets enough nutrients to grow at a healthy rate. Just keep in mind that you don’t have to double your caloric intake, an increase of about 300 healthy calories more a day will support healthy weight gain throughout pregnancy.

After childbirth, it’s important to give your body 6 to 8 weeks to recover before starting a nutrition program. You may find that during this time you naturally lose quite a bit of weight. If you are breastfeeding you want to make sure weight loss is slow and steady so it doesn’t affect your milk production. Breasfeeding also burns a lot of calories which helps you lose weight.

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