A recent study shows that most women don’t lose pregnancy weight. Even though it’s healthy and natural to gain weight during pregnancy, not everyone gets rid of the extra weight after pregnancy as quickly as famous people that have personal trainers. A recent research claims that 75 percent of new mothers are heavier in the year after they have given birth.
Researchers examined 800 women with low income and discovered that a third of the women whose weight was normal before pregnancy became obese or overweight the year following their pregnancy. 25 percent of them kept more than 20 pounds on them.
Assistant clinical professor at the University of Chicago and author of the study showing how most women don’t lose pregnancy weight, Dr. Loraine Endres said this phenomenon regrettably showed that pregnancy leads to obesity for a significant number of women.
“It’s a very important issue. We all see the rising number of obese people in our country and the health consequences that come from that, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. I really wanted to see where this is starting for women and to see if there is any way to turn it around.”
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims that 35 percent of women over the age of 20 are obese and 34 percent of them are considered to be overweight.
Dr. Loraine Endres said that the biggest problem is that numerous women gain throughout pregnancy too much weight. She said that the more weight is gained the harder it will be to lose the weight. She also noted that after women give birth it is crucial for health care providers to talk to them about remaining active and proper weight gain.
Women don’t need to eat for two during pregnancy, 300 or 400 extra calories every day is enough, Endres said.
Director of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the Houston Methodist Hospital, Texas, Dr. Timothy Hickman said the findings of Endres’ study are exactly what he expected them to be. However, he also said breastfeeding and exercise can also help in losing weight after women give birth.
“You’re not predestined to have this happen. Anyone is at risk for [excessive] pregnancy weight gain if you don’t have a specific plan in place. This [research] speaks to getting in the best possible shape before conceiving and developing a plan to lose the weight afterward.”