Healthy eating tips for moms looking to shed those (sometimes stubborn) pregnancy kilos
Breastfeeding moms are in luck when it comes to post pregnancy weight loss. Frequent and prolonged feeding results in an increased milk production acting as a natural energy burner before a mom even thinks of doing exercise.
This means that any extra weight gained during pregnancy will soon be lost.
Although this is very exciting to all lactating mothers, it is important to understand that this is not a time for dieting. Moms should still try to consume foods of high nutritional value in order to replenish those energy stores.
An additional intake of 2 000kj may be required depending on frequency and length of feeds in order for a mom to maintain her weight. Fluid requirements are also slightly increased by 500ml per day. However, moms should listen to their thirst and drink accordingly.
The key to returning to your pre-pregnancy weight is to re-establish your pre-pregnancy routine
For formula feeding moms, the weight-loss task may be a bit more challenging but definitely not impossible. The key to returning to your pre-pregnancy weight is to re-establish your pre-pregnancy routine.
That means eating and exercising as you did and not concerning yourself too much with rapid weight loss but rather, gradual and safe weight loss.
Most moms take between three and six months to return to their pre-pregnancy weight. As your baby grows and demands more of your time, you will notice that you will need to be a lot more active around the house which also helps to burn those extra calories.
Here are some healthy eating tips for both breastfeeding and formula feeding moms:
- Never skip breakfast
- Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits
- Consume nutrient dense carbohydrates such as bread, potatoes, butternut, pasta and rice
- Choose lean meat options and avoid frying. Rather bake, boil, grill or steam
- Avoid too many high fat, high sugar-containing foods
- Drink water according to thirst and avoid high sugar coldrinks