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Postpartum Weight Gain Strategies

ZAAAAAAAAAAP! To all the mothers struggling with postpartum weight gain, we delve into the mysteries of those stubborn pounds. Let’s tackle this battle together!

1. Causes of Postpartum Weight Gain

To ensure the baby receives enough nutrients, pregnant women need to consume adequate nutrition. However, this often results in significant weight gain. While the baby’s weight is around 3 kg, the mother’s weight can increase by approximately 10 kg. This includes the placenta, amniotic fluid, increased blood volume, and body fat.

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2. Reasons for Difficulty in Losing Weight

Several factors can make it challenging to lose weight after childbirth:

  • Increased Appetite: The stomach, no longer compressed by the uterus, increases in appetite.

  • Reduced Basal Metabolic Rate: Lack of exercise and decreased muscle mass during pregnancy can lower the basal metabolic rate.

  • Gestational Diabetes: Increased insulin resistance during pregnancy can disrupt glucose metabolism.

3. Gestational Diabetes and Insulin Resistance

During pregnancy, hormones from the placenta and cytokines from fat tissue can cause insulin resistance, leading to abnormal glucose metabolism and weight gain.

4. Benefits of Breastfeeding

According to the "Dietary Reference Intakes for Japanese," breastfeeding can burn up to 517 kcal per day, naturally aiding in weight loss.

5. The Role of Nutritional Deficiency in Weight Loss

Iron deficiency is crucial as it is necessary for ATP production in the electron transport chain. Without enough iron, energy production is hampered, making weight loss difficult. Iron is also essential for producing neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, which are vital for mental stability.

6. Effective Strategies

Here are some effective strategies to combat postpartum weight gain:

  • Low-Carb and Low-GI Diet: Implementing a low-carb diet can improve insulin resistance.

  • High-Protein Diet: Consuming high-quality proteins and fats can enhance metabolism.

  • Omega-3 Intake: Consuming omega-3 from sources like sardines or krill oil can reduce the risk of preterm birth and low birth weight.

  • Iron Supplementation: Consuming iron-rich foods like meat, eggs, and liver, combined with vitamin C to enhance absorption.

  • Multivitamins: Using supplements like Source Naturals Women’s Life Force, which includes amino acid chelated iron.

7. Enhancing Insulin Sensitivity

To improve insulin sensitivity, ensure adequate intake of vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, and magnesium. Cinnamon is also effective and can be added to tea or oatmeal for a tasty boost.


LIKE A THUNDEROUS ROAR, use these strategies to overcome postpartum weight gain and reclaim your vitality. Stay determined and fight on!


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