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Will it be hard to lose weight after having a baby?
Asked by on Oct 13, 2008
in Family & Pregnancy
My husband and I are hoping to try for a baby within the next year or so, but I am worried about my weight. I am 27 years old, 5'5" and 140 pounds. I would like to be 125 -130 pounds. I am nervous about becoming pregnant before I reach my "ideal" weight as I worry about additional weight gain from the pregnancy, which will put me further from my goal.
A woman can maintain a lifelong healthy weight, even going through pregnancies. Start now by eating 1900 calories a day because that's the amount you need to maintain your ideal weight, 125 pounds. Eat a balanced diet high in folic acid to prepare for pregnancy. During pregnancy, after the queasiness stops, add 300 calories a day for 2300 calories until the baby is born. Aim to gain about 27 lbs by the end of pregnancy, and after delivery and breastfeeding, return to your 1900 calorie diet. Walk or get some moderate aerobic exercise on most days, pregnancy notwithstanding. Read about pregnancy weight gain from the Guide to Pregnancy at About.com.