Post pregnancy and nutrition
You have had nine months of preparing for a baby to come into your life and then suddenly he or she arrives and takes over your world. Most women feel exhausted and can feel overwhelmed, and some suffer from postnatal depression.
If you are trying to lose some of your baby weight, it can be hard work as chaotic routines and fatigue often mean that healthy eating goes out of the window. But this is not the time to crash diet and subject yourself to a militant exercise routine. Giving birth is the equivalent of running a marathon and then being sleep deprived for weeks afterwards. If you are breastfeeding you will have even more demands on your body and will need to eat well to maintain milk supply.
If you want to lose baby weight, do not diet! We emphasise to our postnatal clients that dieting doesn’t last and isn’t practical while you are running around looking after a baby. Instead, we focus on the importance of long-term healthy eating to keep energy levels and milk supplies up, and to encourage slow steady weight loss. We also emphasise that you don’t have to be perfect - treats are allowed! Overall, a little done each day will get you back in control of your life and your health. It took nine months to create your baby bump so it could take nine months to lose it - be realistic and don’t be too hard on yourself.
At The Nutrition Coach, we recommend a simple and practical but effective postnatal diet, which can fit in with a hectic routine. We know that the demands on mothers are huge, so we do not recommend postnatal diets which are over complicated and involve lots of food preparation - we are realistic.
If you are struggling to lose baby weight despite dietary changes, we will look at any possible clinical reasons why you aren’t losing weight by taking into account your digestion, the health of your thyroid and adrenal glands, and possible food intolerances. We recognise that everyone is biochemically different and we will design a tailored programme to help you lose pregnancy weight. If you are suffering from postnatal depression, we can assess your diet and any possible clinical reasons for your low mood to help you get back on track.
We also provide advice on breastfeeding diets to ensure you are consuming enough nutrients to maintain a healthy milk supply. And we will work with you to help boost your energy levels so you can cope more easily with the demands of motherhood.