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When to start post pregnancy weight loss?

Your body needs time to recover from having your baby. So your practitioner won’t recommend that you go on a diet or start exercising straight after you’ve given birth. Normally, after four to six weeks you can start with some light exercise.

My experience says when your baby is around four to five months start with your goal and give it a time period of six months to get back to pre-pregnancy weight. If you have gained very less then its an altogether different story but if the weight gain is more than 15kgs you will need around five months to lose them. I am considering all the factors when I say around five months.

Let’s understand the right time to start this journey, below are a few questions which you need to ask yourself before starting the journey.

  • Is your body ready, when means no pain around your stitches and you don’t feel week?
  • Check if you don’t have any swellings around your breast or abdomen.
  • Make sure you don’t get your stitches stretch.
  • Are you getting proper sleep? Which means during nappy change and feeding duties are you getting enough sleep to start a new journey?
  • How important is weight loss for you? Which means are you thinking a lot about it or you are feeling ashamed of your body or you don’t want to buy new clothes?
  • Are you breastfeeding? If yes, you are already burning few extra calories and if you feel week then give weight loss a second thought.
  • Do you have help or support?

Better will be to check with your doctor but normally after 6 weeks, our body gets ready to start with some exercise.

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Mood Swings During Pregnancy

If you are pregnant, you probably have had some experience with mood swings. You are not alone. mood swings during pregnancy are common. You may be excited about being pregnant, but you can also be stressed or overwhelmed. You may have constant worries that may contribute to your mood swings.

Questions such as:

  • Will I be a good mother?
  • How am I going to manage financially?
  • Will my baby be healthy?
  • Am I doing the right things to prepare for my baby?
  • How will the life after baby?
  • Is this the right time to have a baby? and many more..

What causes mood swings during pregnancy?

Mood changes during pregnancy can be caused by physical stresses, fatigue, changes in your metabolism, or by the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Significant changes in your hormone levels can affect your level of neurotransmitters, which are brain chemicals that regulate mood. Mood swings are mostly experienced during the first trimester between 6 to 10 weeks and then again in the third trimester as your body prepares for birth.

What should I do to treat my mood swings?

It is important to understand you are not alone, mood swings are just another aspect of the pregnancy experience. Knowing that what you are experiencing is normal and somewhat expected may help you cope.

The following list includes some ways to manage your stress level:

  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Take a break during the day to relax
  • Get regular physical activity
  • Eat well
  • Spend time with your partner
  • Take a nap.
  • Go for a walk
  • See a movie with a friend
  • Don’t be so hard on yourself
  • Try pregnancy yoga class or meditation
  • Try breathing exercises
  • Get a massage
  • Get help and don’t make yourself tired
  • Avoid things which make you tensed and stressed

If your mood swings last more than two weeks and do not seem to get better, you may want to ask your healthcare provider for a referral to a counselor.