Getting back to shape

Getting back to shape

The hand on the weighing scale settled at 85 kg and my heart sank. It had been seven days since the delivery and my weight had not come down a gram since the last time I had weighed myself -- a week before I was admitted to hospital.

Fighting the baby blues, this was the last thing I could deal with. It's not that I had a model-like figure before. In fact, I had been quite overweight for the last 10 years, something that was coming in the way of conception. But I never thought I would let myself gain over 20 kgs over the nine months of pregnancy and that it would not come down. My doctor blamed it on the water retention in my body and asked me to have patience.

Standing in front of the mirror a week later, I found myself looking a little different. I realised my face had shrunk. My immediate next stop was the weighing scale, which found me 7 kg lighter. Over the next couple of weeks, I had managed to lose a total of 18 kg. And I was happy.

But not for long. In the excitement of losing weight, I had overlooked the fact that I was a lactating mother. Losing weight too quickly can decrease the milk supply, which happened in my case as I had gone back to my pre-pregnancy diet. With my mother and mother-in-law gone, there was nobody to give me those between-the-meals snacks. While I had started losing weight, the effect was on my baby who was not getting sufficient feed.

I had to increase my diet again, including more milk, juices and other nutrients to my regular intake. My weight increased too by a couple of kilos. But my doctor said dieting for losing this weight could wait for a few more months, once the baby is on solids. I am now depending a lot on low-fat milk, whole wheat bread, fruits and raw vegetables.

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