Our expert says:
Thank you for your kind words, which make my day! Also congratulations on the birth of your daughter and that you breastfed her. The fact that you did manage to lose 25 kg before you fell pregnant is also most praiseworthy and this shows that before the pregnancy you did have to metabolic capacity to lose a great deal of weight. Yes, it is common for some women to gain a lot of weight during pregnancy and then to struggle to lose this weight afterwards. There are a variety of factors that can play a role when women struggle to lose weight after a pregnancy. In some cases, pregnancy can affect the thyroid gland and its production of thyroid hormone, or the pancreas and its production of insulin, or the female hormones which can also hamper weightloss. If you had a gynae overseeing your pregnancy, then it may be an idea to go back for a checkup and mention that you cannot lose those last 12 kg and ask if he/she can test to see if you do suffer from a hormonal imbalance. Another factor that is often overlooked, is post-partum depression which can cause problems with weightloss. If this is a possible factor, then please mention it when you visit the gynae. In the meanwhile, go back to eating the diet that helped you lose weight before the pregnancy and stick to it strictly. Also increase your exercise sessions to 4 x a week once more, because exercise is still the most valuable aid to stimulating a sluggish metabolism. Let's see what diagnosis the dr makes and what additional changes you can make to your lifestyle, if this should prove necessary.
Best regards and may you also have a good day
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