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How many pounds do most new moms lose after childbirth?

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Most new moms lose about 4.5 pounds of baby weight each month. You may be tempted to go on a diet to speed up the process, but that’s not a good idea. If you get fewer than 1,800 calories, you’ll see a drastic drop in your energy level and mood. If you’re nursing, you can also harm your baby if you don’t eat enough.

The best thing to do is to stick with a healthy, balanced meal plan, and start exercising when your doctor says it’s OK.

SOURCES:

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: “Postpartum Counseling.”

Sutter Health CPMC: “Postpartum Nutrition.”

Sutter Health: “Postpartum Nutrition.”

Nutrition Services in Perinatal Care: 2 Edition nd : “Ch. 2: Nutritional Concerns of Women in the Preconceptional, Prenatal and Postpartum Periods.”

Eatright.org/Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: “Tips for Healthy Post-Partum Weight Loss.”

United States Department of Agriculture: “Tips for Breastfeeding Moms.”

Stanford Children’s Health: “The New Mother -- Taking Care of Yourself After Birth.”

ParentHealth123/WithinReach: “Postpartum Diet and Exercise.”

Mayo Clinic: “Infant and Toddler Health.”

First Steps Nutrition Trust: “Eating Well for New Mums.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: “Postpartum Counseling.”

Sutter Health CPMC: “Postpartum Nutrition.”

Sutter Health: “Postpartum Nutrition.”

Nutrition Services in Perinatal Care: 2 Edition nd : “Ch. 2: Nutritional Concerns of Women in the Preconceptional, Prenatal and Postpartum Periods.”

Eatright.org/Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: “Tips for Healthy Post-Partum Weight Loss.”

United States Department of Agriculture: “Tips for Breastfeeding Moms.”

Stanford Children’s Health: “The New Mother -- Taking Care of Yourself After Birth.”

ParentHealth123/WithinReach: “Postpartum Diet and Exercise.”

Mayo Clinic: “Infant and Toddler Health.”

First Steps Nutrition Trust: “Eating Well for New Mums.”

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on June 25, 2019

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