Guest Post: Postnatal Nutrition

Earlier this summer, I asked you for your fitness/health/nutrition related questions for Max Muscle Owner Corry Matthews to respond to.  Thanks, Corry! 


Postnatal Nutrition:
Wow…9, really 10 months is over and now you really want to
get your body back in shape.  Well, hold
on, it took 10 months to put on the additional weight, and it may take the same
amount of time, some less some more, to lose it!  Here are the basics for eating to lose baby
weight:
•                If you
are breastfeeding, do not begin dieting until after your milk supply has been
established – this usually takes 2-4 weeks. 
Also if breastfeeding ensure you are drinking ample amounts of water to
maintain milk supply.  A good way to
ensure this is happening, drink 8-10oz. of water every time you nurse your
baby.
•                Do not
lose more than 1-2 pounds per week and do not drop your calories below
1000.  Losing weight too quickly may lead
to fatigue, loss of muscle, decreased milk supply, depression and sagging skin.  

•                Follow
the same guidelines as during pregnancy when it comes to the foods you should
be consuming until baby is at least 3 months old.  After 3 months postpartum your body is well
on its way to recovery.
**For more on this topic, be sure to check out Corry’s book- 9 Months In 9 Months Out.  Written by several women who are both mothers and experts in their field, this book discusses the second nine months of pregnancy- the ones AFTER the baby is born.  
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This post is brought to you by Corry Matthews, owner of Max Muscle Sports Nutrition in Manassas and Springfield.  Corry is a mother of 2, author, and certified nutrition expert with a speciality in pregnancy-related nutrition. You can reach her at: 
                                                         Corry Matthews 703-772-7113