Looking at celebrities who demonstrate amazing body tightened a few weeks after birth, the young mother are beginning to fall into confusion about what they themselves expect from the body after the appearance of a baby into the world. We will help you separate the wheat from the chaff, and myths from reality.

You will immediately lose about 5 kilograms

True. Fold the baby weight plus about a kilogram of blood and amniotic fluid, and can be sure that in the hospital you get rid of this weight. In the first week, you may lose a half to three kilograms of water. “But in order to return to their weight before pregnancy, it will take time, – says Lisa Draksmen, fitness coach of the San Diego and author of” Slim Mother “- you gain weight in the first nine months, give yourself at least something same time to reset it. ”

Your hair will start to fall

True. About 50 percent of women experience hair loss after childbirth. This is called a temporary loss of hair in the telogen phase, and it may happen within six months after the birth of a child – says Francesca Fusco, MD. During pregnancy a woman experiences hormonal spike, which slows hair loss and makes them thicker.

After the end of the pregnancy hormone levels will stabilize and return to normal hair loss and growth rate. To keep them healthy and prevent hair loss, Dr. Fusco recommends eating foods rich in protein, iron, zinc, flavonoids, antioxidants and silica – all these elements nourish the scalp and hair.

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CC236P Dark-haired woman being sad, because of having problems with hair loss

You will need to eat more, if you are breast-feeding

Not true. Calories for milk production mainly comes from the body’s reserves (remember how stout your hips while you were pregnant). It is necessary to count on the loss of about 500 grams per week, before you return to your pre-pregnancy weight. If, however, you see that losing weight much faster, you may want to add another snack, not to lose weight so quickly.

“It is important to remember that your diet should be balanced, because the vitamins and minerals from what you eat, get into your milk, – says Melinda Johnson, a dietitian, – try to regularly eat fruits, vegetables, dairy products, low-fat , whole-grain breads and healthy protein. Also consult with your doctor about the possible continuation of the reception of those vitamins that you take during pregnancy. ”

You lose your radiant complexion after childbirth. Hello, acne

True. During pregnancy, the amount of blood circulation may increase by 50 percent. This can occur in various ways, including improved skin color, because the blood vessels, especially in the face, expand to accommodate the larger blood flow. If your skin rashes appear as soon as you stop to breastfeed your baby, start taking retinoids or Vitamin A – suggests Dr. Fusco – it will speed up cell renewal and give your skin a glow effect. Those who were acne, I recommend to talk to your doctor about what you have written to more serious drugs that have both retinol and antibiotics to combat acne. “
Breastfeeding can help you lose weight

True. The child who is fully breastfeeding, you need 500 to 800 calories per day for healthy growth and development, and if it gets them out of your milk, guess where they all come from? Breastfeeding means that it gets your own calories. “But do not be discouraged if overweight begins to melt in front of you, – says nutritionist Johnson – just the more you feed, the more it affects weight loss.”

Young mother should wait a few months before you start to play sports again

Not true. Such exercises like abdominal retraction and reduce the vaginal muscles can be performed immediately after birth. Nevertheless, the truth is that a full-fledged sports activities need to return gradually. “Think” baby “steps – pun zdesb not accidental! – Offers coach Lisa Draksmen – every day gradually move further and eventually you reach the goal. ”

My stomach otvis because the uterus is stretched

Not true. “Additional extensions arose due to a phenomenon which doctors call” diastasis recti “, which means the difference of muscle. When this occurs, the connective tissue between the muscles is stretched and becomes thinner. So now this thin connective tissue supports the internal organs in place of muscles “, – says Julie Tapler, co-author of Lose Your Tummy Mummy is (” Losing belly fat after giving birth “). “In order to regain a flat stomach, pay attention to the following things: cardio, workout of trunk muscles and a healthy diet,” – adds Lisa Draksmen.

Stretch marks will remain with me forever

Not true. About 90 percent of women have stretch marks after pregnancy, – says Dr. Fusco – it is the result of rapid weight gain, when the body is growing faster than the skin is stretched. Furthermore, in this period it increases the amount of the hormone, called a glucocorticoid that inhibits the formation of collagen and elastic fibers in the dermis. Get rid of stretch marks is possible, if you start to do it as soon as possible, while they are still new, red, pink or purple. ”

Here’s what you can do to reduce stretch marks:

• drink more water to increase the elasticity of the skin,
• avoid eating starch, sweet and salty, which can lead to weight gain and bloating,
• reserved citrus and other foods rich in vitamin C, which is necessary for collagen formation,
• apply for skin oil in the first trimester, to increase the elasticity of the skin and keep it moisturized.

Successful recovery!

The material was originally published on the website fitnessmagazine.com

Translation by Catherine Surkova especially for the Matron. RU.