As a new mother, many tasks can appear daunting. You’re in a whole new role you’ve never experienced before. Here a 7 mistakes many new mums fall trap to, and how to avoid them. Go easy on yourself.
Medically Reviewed by Dr. K on 17 Dec 2021.
7 Mistakes New Mums Make And How To Avoid Them
Consume at least 1,800 calories each day when you're ready. Increase the calories by 500 if you're nursing. Exercising for your postpartum weight loss may help you lose up to one pound each week.
You may also help yourself by avoiding some typical mistakes that make it more challenging to lose weight during pregnancy.
Being Too Eager
When you want to lose weight quickly, you’re more likely to make choices that favour immediate results over long-term outcomes.
For example, you may be enticed by a trend like eating just grapefruit. You’ll lose weight, but crash diets aren’t a good idea. When you resume regular eating habits, you’re likely to regain all of the weight. Worse, you risk your breast milk production when crash-dieting.
The fix: Insist on a strategy that will provide long-term outcomes, even if it takes longer than you want. Your doctor or a qualified dietitian can assist you in selecting a weight-loss plan that is worth the effort.
Comparing Yourself to Celebrity Moms
Ignore famous mothers who seem to have lost their baby weight in a matter of days. They often employ personal trainers and cooks to assist them. Furthermore, it's possible that some of their weight-loss attempts were not healthy.
The fix: Concentrate only on your own body. Don't make yourself feel obligated to appear like someone else. It's about your health and doing what's best for you, not keeping up with a celebrity whose life is nothing like yours.
Not Getting Enough ZZZs
It's challenging to get some rest when your child relies on you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. However, there is a connection between sleep and weight.
New mothers who slept 5 hours or fewer per night were more likely than those who slept 7 hours per night to have at least 11 pounds to lose by the time their infants were a year old.
The fix: Take advantage of every chance to sleep. You'll feel better, and you'll lose weight as a result. Seek assistance from your doctor or a sleep coach.
Packing Food Only for Baby
Your baby’s luggage has everything they need, but have you forgotten anything?
The fix: Prepare a meal for yourself. Try part-skim cheese sticks, kale chips, and canned tuna as healthy snacks.
You’re preoccupied with your new child. It’s natural if skipping lunch or supper sounds more convenient.
It’s not a good idea to make it a habit. Your body will go into starvation mode if you severely restrict your calories regularly. Consequently, instead of burning fat, your body stores it, which is the exact opposite of what you desire.
The fix: Even if it’s not the kind of meal you had time for before your kid, eat regularly. It’s better to eat something quick and straightforward, like reheated leftovers, a sandwich, or a bowl of soup, than to eat nothing at all.
Setting Unrealistic Goals
If your objective is too lofty, you'll get frustrated. Have you allotted enough time to lose the baby weight?
The fix: Give yourself a break. It takes 6 to 12 months to return to your pre-pregnancy physique safely. Even yet, your weight may be distributed differently after your pregnancy than it was before.
Multitasking While You Eat
You're attempting to do your duties while munching. It isn't a superb option for you. When you're selecting from bowls or bags of food, it's simple to overeat.
The fix: Even if your dinner is short, make an effort to sit down and concentrate on your food. Put your meal on a plate. Turn off all televisions and cellphones. People who are distracted while eating consumes more food in one sitting than those paying attention to their meals.
- MedlinePlus: “Losing Weight After Pregnancy.”
- Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: “Your Six-Week Postpartum Check-up: A Health Care Guide for New Mothers.”
- Mayo Clinic: “Labor and Delivery, Postpartum Care.”
- Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD, author of Expect the Best, Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During & After Pregnancy, Wiley, 2009.
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: “The Truth About Weight Loss-Metabolism Myths and Facts.”
- American Council on Exercise: “5 Common Fitness Saboteurs and How to Defeat Them” and “Postpartum Health.”
- News release: Kaiser Permanente.
- Susan Albers, PsyD, licensed clinical psychologist, Cleveland; author, Eat Q: Unlock the Weight-Loss Power of Emotional Intelligence, HarperOne, 2013.
- Robinson, E. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, published online Dec. 27, 2012.