In addition, many women really crank up their diet and exercise for a short time to get back to their pre-pregnancy weight and often get discouraged by the results, leaving exercise all together.
However, if women want to lose the weight, they should cut the calories and work out more as well as take a holistic approach focused on a long-term healthy lifestyle, the researchers suggested.
For the study, the team looked at data for 30,000 women who had given birth between one and four times.
Although all the women gain weight due to their age, there was a sharp difference between those who gave birth and those who did not.
By the time their children were toddler age, mothers who had given birth had put on at least one pound more each year than those who were childless.
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