Why women gain weight post – pregnancy

Continuing to gain weight post-pregnancy? Do not put the blame on your pregnancy, but on your lifestyle choices post-delivery, researchers say.The findings showed that mothers keep the weight on by eating food off their child’s plate or sitting down for longer periods of time.

Further, sleep deprivation often found in new mothers increases food cravings and appetite even if they want a healthy diet, leading to weight gain.

“Mothers tend to put the needs of their children first, so they might not be exercising or taking care of themselves,” lead author Olga Yakusheva, Associate Professor at the University of Michigan in the US, was quoted as saying to dailymail.co.uk.

“It might also be little things like finishing the food on their child’s plate or spending more time sitting with their kids reading or watching a movie,” Yakusheva added.

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