Weight loss after pregnancy and omega-3 fatty acids intake


Even for women of normal weight before pregnancy, postpartum weight retention may increase the risk for obesity one year after childbirth. Obesity is not just a cosmetic problem, but it is associated with reduced fertility, and long term health problems for women; however, many women never lose the weight gained during a gestation. Some risk factors for postpartum weight retention are high prepregnancy BMI (body mass index), excessive weight gain during pregnancy, not breastfeeding, and lack of exercise after giving birth.

During childbirth, most women lose approximately up to 10 lbs./4.5 kg (including the weight of the baby, placenta and amniotic fluid); and during the first week, there is an additional loss of weight (from retained fluids) but the fat stored during pregnancy is not as easy to remove. Weight loss after pregnancy can take time and effort, but it is possible following a healthy diet (with small servings, without skipping meals), and including physical activity (moderate exercise) in the daily routine. Breast feeding for at least six months can also help to lose weight gained during pregnancy.

And it is also known that higher plasma percentages of omega-3 fatty acids in the late-second trimester of pregnancy are associated with less weight retention at 18 months postpartum. This may help to achieve the weight loss desired after pregnancy, increasing the intake of EPA and DHA through diet or fish-oil supplementation during pregnancy.




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