Most women who gave birth are pregnant after the pregnancy with those very annoying pregnancy silos. But it can also be different. Some ladies notice that they lose too much after giving birth, without a clear indication of this. A luxury problem? A gift from heaven? Not exactly because too much weight loss after delivery can also cause problems. Think of little energy, mood swings and underweight. Read more about the causes of too much weight loss after delivery and what you can do about it.
I keep losing weight after giving birth
It almost seems like a dream come true: after giving birth, you keep losing weight without having to do much for it. That's nice the first 10 kilos but is a lot less enjoyable if your weight continues to drop by a few kilos every month. There are secretly many women who suffer from this and are worried about this. Some ladies indicate that after 2 years they still lose one kilogram per month without knowing why. Other ladies lose 2 to 3 kilos per week and approach the dangerous lower limit for underweight. Being slim is nice, but you do not want too thin either.
Lighter than before pregnancy
Too much weight loss after childbirth becomes more dangerous and more suspicious if you are already lighter within a short time than before your pregnancy while you do not eat differently. Or you do not feel that you are hungry. In this case it is very important to keep an eye on your weight. Also calculate your BMI (for example, on the website of the nutrition center).
If you calculate your BMI you can see whether you have a healthy weight or underweight. Always discuss with your doctor the fact that you continue to lose weight after giving birth. Certainly for the women who breastfeed, it can have unpleasant consequences. When you lose weight during breastfeeding, unwanted substances get into your breast milk and they also reach your baby.
Too much weight loss after childbirth thyroid gland
One cause of the fact that you continue to lose weight after giving birth is a thyroid infection. In about 7% of pregnant women, thyroid inflammation occurs after delivery. It is possible that because of this inflammation your thyroid gland starts to work more slowly (you arrive or you do not fall off) or work faster (you fall off).
A too fast thyroid gland is also called hyperthyroidism called. Hyperthyroidism is almost always an autoimmune disease. This means that the body will break down the body's own substances. Other autoimmune diseases are rheumatism or type I diabetes. Why the body attacks itself is not explained.
Symptoms too fast thyroid gland
Women who develop too fast thyroid gland due to the autoimmune disease often do not even notice this. Some women notice it because, for example, they lose weight without changing their diet. Other symptoms:
- Feel yourself hunted
- Mood swings
- Short fuse
- Intestinal complaints
- Have a lot of warm
Treat thyroid gland too quickly due to pregnancy
If you notice the above symptoms after your birth, you should contact your doctor. Your doctor can examine your blood and determine if you have hyperthyroidism. In most cases, further treatment is not necessary. At least not when it occurs after delivery. Often the inflammation goes away after 1 to 4 to 6 months and your thyroid works properly again afterwards.
Lose weight by flasks
Another reason for too much weight loss after giving birth is breastfeeding or pumping. Breastfeeding (and that includes flasks) also costs 500 kilocalories every day. This means that you burn 500 kilocalories more than if you do not breastfeed. Lose weight through flasks and breastfeeding is therefore certainly possible. Normally you would lose about half a kilo per week if you eat 500 kilocalories less or burn extra. So if you do not supplement these 500 kilocalories with food, you fall away. And losing weight during breastfeeding is not good for you and your baby.
Make sure that you supplement your diet daily. A handy way to find out how much you can eat is to view your five-player disc. You can do this here (just scroll down).
How much weight loss after pregnancy
How much you can lose weight after pregnancy and how fast that goes is different for everyone. But at least keep an eye on your weight, especially if you have unwanted weight loss. In addition to thyroid problems and breastfeeding, there are a few other causes of too much weight loss after childbirth. Namely:
- Stress: the new life with baby can give you stress. Especially when this is your first child. You still have to get used to it and sometimes it all seems very much. This stress can reduce your appetite or you forget to eat.
- Fatigue: now that you have a baby, your night's rest will be hard to find. Over-fatigue can also lead to a less appetite in some people.
- Postnatal depression: do you feel yourself down, do you have no energy or do not feel like it? Do you notice that you are not at all on a pink cloud but rather on a thundercloud? Do not you feel so much love for your child? This is not bad, you probably have a postnatal depression. Please do not embarrass yourself, but contact your doctor so that you can be helped!
Treating too much weight loss after childbirth
The treatment of too much weight loss after childbirth is entirely due to the cause. Always contact your doctor at any time.The first thing you can do yourself is to write down and keep track of what you eat in a day. Sometimes it looks very much, but in retrospect it is less than you thought. If you have a view on this, you can see if you should not eat something more. You can also show this schedule to your doctor.
Then take a look at the website of the nutrition center to determine whether you eat according to the disc of five or too little. Normally, a woman in the age of 30 should eat (according to the food center than he): 4-5 sandwiches, 2 pieces of fruit, 250 grams of vegetables, 250 grams of wholegrain cereals or potatoes at dinner, 100 grams of meat / fish / meat substitute , 25 grams of nuts, 300 to 450 ml of dairy and 40 grams of cheese should eat.
If you are well below this, you probably do not eat enough!