Losing weight after having a baby can look easy when you see pictures of celebrities stepping out looking slim and svelte only weeks after giving birth but for the majority of women it is very difficult to lose weight, with a new survey showing that almost 75 percent of new mothers are heavier than they were before pregnancy a year after giving birth.
Research from the University of Chicago and Houston Methodist Hospital published in HealthDay has shown that of the women they followed nearly 75 percent of those monitored were heavier a year after giving birth to their child compared to their weight before getting pregnant.
It is thought that the pressures of being a mother could be at the root of the problem of gaining weight during pregnancy and then being unable to shift this extra weight after giving birth, even with diet and exercise plans being followed over a prolonged period.
The researchers analysed the data from around 775 low income women and found that one third of those studied who were described as being a normal weight before birth, were found to become overweight or obese one year after the birth of their child.
It seems that women of all shapes and sizes are susceptible to putting on weight after pregnancy but it looks like it may be worse for petite women if the data is correct.
However, overall nearly 25per cent of all new mothers kept on more than 20 extra pounds after one year, while 47per cent retained an additional 10lbs over the same period.
It is well documented that many women in America suffer from weight problems with data showing that 35 percent of women over the age of 20 years are considered to be obese while a further 34 percent are defined as being overweight.
Now the researchers are thinking that there could easily be a link between being overweight and being pregnant and then failing to lose the weight after the birth of a child.
Loraine Endres, M.D., one of the researchers on the study, said: ‘We all see the rising number of obese people in our country and the health consequences that come from that, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
She added: “I really wanted to see where this is starting for women and to see if there is any way to turn it around.”
To try and combat the problem of being unable to lose weight after giving birth Loraine Endres suggested that new mothers put together a plan together with their doctor to lose weight in a healthy way and to increase activity levels to aid better long term health.