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how do i lose baby weight with sciatica?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Breastfeed often: "dieting" is not needed, as long as the breastfeeding woman eats only as many calories as needed to maintain her normal (pre-pregnant) weight. For example, if she was 120 pounds before pregnancy and is now 145 pounds, she should eat just enough for a 120 lb woman. Her 25 lb excess will be gradually used up in the production of breastmilk (25 ounces of breastmilk contains about 500 calories).
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
Dieting: Most recent studies have shown that weight loss is not really a factor of exercise but related to the amount of calories taken in. A very extensive study was published this year looking at hunter-gathers in africa and comparing their diet and activity to a typical western sedentary person and the metabolic or caloric needs were the same. So what you put in your mouth and how much is what counts.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Pool Therapy: Can help unload the spine and allow you to burn some calories. Try that first. If not helping consider seeing a pain specialist to address the pain first and then get back to the exercise afterwards.
Dr. Thomas Seck
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Swim/diet/treatment: For most people swimming doesn't worsen sciatic pain. Weightbearing exercise usually worsens the pain but swimming is non-weightbearing. You may find that certain swim strokes may aggravate it. If so, try a different one. A healthy diet is also a big part of weight loss. Also important to seek treatment for sciatica so you can do other forms of exercise. There are specialists that can help.
Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Pool Therapy: can be helpful will less stress on your spine. Once you mastered this, then getting out of the pool to do land based exercises would be next.

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