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What to do about postpartum weight loss at 1 month?

What to do about postpartum weight loss at 1 month?

Weight loss: Is that weight loss during your pregnancy or after your baby was delivered? What is the weight loss? What was baby's birth weight? Is baby doing OK? Are you feeling well? Make sure you see your obstetrician soon. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Please advise on weight loss strategies for post partum?

Please advise on weight loss strategies for post partum?

Post partum diet: Having a child is a wonderful and challenging experience. New responsibilities, lack of sleep, new interactions with family and spouse, lack of sleep, unfamiliar chores and experiences. All this, makes weight loss a tall order. I would first recommend finding some time for yourself. Discuss with your spouse, your family. One hour can be very therapeutic to your diet, planning meals, and exercise. ...Read more

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Are there any special vitamins that are good for postpartum weight loss? Something that boosts metabolism naturally or something?

Are there any special vitamins that are good for postpartum weight loss? Something that boosts metabolism naturally or something?

Sorry, no: Vitamins do not boost metabolism (in spite of silly tv adds that say they do.) seriously, they don't! breast feeding burns tremendous calories, and old-fashioned diet and exercise help too. ...Read more

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What are good vitamins to take postpartum and trying to lose weight?

Sugarfree: Any vitamin if a multi and bought at a reputable store. More important to count calories. Do something that has a great track record-- meaning that works-- join weight watchers. It works. ...Read more

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Why am I getting smaller (but still not losing weight) postpartum?

Postpartum changes: Weight is a very poor measurement especially postpartum when your body is often retaining water. In the postpartum period it takes 6 weeks for the uterus to contract from just below the belly button back to fist size. As this happens your abdominal wall contracts down as well and can make you thinner. ...Read more

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I'm 1 month postpartum I have no appetite and im trying to lose weight can I drink breakfast shakes to fill me up and help with my calorie intake?

I'm 1 month postpartum I have no appetite and im trying to lose weight can I drink breakfast shakes to fill me up and help with my calorie intake?

Losing weight: To lose weight, get ur resting metabolism rate done (weight loss centers do this). This determines the total number of calories you need to lose 1-2lbs/week. Decreasing 500cal/day will give you a 1lb wt loss in 1wk; drink water (1/2 your body weight), eat small meals about 150-200cal 2-4x/ (depending on your metabolism rate) and 500cal/meal at night: lean protein/veggies; avoid carbs, . ...Read more

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I used two calculators to find my target heart rate, with different results. One used my resting heart rate. Which should I use for losing weight?

I used two calculators to find my target heart rate, with different results. One used my resting heart rate. Which should I use for losing weight?

No magic number: There's no perfect number. Here a good rule of thumb. Subtract your age from 220. This is your maximum predicted heart rate. Multiple by 60%. This is your recommended target heart rate. Example: age 44. 220-44=176. 0.6x 176=105. 105 is your target. Remember: you'll lose more weight by reducing your intake than by trying to burn it up. Any exercise at any heart rate is beneficial for dieters. ...Read more

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What should my calorie intake be to lose weight? My first Doctor said 1200 but calculators say 2100. 310lbs 5'3" female 22 years old. Thank you!

What should my calorie intake be to lose weight? My first Doctor said 1200 but calculators say 2100. 310lbs 5'3" female 22 years old. Thank you!

It depends: Do you want to sustain your weight or lose weight? It may be best to consider weight loss since a 5'3" frame will have diffculty sustaining that weight over time without joint damage. Your calorie recommendations are extremes on a spectrum. I would suggest starting at 2500 carefullly counted for 2 months are drop by 100 every 2 months until you get to 1500. Return to 1800 when at goal weight. ...Read more

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How long does it take someone to recover from large blood loss due to post partum hemorrhage?

How long does it take someone to recover from large blood loss due to post partum hemorrhage?

Months!: The life of a red blood cell is 120 days. Old red blood cells are replaced with new red blood cells every 120 day. If you lose blood after delivery or due to surgery, it will take months for your red blood cell count to catch up and make up for that blood loss. It is probably a good idea to talk to your dr about taking an iron supplement to help support the making of new red blood cells. ...Read more

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Can I use minoxidil for postpartum hair loss?

Can I use minoxidil for postpartum hair loss?

Yes: Hair loss following childbirth lasts for 6-12 months and then stabilizes. ...Read more

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Been dealing with post partum hair loss for almost a year now and I have patches of hair missing on the sides and the back, in the crown and in the front. Blood work came back normal. How to fix?

Been dealing with post partum hair loss for almost a year now and I have patches of hair missing on the sides and the back, in the crown and in the front. Blood work came back normal. How to fix?

Alopecia: Chastity, this is not uncommon after pregnancy. Have your TSH (thyroid) checked and a dermatologist to check for alopecia areata. If a physiological loss of hair, there is a chance it may grow back. Until then I would consider extensions etc to cover. I would not go the drastic route of hair transplant just yet! Make sure other drugs not the cause! Thanks ...Read more

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Can you use rogaine (minoxidil) to treat post partum hair loss?

Can you use rogaine (minoxidil) to treat post partum hair loss?

Post partum hair: Loss is self limiting. Rogaine (minoxidil) is not recommended, especially if you are nursing. ...Read more

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Why do I have severe headaches, sore burning itchy eyes, loss of appetite and very fatigue im 3wks postpartum could this be hormones still out of wack?

Why do I have severe headaches, sore burning itchy eyes, loss of appetite and very fatigue im 3wks postpartum could this be hormones still out of wack?

Hormones: If could definitely be due to hormone imbalance but it could as easily be something else. I would recommend seeing your obstetrics doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I am 4 months postpartum and have been losing a lot of hair. I know hair loss after pregnancy is normal but I have noticed bald spots on my temple. Should I resume taking my prenatal vitamins or can I take a hair, skin, and nails vitamin?

I am 4 months postpartum and have been losing a lot of hair. I know hair loss after pregnancy is normal but I have noticed bald spots on my temple. Should I resume taking my prenatal vitamins or can I take a hair, skin, and nails vitamin?

Hair loss.: If you’re continuing in family planning mode, then resume the prenatal vitamins. If not, then the hair and nails formulation would suffice. Regardless, the hair loss is expected, as you mentioned, and is related to rapid hormonal changes that occur at delivery. These changes occur quickly and self-correct very slowly. ...Read more

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How can I lose pregnancy weight if I am 4 months postpartum?

How can I lose pregnancy weight if I am 4 months postpartum?

Exercise & eat well: A combination of a well balanced, healthy diet of fresh fruits, vegies, protein, non-animal fats and complex carbohydrates (whole grains) rather than simple sugary foods, along with an exercise program may be the best way to take off pregnancy weight. ...Read more

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What will my postpartum belly look and feel like as a thin woman? All weight is in belly, very round like a ball. How will belly feel after I deliver?

What will my postpartum belly look and feel like as a thin woman? All weight is in belly, very round like a ball. How will belly feel after I deliver?

Squishy and stretche: After the baby is delivered your abdominal wall will remain stretched out and squishy for a couple of months. It takes a while for the muscles and fascia (the hard, fiber layer above and below the rectus muscles of the abdomen) to tighten back down. Exercise helps, but time is needed as well. ...Read more

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I am 3mths postpartum. Underweight. How can I safely gain weight while breasfeeding beside increase eating which is difficult?

I am 3mths postpartum. Underweight. How can I safely gain weight while breasfeeding beside increase eating which is difficult?

Weight: Have you tried dietary supplements like boost or ensure or others such as muscle milk? They may help add to your nutrition and also allow weight gain with out force feeding copious amounts of food. You may also try healthy fats like nuts and avocados. ...Read more

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Post partum weight. Gained 20 after each pregnancy. Need help?

Post partum weight. Gained 20 after each pregnancy. Need help?

Need to see a dietic: Dietician, I offer the HCG diet to my patients, it is not fda approved, but under proper supervision and with quality medication, it works, and is safe, you have to inject yourself with a very small amt HCG each day and do a 500 cal diet, I did the diet myself and lost 24 lbs in 28 days last august and have not gained a pound back since, lonce u go off the goal is just to maintain your weight. ...Read more

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Eating well and exercising so why can't I lose baby weight? 2 months postpartum and not breast feeding.

Losing weight: To lose weight, get ur resting metabolism rate done (weight loss centers do this). This determines the total number of calories you need to lose 1-2lbs/week. Decreasing 500cal/day will give you a 1lb wt loss in 1wk; drink water (1/2 your body weight), eat small meals about 150-200cal 2-4x/ (depending on your metabolism rate) and 500cal/meal at night: lean protein/veggies; avoid carbs, . ...Read more

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Still have reflux 1 year postpartum. I am 25 lbs over weight. I take Pepcid and gaviscon but I need something stronger. PPI's are hard to get off?

Still have reflux 1 year postpartum. I am 25 lbs over weight. I take Pepcid and gaviscon but I need something stronger. PPI's are hard to get off?

Over time it: May be hard to get off of PPi's but are required for symptom control once failed at maximum dose H2 blockers. After controlled for 1 month (no sx.) try to switch back to H2's. C how long ur good. ...Read more

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Normal weight 120; preg weight gain 22lbs; 3mo postpartum 120 in 9/'15. Weight 110 when breastfeeding was stopped in 6/'17. Current weight 105 (5'4"). Other Sx early satiety, dizzy/tiredness. Normal CBC, CMP, thyroid labs. Please help me gain weight.

Normal weight 120; preg weight gain 22lbs; 3mo postpartum 120 in 9/'15. Weight 110 when breastfeeding was stopped in 6/'17. Current weight 105 (5'4"). Other Sx early satiety, dizzy/tiredness. Normal CBC, CMP, thyroid labs. Please help me gain weight.

Need to examine: Unintended weight loss needs to be evaluated by an in-person examination, additional history and likely some lab tests and may be imaging studies. You seem to have seen a doctor, but may need to see a gastroentrologist to rule out malabsorption. Just eating more is probably not the right approach.
Wish you good health! ...Read more

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Are symptoms of post-partum daily?

Unclear question: Post-partum state lasts for up to six weeks and is a natural physiologic state. ...Read more

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4 weeks post-partum am I able to doushe?

Not recommended: douching is not recommended, even if not associated with pregnancy ...Read more

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Are there ways to lose 10lbs in 16 days post partum?

Yes: Often it would be due to fluid retention that occurred during the pregnancy. Your body does a pretty good job of diuresing ('urinating' away the fluids retained during the pregnancy). ...Read more

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When does my post-partum checkup happen?

When does my post-partum checkup happen?

Over time if ever: Handedness comes in at variable times in normal kids from mid 2nd yr to 4 or 5 if ever. Some kids will use both equally or favor one for one task & the other for another. A few will be ambidextorous. There is no reason to discourage use of a particular hand at any age. Handedness is centrally wired. Strong preference one hand before 15 mo may be a sign of mild CP & should be evaluated. ...Read more

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Possible reasons for bleeding at 6 months post partum?

Possible reasons for bleeding at 6 months post partum?

Postpartum bleeding: Post partum bleeding occur in most pregnancy and can last up to 90 days after delivery. During this post partum period, most patients may resume their menses at varying time. At 6 months, post partum, any bleeding will be expected to be normal menses. However, if the bleeding persist longer than expected, CBC for hemoglobin and pelvic ultrasound will be beneficial for reassurance. Discuss BCP/IUD. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


Dr. Linda Bernstein
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Recently Gave Birth (Definition)

Postpartum is a term that means after the "separation of the mother and the baby", or after ...Read more