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GETFITCHICK108 SparkPoints: (13,804)
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10/31/12 7:59 P

Thanks everyone for the congrats, messages and advice, I will check with my doctor. I'm tending to over eat right now so just want to eat what I need rather than cutting down drastically and will take into consideration that I'm needing to eat more because of breast feeding. I think I'll just start with short walks at first.

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10/28/12 2:44 P

Generally, I try not to out and out disagree with what anyone says here, but...

With an injury during your delivery, despite however you may or may not feel, don't do anything that has not been medically cleared. It's simply not worth the risk.

As for diet, I'd speak with a nutrition expert, as you are breast feeding, and what you eat has to feed two. Make sure you're getting the recommended calories for a nursing mother.

It will be soon enough that you will be able to take walks with the little one and get back int an exercise routine. COMGRATS on the new baby!

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10/28/12 5:41 A

I agree with what everyone had said:
- Don't start exercising until you have the full medical okay
- Don't cut calories drastically while breast feeding (although you can a bit, there is literature on this of course)
- Remember that exercise is only a small portion of *weightloss* (but a large part of overall fitness). If you are going for weight loss, you can pass on the exercise and still have success.

Perhaps you should take this time to think about *WHAT* you are eating. As people have said, you are feeding your new little life with what you eat, are you eating the best possible food out there for the two of you? It is a lot easier (infinitely easier) to lose weight on a whole food/real food diet. That isn't just my experience, just look at these message boards. Most of the people who succeed do so by changing how they see food and changing how they eat. If you eat processed, packaged convenience food, perhaps now is the time to kick that bad habit. You will be giving yourself better food, your baby better food, and you will be well on your way towards weight loss when you are able to move around better and reduce your calories a bit more.

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10/27/12 11:37 P

As far as exercise is concerned, I suggest that you speak with your Dr and ask for a referral to a Physiotherapist. They are the ones qualified to give you this advice based on YOUR needs, not someone elses. I wouldn't be inclined to try calorie reduction at this point other than ensure that you are eating a healthy, balanced diet with a good amount of (particularly) protein to help with the healing. Your body will still be repairing itself and getting over the pregnancy/birth and the breastfeeding which you have already acknowledged.

Congratulations on your new baby, too:-) I just LOVE them - I loved watching their little fingers and toes curling, and watching their little lips curling when stroked in the corner of their mouths - LOL!


Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 10/27/2012 (23:38)
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10/27/12 10:57 P

The only thing I'd add is, they say weight loss is 80% what you eat, and 20% exercise. BUT as a breastfeeding mom, it's really important that you're getting all the calories and nutrition your body needs-- you're eating for two!

And regardless of what other people do or do not do, I'd suggest you not start exercising until your doctor gives you the go-ahead.

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10/27/12 9:15 P

Hi GetFit,

I am going to suggest you post this on the Diet/Nutrition message boards as these are monitored by our nutrition experts who would be in the best position to offer specific advice for you, especially when you are breast-feeding.

Coach Nancy

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10/27/12 9:13 P

the textbook answer is that you shouldn't exercise until you are cleared at your 6 week PP checkup, but the reality is that many many women restart exercise 10-14 days PP as long as you feel up for it.

GETFITCHICK108 SparkPoints: (13,804)
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10/27/12 9:01 P

As a new Mum, at the moment I'm not able to exercise due to injuries from the birth, I have to be careful, not be upright for too long and can't lift anything heavy or strain. I'm breastfeeding which burns about 300 calories a day so that's helping keep my weight stable. Any tips on what I could do as I can't exercise, is there anyone else who can't for health reasons? Thanks for your help..

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