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New Moms Must Not Skip Meals

by VR Sreeraman on  February 19, 2007 at 3:37 PM Women Health News   - G J E 4
New Moms Must Not Skip Meals
Women who have just given birth should not worry about getting their bodies back into shape immediately, a leading Germany health insurer said.

"A woman's body has enough to do after a baby arrives," said Waltraud Pfarrer, listing milk production and hormonal adjustment as examples.
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New mothers also have to reckon with fatigue because babies typically wake in the night to nurse, added Pfarrer of the insurer DAK in Hamburg. And nursing a child requires an average of an additional 600 calories a day.

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Mothers of newborns should not skip meals, and they should strive to eat a balanced diet. Pfarrer recommends eating adequate amounts of fruit, vegetables, whole grains and milk products daily. Over time, extra pounds gained during pregnancy will be lost, if such a diet is followed.

"In most women, it takes a good year until the weight and hormones are back to normal," Pfarrer said.

Source: IANS
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