Weight Watchers: Baby Weight 

For some women pregnancy starts a battle with their weight that lasts a lifetime. Some women manage to avoid a weight problem until they become pregnant. Others who have already been struggling to keep their weight under control find it impossible not to gain too much weight and even harder to lose the weight after the baby is born. Jackie Conn from Weight Watchers joined Jim Morris on TV5 News at 5 to share some weight management advice for pregnant and new mothers.During Pregnancy 1) Weight loss is not recommended – even for women who were overweight when they became pregnant2) Focus on eating nutritious food3) “Eating for two” is a myth4) Maintain a comfortable level of physical activity5) 30 pounds is a healthy weight gain for mom and babyAfter the Baby is Born1) Before beginning a weight-loss program, it is important to get physician approval. 2) breastfeeding women should wait for 6-8 weeks before attempting active weight loss, as the body needs time to recover from childbirth and establish a good milk supply.3) Weight loss of 1 pound a week while breastfeeding is safe and does not negatively affect infant growth. A weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds a week is recommended for new moms who are not nursing.