weight loss after c section.. need help

Hi, can anyone suggest any ways to keep myself eating healthy and motivated.

I Had an emergency c section nearly 11 weeks ago and feel like al iv done is eat crappy foods and do very little barr look after baby. id like to start loosing the tummy iv gained and not make it any worse by all the junk food iv consumed! any tips or advice?

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  • You know what healthy food is?

  • I do, yes... however not sure what to make that's "healthy" iv been having red meets a lot due to loosing a lot of blood to build the iron up again, along with the tablets iv been given. wouldn't say the meals iv make are particularly bad its the snacking in between for quickness i.e. crisps chocolate or whatever's handy at the time. really just looking for some food ideas to improve my eating etc

  • Eat fruits nuts seeds for snacking, lots of veg with meals is good. The snacking is a hard thing to control but if you put your mind to it you can do it. Have the fruit etc handy so you don't have to make an effort to get to it.

  • Hi emmaf4

    Welcome to the weight loss forum.

    Take a look at the Welcome Newbie post in the Pinned post section at the right hand side or at the bottom if your on a mobile. Have a look at the nhs 12 week plan, many members have had success following this plan. Use the BMI checker to work out your daily calorie allowance.

    Below the Pinned posts are the Topics where members share a range of weight related subjects.

    Take your measurements at the start together with a photo so you can see the changes on the days the scales don't move.

    We have daily weigh ins so why not come along and join us. You can find the weigh ins on the Home page in the Events section on the right. Just click on the post in Events and record your start weight and any loss/gain or maintain for the week.

    To get the most of the forum be active, share tips, recipes and experiences. Read some of the posts they are very motivating.

    Have a good first week.

    Rose

  • Congratulations on your new arrival🍼

    That's how most new mums feel it's just getting by looking after the little one and grabbing whatever time you can for other stuff I remember it well.

    Firstly don't over do any exercise after a c section it's building up your strength after such an operation.

    Try to eat natural foods and miminise processed, bulk cook if you get the chance so on days when baby is extra needy you have something on stand by. Take all the help you can get anyone wanting to cook/ have baby for you grab it and use the time for your own benefit.

    Homemade soup in a soup maker takes very little time and you can freeze it for later on.

    Make all white foods brown rice/bread etc

    Try to stick to good snacks fruit, chopped veg, homous, nuts ( I weigh a whole bag and put tiny bags in my cupboard to snack on.

    Be wary of labels not all low fat foods are good check the sugar content as this is usually higher in low fat yoghurt etc

    Drink plenty of water, try fruit/herbal teas

    If you are feeding baby yourself ask the midwife what calorie range you should be looking at normal range could be way too low in breast feeding .

    Overall keep active when you get the chance on the forum I am sure there are lots of people on here who can give you a little more advice than I can.

    Ask your midwife if there is any advice, help that she/he can give you.

    Good luck and once again congratulations. Bev

  • Thank you! I'm trying to focus on the eating side of things only exercise I can do is walking with baby. the nut snack bags sound a good idea, I'm really just looking or ideas surrounding the foods for my benefit so thanks you for the snack idea :)

  • You are welcome I have even put grapes in the freezer someone once suggested on here and they are lovely in summer 20 in a bag = 60 calories. I have a habit of having ice lollies too as they take an age to eat, make my jaws work and have only 44 calories in.

  • sounds good ill give them a try! thank you :)

  • I try to make things occasionally with vegetables instead of rice or pasta if I want a day without carbs for a change. I used a recipe on here the other day of creamy chicken tikka masala with broccoli and cabbage instead of rice. It was lovely and didn't notice any difference. If I have sandwiches I am starting to cut out things like butter and don't notice this is missing either.

  • We've been doing that a lot lately. Lots of veg instead of potatoes/pasta/rice. We're still full and our waistbands are loosening!

  • it is hard when you have had a section if your walking that's great, swimming is also gentle exercise. As for the healthy eating I have three kids and my slow cooker as I can make healthy currys and stews in it also if I make a lot I can freeze it so I always have something healthy to eat. I also keep plenty of fruit as I'm more likely to snack on that if it's there. good luck.

  • Oh they have gone! Mustn't have liked us...

  • Hi Hidden, I remember how intense and hard was for me after I also had an emergency C section 😖 , nice to read that you are thinking and looking after your health and you've already had plenty of very good advice, don't have much else to add other than recommend you to keep visiting the forum, you will find lots of motivation, tips and very interesting info (andlovely people 😊)

  • Hello and welcome

    Congratulations on your new arrival, it's a very exciting time but also totally exhausting. I think you are absolutely right that your focus needs to be in healing your body and boosting your energy levels, As it's coming up to spring fruits and vegetables are more appealing which is a great start. Easy meals including lean meat with salad and baked potatoes is always easy. 😊

    A gentle walk pushing your prom is a great way to boost your exercise as well as getting some vitamin D and is great for mood enhancing 😊

    When you get chance have a look at the links Rose suggested, and please ask if you have any questions 😊

    Best wishe s

    Anna

  • Honey, don't rush it. I know from my own experience that it takes a lot longer than 11 weeks to recover from a caesarean. Exercise such as walking is great, but don't do anything that might tear your scar.

    Lots of people have already made some good food suggestions such wholemeal bread and pasta. Maybe keep lots of nice fruit in the house, so you can snack on that? But this is way too soon to be worrying about anything other than looking after a newborn, which is utterly exhausting, and recovering physically.

    When you're fully recovered and getting enough sleep, then that's the time to make big changes. All those celebrities with their personal trainers, and nutritionists and chefs have set an unrealistic expectation for us 'normal' people!

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