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MoreBushThanMoss Thu 05-Jan-17 11:07:50

Posting for traffic (this is not stealth bragging at the top! Just context!)

I'm EBF DS who is 15 weeks. Before I had the baby, I had a v rigid diet - whole foods, 1500 cals a day (usually less), no wheat .... Too much wine!!! And exercised every day - running, gym, dance etc. And was a muscular/ pretty slight size 8/10. Friends say in hindsight I was about two Ryvita away from an ED - but that's neither here nor there now.

Exercised gradually more gently through PG and eased up on the diet a lot ... Since DS was born, done no exercise and eaten like its the last days of Rome. (Cake. Twice a day. White bread toast with butter. Mounds of pasta.... Oh it's been lovely)

But I've put on more weight in the 15 weeks pp than I did during my first two trimesters!!! blush and it's starting to make me unhappy and feel quite leaden/ low energy etc I think. So for the last week, I've adapted my pre pregnancy diet - and wondered if the example day below feels balanced enough for BFing ?? Can anyone give any tips/ steers if not?

Breakfast - 2 slices wholegrain wheat free toast with almond butter, fresh raspberries and orange juice

Midmorning snack - dried fruit bar,corn thins or nuts

Lunch - leftovers from dinner - wheat free pasta, pesto, roast veg, Parmesan.

Snack - Hot chocolate, or couple squares dark chocolate. nuts or piece of cheese/ crispbread.

Dinner - grilled chicken, huge salad, flatbread, pickled vegetables, and glass of red wine.

Possible extra tablespoon almond butter/ handful dried fruit before bed.

Does this seem balanced? Obviously water as well - and I don't restrict amounts of lean protein, fruit or veg.

(Ive worked out exercise regime already and start again next week- I know that will make a huge difference too. Aiming for first PP half marathon in the autumn)

MoreBushThanMoss Thu 05-Jan-17 11:25:35

Aaaanyone?? sad

OhHolyJesus Thu 05-Jan-17 11:34:03

Sounds balanced, I ate way more chocolate/treats when breastfeeding and gradually the weight came off with walking anyway. Don't be too hard on yourself, it will go and it's very early days even if you have put on more your can't weigh the milk in your boobs. Try gentle exercise to increase energy levels and eat whatever - you sound like you were in good shape before so you will get there smile

DailyFail1 Thu 05-Jan-17 11:37:21

Sounds balanced but so did your pre-pregnancy diet. When you eat whole foods and proper fag you can afford to restrict because you do end up feeling fuller. You should pop a multivitamin for bf mums too

DailyFail1 Thu 05-Jan-17 11:37:42

Proper fats, not proper fag blush

BIgBagofJelly Thu 05-Jan-17 11:37:56

Sounds balanced, but it does sound like you are a bit like me and tend to become a little too obsessive about food. Being so restrictive definitely makes it harder to indulge moderately it's all or nothing. I definitely find moderate exercise helps keep a lid on this a bit. Perhaps an hours walk a day with LO in a carrier? If you keep mainly healthy food in the house you should be governed by your appetite and have the odd treat when the occasion arises. Easier said than done I know.

Baseballcupcakes Thu 05-Jan-17 11:40:39

Sounds balanced and healthy.

I have a 9 month old and only in the last couple of months have I lost the weight I put on despite still eating like a pig. Have gone down to 8.5 stone, half a stone lighter than pre pregnancy and I was almost 10.5 after pregnancy. I haven't done anything differently, just think the breastfeeding is starting to affect my body.

AlfieandAnnieRose Thu 05-Jan-17 11:54:01

Hi I'm in the exact same position too except my baby is older. I've put more weight on now than during pregnancy which for me I think is down to boredom.

I Have been following this thread which might give you some help with diet tips

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