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Risk of diabetes could double for new mothers who don't lose baby weight

Diabetes is a condition where your blood sugar is high. This can be caused by the pancreas not making enough insulin or the body is unable to use the insulin as required (insulin resistance). Insulin helps convert glucose to energy and if this doesn’t happen properly you end up with large amounts of glucose in the bloodstream. Body cells remain with little energy and therefore can’t function properly.

The effect of this is frequent urination, damage to nerves and small vessels over time. One of the factors that influence the development of diabetes is obesity or being overweight. Others include a family history of diabetes, age (over 45), sedentary lifestyle, had gestational diabetes and if you are Hispanic, African or African American origin.

Women gain weight during pregnancy and it stays on after delivery. Keeping this weight on for too long or even adding some more to it can be of great detriment to your health. The larger the amount of fatty tissue you have in your body the more insulin-resistant your cells will be. This increases if the fat is around your abdomen as compared to your hips.

Not losing that baby weight could put you at risk of developing type 2 diabetes over time. You therefore need to get your weight down. It may be a little difficult due to the new challenge of raising a child but it will serve you long term benefits and short term as well.


You should incorporate exercise into your routine. Take it slow at first so that you don’t strain any muscles. It will just add to your pain. You can start with a 10 to 20 minute walk every day. Gradually turn it into a brisk walk, a jog and eventually a run if you so wish.

Good eating habits

Diet is also very important. Incorporate lots of fruits and vegetables and wholegrain foods in your meal plan. Drink lots of water too to keep you hydrated and get rid of toxins. Eating a balanced meal will help with your weight and also improve other parts of your body like skin, nails and hair.

Maintaining a healthy weight also makes you feel good about yourself which raises your self-confidence. It is usually a very big issue for women after delivery so take yourself to that place where you are healthy and beautiful in your eyes.

Bayo Ajibola

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