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QUESTION: I only gained 6lbs during pregnancy and my daughter weighed just shy of 6 lbs at birth. I was back to pre-pregnancy weight immediately. However, my appetite has been much greater since giving birth 5 weeks ago and I've gained almost 2lbs. I'm breastfeeding exclusively and understand I need to consume more calories, but I thought breastfeeding causes you to lose weight. I'm concerned about gaining weight.

ANSWER: Let me know your age, height, and weight, and I'll run the numbers for you to calculate your needed caloric intake.
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QUESTION: I am 39 (40 in September).  This is my second child...oldest is 22 yrs. I'm 5'1" and weigh 134.5  I'm drinking a minimum of 64ozs of water per day but I am eating a lot more than before...even when pregnant. Thank you!

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At 5'1", you have a BMI of 25.3, which just puts you ove the edge into the overweight category, so I can see why you'd be concerned about putting on more pounds now. The second and third trimesters of pregnancy demand an additional 300 calories over mom's regular metabolism, while BFing needs 500, which is a 60% increase. So it makes sense that you'd be hungrier now.
But since you have plenty of stored fat on you body now, and BFing is well established, you can safely eat 1600 to 1700 calories per day. This will put you on a slow and steady 2 - 3 pounds per month.
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I can answer all questions regarding prenatal and postpartum fitness and exercise. I will not answer any questions that are not related to prenatal and postpartum fitness and exercise. I will not answer questions regarding getting pregnant, or signs or symtoms, only fitness and exercise during and after pregnancy. No due dates, medical problems during pregnancy, signs or symtpoms of pregnancy, pregnancy tests, vaginal problems/smells/discharge, periods or ovulation.

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Pre-and-Postnatal Exercise Specialist ACE certified Personal Trainer Author: "Exercise After Pregnancy: How to Look and Feel Your Best" Book Author: "Bounce Back Fast! Post Natal Core Conditioning" DVD Founder: BeFit-Mom Teacher: Post Pregnancy Exercise Workshops

Organizations
IDEA Health and Fitness Association

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numerous regional parenting magazine

Education/Credentials
Dancing Thru Pregnancy, Pre/Post Natal Exercise Specialist Certification 2000 Resist-a-Ball Core Program, 1999 American Council on Exercise, Personal Trainer Certificate, 1999 Peak Performance, San Francisco, CA, Pilates Instructor Training Program, 1992 Health and Fitness Institute, Cal State Hayward, Personal Trainer Certificate, 1990 American College of Sports Medicine, Group Exercise Leader, 1989 Boston Conservatory, BFA/Dance, 1982

Awards and Honors
´┐ŻBounce Back Fast! Post Natal Core Conditioning´┐Ż, 2005. Winner of the Platinum Award from the Family Review Center, 2007.

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