London: Pregnancy is not to be blamed if a woman is continuing to gain weight after child delivery, researchers say, adding that the blame falls on their lifestyle choices.
The findings reveals that mothers keep eating food off their child’s plate or sitting down for longer periods of time and that adds to their weight.
Another reason is deprivation of sleep, that’s common among new mothers. It increases food cravings and appetite and even if a mother is on a healthy diet, it adds to their weight.
“Mothers tend to put the needs of their children first, so they might not be exercising or taking care of themselves,” lead author Olga Yakusheva, Associate Professor at the University of Michigan in the US, was quoted as saying to dailymail.co.uk.
“It might also be little things like finishing the food on their child’s plate or spending more time sitting with their kids reading or watching a movie,” Yakusheva added.
The researchers found that another reason for weight pile up is that many women start exercising for a brief while and also diet to get back to their pre-pregnancy weight. However, discouraged by the results, they leave exercise all together.
The researches suggested that women should cut back on their calories and work out more. They should also focus on a long-term healthy lifestyle.
Data for 30,000 women, who had given birth between one and four times, was collected for the study.
(With Inputs From IANS)