alex zanderInterestingly enough, when women becomes pregnant and placenta is developed, her body’s internal operations take a totally different approach. The shift of mechanics, so to speak taking a on a new gear – protect and develop a new life.

The placenta produces a hormone, called the hCG that in simple words acts as a protective mechanism for the featus life. The hCG enters the women’s body directly through the blood stream and from the inside it controls the metabolism, food digestion, energy and nutrition distribution.

Normally, outside of pregnancy, these automatic functions, such as:

  • food digestion,
  • sleep,
  • where to store fat,
  • when to store
  • and when to release a fat reserve for energy

are controlled by the hypothalamus, which is the gland inside our brain.

pregnant womenProfessor Dave Grattan from British Society of Neuroendocrinology wrote a very interesting study about changes in women body during pregnancy.

“Her brain is also undergoing a number of extraordinary modifications that will result in changes to her body functions. The control of her hormone secretion changes, and this contributes to the dramatic changes in mood and behavior that accompany pregnancy and childbirth.

All of these changes require the brain to function differently in pregnancy compared to any other time.” …   Dave Grattan

HCG and Hypothalamus

The hCG overrides the hypothalamus functions and redirect all the energy you synthesize and all the nutrition you get from food -> to your baby first and what’s left over goes to you. So if you didn’t eat enough food today, the hcg will command the hypothalamus to release your reserves (fat from the belly area), break it down to energy and nutrients and send to your baby, so the baby can continue to grow.

Very cute mechanism, it hacks women’s body functions and controls their life supply.

Here Is When The Trouble With The Weight Begins.

Right at delivery, the placenta is removed and the hcg is gone, altogether with the placenta. The hypothalamus, after 9 month of working for the baby, kind of forgets how to take care of your own body.

Normal the recovery after pregnancy takes 2 weeks in the ideal situation: no stress and good night’s sleep.

I don’t know about you but when our baby came home, my wife and I forgot about what a good night’s sleep feels like.

Postpartum Recovery Takes An Ugly Turn.

It is not surprise and I don’t have to tell you how not so easy it becomes when you dont sleep, no rest, dealing with life and continue normal life functions.

High stress makes adrenal gland pump more Cortisol into the blood stream. Cortisol is a hormone with an opposite to hCG function and it now sends signals to hypothalamus that life is unstable and in danger. As a respond, your body begins to store food, converting it into fat and storing it in the belly area. You see the problem?

When this kind of chaos happens inside for long time, it becomes chronic and it’s now runs on autopilot, causing weight to go up slowly over time leading to overweight and other health problems.

Postpartum Weight Loss Program

pregnancy-weight-lossWhen my wife stopped breastfeeding she began to gain weight practically daily. It was  not a pleasant thing to watch, how my own wife got caught up in postpartum depression, weight gain and loss of energy and motivation.

Video on the right will show you how it all played out for us, how she gained weight after pregnancy, and how we was able to stabilize her body functions, lose the weight she gained and got her back to a happy mood.

What was it like for you, after you gave birth, were you able to stop weight gain?

9 thoughts on “Why Women Gain Weight After Pregnancy?

  1. I feel like this is the only thing I have read that has made me feel like there is not something wrong with me personally for gaining weight after childbirth, while all of my other friends have lost theirs.I would like to enter your program, but there is a waiting list. How long do you predict it might take to get into the program? Do the HcG and Lipotropic supplements need to be injected? I have seen all of these products individually and am wondering if I can just do this on my own.

    • Hi Bethany, sorry for the late reply.
      The program is designed for you to implement yourself so yes, you absolutely can. My wife did all herself (I helped little :-)
      The waiting list for the program is pushed to Feb-March of 2014.
      The hCG and Lipotropic are injectable, unfortunately, it is the only sure and effective way to get nutrients in .

      Here is a link to the program:

  2. No Angela. if you are breastfeeding, you are connected with your baby. Anything you take will end up in child’s body, you don’t want to take a chance. Just suck it up for now until you finish breastfeeding, then you should explore options and regain your body.

  3. I only gained 14 lbs when I was pregnant with my daughter. I exercised throughout my whole pregnancy and had a great one! No swollen feet, hardly any stretch marks. I felt as though I lost a lot after birth, but slowly I have felt my body start to balloon up again. I was already overweight when I got pregnant, but it almost felt like I lost body fat while pregnant, I was so happy. But I can see how stress plays a huge role, it’s so hard to balance a baby and eating right, working full time, part time school, and making sure to exercise 4 times a week. Oh and not to mention housework, family get togethers, and just life in general! I started using MYFITNESSPAL app again, 1500 calorie limit a day, it’s hard, but I am on day 3, wish me luck!

  4. Exactly. Work, baby, house and adjusting to a new diet and routine – that’s like 2 full time jobs without a break. Postpartum weight loss is a challenge.
    Good luck Syndi, keep us posted on your progress.

  5. My son is 5 months the 10th and Within the last month I’ve noticed that I’ve gained a lot of weight. I’m even afraid of weighing my self. which is sad to say. is like I am 3 months pregnant again or at least that’s how my belly looks. Is this normal?

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