“During pregnancy, very often a woman’s activity and nutrition levels go down,” says OB-GYN Michael Dawson, M.D., of Atlanta Women’s Specialists. “These factors mean you gain weight. The extra fat then gets distributed to places where women most often put on weight: the backside, hips and thighs.”
Even if you do continue a healthy eating and exercise routine, pregnancy alone may determine where you put on extra pounds.
It can take up to a year to lose the weight gained during pregnancy, says Dawson. To shed pounds gradually, experts recommend a mix of exercise and well-balanced nutrition. Low-calorie, high-fiber foods, such as vegetables, promote a feeling of fullness, making it easier to eat less. As for exercise, Flatt recommends moves that work multiple muscles.