Take Slimming Pills after Pregnancy - What You Should Know?
Medically considered the most sensitive and delicate health condition any person
can be in, the nine months of pregnancy is not the time to be taking just any over-the-counter
medication. Not even your beloved slimming pills. It is during this time that you
need all the nutrients not only for the baby developing in your womb but also for
you as a would-be breastfeeding mother.
While it is also the time when water retention and bloating attend your condition,
it is not the time to diet. Admittedly, every expectant woman has one thing on her
mind apart from her baby. It’s whether she can ever get back to her pre-pregnancy
Ask Your Doctor
After your pregnancy, you can start to diet. You can go into a low calorie diet and
some moderate exercise and activity which can restore a woman’s shapely form after
pregnancy, usually in 3 to 4 months.
However, some women may end up stuck with the baby fats they grew while pregnant
and develop that matronly obese look common among many mothers. For them, it may
be a good idea to get some help with diet pills. But not right away.
First of all, there’s no substitute for a reasonably rigorous exercise regimen and
a healthy diet to maintain the right body mass index (BMI). While weight loss pills
are claimed to reduce this or that amount of fat, they are best taken together with
some form of exercise and reduced calorie intake.
Diet pills can be prescriptive or over-the-counter (OTC) type. Consult with your
doctor soon after delivering your baby though it is doubtful you can get any prescriptive
weight loss medication right after pregnancy as you’d still be lactating.
Doctors only prescribe them when the patent is severely obese with a high risk of
getting health complications where the benefits outweigh the side effects inherent
in taking potent prescriptive diet pills.
Exercise Caution And Patience
An overweight mother can thus be left with little choice but to go for OTC diet pills
and supplements which often have half the potency of prescriptive versions. But bear
in mind that diet supplements, whether artificially or naturally formulated from
organically-grown botanicals, are not considered as drugs and, therefore, do not
pass FDA scrutiny nor require FDA approval before being marketed.
While your doctor may not readily provide prescriptive diet pills, he/she can recommend
the right OTC diet pill or supplement that is suitable for your health condition,
taking into account any history of allergy or family history of deadly diseases where
your predisposition may be aggravated by any of their active ingredients, no matter
Still, it is advisable to exercise patience and wait until your baby is weaned and
you are no longer breastfeeding. The ingredients of OTC diet pills and supplements
can be present in your bloodstream and end up in your breast milk which could potentially
harm your baby. You don’t like that to happen, do you?
In addition, your female hormone estrogen could be back to normal pre-pregnancy levels
after breastfeeding which can make taking OTC drugs relatively less of a health concern.
At any rate, exercise and a healthy low calorie diet are still your best bet to regaining
your pre-pregnancy body.