As It Turns Out, New Moms Who Are Struggling With Excess Weight Are Probably Doing So Because Of "The Impact Of New Parenthood Stress On Physical Activity."

As it turns out, new moms who are struggling with excess weight are probably doing so because of "the impact of new parenthood stress on physical activity."
As it turns out, new moms who are struggling with excess weight are probably doing so because of "the impact of new parenthood stress on physical activity." No...couldn't be! Researchers at Georgia Health Sciences University published the study in Women and Health. They studied 60 first-time mothers and found that there was a link between higher BMI (body mass index) after pregnancy to a sedentary lifestyle, parenting stress and excessive weight gain during pregnancy. All of this seems very logical to me, and I'm sure that a lot of moms would agree. I adopted my kids, but the stress of becoming a parent under the circumstances we experienced led to weight gain very quickly for me and I kissed my size four behind goodbye. I had no time or ability to work out in the way that I previously had, my son did not sleep for more than half an hour at a time and I was physically and emotionally exhausted. I loved being a mom (still do!), but it most certainly took a toll on my physical health and my waistline. And I know I'm not alone. I suppose it's good to see what lots of us already know confirmed with research.
“Sedentary lifestyle, or a low amount of physical activity, was most influenced by the type of parenting stress the mothers reported,” says Dr. Deborah Young-Hyman, behavioral psychologist with the Georgia Prevention Institute. “More parenting stress, especially depression, was associated with less physical activity and a higher postpartum BMI.” (Source: EurekAlert)
>>What do you think? Do you believe new parenting stress affects a new mom's weight?

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