Diet

A 20-30 pound weight increase during the past nine months is a direct effect of the pregnancy. Unfortunately, this weight does not disappear with the delivery, since time is needed for redistribution of fluid spaces (especially when breastfeeding). Care should be taken not to diet too drastically. Some "paunchiness” of the abdomen is very common and can only be reduced with the use of an exercise program (e.g., sit-ups).