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How can I increase my appetite and gain weight after my pregnancy?

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Answered by

Dr. Sugandh Garg

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iCliniq medical review team

Published At December 29, 2022
Reviewed AtJanuary 3, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am looking for guidance on what else I can do about my weight. I am a 25-year-old female (5 feet 5 inches in height and weight 105 lbs). In high school, I weighed around 120 kg, which has been my desired weight for the past year. After my first pregnancy, I was 115 lbs, and I continued to lose weight. I started losing hair and became extremely tired all the time. I went to my family doctor, who told me it was normal since I was breastfeeding. A few months after I stopped nursing, I went back, and they did a full blood workup and only found that I was vitamin D deficient. It has been ten months since I stopped nursing, and I still cannot seem to gain weight. I have no appetite in the evenings and normally only feel hungry during lunch. When I force myself to eat, even when I am not hungry, I feel sick. I am still extremely tired and feel weak all the time. I drink meal shakes to try and help, but the heaviest I have been in a while is 107 lbs. I feel like this is a never-ending battle. I can easily count my ribs while looking in the mirror, and my collarbones stick out far enough. Is there anything I can do to help with my appetite?

Thank you.

Answered by Dr. Sugandh Garg


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I read your query and understand your concern.

I suggest the following.

1. Eat a healthy balanced nutritional diet.

2. Do yoga and exercise as health permits; starting gradually will help and improve appetite.

3. Drink plenty of fluids.

For a detailed diet chart on weight gain, please follow up. Hope you took a vitamin D3 supplement to endure it is within the normal range. A protein-rich diet is balanced out well to prevent hair fall. I suggest you take multi-vitamin supplements, regular iron tablets, and calcium supplements once daily unless otherwise contraindicated after meals with water. Follow up after checking your blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Sugandh Garg
Dr. Sugandh Garg

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