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

Answered by
Dr. Sugandh Garg
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 28, 2022

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.



Welcome to

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.

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