” I got my abortion on July 21, however, I haven’t been able to lose weight. How do I regulate my hormones?”
Both medical (pill) and surgical abortions will not directly cause any weight gain. It may take weeks to months to feel completely “normal” after a termination of pregnancy secondary to the gradual decline of the pregnancy hormones. If you have any concern that the abortion was not complete, you should contact your doctor and come in for an evaluation.
What Could be Causing the Weight Gain?
Some factors that can be contributing to the weight gain and your inability to lose weight include: diet, exercise, or possibly a new pregnancy.
Diet and Exercise – Many women have complex emotional feelings following an abortion. Some women may find that their usual routines have been disrupted. Recording everything you eat and all of your physical activities for the week can help you pinpoint any unhealthy eating habits you might have developed.
A possible new pregnancy – Your body returns to fertility almost immediately after having an abortion. It is possible to get pregnant again even before your next period. It is extremely important to find a birth control option that works for you if don’t desire to be pregnant. The Depo-Provera shot is the only birth control method that has been linked to causing weight gain, so this method may not be the best fit for you. Other birth control methods including the IUDs, the implant, the pill, patch, or ring are all great options that will not cause weight gain.
Maintaining a Healthy Weight
Maintaining a healthy weight is probably the number one most important step towards achieving optimum mental and physical health. Some of the dangers of being overweight are having a higher risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, and other serious health conditions. By sticking to a healthy diet and finding time to be active every day, your journey to a healthier you will be successful. Here are some things to remember for a healthy 2016:
- Diet – Here’s an easy way to remember how to build your meals: Half of your plate should be filled with vegetables and fruit. Cut the other half of your plate in half and use 1 side for meat/proteins and the other side for grains. If you are trying to lose weight, make your plate smaller and cut down on the portion sizes.
- Exercise – Find ways to be active every single day. If losing weight is your goal, you need to be producing more energy (burning calories) than you are taking in (amount of calories you eat in a day.) Changing up your routine, trying out a new class, or training with a friend can all help keep you motivated. Develop a personal fitness plan that works for you and make the commitment to stick to it!
We have a new family medicine program at FPA Women’s Health and can address your concerns of weight gain with diet, exercise, and in some cases medication. Our doctor assisted program for weight loss include:
- Medical history and a physical exam.
- Screening for a variety of psychological and medical issues that could be affecting your ability to lose weight including blood pressure, anxiety screening, and urinalysis.
- Personal wellness plan development with a detailed diet & exercise plan and medications, if necessary.
- Ongoing monitoring and care by your doctor to make sure you are successful with your program.
If you are interested in gaining the tools to maintain a healthy weight, make an appointment to come in and meet with our Dr. Prestwich.