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The Truth About Your Body After Baby

With celebrity moms showing off shockingly svelte bodies just weeks after giving birth, it's no wonder new mothers are so confused about what to really expect after delivery. Here, we separate fact from fiction.
eating whole grain carbs You Need to Eat More If You're Nursing

False. The calories for your breast milk are mostly coming from your body reserves. (Think: That extra cushion you put on your hips during pregnancy!) You should aim for one to two pounds of weight loss a week, until you hit your target weight. If you find that you are losing more than two pounds a week, you may need to add an extra snack to your day to slow weight loss down. "It is important that you focus on eating a complete diet, because the vitamins and minerals from the food you eat will get pumped into your breast milk," says Melinda Johnson, MS, RD, a lecturer at Arizona State University. "Focus on eating regularly with plenty of fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, whole grains, and lean protein, and check with your doctor about continuing your prenatal vitamin while you are breastfeeding."