Birthing Interview - Mamta | C-Section Due to Weight gain and C-Section Recovery tips!

Birthing Interview - Mamta | C-Section Due to Weight gain and C-Section Recovery tips!

*This is a podcast interview in the series - Regular Moms | Regular Birthing Stories* 


In today's episode of "Hand that Rocks the Cradle - Hindi" we have a very phenomenal mother - Mamta Makwana. Mamta is not only a fabulous makeup artist but also a mother to a 5 month old adorable baby girl. She talks about her surprise pregnancy experience wherein she shares she conceived naturally after 7 long years!

"I believed in God and knew I will be blessed with a baby", she shares.

She shares the struggle of putting on lot of weight and reaching 100 kgs in pregnancy and having to undergo C-Section for baby's safe birth. She gives amazing tips to recover from C-Section and postpartum weight loss as well.

"I lost 15-20 kgs without exercise postpartum", she gushes!


Watch her entire birth story video interview here :

Mamta is honest and raw as she shares her desire to have a daughter and being blessed with the same. She also shares practical tips for C-section moms to implement which helps in postpartum weight loss. She shares that eating healthy home made food helped her loose weight after C-Section.

If you liked the gorgeous Maternity kurti Mamta is wearing in the video, you can get yours here:

You can also hear it in podcast (audio only) here :

“In giving birth to our babies, we may find that we give birth to new possibilities within ourselves.” —Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn

C-Section Recovery and Beyond: Tips for Postpartum Weight Loss

Struggling to loose weight after C-Section delivery? You are not alone! Read along to know expert tips!

Healing comes from Within : To be physically fit, you need to work on mental fitness too!

If you've recently had a C-section, congratulations on your new bundle of joy! 

However, you may be wondering about the recovery process and how to lose weight postpartum 

Recovering from a C-section can take longer than recovering from a vaginal birth. 

Your body needs time to heal, and it's essential to follow your doctor's instructions to ensure a smooth recovery. Here are some tips to help you recover from a C-section:

  1. Rest: The first few days after your C-section, you should rest as much as possible. Avoid lifting heavy objects, and try to limit your movement.

  2. Pain relief: Your doctor will prescribe pain medication to help manage any discomfort you may experience.

  3. Staying hydrated: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, which can help your body heal more quickly.

  4. Good nutrition: Eating a well-balanced diet can help your body heal and recover more quickly.

  5. Gentle exercise: Once your doctor has cleared you for exercise, gentle walking can help promote healing.

Navigating the Postpartum Journey: C-Section Recovery and Weight Loss Tips

Many women struggle with losing weight postpartum, especially after a C-section. It's essential to approach weight loss in a healthy and sustainable way. Here are some tips to help you lose weight postpartum:

  1. Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding can help you burn calories and lose weight.

  2. Healthy diet: Eating a healthy and balanced diet can help you lose weight postpartum. Focus on eating lean protein, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

  3. Hydration: Staying hydrated can help you feel full and avoid overeating.

  4. Exercise: Once your doctor has cleared you for exercise, start with gentle exercises like walking, yoga, or swimming.

  5. Patience: Remember, it took nine months to gain the weight, and it may take some time to lose it. Be patient with yourself and focus on making sustainable changes.

Is there a diet you can use to reduce weight post C-Section?

The mothers need to include or avoid a few things to make their regular diet effective in their postpartum weight loss journey.

Whole grains:

Whole grains are wholesome foods loaded with nutrients and vitamins that are necessary to eat after a C-section. It boosts energy levels and breast milk supply. Whole grains like wheat and millets, brown rice, and oats are good breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Indian diet is rich in millets which should be included by mothers.

Dairy Products:

Dairy products like skimmed milk, low-fat yogurt, and cheese will provide the mother with the required amount of protein, calcium, and vitamins B and D. Moreover, low-fat dairy strengthens the bones and teeth of the mother and also stimulates her baby's growth through breast milk.

Fruits and Vegetables:

Juicy fruits and leafy vegetables should be a part of new breastfeeding moms' postpartum weight loss diet because they provide nutrients such as vitamins, iron, and calcium and stimulate postpartum weight loss.


New moms may suffer from constipation, affecting C-section incisions. Fibre is rich in roughage that helps new moms with constipation. Include fibre-rich fruits such as berries, oranges, pears, apples, kiwis, mangoes, and prunes; and vegetables such as beetroot, cauliflower, carrots, bell peppers, and green peas in your postpartum diet plan for weight loss.


Drinking fluids such as low-fat milk, coconut water, herbal teas, and buttermilk prevents dehydration and helps ease bowel movements in new moms with constipation. Plus, consuming low-fat drinks will help you with the postpartum weight loss process.


Drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes affect the breast milk supply and degrade the mother’s health.

Foods containing added sugar are high in calories. Consuming these will do nothing to help you with the postpartum weight loss process. Instead, it will make you gain weight. Replace sugary foods with juicy fruits and dry fruits


New moms need wholesome food filled with nutrients after a C-section. Junk and fried foods have high calories, fat, and salt. These will only affect your postpartum weight loss process.

Carbonated drinks are high in sugar content. Consumption of these will affect the mother’s health and her baby’s growth.


Women who are asked to undergo C-section delivery worry about loosing weight. They feel its harder for them compared to vaginal births and they even end up putting on more weight in pregnancy as well. However research says differently.

A research study done in 2017 concluded that after accounting for correlations between pre-pregnancy weight, gestational weight gain, and mode of delivery, there is no evidence of a causal link between Cesarean delivery and maternal weight retention. 

A 2021 study also studied the factors contributing to weight retention post partum and concluded that Postpartum weight retention (PPWR) is a strong predictor of obesity in later life with long term health consequences in women. Suboptimal lifestyle behaviours (e.g., diet and physical activity) contribute to PPWR. Postpartum lifestyle interventions are known to be efficacious in reducing PPWR.

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