One of the major issues bothering women is why do they continue putting on weight after their pregnancy and according to scientists it is because a few factors playing a combined role.

For starters women tend to eat off their child’s plate and they also tend to sit down for longer periods of time. Further they because of sleep deprivation, they experience increased craving for food and appetite even if they prefer healthy diet and all these factors combined leads to weight gain post pregnancy.

“Mothers tend to put the needs of their children first, so they might not be exercising or taking care of themselves,” lead author Olga Yakusheva, Associate Professor at the University of Michigan in the US, said. “It might also be little things like finishing the food on their child’s plate or spending more time sitting with their kids reading or watching a movie,” Yakusheva added.

Scientists also note that many women tend to crank up their diet and exercise for a short time and often get to their pre-pregnancy weight, but what follows is a phase of laziness as well as the lack of time to follow through with this routine as they increasingly start devoting more time to their kids. This effectively leaves exercise and healthy routine on the back seat and weight gain naturally follows.

Researchers studied data for 30,000 women who had given birth between one and four times. Although all the women gain weight due to their age, there was a sharp difference between those who gave birth and those who did not. By the time their children were toddler age, mothers who had given birth had put on at least one pound more each year than those who were childless.

The researchers suggested that if women want to lose the weight, they should cut the calories and work out more as well as take a holistic approach focused on a long-term healthy lifestyle.