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Post Pregnancy Baby Weight: Reality Check

I have been posting about celeb moms and their slim down secrets. It is interesting to get a glimpse into the celebrity world, especially if you have dealt with working off the pounds that accompanied your nine month journey to motherhood. I do, however, want to provide a little reality check: these women have resources that regular, normal, non-celeb moms do not. I am talking about nannies, personal chefs, personal trainers as well as a lot of external pressure to "tighten up."

It is not a good idea to go on a severely calorie restricted diet, especially if the new mom is breastfeeding. Cutting back on calories means the loss of significant nutrients for the mother and the baby. For some women, breastfeeding actually can help take off some baby weight. A lactating mom needs at least 1800 – 2000 calories a day. Plus cutting back on food can make a new, sleep deprived mom cranky, and cranky is not what you want to be when facing the unique challenges of tending to a newborn.

Exercise, on the other hand is highly recommended. Not only will it help new moms lose weight, it can help ward off postpartum depression. It is key to remember that exercise should make you feel better not worse, and it always a good idea to check with your OB before beginning a postpartum exercise program, especially if you had a difficult pregnancy, delivery, or a C-section. I highly recommend walking, as a way to begin exercising it is enjoyable for both you and the baby. Get out and go for a stroll.

Fit’s tip: After taking time off from vigorous exercise for nine months, it will take you some time to get back to your pre-pregnancy level of fitness. Start with the level of exercise you did in your third trimester and work you way back, adding elements from your second trimester, and so on. Good Luck!

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sailing-chick sailing-chick 10 years
great to hear someone finally admit to what the celbs have and that it's un-ntural for a mum to get their post-pregnacy body back so quickly. Love the tips!
krisua krisua 10 years
Very sane words, thank you!
ilovefab4 ilovefab4 10 years
Also, sweet potato, I don't know of any doctors who would advise no exercise for 6 weeks. They would just recommend low impact exercise. I was walking after a few days and doing the elliptical after about a week.
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
DEF HAVE YOUR DRS APPROVAL AND DO NOT STARVE CONTINUE YOUR PRENATALS TO THROUGH OUT THE DIETING! Loosing the weight takes time remember it took 9 months to gain it! Steady but slow is a great way to loose. I gianed ALOT between both of my pregnancies but I am glad to say at 5 months post Ive lost almost half of it all (31lbs down!) Walking is the best way to start! And its fun for you and the babies! And I found that even if you feel crappy excersise through it! It gives you the energy when you are done to get everything done that you need to at home!
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 10 years
Plenty of moms are able to lose weight very quickly. It helps if you're one of those weird people who loses weight when they're stressed out, especially if you're trying to breast feed and return to work in 6 weeks. If you're one who gains weight in such instances, don't worry. In 18 years, you'll get your figure back.
ilovefab4 ilovefab4 10 years
Good advice, but I do want to add that often times you can hang on to 10-15 pounds while you are breastfeeding. It's mostly fluids, but it's real, and it can make your jeans not fit. I quit BFing for other reasons, but literally the last 15 pounds fell off after I did.
sweet_potato sweet_potato 10 years
Don't forget doctor's advise against exercising until 6 weeks after birth. Longer if you've had a c-section.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Yes, its so important to take note of this. Its easier for celeb moms, in many cases, because they have so many resources to draw on. Thanks for providing these great tips.
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