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Real Housewife of NY Alex McCord Defends Bethenny Frankel's Weight Loss

Did Your Baby Weight "Melt Off" Like Bethenny Frankel?

Critics are all up in arms about how Real Housewife of New York and health nut Bethenny Frankel lost her baby weight too quickly. In just three weeks, she dropped 29 of the 35 pounds she gained while growing a little bun in her oven. Her critics claim she didn't gain enough while pregnant and is setting up unrealistic expectations for fellow mommies-to-be.

Fellow Real Housewife of NY, Alex McCord, is defending Bethenny, telling Us Weekly,

"I have been through this. I have two children; I gained about 45 lbs. with my first and it was all gone within less than a month . . . There are some people who win the genetic lottery, and it melts off.

Whether it's genetics or a crazy amount of hard work, I am curious about the moms out there . . .

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luvlior luvlior 7 years
I wish she would just disappear from the spot light. Like really, wtf does she do?
jessvogel85 jessvogel85 7 years
I don't have any children, but my mom went home from the hospital after giving birth to me in her pre-pregnancy jeans. She was 24, and I was a 7 1/2 lb baby so nothing unhealthy going on! Every person and every pregnancy is different!
HTCmom HTCmom 7 years
I gained a lot of weight trying to get pregnant with fertility drugs & then carrying my babies I gained. It's been horrible trying to get the weight off.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
i can't believe people actually pay attention to people like her
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
She is lying about everything. She probably DIDN'T gain 35 lbs. She just says she did so it sounds ok since her baby was medically low birth weight. But if she says she gained the weight and lost it then she looks soooo superior (in her mind). The reality is probably that she starved herself, gained only 15 lbs, and lost the rest in 3 weeks.
wednesday_adams wednesday_adams 7 years
I'm 27 and just had my first baby 17 days ago. I ate super healthy all through the pregnancy and gained 36 pounds. Due to breastfeeding and losing water weight, I'm only 7 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight. I'm not quite sure how that happened so quickly but I'm glad it did!
cnes89 cnes89 7 years
35 pounds seems like enough, I heard to not go above 40 lbs, but that also depends on the person. She also delivered her baby a month early, so she probably didn't have enough time to gain the rest of the weight.
uptownfitchic uptownfitchic 7 years
I've seen many woman lose the weight right away, I noticed that they breastfed and kept the same eating habits before pregnant and were active in fitness. It's possible.
jadelyce jadelyce 7 years
Bethenny isn't a good example because she delivered a small baby prematurely. We don't know what risks she was taking to maintain her weight at the expense of her unborn child. I delivered a 9lb 7oz baby full term and gained 27 pounds. Like Mouzzer, I lost the pounds in short order due to breastfeeding, but had to work out to regain muscle tone.
Mouzzer Mouzzer 7 years
I lost the actual weight in terms of pounds in less than 7 weeks without too much effort. But trying to get my SHAPE back required sculpting type work with ankle weights, balls and stuff 4 days a week and eating a bit more protein. I think the reason some of us struggle is that our sleep schedules/rhythms get all messed up and this, at least for me, makes me gain a lot of weight around my waist.
Beaner Beaner 7 years
I'm surprised that I've already gained 22 pounds and I have 10 weeks to go. Everyone carries differently though, and I feel good knowing that I've been taking care of myself and this growing babe throughout this pregnancy. Some women gain 20 pounds, while others gain three times that. And just as pregnancies are different, so are post-pregnancies. I have friends who lost their baby weight immediately, and ones who have been working on it for a year and still have more to lose. It's annoying that people are so judgmental about pregnant women and their bodies.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 7 years
I wish I had the genes to have had my pregnancy weight "melt off!" I worked out throughout my entire pregnancy (up until 2 days before I went into labor) with the hopes that would help as well. But even with that and with nursing which everyone said would make the weight melt off, I still had to workout and watch my diet after giving birth. I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight in about 9 months, but certainly not without hard work. I was 31 when I had my first child, which is the same age my mom was when she had me and she managed to have her weight melt off with nursing and never working out. I guess I got my weight genes from my dad's side of the family.
jazzytummy jazzytummy 7 years
35 lbs is more than enough. My mother had four kids, and gained no more than 25 lbs with each of us, all born healthy and term. She was slender to begin with and was back to "normal" within a couple of weeks. Anyone who tells someone they need to gain more than 35 lbs while carrying a singleton just wants her friend to be fat once the kid is born. Bitchy.
bohokitty bohokitty 7 years
I was underweight when I got pregnant. This was my first pregnancy. I gained about 45 lbs and was back down to my pre-baby weight in about two months. I started going back to gym anyway though, just to tone up ect. I did however go up a bra size and can't seem to lose it. Is that normal??
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 7 years
It took me about 2 years to lose the 50 lbs that I gained. If she was at a healthy weight during pregnancy, then maybe she is a lucky one or maybe she had long as the kid is ok...
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
It seems a little strange to criticize someone for not gaining enough weight during pregnancy AFTER they've already given birth to a healthy baby.
SaraJeanQueen SaraJeanQueen 7 years
Bethenny's always been very practical and super healthy. Not worried, as long as she doesn't become one of these emaciated moms. Big fan of hers.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
I was 27 when I had my son, he was my first one and yes, I'm one of those women who gained like 80 lbs during the pregnancy (well, it was 85). I lost it and more (total in 90 lbs) in 2 years, but it took that long because the first year, I was just exercising (no dieting whatsoever--still indulgently eating whatever I want), then the 2nd year, I started to eat right and light beside exercise, then the weight really came off.
dancinlaughin01 dancinlaughin01 7 years
she's 39. i find it really hard that someone has the genes to melt off pounds that quickly at 39. I dont know if this is true, but I've heard that some celebrities get C-section tummy tucks. If this is true, I highly doubt any celeb would come clean about that. either way, i just hope she's happy and healthy.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 7 years
35 lbs is more than enough to gain while pregnant. Really, anymore than that is unhealthy. I find it disgusting when these celebrities gain like 70 lbs when they have babies. Ok, the baby is roughly 8 lbs. What's the other 62 lbs for? Just gluttony.
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