A lot of women are concerned about their bodies after pregnancy and how they will lose the weight they gained. I was one of these women. Fortunately, I ended up getting the body that I wanted afterwards and I know other women can too.
To be honest, I was not at the weight and shape that I wanted to be at when we had our surprise pregnancy. This worried me because I knew that weight gain during pregnancy was inevitable. So that meant even more weight to get off after I gave birth.
Although it took me a while to lose weight (my snap-back was slow!), I still accomplished my goal of getting a nice figure back. I wanted to do a post about it and maybe help other women who are trying to get pregnant, are currently pregnant or just gave birth.
Shortly before pregnancy
I didn’t weigh myself due to past eating disorder struggles. I do know though that I was a little out of shape and softer than I like to be. Not to say that I was exactly huge or anything.
At that time, I was pretty much eating pure junk. I did not watch any calories, sugars, carbs or fats. My favorite thing to eat was puppy chow and I would eat a LOT of it when it was around.
I was eating bad and exercising four times a week until around a month before I found out I was pregnant. Shortly before that positive pee stick, I started embarking on a journey to live a healthier life.
I began to eat better and started a more intense exercise program (called War Room Strategies). My goal was to start losing some fat so that my body could look better
Once I found out I was pregnant, that could no longer be my goal.
Weight gain and exercise during pregnancy
I did experience bad evening sickness from weeks 10-17. After that it was smooth sailing. I ended up eating more than I should have for a while.
My weight gains pretty much stopped at around 28 weeks. I started eating better at that time so I am guessing that is the reason.
I don’t recall doing formal workouts while pregnant in all honesty. My job of working as a float in a daycare seemed like enough exercise to me. If I were to get pregnant again I will definitely keep up with my regular exercising.
I gained a total of 28 pounds during the pregnancy.
No weight loss through breastfeeding
I had planned on breastfeeding, so I thought that that was going to help me lose all the weight. It was only until a week after I gave birth that I found out that having tuberous breasts may make it difficult to breastfeed.
In my case I barely made any breast milk at all despite pumping and putting my son on my breasts a lot. Losing weight through breast-feeding was definitely not going to happen.
I had to put in some hard work without the aid of burning calories from breastfeeding.
What I did to lose weight and get in shape
I wanted to start exercising and watching my calories right away. My motivation to get healthier and fitter was strong. There was no stopping me!
I only lost about 12 pounds right after giving birth, so I had some work to do. My abdomen area also turned pitched black. I was worried it was going to stay that way.
Here is a list of things I did to lose weight:
1. Bodyweight workouts to start- A couple days after giving birth I decided to start a bodyweight workout regimen. This was to just get back into the swing of things due to me not working out during my pregnancy. I combined these workouts with some cardio as well.
2. Pregnancy Pilates- Along with the bodyweight workouts, I also did a post-natal Pilates workout DVD (see here: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Pilates-Post-Pregnancy-Susan-Moran-Perich/dp/B00020VZYS/ref=sr_1_53?keywords=pregnancy+postnatal+pilates&qid=1580059766&sr=8-53). This felt so refreshing to do. I highly recommend it or other DVDs like it to other women who have given birth recently.
3. Calorie counting- I decided to watch the calories that were going into my mouth! That is the most effective way to lose weight. I stayed at 1400 calories for a while.
4. Weightlifting- I started weightlifting after a few weeks of doing bodyweight workouts. I went to two lower body days and two upper body days. I lifted as heavy as I could.
Admittedly, my results were slow. My body only started changing when my son was eight weeks old.
After six months, my body was pretty much back to being acceptable to me. The darkness on my abdomen even went away! I was elated.
My body currently
My body looks even better now five years after giving birth. This is due in part to my consistent workouts and intermittent fasting.
My pre-pregnancy jeans are loose on me surprisingly enough. My lower abdominal area has some extra skin and wrinkles, but it doesn’t bother me that much.
I don’t have a perfect body, but I am learning to love myself regardless. My hope is that other women can get to that point too!
Tips for other mothers
I am not an expert in losing weight or anything like that. All I am trying to do is be of help to other mothers out there.
Here are some tips I came up with:
1. Don’t compare yourself- Everyone’s body is unique. Some women may get their pre-pregnancy body back sooner. Some women get it back slower.
2. Enjoy your baby- It is fine to want to start losing weight/getting back into shape, but you should also try to enjoy your new baby. Take a balanced approach to your life.
3. Do it the healthy way- Losing weight should be done in a healthy manner. This is especially true if you want to keep it off for as long as possible. Don’t go crazy by severely restricting your calories, exercising like crazy, taking diet pills etc.
4. Be realistic- Our bodies go through a lot of changes during pregnancy. We might not have the same exact shape as we did before. This means that our pre-pregnancy pants and/or tops may not fit the same even if we have lost the weight.
5. Try not to mourn- Don’t dwell on the body you used to have. Look to the future! You can still have a great looking body even if it is a little different.
6. Get some new clothes- Having nice looking clothes that fit your post-pregnancy body will make you feel a lot better about yourself.
Our bodies may change after giving birth. It can be hard to accept at first but over time, self-love can be achieved. The best thing to do is stay healthy.
Thank you for taking the time to read this! If you have anything to add to this topic, let me know!
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