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Q: I want to shed the baby weIght, but I struggle wIth motIvatIon. How can I get movIng?
It’s often hard to get up and exercise when you’re exhausted and overwhelmed with a new baby. It’s important to make fitness fun, and the best way to do this is by connecting with other new moms and your baby while you exercise.
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If you’ve ever wondered how on earth celebrities seem to snap back into shape so quickly after having a baby, well the answer may not be as unattainable as you may think.
In fact, one of the best-kept secrets of Hollywood moms is the Belly Bandit compression garment, which helps to shrink the belly, waist and hips and has a whole host of other benefits for the post-pregnancy body.
The average newborn weighs approximately 7.5 pounds. But how many pounds will YOU weigh when you walk out of the delivery room? And how long will it take for you to get your pre-baby body back? While the timeline is different for every woman and is based on a number of factors—how much weight you gained while pregnant, whether or not you’re breastfeeding, your diet and exercise habits—there are certain weight-loss milestones you can mark on your calendar.
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We hear a lot of talk in our culture about getting back into shape after baby. As a mother of two, I laugh ruefully at such talk, mumbling things like “Round and kinda bumpy is a shape.”
But it has recently come to my attention that my baby is, well, 2. As in years old. And that I haven’t taken an exercise class since the super gentle You-Just-Had-A-Baby-A-Second-Ago mom-baby yoga class so many years ago.
I remember chatting with a friend about a month before I was due with my son about my postpartum exercise routine. At that time, I was an avid morning gym goer — 6:30 am spin classes — things one can do before baby! I was under the great delusion that I would miss a couple of weeks and then be right back into my fitness regimen.
It takes time to get back into your bikini-body shape after having a little one, but the key to settling into a happy weight may be more about making time for pleasure than going on a deprivation diet. “If you aren’t living a joyful life—despite getting enough rest, watching what you eat, and exercising regularly—you won’t be able to reach or sustain your happy weight,” says Erin Cox, author of the new book, One Hot Mama, who struggled with her weight after having three kids.
When I was expecting, I didn’t think too much about my weight. In the first trimester, I was so nauseous that I lost weight from not eating enough on most days. When I started feeling better, I was thrilled to be gaining weight—to me it was a sign that my baby and I were healthy, so I never paid too much attention to the number on the scale at the doctor’s office. If my OB-GYN said my weight gain was fine, I took her word for it.
After being completely focused on your pregnancy for nine months, it can be sort of shocking to see just yourself when you look in the mirror after your baby is born. As you heal and get into the swing of new motherhood, you might start eyeing your postpartum body with suspicion and wonder if you’ll ever fit into your prepregnancy jeans again.
Gaining weight while expecting was the easy part. Now that your baby has arrived—and you’ve finally gotten used to the endless diaper changes and lack of sleep—it’s time to tackle the remaining baby weight. If you’re not sure how to begin, here are seven steps and four of the most effective abdominal moves for working your way back to your prepregnancy body.