Congratulations! You finally had the baby and can stop wearing those god awful maternity pants. Right? Ha! No. Not unless you only gained 15lbs. in which case you suck and probably needed to put on a few pounds anyway. These weight loss tips are for the rest of you.
Somehow (eating everything in sight) I managed to gain 65lbs during my first pregnancy and 55lbs. with my second which is really an accomplishment in itself when you think about it. I figured I’d lose a good 20lbs. right after delivery what with the 7lb. babies and massive amount of gore that came out of me but by some cruel feat of physics I only lost about 3lbs. each time. I still do not know how this was possible but I think someone should write their thesis on it. The rest was up to me to lose and I was horrified. I’ve put on an extra 10 (ok15) lbs. before but this was daunting new territory. I did however manage to lose all the baby weight within a year (or so) each time. And my smug “friend” who only gained 15lbs.during her pregnancy and paid out the wazoo for a gym membership and personal trainer still looks pregnant. Three years later. Here’s what I know.
It took you nine months to achieve your weight gain so it will probably take at least that long to lose it. Unless you have a tummy tuck during your C-section.
Don’t even think about exercising for awhile. You will lose a lot of water weight without doing anything at all. I lost 15- 20lbs the first month after each pregnancy. The first month is free.
Sure breastfeeding is good for the baby (if your not smoking crack or anything). But the number one reason to breast feed is the turbo charged metabolism it will give you. Also you will have a great rack. And if you manage to lose the baby weight before you stop nursing you can be skinny and have big boobs at the same time. This was a first for me and a major motivating factor to both lose weight and keep on nursing until swimsuit season was over.
Eat Real Food
Pay attention to this one. You can eat junk food all day but your body will not be satisfied until you give it the nutritious food it needs. That means lots of fruits, nuts, veggies, legumes, lean meat, dairy, and whole grains. Cut up a ton of vegetables, keep them in a big freezer bag, and and have them raw dipped in a quality salad dressing containing omega 3s or 6s or whatever.
Be Too Tired/Stressed Out To Feed Yourself
This will be especially easy to accomplish with your second child. Resolve to eat good food or nothing and you will be surprised how often you will choose nothing out of sheer exhaustion.
Exercise (or not)
Um, Ok honestly I’m not big on exercise unless it’s yoga or sex. Practicing both a few times a week will definitely help tone you, relax you, and (bonus tip) keep your relationship in tact. An elliptical trainer parked in the family room also helped me lose weight after my first baby. I also did occasional crunches, squats and leg lifts while watching trashy reality TV. I don’t recommend getting a gym membership because you’ll never go and it quickly becomes another chore. Plus you’ll just eat more later to reward yourself.
Best of luck to you girl! And remember you do not have to look like a mom just because you are one. The screaming bundle of joy on your hip will make your new role in life abundantly clear to everyone.