During my pregnancy with my son Asher, I gained a total of 40 pounds. 5 pounds over what I was supposed to, but hey he was 10 days late😉. Either way, it wasn’t the pregnancy diet that was hard for me. For some reason I didn’t get the odd cravings most women talk about and I stayed on a good exercise regimen. I indulged quiet a bit, but stayed pretty healthy along the way. The hardest part for me was having him and then looking down at my stomach and thinking “wow I really did some damage” 🙄 but stop! This is not a good mind set to have!!!! You just carried a baby growing inside of you for 9 months who moved all your organs around and who knows what else! This is when I realized I needed to not be so worried about the scale, but about my health and my baby’s health.
It will take time to lose the weight. You will not fit in your normal jeans a week or even two weeks after giving birth. It’s okay. You spent 9 months growing a baby inside of you, so experts say it could take up to 9 months to get back to where you were…makes sense. In the mean time, eat right (especially if breastfeeding), get rest when you can and start walking when the doctor clears you and/or it feels okay to do so. Give yourself time to heal and take care of your precious new addition!
Exercise in moderation. Once you are cleared to exercise again, don’t make it an obsession. I started off by putting my Fitbit back on and trying to get 10,000 steps a day with a few days off. If I did not meet my goal, oh well! Do not over work yourself…trust me you will need all the energy you have for the little one.
Don’t compare yourself to others. We all are unique in our own way and built differently. Just because your sister’s friend was in a size 2 a month after having her baby doesn’t mean those are the guidelines for you. Be healthy and get exercise when/if you can. Do not focus on other post prego women, it will only defeat you. Advice is okay, but do not compare! You are beautiful the way God made you.
Breastfeeding can help you lose weight. If you are able to breastfeed, it can definitely help you lose weight faster, not to mention it is so healthy for you and baby. Remember to eat an extra 300-500 calories per day for baby and to stick to a healthy diet (after all, baby gets just about everything you intake).
Go with the flow. Not only will your weight be off from pre pregnancy, but so will many other things including your wardrobe, your hair (you lose hair after thanks to hormones) and maybe your emotions as well. Take each day ONE STEP AT A TIME. Giving birth and having a baby is a miracle, but a difficult and life changing event. If your clothes don’t fit, keep wearing maternity clothes (I did and no one noticed 😁) . If you are a train wreck one day, ask for help ( I did!). If you hair falls out, get layers and put it up in different styles. Everything will get better!
Lastly, pray and ask God for help. He will never give you more than you can handle and he always gives grace and rest in time of need. I am only a little past the 3 month mark with my son and it does continue to get easier. Love your body and remember why it’s going through the changes! It is all worth it when you look at the miracle you created ❤️