Recently we’ve noticed celebrities like Selma Blair and Ivanka Trump, and Jessica Alba are stepping out a few weeks after giving birth and looking ridiculously good. You may wonder ‘how that does happen and how come that never happens to me?’ There is something you have realize; celebrities will have armies behind them. Sarah Jessica Parker may have said it best when she said, “It’s really unfair to working women in America who read celebrity news and think, ‘Why can’t I lose weight when I’ve had a baby?’ Well, everyone you’re reading about has money for a trainer and a chef. That doesn’t make it realistic.”
What is realistic is expecting your body to take 9 months to 1 year to get back to pre-pregnancy shape. It took 9 months for your body to adapt to a baby, now you’re going to have to be patient about it getting back to ‘normal’. Most doctors will advise that physical activity should resume after 6 weeks, and that is extended to 9 weeks if you had a C-section. (Of course, always check with your doctor first, before starting any exercise routine.)
There is no magic pill or super-secret for getting back into shape. When you’ve talked with your doctor and have determined when you can start physical activity, start your routine slowly. Walking for 30 minutes a day can be a great way to start as you ease back into a routine. Take time to warm up and cool down and increase your pace gradually. Don’t over exert yourself and make sure you are drinking enough fluids. Also, take a minute to evaluate your sports bra. You’re probably going to need more support that you did before you were pregnant. We like the 3-Reason Support Bra by Title IV. Not only does it offer great support, it has an adjustable strap that is helpful if you need to breastfeed.
One of the best ways to get back to a pre-pregnancy body is to stay active during your pregnancy. Doing 30 minutes of moderate aerobics like walking, swimming or cycling on a stationary bike are great options for pregnancy workouts. Also, eating for two should not be your mantra. Yes, you will have to consume a few more calories, but don’t use it as an excuse to go crazy. Most doctors recommend eating about 300 more calories a day in the last 6 months of your pregnancy. Gaining some weight is important to you baby’s development. According to the Mayo Clinic most women should gain about 20-35 pounds, depending on the pre-pregnancy weight.
While your body grows, don’t forget your skin. Make sure that you are keeping your skin hydrated with plenty of water and moisturizer. We love Noodle & Boo’s Perfecting Crème. It will smooth skin’s texture and give it a brightened look. It will also help reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
Above all, don’t get frustrated. If you are patient and consistent you will see the results that you want.