“Success is the sum of small efforts,
repeated day in and day out.
Swimsuit. That single word chills me to the bone right after having a baby. I put on more weight than I would have liked to during my pregnancy and it hasn’t been coming off very quickly either. My legs and face are both quite different now that my weight has gone from 127lbs to 165lbs. A 40 pound weight gain is a hard pill for anyone to swallow, even with pregnancy to justify it. Even though getting back in shape has been a frustrating road, there is never a day I regret having Everett. He’s my sweet angel boy. As women, our bodies work hard to create babies and weight gain is a natural, healthy part of pregnancy. There was actually a time in European history that having extra weight on you was considered more beautiful, because it symbolized that a woman had the economic means to eat and was considered more fit for child bearing. Society today shows celebrities shedding their baby weight in just a few months. For those of us not lighting up Hollywood, it takes more time. It is hard work.
The reality of weight loss after baby.
My diet has pretty much gone back to how I ate before I was pregnant, but unfortunately, this only maintains my weight. In order to lose weight, there is a sweet spot for your frame, height and weight, where your body loses weight instead of just maintains. Even though I’m eating quite a bit less than when I was pregnant, it still isn’t enough. Losing that pregnancy weight takes discipline in both diet and exercise. From what I read, it takes the average woman 3 months to a year to shed the majority of her weight; some even longer. So don’t get discouraged, just take it pound by pound. Figure out a healthy daily calorie count for losing weight (1-2 lbs a week), and try to incorporate an exercise regimen that you can keep up with even after you have hit your goal. I will be on this baby weight loss path with you!
Postpartum poolside must-haves
Teeny bikinis are the opposite of flattering right after having a baby. Opt for a tankini or high-waisted bikini that shows little to no middle vs a bare all triangle two piece. There are some darling one pieces as well, but if you had to have a C-section like I did, then you have something they like to call overhang (wah, wah)! This weird section that hangs over your scar looks so bizarre, and one pieces don’t camouflage this very well. My personal favorite are these high-waisted two piece suits by Kortni Jeane, because you can get a printed bottom, which hides the overhang/extra weight better, and then pair it with plain or striped top to break up and draw attention to the more flattering parts of your body.
Stay tuned for updates and tips on how I am working to lose my baby weight, and feel free to share your tips below as well! I’d love to hear what helped you.