We all gain some much-needed pounds during our pregnancies, however the idealized and seemingly spectacular celeb post-baby bodies can cause a lackluster vibe to our confidence. But truth be, told there is no ideal anymore, and there is no time excess of when you can “go back” to your “old body.” The fact is there really is no going back … Ever. Birth and pregnancy change your body – not necessarily in a bad way – depending on your pregnancy and more importantly your birth.
Most doctors say the healthy added weight range is between 25 – 35 lbs, much of that accounting for blood weight, growing placenta, muscle mass and fluid retention. The American Pregnancy Association says a well rounded diet is key, and choosing nutrient and protein rich foods help attribute to the TYPE of weight we gain.
“2,400 calorie intake during the third trimester is recommended but these calories should be attained by eating a diet of grains, dairy, protein, fruits / vegetables and healthy fats and oils.” American Pregnancy Association.com
This way we will have an easier postpartum time trying to attain the original integrity of our bodies, while resting in the comfort of having given our little one a rounded healthy prenatal diet. Which according to a recent article on TheGuardian.com, “What you eat during pregnancy can affect your baby for life… The maternal diet can have a long-lasting impact on the offspring’s risk of developing mental-health disorders, impaired social behaviors, lower cognitive abilities and increased response to stress”.
We are also very busy creatures; after my son was born I didn’t even care about “baby weight.” I was so busy suddenly all my shorts fit again! This is said perfectly in the words of Sophia Loren: “When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.”
So yes, we can look up the stars and how easily it appears they look just as fabulous as ever- but if we take the healthy and responsible steps, we too can begin our post-partum road to our original glory, where we are comfortable and happy, because that’s what really matters at the end of the day!