Post-pregnancy weight loss pressures…

I feel like there is so much pressure to shift the baby weight as soon as you’ve given birth. I know some people aren’t happy unless they’re at their slimmest and hate not being able to exercise, which is fine. But don’t feel pressurised into suddenly getting your old figure back. Being a new mum is bloody hard work as it is, without being on a diet as well. I know from my experience, after being up all night, you just want some comfort food and sugar. The first few months are by far the hardest and sometimes coffee and cake mornings are the only thing to make it all better. Just because you don’t start losing weight straight away, it doesn’t mean you aren’t going to. Your body has created a human being, give it a break for the first few months and embrace the jelly belly.

It’s of course important to eat healthy things as well as naughty, especially if breastfeeding but I don’t feel the need for strict diets and calorie counting straight away. You’re pregnant for 9 months so your body isn’t suddenly going to look amazing again. It takes time. I don’t think celebrity culture helps to promote this in the slightest. Cheryl Cole gets pregnant and pretty much disappears, only reappearing recently when she’s back to a size 0. I can’t imagine she would’ve put on loads of weight but your stomach doesn’t look like that without a lot of working out and careful eating. I don’t think people should see these images and think they should look like that, because that isn’t a natural post-pregnancy body. I’m not trying to be critical but babies are tiny for such a short period of time, just enjoy it.

I’m probably not the best example because I’ve been eating a hell of a lot since having Isabella. I don’t know if it’s breastfeeding, tiredness or because I haven’t got time to make proper meals. Every time I think about eating healthily I think ‘well it’s Christmas soon so I might as well start in January’. One of my favourite things about the transition into winter is hot chocolates and homemade pies. Not the best things to be having if you want to lose weight. I’m a size 12 now instead of a size 10 and about a stone heavier than I’d like to be. Breastfeeding has helped my uterus to tighten back up well but my stomach is still flabby and untoned. I’m carrying extra weight around my hips, thighs and arms. This obviously doesn’t make me feel great but I’ve got my beautiful baby girl and I couldn’t be happier.

I’m going to start cutting back on eating for the sake of it and only having the things I really want. I’d like to slowly build up my fitness by setting small and achievable goals. I used to say to myself ‘right I’ll go for a mile run because that’s nothing, I should be able to do that’ but I couldn’t. Which would make me feel so crap about myself that I’d just give up. Go easy on yourself and remember, everyone has to start somewhere.

Hope you like this post and it hasn’t put you off your food!

Olivia xx

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