Rock it, Mama!

Sep 18

Photo: Ashley Wells Jackson

“OMG. My neighbor had a kid AFTER me and she’s already wearing skinny jeans!”

…help me.

As a personal trainer, I wear many hats: fitness coach, nutritionist, cheerleader, career counselor, therapist, confidante, and more. Since I train mostly women who are in very transitional stages with their bodies, insecurity, hormonal changes and feelings of inadequacy dominate much of my job.

The fact is, we all have our “problem areas” – body parts that genetically carry extra fat – and nobody’s perfect. Seriously. Not even your neighbor! Baby-making comes at a cost, yes. And every woman, every pregnancy is different. Trust me, Kim Kardashian and Jessica Simpson will have stunning red carpet moments JUST like Kate Middleton and Jessica Alba.

Here are some cool-headed pointers to keep perspective:

  • Self -acceptance. You have your genes, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Rock what your mama gave you, stand tall & proud. Confidence is sexier than skinny any day!
  • Patience. Get to know your baby and enjoy the first few months instead of obsessing how you’ll get rid of that tummy fat. Know that women have had babies for millenia and haven’t fallen apart and neither will you. In due time, mama.
  • Mindful eating. Yes, breastfeeding is really difficult – at 20 calories per ounce, babies literally can suck 500 calories per day, leading to cravings and overeating. Plan snacks and meals accordingly, and always have a portioned healthy snack ready to go, like an apple with string cheese, or 1/2 cup of trail mix in a baggie. Put down the bag of chips!
  • Physical exertion. Exercise doesn’t need to be done in the gym, and you don’t need an hour window – it can simply be 10 minutes a couple times daily, like a fast stroller push around a few blocks or a quick circuit of 20 squats, 10 pushups and a 30-second plank 2-3 rounds. Find the burn and enjoy it!
  • Time. 9 months on, 9 months off. Most of my aggressive new moms are able to feel “back to normal” within 9 months. Women who exercise during their pregnancies will bounce back faster than those who are sedentary. A pound loss per week is safe!

While you’re at it, check out these new mamas! Good stuff!

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