Inspirational Mommy Body Transformations

Expecting moms watch their bodies transform over the course of nine months, growing and changing with their baby. It can be exciting but also leave moms eagerly looking forward to ditching the maternity clothes and getting back to their regular wardrobe.

Between the weight of the baby and the weight of fluids lost during delivery, new moms experience some instant weight loss after delivery. However, they may be surprised to find themselves reaching for their comfiest maternity pants to leave the hospital instead of their pre-pregnancy pants.

Other changes new moms experience can leave them with a body they don’t quite recognize. Abdominal conditions like diastasis recti, a separation of the outermost abdominal muscles, or prominent stretch marks can leave women feeling uncomfortable about their bodies. Additionally, some moms may find themselves losing the thicker locks they sported during pregnancy as changing hormone levels lead to a period of increased shedding. Others may see more acne after their baby is born.

Transformation Tips

Luckily it doesn’t have to be overwhelming to get back into shape.

Take baby steps: It can be especially overwhelming to think about an exercise routine while adjusting to life with a newborn. And many women’s bodies aren’t ready for serious exercise until 6-8 weeks postpartum. But don’t just sit around. Take baby steps. Go for a walk around the block. Pushing a stroller 1-2 miles in 30 minutes burns 150 calories according to the Surgeon General. Walking up and down the stairs for 15 minutes will do the same. Start slow, pay attention to what your body is telling you and ease back into a fitness routine.

Eat well: Resist the urge to go on a diet to lose the baby weight and instead focus on eating healthy, balanced meals and snacks. Building meals with lean proteins, whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products will provide your body with the nutrients it needs to recover. Eating a balanced diet is especially important if you are nursing.

Breastfeed if you can: Many moms find they lose additional weight while they are breastfeeding. Breastfeeding can burn 600-800 calories a day. Just watch out to make sure you don’t use nursing as an excuse to load up on high-calorie snacks and meals though.

Take naps: Sleep-deprivation is a serious challenge for many new moms. It can also make it harder to lose the baby weight since you’re more likely to reach for high-calorie, high-sugar snacks for energy. Sneak in a nap when you can. Catching up on sleep is way more important than folding laundry anyway. Check out Shobita’s guide on the best co-sleepers.

Connect with other moms: Connect with other fitness-minded moms. Meet up for stroller walks or other active outings. Encourage each other to work toward fitness goals.

Where To Find Inspiration

Celebrity moms can be an amazing inspiration for moms looking to get back into shape.

Scarlett Johansson’s efforts to find time to get to the gym after daughter Rose was born paid off with a killer figure.

For Eva Mendes, it was all about eating right and taking care of herself. It shows in her beautiful post-baby body.

Christina Aguilera credits her post-baby transformation to breastfeeding and getting back to the gym.

A combination of breastfeeding, getting back to the gym and lucky genetics helped Emily Blunt got back to her slim pre-baby body quickly.

It’s no accident how fantastic Megan Fox looks after having three kids. She’s worked hard and it has paid off.
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New moms sometimes experience overwhelming changes after having a baby. Luckily getting back into celebrity-mom inspired shape after delivery doesn’t have to be so overwhelming.

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