How many times have you gone to visit a friend who had her baby months and months ago and she still looks like she is 5-6 months pregnant?
Ugh, the POSTPARTUM POOCH……
It actually happens quite often. I would say 80% of the women I see postpartum, look pregnant for well into a year.
There are a few reasons this happens:
1. Overweight before pregnancy.
2. Gain too much excess weight during pregnancy.
3. Do not exercise so all the muscles of the abdomen distend which makes it incredibly difficult to go back.
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The good news is that you can do something about it.
After both my pregnancies, I looked bloated for about 1-2 weeks and then it started going back to normal. I’m no freak and this didn’t happen because “I’m a trainer”. It happened because I worked out before and during my pregnancy. And it has happened to hundreds and hundreds of pregnant women. And I know this, because I work with them on a daily basis when they do my Fit Mom-To-Be Workouts.
By the way, I created a FACEBOOK PAGE just for all my pregnant ladies to be able to go on there and ask questions, vent, give ideas, etc. So make sure you go there to check it out and LIKE the page so you get all the new recipes, sample workouts, tips and more.
What you eat is crucial during pregnancy. Not just for you but for your baby as well. I know it’s hard because you may not feel good, you may have some aversions and you don’t feel like cooking much. But I wrote a great article with tons of tips on WHAT TO EAT WHEN YOU HAVE AVERSIONS to keep it healthy and prevent EXCESS WEIGHT GAIN, click on this link, you’re gonna love the tips: Nutrition Tips.
If you need more help with your PREGNANCY NUTRITION, I actually have a 2-Week Pregnancy Nutrition Guide that is FREE. It will help you NOT gain EXCESS weight, will help you conquer CRAVINGS, will help you have more energy, less aches/pains because if you eat this way you will gain less weight (which is what causes discomfort). The Recipes for the MEALS & SNACKS are sooooo good. You are going to love them. And this will give you an idea of how you should be eating for the rest of your pregnancy. You can download it for FREE here: MY PREGNANCY NUTRITION GUIDE.
If you exercise during pregnancy and you follow a good plan and you do exercises that are safe and effective, you can really set yourself up for not only a great pregnancy but also a super fast recovery postpartum.
Most of the ladies I work with, email me and tell me they lost all their weight within weeks of postpartum. Isn’t that amazing?
This is me 6 months postpartum after my second baby, which is way harder by the way LOL
I never had ABS like this before… The exercise before and during pregnancy was well worth it.
You can totally do that too.
And it really isn’t hard! You don’t even have to exercise for lots of hours, if you can commit 30-60 minutes 3 times a week, you will see huge benefits and results.
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And guess what? Working out during pregnancy is not just good for you, its good for the baby as well. Check this out…….
I can’t stand it when people and even doctors say you can’t do core exercises during pregnancy. Unless you have a condition like diastisis recti, you actually should absolutely do core exercises. Not so your belly gets smaller, but so that the muscles that are all DISTENDING during pregnancy, will remain strong and not distend more which is what causes the POSTPARTUM POOCH. The belly distends so much that it is incredibly hard to get those muscles back to place, even if you lose all your weight.
So my pregnant friend, my advise, coming from 2 pregnancies of doing core and seeing the benefit from it, and also having worked with literally thousands of pregnant women who had the same results….. If I were you, I would do some core work.
Check out my postpartum pictures……..
Before I give you the 2 exercises that deliver such amazing results in reducing the chances of POSTPARTUM POOCH, I want to give you something that is going to help you with your PREGNANCY NUTRITION so much.
It’s a I have of 5 foods that you should not eat in order to see results. Its not good for you and its not good for the baby. This list of foods is for pregnant and non-pregnant women. But I promise, you will feel so much better if you take them out of your diet. I also have a list of 5 foods you should absolutely eat and that are crucial in your diet. I also have a GREAT ABS WORKOUT VIDEO for you to save for when you have this baby. They are the 5 best exercises that helped me have ABS POST 2 BABIES (and I never had them like this before). Crazy! I want to give you these PDF Lists and Video for FREE. Yep, go to this link to get them. FREE PDF
Here are my 2 favorite PREGNANCY CORE EXERCISES.
1. The CAT
I hope you give them a try. And if you get inspired and motivated to exercise during pregnancy and you want all the benefits of exercise during pregnancy but you are not sure what is safe and what is effective, I will send you my Fit Mom-To-Be Workouts as well. You will love them.