Pressure To Lose Baby Weight: We’re Not All Hollywood Celebs You Know
Exposure to celebrity mums losing their baby weight in a matter of weeks and fitting into their skinny jeans is well publicised. But is this the reality of being a new mum?
Being a new mum brings with it feelings of joy and happiness but also a reality check that your body is not what it once was. The pressure you feel is a very subjective matter.
Insecurities with your weight can be enhanced by peer pressure but the significance of losing your baby weight so soon after birth is debatable. The emphasis should be on looking after your own health and well being so that you can look after your baby sufficiently.
These early days and weeks after birth are precious and losing weight is likely not to be high up on the agenda of things to do. Other crucial aspects of being a new mum such as nursing your baby, building a bond and taking care of the babies needs is in reality seen to be more important.
Whether you chose to breastfeed your baby or bottle feed, mums still need a healthy diet to carry this out. The energy that tasks take to do, such as preparing bottles and all the other new born tasks is huge when mums are tired because they have been up every two hours feeding during the night. Equally breastfeeding women should consume 1800-2200 calories per day to try and maintain a sufficient milk supply. Mums need to listen to their own bodies and eat accordingly. If you are breastfeeding a hungry baby this will take more energy from yourselves. It is thought that exclusively breastfeeding can burn up to 500 calories per day even when sitting down.
breastfeeding can burn up to 500 calories per day even when sitting down.
The recommended time to wait before exercising is 6 weeks after your medical postnatal check up. Confirming with your GP at this check first that your exercise plan is ok to carry out, considering some mums do have additional complications or who may have had a caesarean.
Being judged by others is not fair and is unhealthy for both mum and baby. Being happy and enjoying this special time is the priority. The reality check is that you have grown this baby and your body has achieved amazing things. The strength your body has gone though and still is once the baby arrives is immense. Sometimes it’s reassuring for mums to hear that it is ok not to have a tiny waist line and look the same as you did pre pregnancy. Pregnancy changes the whole body, not just gaining weight but physically changing.
Celebrities who portray themselves as yummy mummies or super mums are likely to have personal trainers, personal chefs, nannies, make up artists and help on tap. It’s useful to remember this when perusing the internet or reading magazines and looking at celebrities who have lost their baby weight in weeks.
The change in lifestyle your little bundle of joy has brought is enough to focus on and along with it comes pushing the buggy, going for walks, meeting friends. This is all exercise on a healthy level. Providing fresh air to maintain mental well being and physical exercise. This is what is important not fitting into your skinny jeans.