Not one special guest but THREE. Straight from our own BBB fam, we have Amanda Kroeker, Sarah Shaw, and Nikkita Grimm. Here is a brief bio of each of them:
Topic – post pregnancy – According to WebMD the average weight gain for pregnant women is between 25 to 35 pounds.
It can be broken down like this:
That all being said, what can a girl do to get those 35 lbs off?
Amanda: I actually gained my fat years after having a baby, but the principle for losing stays the same. Less calories in than you put out will make you lose weight. If you are nursing, be careful not to eat too little or diet too soon. You can burn about 500 calories a day by nursing alone, so consider that. I love the My Fitness Pal app. A good place to start on setting macros is 40% carbs, 30% protein, 30% fat and adjust as you try it. Patience is of the utmost importance for any lifestyle change. Even if a new mom is not cleared to work out yet, diet is always something that can be changed.
Does it get easier as you have more kids or harder?
Nikkita: There are so many variables here its hard to say for certain. I only have 2 kids so its not that big of a deal for me to have someone watch them or to pay to put them in the gyms childcare for an hour. I would imagine that once they get a little older and have more activities it will make finding time for the gym more difficult.
How can you keep motivated to keep those pounds off?
Amanda: Have a workout and diet buddy. It helps for it to be your husband, but sometimes another girlfriend can be more blunt without it being as sensitive a topic when you need accountability. Find a theme song for when you start to become complacent or stuck on something you want to push past. Also setting little milestones, like running an extra mile or lifting 5 more pounds can keep the motivation going. And once in awhile, treat yo’self. A new outfit or something.
Nikkita: Definitely have a workout buddy. I have a great friend that makes going to the gym even more fun. We are in it together. Also figure out your motivation for staying fit. Is your reason God honoring? If it is then staying motivated becomes that much easier.
Does it make you not want to have more kids?
Nikkita: Selfishly no, because I worked so hard to get this far and am scared of losing all this progress. However kids are such a huge blessing that I feel like I won’t ever want to stop. Ask me again after number four lol.
Amanda: Absolutely does not change my desire for more kids. Of course, I’ve only had one, so I don’t know how my body would be different after more pregnancies.
What tricks/tips do you use to help get the weight off?
Amanda: I step on the scale every morning to detect minor changes. Sometimes I care, sometimes I don’t. If you are more self conscious or this discourages you to see your weight on the scale, pay more attention to inches or clothing sizes perhaps. Also, drink a full glass of water before meals. This helps you to stay hydrated and also fills you up so your hunger isn’t as strong and tempting to overeat. And the best thing I have found to work out is to find a program and stick to it all the way through. Then start a new one. And so on.
Any fun stories about how you handled pregnancy and post pregnancy?
Can postpartum depression make losing the weight harder?
Nikkita: Absolutely, PPD makes accomplishing anything hard.
Can breastfeeding help lose weight?
Nikkita: Yes, but it’s not the same for all women, and can vary from baby to baby. Some kids eat more than others and slim their mommas right out. Others not so much lol.
Amanda: Yes, what Nikkita said. You never know because sometimes nursing can make you so hungry you overeat.
How do you stay healthy or fit when you are too tired or not able to cook?
Nikkita: A couple things I do:
Amanda: I have done everything from mass cooking and freezing to meal preps to meal plans and scheduling time to drop everything and cook. Everything has its season. At this time, my husband makes his own lunch meal preps so I just cook breakfast and dinner. I make enough during the beginning of the week that I can take one or two nights off cooking and we have leftovers. I almost never skip cooking breakfast though.
What’s a good timeframe to get into the gym post-pregnancy?
Nikkita: Doctors and midwives recommend waiting until at least 6 weeks post partum. I do believe this varies slightly between women as I had easy labors and could have been in the gym earlier than 6 weeks. The other huge factor is you have a newborn. If you are breastfeeding, and don’t have an in home gym this definitely makes everything more difficult. Plus it’s never easy leaving your brand new baby. Life is busy and especially overwhelming post partum. All that said if I was doing it again I would make a much bigger effort to go as soon as possible. It wouldn’t surprise me if working out helped alleviate PPD and regulate hormones on top of the other obvious health benefits.
Amanda: I second what Nikkita said and also want to add that many women have a separation of the ab muscles from pregnancy or hernias. I did not have it, but I know it is very important to follow doctor’s or midwife’s orders as far as working out and if any surgery needs to be done beforehand.
GREAT QUESTION! What is the husband’s role in all of this?
Amanda: My husband didn’t get into fitness until about a year before we were married, but I’m glad he did because he pushes me to be better all the time. He encourages me to eat well, but doesn’t judge me too hard when I have a cheat meal. He enjoys working out with me and making up workouts for us to do together. We have a home gym, so it helps us to get rid of the “I don’t want to drive to the gym” excuse, and we don’t have to find childcare, so it’s a little easier for my husband to help me be motivated because of the “close proximity” to the gym.
Nikkita: My husband is naturally thin and doesn’t have to do anything to maintain. No doubt we are that cliche couple. While he isn’t into fitness he is incredibly encouraging to me and has seen the difference it has made in our family life. When I don’t have the motivation to hit the gym he will nicely badger me until I’m out the door. I know each couple is different and some women don’t like that, but it really works for us. He’s definitely my biggest cheerleader when it comes to my health.
Some links to some helpful resources are:
Lactation cookies – http://www.howsweeteats.com/2015/02/lactation-cookies/
MyFitnessPal – https://www.myfitnesspal.com/
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