One of the biggest concerns I hear new mothers talking about is losing weight and getting back in shape. When can they start? How long to wait until they can get back in the gym? Will diet, exercise or supplements impact milk at all?
It seems like in our society, there is a lot of focus on how quickly a new mother can get back into her pre-pregnancy jeans. Maybe it’s the pressure we put on ourselves, or maybe we are feeling pressure around us. Social media has a way of making some feel inadequate, and it is really easy to make comparisons.
I fell into this rabbit hole myself, after my first child was born. I couldn’t wait to get back out and run, have that time to myself, get back into being who I was before I became a mom. I did this way too quickly. Looking back, I wish I had just enjoyed the time with my baby. Looking forward, this is what I tell new mothers – try NOT to put that pressure on yourself. Take as long as you need to recover, and don’t feel pressure to be in the shape you were in before you grew a human being. Your body needs time to recuperate, before you start making demands all over again.
This week on the Badass Breastfeeding Podcast, Dianne and Abby talk about exercise, how it impacts breastfeeding (or does it?) and how society looks at fitness after birth. Get the up to date info on some famous breastfeeding mothers who have gone through it as well.