Celebrity moms like Beyonce, Halle Berry, Gwen Stefani and Heidi Klum are famous for losing their post-baby weight seemingly before their baby’s first burp—and woe to the celeb who doesn’t. Recently, Bollywood actress Aishawarya Rai was criticized as “fat” and “lazy” for not returning to her pre-baby figure six months after giving birth.
Six months after having my son, I wasn’t thinking about losing weight; I was just trying to survive. Between sleepless nights, diaper changes and nursing every two hours, I barely had the energy to brush my teeth let alone work out.
So just how fast are everyday moms supposed to shed their pregnancy pounds and fit back into their skinny jeans? “Take the patient approach,” says Michael Roizen, MD. “Remember that it took you nine months to add the weight, and a realistic goal is for you to take nine months to drop it.”
Finding the time and energy to lose the 30, 40, 50, and—in my case—almost 60 pounds (don’t judge!) gained over nine months may seem impossible. But Sharecare experts say that with a little bit of patience and planning, it can be done. Here are five tips.
If you’re anything like me, you’d love to have a body like Beyonce’s. But like me, most mothers can’t log endless hours in the gym and don’t spend their days rehearsing choreography for world tours. So unless you’re expecting a multi-million dollar recording contract in the near future, cut yourself some slack. Enjoy your baby and take your weight-loss journey one pound at a time.
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