Your Body After Baby

Learning to Love Your Body Will Help You Lose That Baby Weight

By Lisa Druxman


After having a baby, it’s normal to want to lose the weight you gained during pregnancy. But it’s important for your mental health not to be a slave to the scale. During those post-pregnancy moments, when all you see are thick thighs and a tubby tummy, remind yourself that your body is amazing – it grew a child!

If you have areas that you think need improvement, the first step in looking better is feeling better about the way you look now. And the way that you do that is to appreciate all the things that are great about you.

Focus on strong points.
Would you let your husband, your friends or your children repeatedly call you fat, ugly and flabby? Or would you call your friends, family or children fat, ugly or flabby? Then why would you do it to yourself? If you’re going to pick apart your body, pick a part and think about how much it does for you.


Be what your loved ones see. Your baby thinks you are the most beautiful creature to have ever walked the planet. Allow yourself to see yourself through his or her eyes. Or see yourself as you would like your son or daughter to see himself or herself. Even if you don’t yet believe that you are attractive, you need to start acting as if you do, so that when your child sees you, he or she is presented with a smiling mom who looks strong, healthy, vibrant and confident.


Look gently in mirrors. People who suffer from body discomfort either avoid looking in the mirror or they do so to focus critically on themselves. If you do shun mirrors, start looking in them. But before you do, identify something in your mind that you know you like about yourself. Focus on that when you glance at yourself.


Keep scales in check. Weighing can be a good way to keep yourself on track. But that’s only if you can handle it. If you’re prone to getting obsessive or having an emotional response to the numbers, throw your scale out. It can’t measure your worth, your health or your happiness.


Change your tapes. If you think of healthy eating and working out as painful, and eating cookies and sitting on the couch as pleasurable, then you will choose to snack and sit. But if you can redefine your thoughts so that you think of being active as invigorating and eating well as energizing, as well as thinking that eating cookies is self-defeating and missing your daily dose of movement makes you sluggish, then you’re likely to choose to engage in healthy lifestyle habits.

Direct your energy toward boosting your body image and doing what it takes to follow a healthy lifestyle, rather than focusing on achieving a certain weight. If you can master the art of loving your body, the rest will come easy.


Normal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt">From the book Lean Mommy: Bond with Your Baby and Get Fit with the Sroller Strides® Program, by Lisa Druxman, M.A., with Martica Heaner, M.A., M.Ed, Copyright 2007 by Lisa Druxman. Reprinted by permission of Center Street, New York, N.Y. All rights reserved.

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Fabulously Fit Moms: The New Mom Workout
, starring Jennifer Nicole Lee, Koch Vision, 2007. Created by a mom who sloughed 80 pounds of post-pregnancy weight and went on to become 2005’s Miss Bikini America and 2006’s Ms. Muscle and Fitness, this DVD is designed for moms and kids to use together. Rhythmic cardio and strength-training moves are mixed with exercises such as “Kiss the Baby,” “Baby Sit-Ups” and “Baby Bridge,” so moms can combine baby time and workout time.

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Lean Mommy
, by Lisa Druxman, Center Street, 2007. Authored by the creator of the Stroller Strides fitness program, this book includes the “Mom-Has-Just-a-Minute Workout,” a series of exercises that can be completed anywhere, anytime. There’s also nutrition advice, and stroller, baby and stretching workouts.

Pilates and Pregnancy
, by Sarah Picot, Atlas Books, 2007. This workbook includes four workouts with customized routines to take moms through each stage of pregnancy, including a post-natal workout to help get your body back (with baby). The workbook includes journal pages for recording health and other pregnancy notes, and was created by Sarah Picot, Pilates instructor and creator of the “Pilates for You” DVD series. You can also pick up Picot’s Post-Natal Pilates DVD.