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Body After Baby: Learn to Love the Curves

By Charlene O'Hanlon

It's a universal lament of every new mother: "I need to get back to pre-pregnancy weight!" For some, that means watching their diet, and for others, that means hitting the gym as soon as the doctor gives the okay.

Both are noble endeavors. And both are highly recommended. After all, a healthy diet and regular exercise is good for the mind as well as the body. But when you're averaging five hours of interrupted sleep a night, sometimes the last thing you want to do is tie on your running shoes and instead want to curl up on the couch and snack on a pint of rocky road ice cream while your baby naps.

I know. I've been there.

I exercised regularly throughout my first pregnancy, but I didn't really watch my diet. In fact, I craved comfort foods such as grilled cheese sandwiches and, yes, rocky road ice cream. Consequently, I gained 40 pounds that took me about a year to lose through regular, intensive exercise and by watching my diet like a hawk. I also joined a weight loss support group, which helped my husband lose his "pregnancy weight" but didn't do much for me.

With my second baby, I didn't exercise as much, but made an effort to get out and walk every day. I also was very selective in what I ate and how I rewarded myself for getting through another day of being pregnant - rather than have a cannoli, I indulged in guilty pleasures such as chick flicks, prenatal massages and long naps (when I could fit them in). As a result, I gained only 25 pounds, which I was able to lose in two short months.

I credit the relatively rapid weight loss to the daily walks my husband and I took with the baby, starting the day I got home from the hospital. Obviously, it was too soon for me to start exercising right away, but for me, the daily walks were enough to keep me feeling healthy and help me clear my head I was feeling a bit overwhelmed by parenthood.

Above all, I didn't stress over the extra weight, which I firmly believe hinders many a weight loss regimen. In fact, I approached my extra rolls with a "love my curves" attitude. My body had done something amazing, and I had the stretch marks to prove it. Of course, knowing how important exercise and a healthy diet is to both my physical and mental health, I did what I could to eat right and some days I forced myself to take the walks. But they did the trick. And when my doctor gave me the thumbs up six weeks later to hit the gym, I went because I wanted to, not because I felt as though I had to lose the weight. And that turned out to be the best weight loss plan ever.

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