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4/17/19 2:14 P

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Working mom here, kids are 10 and 7. I, too, didn't lose much of my pregnancy weight after my first - pretty much started the pregnancy with the 7-year-old at about the same weight I ended the pregnancy with the 10-year-old.

I now weigh about 10lb over what I did when I started the pregnancy with the 10-year-old.

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1. Find a gym with childcare! Even if all you do is drop of the kids and go read a book, that mental space can go a long way towards healthy behavior.

2. If you have a partner, split up the three "shifts", and make it clear whoever is not "on shift" is free from childcare responsibilities during that time. Morning (get kids up, dressed, fed, and delivered to school/daycare), afternoon (pick kids up, prepare dinner), evening (get kids ready for bed, do dishes). In our case, I take the afternoon shift, DH takes the morning shift, and we split the evening shift based on other activities or meetings we may have. I work out in the morning before work, since I don't have to do the childcare shift. DH works out after work.

3. Meal plan: I do my weekly meal plan on Fridays. I pull out the calendar for the weekend and following week, and write everything out on a whiteboard we keep in the kitchen. Then I fill in meals, paying attention to things like "Mondays the kids have circus after school, I will have no time to cook, so that meal needs to be either really fast, make-ahead, or crockpot". Then I do the weekly shop on Saturdays, and we stay out of the store the rest of the week. I typically "cook ahead", doing things like making a double batch of taco meat then freezing half so on another week if things get busy I can easily just thaw it out for a quick dinner.

4. Drink water. Seriously - 90% of the time that I think I'm hungry, I'm actually thirsty. I keep water around at work, and keep tea bags for when I want something hot.

5. Track, track, track. Give yourself a meal or a day off every once in a while, but track everything else. It will help you see patterns and little things you can tweak, and keep you honest!

6. Don't weigh yourself more than once a week. It's demoralizing, and really not very accurate, since you can easily retain several pounds of water from day to day.

7. Take advantage of prepared fresh foods, like pre-cut veggies and fruit, even if it's just portions for yourself. It's completely worth it when you've been kept awake by the baby all night and are staring blearily into the fridge trying to think of what to pack for lunch that day to be able to just grab a couple of packages of things and go. Ditto for packages of frozen (unflavored) veggies - so easy to just pop in the microwave when you need a vegetable.

8. Give yourself some grace. Working around a newborn and older child isn't easy, and you're going to have days where it's all you can do just to put cereal and milk on the dinner table. That's ok - just don't let days like that completely derail you. You'll get back on track!

9. Don't eat kids' leftovers. Just don't. It's hard to track, and it's ok to throw food away if it's not healthy for YOU to eat. Sandwich crusts in the trash won't ruin the world.

Take life one day at a time - enjoy today before you worry about tomorrow.


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4/15/19 9:19 P

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My advice is to take it slow, especially if you're nursing. You want to make sure you're not cutting calories too much to compromise your milk supply. Also recognize that your body has gone through some big changes lately, so cut it a little slack :)

I would still try to be consistent with exercise because I've always found that gives me a boost of energy that I was severely lacking with a newborn. Same thing with healthy food choices- you'll have more energy if you're fueling your body properly.

Hope that helps! Congratulations!!

Coach Jen

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"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everyone on the couch."
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4/15/19 12:55 P

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caveat: I got the green light to exercise PP from my midwife 3 days after my son was born.

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I felt like the secret is to learn before and during pregnancy how to maintain healthy habits even when tired and busy, then after the baby is born, the habits are already in place and it's easy.

That's what worked for me. I lost the baby weight in...a month or so? it was a long time ago now, but it was very fast.

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Anyone here successfully lost the baby weight after pregnancy? I see my doctor for my PP follow up tomorrow, so I will know if she gives me the green light to begin exercise. I wasn't very successful loosing the weight after my first baby, and I want to start my weight loss journey right this time.

Any tips or words of wisdom especially from working moms?

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