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Less than 24 hours after I’d given birth, my mother made this statement: “Give yourself a month, then you need to start losing the weight.”
Trust me, she means well—and I appreciate her honesty because I do have some significant weight to lose (thanks to the fact that I ate anything that wasn’t nailed down during those glorious nine months.) Mom doesn’t want me to become one of those women that never loses the weight, and then gets pregnant with baby #2, gains even more and then—presto!—the fire department is being called to haul me out of my bedroom with the aid of a chainsaw.
And I know I have to lose the weight. Not just for my health, but for my self-esteem (did I mention I’m really vain?) Right now, my stomach looks like a deflated balloon. I often stare at it before I go in the shower and wonder “How will I ever get rid of this?” I know the answer is diet and exercise, but the sad truth is I really hate doing both of those things.
Then the other day, I was inspired by a new study that found women who gain a reasonable amount during pregnancy and breastfeed exclusively are likely to lose all pregnancy weight six months after giving birth (read about my breastfeeding experience here). Great news for those of us that breastfeed, but can you really shed all of those extra pounds simply by nursing? And do I want to live another six months with the deflated balloon? -Linda DiProperzio