Weight Loss After Pregnancy: Why Fitness Influencers are Seemingly 'Snapping Back'
Rosie from Mamawell provided her expertise in this article about the way women recover post-birth, and how they shouldn't be influence by social media and the often un-obtainable ideals.
You can read the whole article here: https://www.womenshealthmag.com/uk/health/female-health/a27111050/weight-loss-after-pregnancy/
Weight-loss after pregnancy needs to be gradually, with an educated approach - remembering that each body is different.
Rosie's main points in the article were:
1. Staying active through pregnancy also gears you up for the marathon that is childbirth – and the time thereafter. ‘Exercising throughout pregnancy will provide you with energy, strength and endurance,’ adds Rosie Stockley, PT and founder of postnatal fitness method MAMAWELL. ‘It is not advised to start something new, so stick to doing what you know and love. The intensity of your training has no bearing on how fast you “bounce back” (if that is your goal, which for many women it is not). High intensity training can actually be hugely detrimental if done in the wrong way, negatively impacting the pelvic floor.’
2. ‘In general, social media is not an accurate portrayal of real life, and I think it’s really important to observe any images taking this into account,’ says Stockley. ‘Celebrities who feel motivated by their bodies to look a certain way often pay for surgery when they have their baby delivered, which is not realistic for most women – or advised. The body adapts for nine months to carry and birth the baby and needs time to return to its prior condition.’
3. ‘If you are someone who is prone to feelings of inadequacy on social media, take a digital detox after the birth of your baby for a couple of weeks to gain perspective.’ Stockley
4. Get educated
‘Read up properly on the changes your body has gone through,’ says Stockley. ‘Diastasis recti, pelvic floor changes and your hormones. This will help you better understand what your body needs from training.’
5. Target your core – and floor
‘I recommend a workout with a combination of stability work to engage the pelvic floor and core,’ says Stockley. ‘It should also contain resistance training to promote muscular strength and tone plus cardio work that is safe for the postnatal body, to promote energy and increased fitness levels. Aim to do your pelvic floor exercises every day.’
6. Listen to your body
‘Take note of your energy levels and fatigue,’ says Stockley. ‘If, for example, you’ve had a broken night’s sleep, maybe a sweaty workout isn’t what you’re after. A restorative yoga flow might be more what you need. Having a new baby is physically draining and in order for your body function optimally, you need it to be strong and energised. Exercise is hugely beneficial for this – when done mindfully.’