Losing Baby Weight: How Long Does It Take?

Amy Jo Jones

Flickr photo by -Paul H-
With stars like Heidi Klum walking the red carpet just weeks after giving birth, you can't help but stare at them and wonder what they did to lose the baby weight so quickly?

I know she's a supermodel and all, but I wonder sometimes if that makes her a superhuman as well? 

Then I remind myself that I could've lost a boatload of baby weight too if I had a personal trainer, a chef, an organic garden in my backyard, and a gym in my house.

The pressure to lose all of your baby weight within a few months can be enormous, if you let it be. If those pre-pregnancy jeans taunt you every time you open the closet door, put them away under the towels. Your first few months postpartum should be about adjusting to motherhood or your new baby, not comparing yourself to pictures in magazines, which are probably photoshopped beyond recognition anyway.

Since everyone is different, there's no standard answer or expectation on how long it should take you to lose those extra pregnancy pounds. The only thing that matters is knowing that it can be done -- when you decide you're ready.

Update: I started my operation baby weight be gone eight weeks ago and I've lost 12 pounds so far! Double digits!

Have you lost the baby weight yet?

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