Lose the Baby Weight Quickly or Else...

Sasha Brown-Worsham
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As if we needed one more reason to stress about the baby weight, it turns out that the extra poundage can cause incontinence complications for the postpartum mother.

Now just looking good is not enough, we also have to want to lose the weight lest we pee ourselves.

Fabulous.

According to Reuters:

Among women who had incontinence during pregnancy, the odds of still having the problem six months after delivery dipped by two percent for every two pounds she lost after giving birth.

Wait, someone didn't have incontinence issues during pregnancy? Who are you and may I slap you?


Truly, toward the end of my second pregnancy, it was a serious problem. I kept thinking my water had broken.

For those of us with pregnancy incontinence like me, losing the baby weight within the first six months is key. After that, the chances that you will remain incontinent increase.

Even though we all know the common adage: "nine months on and nine months off," it is also common knowledge amond weight loss experts that the first six months are critical. Our bodies are in the weight loss mode for those six months and it truly is the best time to shed those pounds, so if you can find any time, go for it.

Of course with a new baby, it is pretty difficult to focus that much energy on weight loss, but since quibbling with science is pointless, this study may lend some validity to your weight loss efforts.

I may not be as motivated to get up at 6 a.m. to run if it is only about flat abs, but to avoid peeing myself? I'll be there, Asics laced and ready to roll.

Rather than view this as more pressure, let's view it as our own little personal training mantra. "Get myself out of bed, lose the weight or potentially wet the bed."

Works for me!

How long do you plan to take to lose the baby weight?

 

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