Hi, I just had a baby 2 months ago, and I still have a big tummy. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to loose it quickly? Also is there a way to get rid of strech marks?

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Leandra - posted on 02/06/2009

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Quoting Kimberly:

Hi, I just had a baby 2 months ago, and I still have a big tummy. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to loose it quickly? Also is there a way to get rid of strech marks?




Well, there is no quick fix, and the best way to loose it is to work hard and eat right.  If you are breastfeeding, the weight will come off quicker and cause the uterus to contract making your stomach smaller as well.  If not, there is always exercising, walking, swimming.  Stretch marks are your right of passage.  Sorry, they may fade, but they are essentially a scar.  Use small circular massaging motions with lotion to help them fade quicker.  If they are red, don't worry.  They will turn back to skin color with time.  Hope this helps!

Christy - posted on 07/24/2010

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Stretch marks are permanent. As far as the larger tummy, keep in mind your body takes a year to get back to normal after having a baby. Mine didn't go completely away, but when it got smaller, it was 10 months after I had my last baby. I worked out the whole time after she was born and still do (run 3 miles, 4 times a week, and lift weights 3 days a week) It wasn't until month 10 that I lost the baby flab and my stomach got smaller. Everyone is different.

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Justine - posted on 07/14/2010

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i used yoga to help me lose weight and get back in shape, mixed with the Wii fit prgram the pounds fell off! Yoga helps tone and give u more flexibility and strength. It also helps to give u better posture because thats what yogas all about pretty much. how u hold urself and ur balance. Some programs are a lot harder then they look so try a yoga for beginners program first and then move up when u feel u can complete the program without losing breath.

Marianna - posted on 07/14/2010

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Pilates has helped me out!!! I have lost 10 pounds in 2 months with pilates. It is a beginner 15 or 30 min. routine of stretching and toning so it's not strenuous or tiring. You actually feel refreshed afterwards almost like you've meditated. I do the 15 min. just about daily and fit in the 30 when I can. The DVD I started with is "Quick Start Pilates for Weight Loss" with Ana Caban which you can find online or rent through Netflix.com. I look and feel better everyday. I have more energy for baby and Daddy. (Daddy likey!!!) ;) Just remember--- the faster you lose it the more likely you are to gain it, plus more, back. Take your time. Do it right. Do not get on a scale for a month or two!

Stephanie - posted on 02/06/2009

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I had my daughter 18m ago and I'm finally back down to what I was before I was pregnant. I don't think there is a quick fix. Just exercise and eat right. Good luck.

Corinne - posted on 02/06/2009

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Hi Kimberly!



I had my second child 4 months ago and I must admit, I did not accept my new "mommy body" with enthusiasm only because I had lost a lot of my physical strength and endurance. I had to keep telling myself that in time, it would go away. Not entirely on its own though!



I once read that it takes 9 months for your pregnant body to become "baby ready" and 9 months for it to completely spring back after the baby is born. OK... I'm impatient and I can't wait THAT long...



Even though you may feel totally fine, keep in mind that your body is still in recovery mode. You may also be retaining water, which is normal as well.



FIGHT THE EXTRA FAT!!!!



This is what I did. When my daughter was 2 months old, I started taking my 20 month old son for walks while my husband watched my daughter. The walks were 2 miles (about 40 min) in length. I did this on alternating days. I must say, that after a week, I could see a tiny difference and I felt better.  If the weather was awful, then off to the gym I went to walk the treadmill. The gym I go to has daycare.



I can't say enough about resistance training. This muscle building form of exercise is the LAST WORD in healthy weight loss. Lifting even light weights burns calories like crazy. Have you heard of CURVES? This company offers a realistic, friendly environment for women to a.) resistance train and b.) get a great cardio workout in half an hour. It works. If there is no CURVES in your area, your gym probably offers a resistance training class (most do). Add this 3 days a week to your schedule, if you can. Here is a link to CURVES:



http://www.curvesinformation.com/?campai...



I also started taking yoga. I used this video:



http://www.amazon.com/Yoga-Conditioning-...



I love it. It's a video for real women. I also liked the instructor, Suzanne Deason and her no nonsense commentary.



I eat lean protien, veggies, oat meal, pasta (sometimes), nuts... I DO NOT DRINK SODA. It ruins your health and figure. I dink water and yes... I eat the occasional burger with elation.



I started running as well, but more for stress relief and meditation. This actually works better for me than yoga, but that's just me.



The reality: my skin is a little bit looser, but only I FEEL it. Being fair to myself, I really do not see it. I have stretch marks and they are fading. I use this after the shower:



http://www.etbrowne.com/products/Categor...



Now, my daughter will be 5 months old in a week. My clothes fit better and the evil Mr. Muffin Top is almost gone. I am now 10 pounds heavier than my pre baby weight, but I know if I keep this up, I think I will surprise myself.



About tummy tucks: I would rather have the distinction of not going through with this and keeping a body that's all mine. Have you seen a tummy tuck scar? Hmmmm...



Best of luck to you! I hope this helps!



Sincerely,



Corinne



 

Blanche - posted on 02/06/2009

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I joined a gym that had a good daycare facility and my husband and I would have work-out dates. He was great at giving me moral support. As for the stretch marks, I've never found anything that works. I even sprang for the expensive Mederma lotion that's supposed to get rid of stretch marks and it really didn't work. The only thing that I think may work is getting a tummy tuck, but who has time (or the money) for that?

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