if you're younger, will your body bounce back easier?

Melissa - posted on 11/11/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I'm about to be 20 on November 15th, and my baby boy is due around March 16th 2014. My sister-in-law is 23 & has a two year old and a ten month old, yet her tummy looks like she hasn't even had one. I'm so worried about my body since I've always been on the thinner side (but i have a little bit of belly). I would like some input from mothers who had children around my age. Is there anything I can do before i give birth (besides walking & water) to help me afterwards???

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Jodi - posted on 11/11/2013

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It really is different for everyone. When I had my son at 28, I was back to my old weight and shape and back in my tight jeans within 3 weeks. I had always been thin. When I had my daughter at 36, it was a bit more of a struggle, but with exercise, healthy eating and breastfeeding (yes breastfeeding helps), I managed to get myself back into reasonable shape, although at 36, I don't think I was ever going to be quite the same again. So basically, even though I am older, I was just trying to say it is different for everyone and different for every pregnancy.

Enna - posted on 11/11/2013

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I think it's a combination of luck, genetics (aka luck), how active you are, and what your eating habits are.
Also, with each subsequent kid it becomes more difficult to bounce back. Your body just doesn't want to go back into that shape. However I've seen plenty of people get back into good shape. If you are motivated enough (and have time) you can do it.

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Cutemommy - posted on 11/15/2013

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There's a pregnancy belt that pulls your stomach in that helped me I fit in a size 5 with a three year old. also there is an exercising band that you put around your belly and it helps with belly fat. No one thinks I have a kid they always say I'm her bby sitter. All you can do before is make sure you don't eat fast food. Cook your own food and keep it light.

Celeste - posted on 11/13/2013

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First of all, understand that things take time. It took your body nine months to allow your baby to grow inside, it will take time for you to get back to your pre-pregnancy size. What worked for me was breastfeeding, taking the baby on a three mile walk each day after work (during the summer), and drinking a lot of water. Keep in mind that if you decide and are able to breastfeed you need to eat a lot and continue to drink a lot of water like when you were pregnant.. but don't worry, breastfeeding burns A LOT of calories. It is very frustrating when you're trying to lose weight, work full-time, and care for your baby with lack of sleep but keep trying and be patient.

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