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Struggling to Drop Those Pregnancy Pounds? A New Study Says You’re Not Alone!

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Pregnancy weight gainIt’s hardly breaking ground to point out the dangers in observing the postpartum weight-loss patterns of celebrities and expecting the same results from ourselves. The lives of us real-world moms—which involve childcare, sleeplessness, work, and other nonstop responsibilities—don’t support the kind of post-baby fitness habits of those women whose job depends on flaunting their bodies in the public eye, and who have limitless resources to support their weight-loss goals.

But even if the rest of us can’t—and should never be expected to—lose pregnancy weight as quickly as the stars, a new study shows that many of us are not losing it at all. And that’s problematic.

Specifically, the findings of the new University of Chicago study indicate that a full three quarters of all women weighed more a year after giving birth than they did prior to their pregnancies—and many of those moms actually became obese. Among the category of women who were of normal weight before giving birth, a third were overweight or obese a year later.

However, the study does have its handicaps: For one thing, the women were in the low-income category, meaning their access to things like gyms may have been more limited than they are for more affluent women. Beyond that, the average body mass index of the nearly 800 women in the study was in the overweight category. For women who start off their pregnancies overweight, it may be even harder for them to lose afterward. (But let’s face it: It’s not easy for any of us!)

Of course, new moms have so much to worry—and feel guilt—about. Do we really need a new study to pile on the concern? Well, it’s not just about vanity. Carrying extra weight adds to long-term health risks—and short-term ones, too, during the timeframe of pregnancy. Overall, the study points to the fact that pregnancy itself can be a risk factor for obesity, and as we already know, that can be a dangerous thing.

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How I Lost the Baby Weight: At-Home Workouts
How I Lost the Baby Weight: At-Home Workouts
How I Lost the Baby Weight: At-Home Workouts

Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom, as well as a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

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See Which Petite Pregnant Star Is Up 40 Pounds — And Owning It!

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

While it’s rare for celebrities to talk about their pregnancy weight gain in plain terms, it does occasionally—refreshingly—happen.

Consider Kendra Wilkinson Baskett, who recently revealed that she gained 55 pounds during her second pregnancy, going from 120 to 175 on the scale. Of course, she’s shed much of that weight already, and was well on her way to her trim pre-pregnancy model bod by the time she dished on those specifics.

But what’s even more rare—you might call it the unicorn of celebrity pregnancy coverage—is a star who’s talking about her significant pregnancy weight gain while she’s right in the middle of it.

Pregnant actress Hayden Panettiere told Hello! magazine (as cited in the Daily Mail) that she’s gained close to 40 pounds on her itty bitty frame. “I’m 5 feet, 2 inches, and I started out at 106 pounds and guess how much I weigh now? Around 145 pounds,” she said. “And the worst part is that my feet are still size five and they’re going, ‘What’s going on with all this weight?’ They’re about to snap from underneath me with the strain.”

She also believes her muscular nature—she was a former gymnast—is contributing to the extra pounds.

Not surprisingly, the star has every intention of taking off the weight after her baby girl comes. She told the mag she wasn’t planning to wed fiance Wladimir Klitschko carrying 40 extra pounds.

No matter what, the expectant mama looks gorgeous. Check out our gallery of other stars who looked fab filled out with extra pregnancy weight, too!

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Fit Pregnancy: What You Can Learn From Ciara’s Workout

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Hip-hop artist Ciara has always been gorgeous, but she seems to be even more glowing now that she’s pregnant. A big part of her secret? Exercise! The super-fit singer—who recently celebrated her baby shower with besties Kim Kardashian and La La Anthony—hasn’t revealed her due date, but she is reportedly 8 months along with her first child with fiancé rapper-producer Future, and is still doing hour-long workouts with trainer-to-the-stars Gunnar Peterson (as evidenced in a recent Instagram post, which shows her on the Gazelle Glider, pulling ropes, lifting weights and medicine-ball moves).

Ciara does a mix of plyometric movements and weight training to get a good balance of cardio, while still maintaining her muscle tone. But she has had to do some training modifications since becoming pregnant.

“I can’t do crunches or lay on my stomach anymore, but we still do things that are close to what I would do if I wasn’t pregnant,” she told Fitness magazine. “It’s all about still keeping that energy up, still keeping the cardio strong and just having balance in your body overall.”

While doctors do advise against scuba diving, horseback riding, or any contact sport that could cause blunt-force trauma to the abdomen, if you’re having a healthy pregnancy, exercise isn’t going to harm your baby (though you should always ask your doctor before starting a new routine). Exercise will tire you out more quickly than it did pre-pregnancy, though. The amount of blood a woman has increases during pregnancy by about 50 percent, and her heart needs to work harder to push all that blood around—including circulating it through the placenta, an extra organ. So you can work just as hard doing less than you did before you were pregnant and be twice as exhausted!

Exercising through out your pregnancy not only gets you in a better place to drop the pregnancy weight faster post-birth, but it helps with your ability to breathe during labor and gives you the strength to push when you’re body is telling you it’s completely tapped out. Research has also shown that working out while pregnant can help prevent gestational diabetes and C-section births.

Oh, and working out also helps with those sometimes-nasty pregnancy mood swings. Once your endorphins kick in, it’s a natural high that can balance those Debbie Downer feelings that might occasionally creep up thanks to hormone overload. And bonus: according to a recent study, Canadian researchers have found that just 20-minute workouts three times a week while pregnant, leads to excelled brain development in your baby. Yep, a little physical activity for you could make your baby smarter!

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Pregnancy Workouts: Best 10 Minute Workout
Pregnancy Workouts: Best 10 Minute Workout

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Christina Aguilera’s Pregnancy Weight Struggle

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Pop star Christina Aguilera went through a very public weight gain and weight loss last season on The Voice—recently dropping a whopping 35 pounds. While she is thrilled to be pregnant with a sibling for son, Max, 6, Life & Style is reporting that newly engaged Christina’s not so happy about gaining pregnancy weight after working so hard on her diet and exercise to shed her unwanted pounds. But whether she likes it or not, her newly svelte body is about to get curvy. It’s nature, baby!

Christina has always maintained that she loves her body at every size (as does fiancé Matt Rutler!), and that it’s important for women to be comfortable in their own skin—no matter what. Amen! But the media often makes that hard on women in general, and especially on pregnant women (Remember just weeks ago when Chris Hemsworth’s actress wife Elsa Pataky was fat-shamed on the Oscars red carpet?).

When you suddenly have a new body you don’t recognize in the mirror, it can be a shock, and you may even need an adjustment period to get used to the woman who is looking back at you. Your favorite clothes suddenly don’t fit, and as Kristin Cavallari recently admitted, when you’re pregnant “you can just feel gross.” On the flip side, though, you can feel the most beautiful and feminine you ever have with glowing skin and flowing locks. You are a baby-making goddess after all!

No woman can predict how she’s going to feel—or look—while pregnant. While one mama-to-be may be psyched to suddenly have a top-shelf rack, another may hate her pregnancy breasts (like Jamie-Lynn Sigler did). And the same goes for your butt. You may love the bodacious curves you get, or you may feel like you aren’t ready for that jelly. And that’s ok. There is an end to it all, and you will get your pre-pregnancy body back at some point (though it may forever look a tiny bit different).

When pregnant with son Max back in 2007, Christina gained 40 pounds while pregnant (that’s a little more than the recommended 25 to 35-pound pregnancy weight gain—but, hey, Beyoncé gained 65 pounds and look at her now!). So to insure she doesn’t gain too much this time around, Christina has reportedly hired a team of nutritionists and trainers to keep her on a super-healthy pregnancy path. Um, must be nice!

For the rest of us who can’t afford all of that, the best thing to do is to continue working out through your pregnancy (unless your doctor advises against it, of course). Regular exercise can fight against gestational diabetes, routine pregnancy aches and pains, and even mood swings. And bonus: A recent study says working out while pregnant can even make your baby smarter!

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Weight and Pregnancy: Gain Only What You Need
Weight and Pregnancy: Gain Only What You Need

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Beyoncé Gained HOW MUCH Weight While Pregnant?

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Have you seen Beyoncé’s scantily-clad video for her new song “Partition“? The sultry singer strips down to pretty much nothing—just a G-string and an itty-bitty bikini top, shaking what her mama gave her, and looking incredible while doing it! Her motivation to flash so much skin? Mrs. Jay Z had finally lost the 65 pounds she put on while pregnant with daughter Blue Ivy, and she was ready to celebrate. Can you blame her? If I looked like that after having a baby–or ever, really–I’d probably never wear clothes! I think we can all relate to being a new mom, wanting to shed our pregnancy pounds, and to look and feel sexy (not to say you can’t be sexy while pregnant—I loved my newfound cleavage, but I could have done without the stretch marks on my lower belly!).

In part four of her self-titled digital documentary called Liberation, Beyoncé reveals, ”I was very aware of the fact that I was showing my body. I was 195 pounds when I gave birth, I lost 65 pounds, I worked crazily to get my body back. I wanted to show my body,” she said. ”I wanted to show that you can have a child and you can work hard and you can get your body back. I know finding my sensuality, getting back into my body…it was important to me that I expressed that in my music because there are so many women that feel the same thing after they give birth.”

“You can have your child and still have fun and still be sexy and still have dreams and still have yourself,” she continued. “I don’t at all have any shame in being sexual and I’m not embarrassed about it…I don’t feel like I have to protect that side of me because I do believe that sexuality is a power that we all have.” Agreed! And there really is nothing sexier than fitting back into your pre-pregnancy jeans. Am I right?

TELL US: Will you/did you do like Beyoncé and wear a bikini or something sexy to celebrate losing your baby weight?

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