During my twin pregnancy, I picked up a lot of common mythology—like "Breastfeeding makes the weight just magically melt off!" and "You'll be teeny tiny in no time with two babies to keep up with!" While those concepts may play out for some people, they hardly proved true in my case. Losing the weight has been all about huge effort and perseverance steadily over months—no magic involved.
That's a (hard) lesson I learned as a naive first-time mom, and something I'd be more realistic about if I were planning to be pregnant a second time (which I'm not, since I got my two in a one-shot deal)!
Of course, I'm not the only mom to have been naive about pregnancy weight gain. It's a common fallacy among many of us—even celeb mamas. Among those is second-time expecting mama Milla Jovovich, who just posted a prenatal fitness update on her Facebook page that reveals she had some of the same thoughts after her first time around—and is a lot smarter about weight gain now with baby number two on the way.
Writing candidly about her current weight (170 pounds) and her plans until delivery day, she said, "I've gained all the baby weight I need to have a healthy pregnancy—30 pounds—and as of last week, I've started having to be really careful about my lifestyle so I don't continue to gain unnecessarily, which is not healthy for me OR my newborn. I'm really proud of myself for not gaining the same amount of weight that I did with our first child (75 pounds) because I have to be ready to start filming Resident Evil—The Final Chapter in August of this year and I will also be nursing an infant simultaneously (get ready wardrobe department for Alice's new "easy mama access" costume) so I don't want to be on any extreme diets to get ready to go back to action hero mode!"
Two-time mama Jessica Simpson is also among the stars who had the same experience following her first time around. She told ABC News in 2013 that she didn't gain as much weight with the second baby. She said, "Any woman, dealing with their body after pregnancy, you look at yourself and you're like, 'What just happened to me?'... Going into my second pregnancy, I was just like, 'Oh, I can't eat the whole cake. I can just eat a piece of cake.'"
And that sounds like a sensible plan!
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