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Losing the Baby Weight
posted on April 13th, 2011

"How am I going to lose this baby weight?" is a question on the minds of most pregnant gals - at least it was for me! So how did I do it? Let me start with my basic philosophy: I'm a big believer in moderation and good old-fashioned discipline. There's no silver bullet, no magic pill to get a body in shape. I believe the body, by and large, knows how to look great ... if given healthy food and regular exercise!

That's been my strategy for as long as I can remember, and for as long as I can remember, through disciplined eating and lots of yoga, my weight has been pretty much where I want it, give or take a couple pounds.

I'll go into more detail about my diet and exercise in future blogs, but today I want to focus on a specific time in my life: Losing the baby weight. I gained 40 pounds during my pregnancy, and as I'm writing this, 6 months after delivery and with no help from a trainer, it's basically all off (well, except for a pound or two from my new big boobs!).

After a 36 hour all-natural labor, I came home with newborn baby and husband, and although my mom came over to help out for 4 weeks (lifesaver!) that first month of recovery was pretty rough nonetheless. I couldn't even think about exercise. I was only sleeping for like an hour or two at a time between baby feedings...and my body was just wrecked from labor - I could barely walk down the hall without hunching over. Even still, I lost about 15 pounds that first month - 8 or 9 of it was of course the baby and fluids that came out at the hospital. As I understand it, the rest came off from breastfeeding, nature's way of helping the mom turn the excess fat into nourishing food! I was simply transferring my weight to Draco... nice, right? :)

So how about the other 25 pounds?

After that first month, when I was finally walking like a person again and not a Neanderthal, I began with yoga - gentle, restorative yoga that helped my body finish healing. It's funny; my mom and I created a beginners yoga/meditation DVD a couple years ago called Daily Dose of Dharma, and I had no idea it would be so useful post-partum! There are three 20 minute yoga segments on the DVD and I started doing one every day. It felt great to get my body moving again.

After a month of that, I could tell my body was getting back into the swing of things - the yoga had stretched and gently toned my muscles, I'd lost another 8 pounds, and I was ready to add more to my regime.

More Soon!


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posted by pbreck21 on April 14th, 2011

I'm wondering what a husband/partner does during a 36 hour labor? Xbox360? Archie comics? Angry Birds? Congrats on the cool blog.

posted by Number1DanicaFan on April 15th, 2011

Sounds like you both handled the long labor as an intimate, loving unit ... and what a special little baby you have to show for it. I also like Danica's view of healthy eating and a healthy balanced lifestyle concerning her baby weight gain, and loss. Congrats to you both!

posted by JohnNhoj on April 15th, 2011

WHOA! She said, \from my new big boobs.\" SCHWING!"

posted by duffy on April 17th, 2011

Ok don't care about labor and stuff. What I want to know is what do you eat on a daily basis Danica. I wake up I eat____ . For lunch I have___ and ____. I want real and practical. That would be nice.

posted by DougieCFresh on May 26th, 2011

@mverta Glad you blog in here every once in a while Mike! Now I don't feel so much like the butt-in male at the baby shower......................................... @Danica and Mike Sorry if this post strays off the immediate thread topic, but I'm not sur

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