Post Baby Bodies, What’s Normal?

It seems like the new trend now in Nigeria is to glamorize the post baby bodies of celebrities. We do it too.

This leaves normal women wondering if there is something wrong with them, when they still look 6 months pregnant, months after giving birth.

One Mamalette reader even sent us a personal message which we posted on our Facebook wall.

“What can we do to get rid of that excess tummy? Because really we can’t all be like the celebs. They put themselves through so much just to be cute in the public eye but in the real world its different, and honestly if you say ‘exercise’ its impossible when you are a mother of 4, working both @ home and in the office.” she said.

Your body changes during pregnancy, everyone knows that. But for many women, some of those changes are permanent. No matter what the media tells you, your body will probably not look the same after giving birth.

“Pregnancy is beautiful. If you want to feel your body at its fullest empowerment, the “changes” are worth it. It’s not like a cancer, you are creating life, and a woman is at her strongest in pregnancy and delivery.”

Many women are left with scars, stretch marks, and loose skin after giving birth. Some mothers also report changes such as larger feet, bigger rib cages, larger thighs and bigger bottoms as their legacy from their pregnancies.

Sometimes some of the above get bigger or larger with each subsequent pregnancy.

The photo shopped images we see online and in glossy magazines, don’t show any of this, instead we are made to believe that women look the same after childbirth. This is usually untrue.

If you look around you most Nigerian mothers are not size 8’s or size 10’s rather they are beautiful, voluptuous and fashionable women who carry their bodies well no matter what size they are. 

Pregnancy and childbirth can put a lot of strain on a woman’s body, but many Nigerian women do not mind because the end results, children more than makes up for any physical discomfort or change.

The truth is while every woman who puts on weight during pregnancy should make a conscious effort to lose weight, women should also be realistic in their weight loss goals.

Even though you may not look as good as you once did, embrace and love your body. Just knowing that you have the capability to sustain a life and bring a new human into the world makes you beautiful.

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8 Ways To Lose Weight And Keep It

Losing weight is hard work, but losing weight and keeping it is even harder. When you are still there jubilating about your weight loss, before you know it you can’t pull your jean zipper up again. If you want to lose weight and keep it you have to follow the same routine and keep it, it’s not just about exercising, the food you eat and your lifestyle matters a lot.

And here are the ways to lose weight and keep it;

1. Eat a big breakfast

Don’t just make breakfast a priority but eat a large healthy breakfast packed with fibre like wheat, oatmeal or beans. When you skip breakfast you tend to crave unhealthy snacks which are high in calories. Meanwhile, a study has found that women who eat large breakfast have less hunger pangs than those who eat small breakfast.

2. Eat 30 grams of fiber a day

Eat more of fibre and limit your sugar, calories and saturated fat intake. Some of the foods rich in fibre are quinoa, barley, wheat, oatmeal, okra, potato, carrot, peas, vegetables.

3. Stop taking any beverage that’s not water, tea, or coffee

Most of us can’t do without these soft drinks, I know because even now I look at chilled soft drinks while inside the traffic and I do a hard job of talking myself out of buying it. It’s even worse when it’s given to me for free but these sodas and juices contain up to 18 teaspoons of sugar and 240 calories per 20-ounce serving, yet they have no nutritional value at all. Experts point to soft drinks as one of the top contributors to the obesity epidemic.

4. Stock your freezer with vegetables

Vegetables give you the biggest nutritional value, fresh vegetables are perfect but to preserve your vegetable store the, inside your freezer. And when you have vegetables stored up in your freezer, eating healthy is easy.


5. Eat proteins 

While women need about 46 grams of protein a day, men need 56 grams. If you intend to keep your weight in check work on eating proteins every day. It takes your body time to digest protein than fats or carbs which means you will be feeling full for a long time after taking protein.

6. Drink black coffee

Coffee doesn’t just make you stay awake, it can also help your metabolism so drink a cup of black coffee a day. As a woman, do not take more than 2 cups a day!

7. Easy on the alcohol

When drinking, you might not realise that drinks beer, wine or spirit have about 125 calories, meanwhile, taking these calories often can add up because something has to accompany your drink like a plate of pepper soup or asun.

8. Take Monosaturated fats (MUFAs)

They help you lose weight rather than accumulate it. When researchers asked women to switch to a 1,600-calorie diet high in MUFAs, they lost a third of their belly fat in just 4 weeks. Sources of MUFAs include olive oil, canola oil, peanut oil, safflower oil and sesame oil, avocados, peanut butter, and many nuts and seeds.

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