I gained a lot of weight during both of my pregnancies (55 pounds and 45 pounds). I have never been overweight, and my midwives were very reassuring that there was nothing to be concerned about. The weight was what my body and my babies needed.
After my children were born, I had no trouble dropping all that weight. Of course, it didn’t happen overnight. I ate healthy foods and walked a mile everyday. I breastfed for two years. One of my favorite quotes from a mediocre pregnancy book was “Nine months up, nine months down”. It was my mantra. It took more like a year in my experience to lose all those extra pounds, but then my body returned to its pre-pregnancy state.
Apparently, Gwyneth Paltrow’s experience is different. Of course, the academy award winning actress may have had a part she needed to slim down for quickly, but I am annoyed by her comments reported in the Huffington Post:
Gwyneth Paltrow is admitting that losing her baby weight after the birth of her second child, son Moses, in 2006 was “by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” the Huffington Post reported on July 11…
“It was really hanging on. It was not easy…but I really was seeing results so it motivated me to just work through it,” Paltrow said. She added that her celebrity trainer, Tracy Anderson, helped her lose the weight by having her work out for two hours a day.
Two hours a day! I don’t know any mother with two small children, especially when one is a new baby, that has time or energy to work out for two hours a day. Oh, but it gets worse. Paltrow explains:
Every woman can make time-every woman-and you can do it with your baby in the room. There have been countless times where I’ve worked out with my kids crawling around all over the place. You just make it work, and if it’s important to you, it’ll be important to them.
Is Gwyneth ignoring her children for those two hours? Does she have a nanny? Really, it will be important to your new baby that mommy loses that weight?
My children were included in my post baby exercise. I wore my baby while I hiked. I allowed my toddler to crawl under me when I was practicing downward facing dog.
I also find it ridiculous to say that losing baby weight is ““by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done“. Seriously? Gwyneth has certainly led an easy life. I would say labor (19 hours of it with my first child) was a lot harder than losing weight.
I am sure Gwyneth is just trying to be supporting of mothers out there struggling with baby weight, but I think she sounds like an idiot in the above quote. It’s not realistic for most moms to workout two hours a day, with our without a trainer. Instead, eat healthy food, walk with your baby, breastfeed (you burn a lot of calories lactating), and don’t worry. Your pounds will go away eventually.