Meet Jessica, a mom of 2 littles who was able to achieve her postpartum goals of getting her pre-pregnancy body back. Learn how she lost most of the baby weight in just 6 weeks. 

 

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Are you a new mom who wants a daily dose of inspiration to get you pumped up for the first 6 weeks of postpartum recovery? Well, you came to the right place.

I want you to meet Jessica, a mom of 2 little girls who made it a priority to do something smart with her postpartum body.

She wasn’t wasting any time, and she had a goal. Like most new moms, her main goal was to get her pre-pregnancy body back in the easiest, quickest and safest way possible.

Well, she did it.

In just 6 weeks she lost almost all the baby weight, gained her confidence back, looks and feels great and is motivated to hit the gym with enthusiasm. If you want to know how she did it so you can get the same results as her, keep reading.

2 days postpartum

6 weeks postpartum

Jessica is a determined woman. When she wants to accomplish something, she does everything in her will power to get it accomplished. I want you to remember that because these are the characteristics that are going to give you the results you want.

DETERMINATION

You have to be determined to lose the baby weight early on in your postpartum recovery if you want to see a change. How bad do you want your postpartum body back? If that’s a priority, then good! Because that’s where we are going next.

Related: How To Find Time To Exercise As A Busy Mom

2 days postpartum

2 days postpartum

PRIORITIES

Jessica made it a priority to focus on her postpartum recovery during the first 6 weeks after having a baby. Having a priority to get her stomach flat again after having a baby allowed her to put other less important things out of sight and out of mind.

When you only have a certain window of time to get the best results, you want to make sure you take advantage of that short window before the opportunity is gone.

We’ll talk more about the optimal window of time to shrink your postpartum belly later in this article. So make sure you make it to the end of the post.

1 week postpartum

1 week postpartum

FITNESS

Having determination and setting priorities is not going to get rid of your excess baby weight. You have to incorporate fitness, and that’s exactly what Jessica did.

However, she did the safe thing in waiting the first 6 weeks postpartum and got her doctor’s clearance before beginning her workout program.  So rather than addressing fitness right after giving birth, she exercised throughout her pregnancy in preparation.

In order to keep the excess pounds off as she progressed through each trimester of pregnancy, cardio and strength training exercises allowed her maintain a healthy weight and build lean muscle mass to help her recover more quickly after childbirth.

Related: 30-Day Postpartum Ab Challenge + Calendar

 

2 weeks postpartum

2 weeks postpartum

I highly recommend during all stages of pregnancy for fitness to be incorporated into your daily routine. There are so many benefits to exercise while pregnant, and of the best reasons of all is to help speed up your postpartum recovery.

3 weeks postpartum

3 weeks postpartum

NUTRITION

Have you ever heard the saying, “80% nutrition and 20% fitness”?

I completely agree with this quote.

Fitness alone is not going to help you shred the pounds. Nutrition is the best way to do that, especially early on during postpartum recovery when you can’t focus on intensive exercise.

Really, working out the first 6 weeks is not highly recommended by your doctors so be sure to get your doctor’s clearance before starting a postpartum workout.  

4 weeks postpartum

4 weeks postpartum

 

Back to nutrition. Jessica has always been a healthy eater. Since she focuses on buying foods for her family that will adequately “fuel” rather than just “fill”, she has seen great results in her weight loss journey after pregnancy.

As you navigate your postpartum weight loss journey, be sure to choose a healthy variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, proteins and healthy fats as part of your daily diet. And if you are breastfeeding, be sure to eat a diet that provides enough nutrients for you and your baby. Never diet while nursing your baby.

This list of nutrient rich recipes for breastfeeding moms is a great starting point.

5 weeks postpartum

5 weeks postpartum

POSTPARTUM BELLY WRAPS

 

The optimal time to shrink your postpartum belly is within the first 6 weeks. This is when your uterus shrinks down to its normal size.

Right after you give birth, your uterus is round and hard and weighs about 2½ pounds. By about 6 weeks after birth, it weighs only 2 ounces. –March of Dimes

The best way to assist your belly in shrinking quickly is by using a postpartum belly wrap. This is a game changer right here. A postpartum belly wrap is what Jessica used the first 6 weeks during her postpartum recovery to get these amazing results.

You can find a list of my favorite postpartum belly wraps here. But if I had to choose just one, I always recommend the Belly Bandit. You can learn more about why I love Belly Bandit products so much in this article.

 

6 weeks postpartum

6 weeks postpartum

Getting Rid Of Your Postpartum Belly

 

If you are ready to see results like Jessica, implement these 5 principles, and you’ll be on your way to achieving that postpartum body you never thought you could have. It’s in you, you just have to do a little work to find it.

It’s important to remember that weight loss timelines differ for every new mom based on a number of factors including how much you gained during pregnancy, whether or not you’re breastfeeding, your diet, exercise habits and also genetics.

Jessica does attribute little part of her success to her genetic make-up, but without determination, priorities, fitness, nutrition and belly wraps, she wouldn’t have had nearly the extent of success as she did.

If you are ready to finally do something about your postpartum belly so that you can look like yourself again, continue reading about my postpartum belly wrap journey and how I lost the baby weight after 4 pregnancies.

 

This post contains affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosures here.

*It is important to always consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program and get medical clearance. Always warm up thoroughly and stretch after all workouts. LiveCoreStrong.com and Jena Bradley will be not be responsible or liable for any injury sustained while exercising at home, gym or elsewhere. Perform exercises at your own risk.

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