When I discovered I was pregnant, I weighed around 65 kgs. The euphoria of having conceived, added with the extra love and care of family ensured that I gain more weight than required. By the end of my pregnancy, I weighed a staggering 82 kgs. I had gained 17 kgs in the 9 odd months and I had morning sickness for the first 3 months where I gained very little weight.
After the initial exhilaration of delivering my baby girl subsided, I went in to panic mode. I wanted to lose all the extra weight and very fast at that. But as we all know, there is no magical way to do so, or so I thought.
I began my journey at 78 kgs immediately after my delivery. I decided to exclusively breastfeed my girl. That also meant that I could not go on a diet. I had to eat the bajra and the ghee and a nutritious meal overall. I felt like losing weight was a far fetched dream. Not wanting to compromise on my baby’s nutrition, I ate all the healthy food that I was asked to by my elders including the ghee laden laddoos.
My weight remained pretty much constant in the first month. But from the second month onwards, I started shedding the extra kgs. It worked like magic for me. By the end of 4 months, I had lost almost 10 kgs and was nearing my pre-pregnancy weight.
Although my stomach skin is still a little loose and will get firmer only when I workout properly, I am very happy with the overall weight loss. Coupled with moderate exercise which included dancing to entertain my baby, going to easy on the high fat food items once my milk supply was established, and exclusively breastfeeding my baby led to the quick weight loss.
I realised that the trick was to enjoy oneself and not get too hassled about losing weight. I still have a few kilos to lose, but I don’t bother about it much and concentrate only on being a happy and involved mother to my baby girl.
Sometimes there is added pressure on us women to be the perfect mother while looking our best. But we can make an informed choice of being comfortable with our bodies and creating a positive environment for our babies to thrive.
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