Why You’re Not Losing the Extra Baby Weight

It’s been six weeks. Time to start exercising, right?

Kristin Snyder
ILLUMINATION

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Toxic diet culture is a huge problem in our society. It’s even worse for those who shouldn’t be worried about losing weight: those who just gave birth.

The body goes through so many changes to create a human. One of those changes is gaining weight. These changes not only nourish the growing baby but also keep the birther safe. You see, our bodies are so smart. We put on weight for many reasons throughout pregnancy and postpartum, many of which are biologically normal and healthy. For example, there may have been times during our evolution when there was a famine or not enough food. The body remembers this and will put on extra weight the next time you have a meal. This may be even more exaggerated postpartum when the survival of a new human is involved.

So are our bodies broken? No! Of course not. Our bodies are doing exactly what they are supposed to do. This article is, in no way, intended to give you any advice on how to lose weight. It is only written as a reminder, as a postpartum woman myself, that your body is the perfect size to nourish and care for your growing baby.

However, it’s also good to understand why the body is like this to ease the mind. So, on we go with reasons you may be holding onto…

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Kristin Snyder
ILLUMINATION

I help women go PLANT-BASED to change their health destiny.