Need help with client and losing baby weight
Hi, My client recently had her 2nd baby about 2 months ago. She's in her late 20s and an athlete. She lost weight very quickly after the first one, but despite all of her exercise and portion control, she's not losing now (actually gained 2 pounds). She weaned off of breastfeeding and is trying to cut her carbs, but it's challenging as a vegetarian.
Any advice on how to make the scale budge after a second kid?
I ask these questions, because often, the moms I train expect the weight to come off just as quickly and easily as it did the first, second, third, etc, time. But the body is different. They're older. They now have more responsibilities at home. They're skin, ligaments, etc have been stretched multiple times now. Things just aren't the same as they were before and they need to be patient.
You mentioned that she's only 2 months post-partum. In reality, she's still healing. She needs to go easy on her body, rather than stressing it out.
You mentioned that she's an athlete, which means she's used to results and having her body cooperate with what she's asking it to do.
She should be focusing on the basics. Strengthening those muscles that have been stretched while pregnant, nursing, carrying baby (abs - start with stability training first, then strenthen, hip flexors, glutes, shoulders, etc) and stretching those that have gotten tight (lower back, chest, etc).
As an athlete, have her break down her goals into managable, achievable goals. Does she want to get back to her sport of choice? Let her find the joy in movement again and set the base for her to return to her sport of choice. Have her treat this time like the base phase of a training plan.
Sometimes too much too soon after a pregnancy back fires. Her body still needs to heal, find its new normal and re-align itself from the dramatic shift in weight gain/loss and stressers of pregnancy.
Thanks so much everyone. I read her your answers, and she felt much better (as did I)!
Yes, I think she just expected herself to lose the weight as fast as she did with her first baby. I realize that every pregnancy is different, but I haven't worked with enough new moms to really explain why. But you have helped me do so very well.
If the body doesnt have stores to rebuild muscles, it'll default and break down what muscle she already has.
Dark greens and tofu will be her friend, soy is good but overused in many vegetarian diets and the amount of estrogen introduced into the body throws it out of whack.
Get her on weight bearing exercises and basic cardio workouts.
All the comments are great. You did not mention if the first and second are a boy or girl. The recuperation process takes longer after a girl than a boy, with everything else already mentioned.
Good luck and congratulations to all new mothers; don't stress, enjoy your baby and motherhood.
First, I would recommend that she log her food for a week straight to determine how many calories she is actually consuming. She can also log all physical activity she is participating in to determine how much she is actually moving. Based on this you should be able to determine if she is actually in a caloric deficit or not. The only reason she would not be losing is she is consuming more calories than she is burning. After a week you can determine if she needs to eat less or start moving more. Best of luck to you!