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?
How frustrated is she? How quickly did she lose the weight the first time and does she expect it to come off as quickly this time? What are her expectations and goals?
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.