Debunking 4 common post-pregnancy fitness myths

The MamásLatinas Weight Loss Challenge kicks off today and I couldn't be more excited. I know it's not easy losing weight (or keeping it off), so we've put together a 30-day easy-to-accomplish weight loss challenge filled with fun, expert advice and even some prizes if you need a little extra motivation to start getting in shape for summer.

Our first featured expert is Barbara Trujillo Gomez, fitness expert and author of "…Barbara por Atras" A Latin Woman's Guide to Fitness. She has spent the last 20 years teaching about fitness, nutrition and self acceptance.

If you've ever tried to lose weight after pregnancy, you may have been really cautious at first. There are a lot of myths about working out after giving birth, but Barbara is here to tell you what's real--and what's not--about the safety of post-pregnancy fitness.

Advertisement

Myth #1:  After having a baby, it's better to work out under the supervision of a trainer or in a class at a gym.
Barbara says: Once you get the OK from your medical practitioner, typically around 6 weeks after the baby is born, you are good to go! Provided your health is normal, a home workout is fine and a great way to bond with your baby. Plus there's the benefit of sharing the value of health and fitness with your newborn! They thrive on stimulations and are sponges after all.

Myth #2: There is no way that a flat belly can ever be achieved again.
Barbara says: False for the most part. Having a flat belly again is determined on the belly you had before you got pregnant. This is why it is so important to lead a fit and healthy life before and during your pregnancy. As moms, what happens to our body is truly remarkable and although the elasticity may be difficult to regain, it is achievable! Take it from me... I put on 70 pounds on both pregnancies and my belly is back to pre-prego flat.

Myth #3:  Nursing moms should not work out.
Barbara says: False. As long as you have the ever-so-important pads on your boobs and pumped before your workout, go for it! Make sure you replenish with plenty of water and fuel yourself with the right nutrition. 

Myth #4:  There's no reason to get fit if you don't feel sexy anymore.
Barbara says: If you don't feel sexy, rest assured someone else is! Feeling sexy is about self confidence and getting fit boosts your self confidence. So get moving, love yourself, and be the sexy mama you were meant to be!

Join our Weight Loss Challenge today and ask Barbara ALL of your questions, which she will be answering in the Health Group on Wednesday, March 28th! Hurry and post to get expert advice as you aim to lose weight in the next 30 days.  

What do you think is the hardest thing about losing the pregnancy weight after giving birth?

Image via familymwr/flickr