Being a disabled mom makes it a lot harder to lose the baby weight
After giving birth, a woman with a chronic illness found losing pregnancy weight to be a daunting task, primarily because of her inability to exercise much due to her illness. After a period of extreme depression, she decided to tackle the problem in ways she could control, primarily through her diet. She began eating healthier foods with the help of a fitness app. While her weight began to gradually decrease, she was dismayed that her midsection became “mushy.” To counter this, she performed targeted abdominal exercises that can help postpartum women realign their stomach muscles. Despite her skepticism, this largely worked. Her message to new moms in a similar situation is to set goals and be patient to recover their pre-delivery bodies.
- Medical issues that prevent you from engaging in certain activities can interfere with getting into or staying in shape.
- Focusing on what you can do, carefully and with monitoring, can help you make progress towards a goal even with medical issues.
- Weight loss can be generated by cutting calories, not just exercise; so look to that if disability prevents you from being as active as you want.
“Because of my health issues, I had to walk a delicate line between pushing myself and not triggering my Lyme symptoms.”