How I lost my pregnancy weight

Losing the pregnancy weight is something I think most pregnant woman worry about, and it’s something that definitely plagued me while I was pregnant. The two main reasons were:

  1. Carbs are my best friend.
  2. I hate exercise.

The odds were not in my favour.

I was convinced that I was going to pack on the pounds when I fell pregnant, I envisioned myself being so huge that nothing but a king sized sheet was going to be able to cover me, but surprisingly I only gained 9kg in the 39 weeks. Honestly, I don’t know how that happened – I didn’t have morning sickness, I definitely was not dieting during my pregnancy and as I mentioned earlier, carbs and I are soul mates. Even though I gained less than I thought I would, it was still almost 10kg to lose. And yes, I know, baby and the placenta are huge contributors but I also saw this as an opportunity to finally get to my goal weight which meant I actually had 25kg to lose. And that is not a small amount! To date, I have lost 18kg. Below is a picture of when I was about 30 weeks pregnant (so I still had another 9 weeks of weight gain), I had put on 7.5kg on at this point. The second photo is one I took yesterday, 9 weeks and 6 days post partum. Although these pictures only show my stomach (because that’s where I have lost most of the weight), I have also lost weight in my thighs and upper arms. Before & after

Here’s how I did it:

Breastfeeding: I won’t lie to you, weight loss was the main reason I was so passionate about breastfeeding. Yes, it has amazing benefits for baby and of course it’s free but my word, it works wonders for dropping a good few kilograms. According to the American Pregnancy Association, the average woman secretes between 425 and 700 calories per day in her breast milk. Now I don’t know how many slices of white bread that translates into but I feel like it’s a fair amount. Breastfeeding also triggers hormones that help to shrink your uterus back to it’s original size, which in turn makes your tummy shrink. It really is a win-win in all aspects.

Mama Mio Bootcamp for Tummies: It’s all good and well that breastfeeding helped me shed a fair amount of weight but it left me with a tummy that was flabby and without much shape. OK, I had just had a 3kg baby living in there for 9 months, but still… This is where Mama Mio swooped in to save the day. The Bootcamp for Tummies is a 3 step program that only takes 5 minutes a day. That’s right, 5 minutes. 1 minute to apply product and 4 minutes of exercise.

Step one – Skin Tight Toning Serum: When you lose a substantial amount of weight quickly, your skin can look a bit stretched out. This was definitely the case with my tummy. It had gone from being stretched to the point of no return to looking like a bit of a deflated balloon. The Skin Tight Toning Serum has a four stage action to help perfect your skin’s tone and texture. Papaya extract exfoliates, Hyaluronic Acid (you all know how much I love HA) hydrates and plumps, Soy Protein Complex tightens and UniprosynTM uses anti-aging, anti-crepe, anti-wrinkle technology to get your tummy looking smooth. Although I still have a bit of jelly belly (let’s be realistic, it’s only been 10 weeks since I popped a baby out), the crepe-yness is no longer there and my skin is most definitely more taut.

Skin tight

Step two – Get Waisted Body Shaper: Jelly belly and muffin top be gone! Voted the holy grail of body shapers by The Daily Mail, Get Waisted streamlines the body as well as leaving the skin softer, tighter and smoother. It stimulates the circulation and reduces puffiness – hooray! Although I had lost a significant amount of weight, my torso looked shapeless and my bum a bit bleh, after using this product for a full month and a bit, my waist is more defined and I definitely feel like I have my curves back. Hooray!

Get waisted

Step three – 4 minutes a day exercise system: This literally takes 4 minutes. In fact, I did my little workout for today as I was typing the intro to this blog post. These exercises, designed by New York “ab guru” Julie Tupler have been designed to strengthen your back, flatten your tummy and improve your posture. I have found this invaluable, especially having a stronger back and improved posture – carrying a 5kg baby around all day really takes its toll and I found that I had started to stand with a very arched back all the time. Not anymore!

*** Make sure you read until the end of this post for something exciting! ***

Lucy Wyndham-Read workouts: I heard about Lucy’s YouTube channel while watching Anna Saccone Joly’s Snapchat one day (if you want to add me, my user name is mascaramimosas) and I decided to investigate. Now, I mentioned it earlier but let me just say it again, I really hate exercise. I hate motivating myself to do it, I hate actually doing it and I hate feeling sore the next day. Having said that, I know all about the many, many advantages of being active. Even though I had lost weight and all those pants I had stashed away at the back of my wardrobe were fitting perfectly again, I still wanted to be more toned and start to define some muscle groups (I’m talking to you bingo wings!). Lucy’s workouts are perfect for me! They are targeted, not complicated and take up a maximum of 15 minutes every morning. But the best part is that I do them in my pyjamas, on my bedroom floor. I literally just need to pick up my iPad, open up YouTube and roll out of bed. As I get stronger, I will do more reps of the exercises each morning and so the workouts will start to get slightly longer. But what’s an extra 10 minutes? If you are pressed for time but still want to squeeze some exercise into your day, Lucy has just started her “Tone Every Zone” challenge and let me tell you, it WORKS! Subscribe to her channel over here (and if you haven’t subscribed to my channel yet, you can do that here).

And now for the exciting bit: I have a Mama Mio Bootcamp for Tummies kit to give away to one lucky reader! Your packaging will look different to mine, that’s because you are getting the newer, fancier version!

UntitledAs always, simply enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. To gain additional entries over and above that, simply follow me on Twitter and retweet my pinned tweet (it’s the one at the top of my timeline).

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Just a few rules…

The competition will run until midnight on Monday 12 June.

Open to South African residents only.

Should the prize winner not contact me within 5 days, I will draw another name.

Good luck everyone!

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15 Comments

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    Sarah-Jane van Heerden
    June 7, 2016 at 9:01 am

    OH MY GOODNESS!!! What id give to win this amazing prize! I’m 7 1/2 months pregnant now with my 2nd pregnancy and worries about getting my body back in shape have already consumed my mind. This would be an awesome awesome prize to win and I’d be truly so grateful! Please pick me Holding thumbs. My little girl will be born in 6 weeks time, looking forward to it but also dying to have my body back and once again my own 🙂

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    Corlia Pienaar
    June 7, 2016 at 9:41 am

    These products sound amazing! Thanks for all the info. Love your blog!

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    Sulika
    June 7, 2016 at 9:56 am

    My baby is due in 24 days and I am already stressing about my body! I would love to win these products! The spa I go to for pregnancy massages use Mama Mio products and I absolutely love it.

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    Megan Hartwig
    June 7, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Would love to win this – gosh would cheer me up considerably – nothing better than a good spoil!!

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    Simone Cameron
    June 7, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Wow…I hadn’t heard of this! I have 3 kids now…so 4 minutes of exercise would be perfect, as I truly can’t find more time than that right now. lol.

    You definitely don’t look bad 10w post partum! Would love to try this!!

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    Tammy
    June 7, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Gosh, I haven’t been able to shake this post baby belly and with the help of Mio I’m sure I can. I love that you showed before and after photos, it’s such a beautiful sight!

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    Cass Ferguson
    June 7, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Well done babe ! That’s so impressive !!! And so inspiring !

    Love this xxx

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    Jodi-Ann
    June 7, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Would love to tighten up my tummy

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    Kate Kearney
    June 8, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Oh my word, despite training religiously for a Half Iron Man I am still battling to loose the soft skin and flab – especially around my tummy. Currently my leggings are pulled up to under my boobs to keep everything tucked in. Entered and holding thumbs!

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    Terri Rosslind
    June 8, 2016 at 11:12 am

    OMG! The answer to all my prayers has been found! Would love to try this as i’m struggling to get rid of this excess baby weight after my son. I also hate exercise and love all things carbs & chocolate lol

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    nicolette de klerk
    June 8, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Still struggling to loose the weight after the birth on my son 11 months ago. Not one for sweating it out in a gym and with 2 busy boys don’t have the time. You and the products look amazing. Living proof that products actually do work.

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    Sarah-Jane van Heerden
    June 13, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Really holding thumbs so tightly for this awesome prize, this would be great to win and i cant tell you how much this would help me!!! Holding thumbs!!!!!!! 🙂

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    Chereen
    June 13, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    Such a great post – and I couldn’t agree more: breastfeeding works wonders for weightloss! I’ve noticed just what an impact breastfeeding had on me since I stopped breastfeeding a couple of weeks ago – I haven’t weighed myself in forever, but I’m pretty certain I’ve put on weight since I stopped. My jeans feel tighter, by boobs are bulging over my bra… MEH. I wish I’d decided to breastfeed till Beanie was 10! Ha 😉

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