I'm going to be really catty and mean for a second.
I've been seeing this pin around on pintrest and I can't help but grimace and roll my eyes whenever I see it.
'cause, well, I hate this girl.
Ok, I don't HATE hate her...but kinda I do.
She's had one, ONE pregnancy and she thinks she can go around and tell the world how to stay cute and little all through pregnancy (just like her!), which, of course will help you lose the weight fast postpartum. Because, of course, she only gained 20 pounds with her (single!) pregnancy.
Now, I do give her kudos that she knows what's she doing nutrition
and exercise-wise. She's written a book, been on TV, yada, yada, but
she still rubs me wrong. There's nothing wrong with her advice, per se, she's just so darn preachy and all self-righteous about it. She is just listing 10 obvious health and body facts about pregnancy (embrace your changing body, eat every 2-3 hours, prepare healthy meals, etc) and acting like that can make the difference between a 20 pound (just like her!) and a 45 pound weight gain during pregnancy.
Which isn't even the worst of it! The worst is she shows all these pictures of herself and her cute little belly and implying that you can somehow keep a cute little belly (just like her!) by making sure not to eat for two (does anyone really think they can eat for two anymore while pregnant? really?).
I'm sorry, but that's just not reality! I've had multiple pregnancies with different activity levels and eating habit during all of them and I have gained 35-45 pounds with every single one, regardless! I've talked to lots and lots of different women about their pregnancies and some women are naturally small gainers and some women pack on more pounds. Pregnancy is just like that!
Also, your weight gain doesn't always dictate your belly size. Sometimes you just get big and sometimes you just stay smaller, regardless of weight-gain. Some women will just always be big while pregnant and some women will always be on the small side. It has so much to do with how you carry, your height, your torso length, where you gain your weight at (boobs, belly, hips, etc) while pregnant. You can't just peg it on good eating habits and low weight-gain alone.
Which leads me to my last irritant...I take issue with her implications because (sorry if this doesn't make sense to you never-before-preggers and non-other-people-studiers)...she's a boob gainer. There, I said it. She says herself that her chest got a lot bigger during pregnancy and it's obvious in the first picture she posts that she's fairly busty during that point in her pregnancy (5-6 mo along). It's just my personal observation (which you can feel free to disagree with), but a lot of time (but not always) if a girl's bust gets a heck-of-a lot bigger during pregnancy, she carries just a bit smaller on her tummy. I don't know why, it's just something I've noticed during my many years of mommyhood (not to mention I'm a young mormon mom...so believe me when I say I've seen/known a lot of pregnant girls). So, when she implies that you can look like her all through your pregnancy, I get really irked. Not only is it soooo not true, but it is all the more likely to make some other poor girl really doubt her own body (which goes against the very first piece of advice listed (in big, bold letters) to Embrace Your Body!) which helps absolutely NO ONE during pregnancy.
blah. blah. blah.
This is me sticking my tongue out at you, Miss Michelle.
Ok, I think I'm done.