Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share Share 44 Views no discussions HealthLifestyle The Truth About Losing Baby Weight. by: – April 26, 2011 The first few months after having a child can be the most rewarding of your life. Well, that could be until you find the time to look in the mirror.But just because your body changes after pregnancy doesn’t mean you can’t get in the best shape of your life. What to Expect When Natalie Fraschetti looked at her stomach for the first time after having her son, she thought, “Wow, how is that ever going to go back to something halfway normal?” Fraschetti, a 30-year-old engineer in Encinitas, California, gave birth to her first child in 2010.A longtime runner, her new physique seemed foreign. “It wasn’t that it was even fat, it was just like a raisin, like a really soft, mushy raisin,” she said. This experience is far from uncommon, and unfortunately, the soft mushiness doesn’t just sit in the stomach.Jenny Burkett Widmaier, 28, an Atlanta-based photographer, exercised throughout her pregnancy with daily yoga routines and occasional boot camp classes. During her pregnancy, she thought the extra weight was solely in her stomach, but after delivering her daughter, she noticed flab in her butt, legs and around a saddlebag area where she’d never had problems before.Many women end up gaining more weight than they’re expecting, according to Mara Newman, a registered dietitian and former Weight Watchers leader in New Jersey. Between 25 and 35 lbs. is considered healthy, Newman says, and underweight women can gain up to 40 while still being within a healthy range. “But when you don’t worry about a waistline, you feel like you have a free hall pass,” Newman said.Practice Patience With pregnant celebrities seemingly going from hospital gowns to size 2 red carpet dresses in weeks, it’s difficult for new mothers to accept physical changes as well as the challenge of getting back into shape. The good news is that it’s possible to get into better shape than before a pregnancy. The bad news is it’s going to take a lot of patience.Dr. Michael Johnson, an OB/GYN physician at the University of California, Los Angeles, advises fighting the urge to hit the gym immediately. During pregnancy, blood volume increases at least 15 percent for cardiac output to increase in preparation for delivery and blood loss. “When women’s rings get tight, that’s the byproduct of expanding blood volume,” Johnson said. But these simple fluids will mobilize quickly after pregnancy, and women can expect to see a dramatic release of the fluid through the kidneys in between two and seven days.Up to 20 lbs. can easily be lost in just the first week after pregnancy. Also, the soft, mushy raisin sitting where your six-pack used to be will take at least six weeks to get back to relatively normal. The uterus increases to support fetal growth, but after giving birth, it will contract during breastfeeding or on its own to regain normal size by at least six weeks.The muscle fibers of the abdominal wall lengthen to accommodate the growth of the baby, which is something that will technically never get back to completely normal. The process may take three to six months before the abdominal wall remodels itself and starts to come down to its normal tone.“You have to have reasonable expectations,” Johnson said. And his biggest tip to getting your abs back? Don’t think or worry about doing situps until after at least four months. “You can do situps or crunches all day long and you’re not going to accomplish anything,” he said. “The body has to do that on its own.” Andrea Rogers, 29, founder of Xtend Barre — a combination of pilates and dance — in Boca Raton, Florida, recently had her first child. “A lot of work that focuses on the core is full body movement,” Rogers said.To strengthen the core, which will eventually lead to tighter abs, she recommends practicing good posture in the first few weeks after giving birth before slowly adding variations of the plank into workouts when the body feels comfortable. “While you’re sitting and nursing or trying to get in a quick email, focus on where your spine and alignment are and think about sitting up straight.”Another way to help with the softness is by using an abdominal binder or girdle for extra support when it feels as if everything is overstretched, according to “The Mommy Docs’ Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy and Birth,” by Drs. Yvonne Bohn, Allison Hill and Alane Park. Something often forgotten by new mothers is the importance of the pelvic floor muscles, the muscles at the lower part of the pelvis that hold everything up.These muscles are traumatized by the pregnancy and birth and take at least six weeks to start the first phase of the healing process. “I tend to discourage certain types of exercise because you don’t want to put too much stress on (the pelvic floor muscles) in order to preserve bladder support,” Johnson said. He advises against jarring exercises like running and jogging until at least eight weeks after pregnancy.Instead, opt for less intense cardio like the elliptical or swimming. Eating & Feeding Aside from how to exercise when your body is ready for it, the best way to take control is to watch what you eat. The bad news here is that it’s back to the rule of thumb: Take in less and expend more. Ramona Braganza, the celebrity fitness trainer known for whipping Jessica Alba and Halle Berry into the best shape of their lives post-pregnancy, says women should assume they will burn calories if they are breastfeeding. “My clients reduced their calorie intake but still allowed themselves 500 calories for breastfeeding,” she said. “But if you notice a change in milk, you are too low on calories.”While breastfeeding, consume more calcium in yogurt, milk and light cheeses to provide the best milk for your baby. However, while breastfeeding moms can technically drop weight easier, Johnson says that idea is overrated. “I think that it’s misleading because you read about Angelina Jolie and how the nursing burns so many calories, but it just made me hungrier,” said Annabelle Martin, a 30-year-old journalist in Fort Myers, Florida.While it takes nine months to have a baby, it could take another nine to get the weight off and yourself into better shape. Factoring in at least six weeks after giving birth before even starting light exercise, on top of at least another four months of waiting for the abdominal wall to re-tone itself, you might not be sporting a size 2 red carpet dress as soon as the baby is asleep.But with patience and preliminary fitness restrictions, the muscles will react better and faster to eventual exercise than if you jump on the treadmill two weeks after leaving the hospital. Add in a proper diet and you’ll be on your way to losing the baby weight.By Brooke Rossby LIVESTRONG.COM
Published on April 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments Gary Gait said Cornell is playing for respect. The Big Red has not had a strong season, struggling even more than Syracuse, but the upstate New York rivals are not to be discounted in the SU head coach’s mind.The unranked Big Red has a 5-7 record. Syracuse (7-7) has spent all but two weeks this season in the Top 25. Cornell lost at home to a Rutgers team that Syracuse beat on the road. Syracuse has played one of the hardest schedules in the nation this season. Cornell hasn’t.But Gait expects Cornell to come to the Carrier Dome and give the Orange a run for its money.‘They’re always going to play us tough,’ Gait said. ‘The last two years they haven’t been in the Top 10 or anything like that, but they’ve been tough to us. They show up. It’s an upstate rivalry, and I think they always play for respect.’Despite Tuesday’s matchup with Cornell being a single nonconference game amid a run of eight Big East matchups, Syracuse expects the Big Red to maintain or even escalate the level of play the Orange has been facing. Five of Cornell’s players went to high school in the greater Syracuse area, creating a local rivalry between the two squads.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse has won its past four home games and is looking to continue its hot streak against the Big Red as the season enters the final stretch. SU is coming off a win Saturday against a Cincinnati team winless in Big East play. While the game was important for SU’s conference record — and also clinched a Big East tournament berth for the Orange — it was somewhat of a prelude to the Cornell matchup.Saturday’s game gave Syracuse a chance to experiment and work out the kinks. It fostered confidence. Even if that confidence will be tested by Cornell.‘You feel good,’ Gait said. ‘Everybody feels happy, but you’ve got to stay focused and mentally tough because you’re going to have a much bigger challenge coming Tuesday.’Although the Cornell matchup has no bearing on Syracuse’s playoff chances, senior attack Tee Ladouceur said the players do not think of the game any differently. Fellow attack Michelle Tumolo said any game can indirectly affect the playoffs.‘Every game’s a game,’ Tumolo said. ‘It’s just a step to getting better.’As has been the case for much of the season, Syracuse’s main focus will be on winning draw controls. The team struggled with winning the draw for much of the season.Cornell’s strengths lie in its offense. Syracuse will watch out for some leadership in the attack, specifically from the captain, Libby Johnson. Defender Janelle Stegeland said after watching film of the Big Red, the defense is preparing for some of its specific offensive plays.‘They’ve got a great crease play,’ Stegeland said. ‘We watched film this morning, and we see them running that a lot. So I think we’ll definitely be focusing on that.’But for a Syracuse team that is 2-6 in nonconference games, Cornell will provide a final chance to improve its record outside the Big East. This will also be the last game the seniors play at home, although Senior Night took place Saturday.Last year, Syracuse traveled to Cornell and won 7-6, thanks to a save by goalie Liz Hogan as time expired. Going into that game, Syracuse had a record of 9-4 while Cornell was just 7-5.So this year, SU looks at the matchup with Cornell as only a rivalry game once again. It goes beyond numbers, meaning the Big Red’s subpar season doesn’t mean a thing.‘Regardless of what either team’s records say, it’s going to be a good game, a hard-fought game,’ Hogan said. ‘We’re going to need to come out strong and play them well.’email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+
Corey Clement’s supposed breakout season is going to wait at least another month to take off.University of Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst announced Thursday afternoon that Clement will undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia. The junior running back is expected to be out for the next 4-6 weeks.“Corey has been dealing with some issues since the Alabama game,” Chryst said in a statement. “He has been undergoing treatment since that time and has seen some progress but not to the point our medical staff is satisfied. So after consultation with our medical staff, Corey has decided to have surgery.”For the last week, Clement had been targeting the Big Ten opener against Iowa on Oct. 3 for his return from a groin injury that hampered him in the beginning of the season.Even this week, coaches and teammates believed there was a chance he would play Saturday and expected him back for Iowa.Football: Clement to be evaluated Thursday, could possibly return SaturdayFor junior running back Corey Clement, there are still plenty of question marks surrounding his availability for Saturday’s matchup against Read…Chryst said he sympathizes with Clement and believes he will make a return at full health later this season.“I feel bad for Corey that this is impacting his season because I know how hard he works and how important this football team is to him,” Chryst said in the statement. “We are very confident that he will make a full recovery after the surgery and I know he will attack his rehab so he can get back on the field as soon as he can.”Clement, speaking to the media Thursday afternoon shortly after the announcement of the surgery, said he’s “at peace” with his decision.The pain started before the Alabama game, Clement said, but he felt like he had something to prove and withheld that information from his teammates and the coaching staff leading up to the game.It’s something he regrets now.“Me being so hard-headed, I just tried doing what I could do and show my teammates,” Clement said. “I should’ve been smart and played it safe and sat out and had the surgery way before this.”Clement said he’s not sure whether it’s been a sports hernia the entire time or whether it has developed recently, but he expressed relief that the medical staff has finally gotten to the root of the problem.The pain never got better every morning when he would wake up, Clement said, and he couldn’t kick it into his “fourth gear” and open up his strides.“That’s when I knew something was wrong,” he said.All of a sudden, redshirting becomes a real possibility to Clement, although those were never his intentions, he said. He’ll make that decision in the forthcoming weeks based on his rehab process and how the team is performing on the field.“If my team keeps winning out throughout the Big Ten, and I’m able to come back, then I think there will be a strong possibility I will come back,” Clement said. “Gotta be smart with that. If the chances are unlikely for us to get back to the Big Ten Championship [game], then I might have to tone it down.”As a third-stringer his freshman season behind James White and Melvin Gordon, Clement rushed for 547 yards on just 67 attempts, averaging 8.2 yards per carry.Last season, as a sophomore, Clement rushed for 949 yards and nine touchdowns behind Gordon’s Heisman campaign.In this season’s opener against Alabama, Clement carried the ball just eight times for 16 yards.The Badgers will go forward without Clement Saturday, Sept. 26, against Hawaii at 7 p.m. They’ll then have to play Iowa, Nebraska, Purdue and Illinois without Clement in the backfield. In worst case scenario based on the 4-6 week diagnosis, Clement will be sidelined until November with only games against Maryland, Northwestern and Minnesota remaining.