Ali Landry Speaking Out About Realistic Post-Baby Weight Loss

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Ali Landry is no stranger to photo shoots with little clothing and appearing on the cover of magazines over her years as a model.

Pregnant with her third child, a boy, Landry says that you will not be seeing her on the cover of a magazine anytime soon showing off how soon she got her body back.

It’s frustrating for me when I see moms in Hollywood on a magazine three months after having a baby in a swimsuit. It’s really just not realistic for most moms. For me, personally, it takes nine months to put on that weight and it really takes nine months to take it off.

She says, “It’s frustrating for me when I see moms in Hollywood on a magazine three months after having a baby in a swimsuit. It’s really just not realistic for most moms. For me, personally, it takes nine months to put on that weight and it really takes nine months to take it off.”

I think as a new mother there is nothing more frustrating and damaging to your self-esteem than to get home from the hospital and realize that all the weight you gained while pregnant did not magically disappear when you gave birth! Seeing a mother who is less postpartum than you are on the cover of a magazine rocking a bikini when you can’t manage to even get out of your sweat pants is even more disheartening. Just like all the skinny models on magazine covers who don’t represent the average American woman, 3-month postpartum bikini shots don’t show the average mother.

It can be hard to remember that these women likely had personal trainers, a personal chef and a hefty paycheck if they could shed the pounds; not to mention a nanny to handle the care of a newborn. All I had postpartum was a gym membership I couldn’t use because of my C-section, a family to cook for, and a newborn with my other children who needed my continued attention.

I love that Landry points out that it took nine months to gain; it should take just as long to lose. Even when it takes longer, I am convinced I have just now — seven years later — lost the last few pounds of pregnancy weight I carried with my first.

Taking it at your own pace and not looking to the celebrities in Hollywood as the norm or as role models on what a new mother should look like is definitely a good idea.

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Ali Landry Speaking Out About Realistic Post-Baby Weight Loss

Heather Montgomery is a freelance writer with a background in Elementary Education and an almost embarrassing need to read celebrity gossip. As a work-at-home mom to three children, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She was married in 2003 and currently resides in Florida. ... More

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  1. Sierra says:

    It may be discouraging when you don’t look the way you might want but this is what our bodies were made to do, create babies!

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