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What? Really? Those days are gone? If that's the case, I'm glad my pregnancy days are over. There's nothing like sleepless nights, a cranky baby, cracked nipples, and oh pressure to lose weight, to make a new mom feel like she has a firm grip on reality.
Sheesh.Though my instincts were screaming at me to close my browser and go eat a chocolate-covered peanut (or 20), I kept reading. That's when I learned that the survey produced some results that were not only far more realistic than that initial sentence, they were pretty interesting:
- 65% of new moms thought they'd be down to pre-pregnancy weight by their newborn's first birthday.
- 87% were shocked...SHOCKED...to find their stomachs had not returned to normal.
- 42% of moms gained more than recommended during pregnancy.
- 90% of moms who were still overweight a year or two later blamed it on their pregnancies. (You mean that's not ok?)
- Over 50% reported body image issues that didn't exist before having a baby.
- Nearly 50% of moms reported hearing negative comments about their body...from their own parents. OUCH.