I’ll admit I gained only about 15 pounds during my pregnancy (baby was early) and it wasn’t completely intentional. I was unbelievably sick to my stomach until about 22 weeks. I had my baby at 39 so I really had a short window of feeling like a normal human being. I shed the pregnancy weight very quickly because I didn’t put much on in the first place! People have asked about my “secrets” and here it is: don’t put on too much weight during the pregnancy and get in great shape before you get pregnant, if you can. At the very least, I recommend prenatal yoga to help keep you in shape and also help ease the labor. Everyone I know who has done prenatal yoga has found labor to be much more manageable, myself included. Ok, I admit to an epidural after 24 hours of pain. So bottom line: you’re not eating for two, you’re eating for one and a half and get in that downward dog position pronto!
Keeping in Shape During Pregnancy: Crunch Yoga Mama August 8, 2007