Body After Baby: 2 Months Later

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Mateo turned two months old last Sunday. Wowie! Time has really flown by and there’s never a dull moment in my home. When I started my post-pregnancy weight-loss journey, I was motivated to lose the 35 lbs I had gained in my pregnancy, plus another 5 lbs. Two months after giving birth, I was 2 pounds shy of my goal, and today I am only one pound away from that goal. Yippeee!!!

I have shared all my weight-loss secrets along the way, in addition to my favorite healthy and low-calorie recipes. I am really inspired by those of you who have written to me and let me know that you’re also eating healthier and working out :). Makes all this sharing worthwhile!

I want to reiterate the things that really have helped me shed the weight.

* Breastfeeding: Burns an extra 300-500 calories daily! If you can’t breastfeed, then add one hour of high-impact cardio 3-5 times a week to burn those extra calories.

* No eating out: For the first six weeks when I shed the bulk of the weight, I cooked all my meals at home and did not eat out. This is because restaurant food (although yummy!) usually has loads of hidden calories from oil and butter.

* Healthier Choices: I focused my meals around protein and fiber rich foods, in addition to healthy fats. I stayed away from empty calories such as sweets and chips that have no nutritional value.

* Keeping a Diary: For the first six weeks, I tracked all my meals using the app “MyFitnessPal” to make sure I was getting the right amount of calories, protein, fiber, carbs, etc. Once I got a hang of how many calories I was consuming in foods, and how to measure my servings, I didn’t need to keep tracking.

* Motivation: I used a variety of sources to keep me on track including a healthy eating buddy aka my husband. I also followed several healthy eating and fitness driven instragram accounts such as @censkiii, @healthytaste and @forever_fitness.

*Gym-time: At six weeks post-partum, I began a workout regimen that included power walks with the babies around my neighborhood and circuit-training sessions. I follow @censkiii, @forever_fitness and @tribesports on instagram for workout programs.

*Skinnytaste.com: I’ve been making a lot of delicious recipes from this website, which makes eating at home feel like you’re eating at a restaurant, because every recipe is so dang good!

Now that I’m at a weight I’m comfortable with, I do enjoy eating out occasionally and indulge a bit here and there. But I continue to eat healthy 85-90% of the time and work out 3-4 times a week to tone and build muscle. I’m really proud of my progress, but the whole point is…If I can do it after having three kids, you can too!!!!!

UPDATE 1/16/2015: I took a break but I am back on MyFitnessPal as MakeupbyAnaB. I am also active on Instagram at @Love_AnaB where I share more inspiration on food, family, and fitness. My beauty and fashion Instagram is @MakeupbyAnaB.  <3 Thanks for stopping by!

Love,

Ana B

P.S. For more info on my diet, read here and here!

Disclaimer: I am not a health professional. This info is based on my own research and experience, and it is what works for me, but we are all different. When it comes to your diet and fitness postpartum, go at a pace you are comfortable with and works best for you.

45 thoughts on “Body After Baby: 2 Months Later

  1. It's very possible, sometime there is major water retention after taking the meds they give for pain relief.

  2. " I was motivated to lose the 35 lbs I had gained in my pregnancy, plus another 5 lbs. Two months after giving birth, I was 2 pounds shy of my goal, and today I am only one pound away from that goal." Irina she lots the weight in two months :-)

  3. Irina – yes I basically didn't lose any weight right after having the baby! I do think it was related to water retention and swelling. But the point was to show that you don't automatically lose ten pounds after having the baby, which some people think happens. It takes some work!

  4. This is such a great post. I just found out that I am pregnant, and my husband and I are over the moon that we are going to have our first baby really soon! I'm so happy, but at the same time, I'm really worried about my body, especially my body weight. I've always been slender, but still, I'm worried about gaining too much weight, and not being able to work it off after I have the baby. I think that I am just especially worried, because I don't want to work out while I'm pregnant, and endanger the baby, but at the same time, I want to stay healthy, and I want to stay in shape. These are great work out ideas, and I can't wait to start trying them!
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  5. Yeah, this doesn't make any sense and maybe you are the exception to the rule… but this looks more like this is a timeline of your pregnancy and you have reversed it. If your baby weighs about 7lbs or so, technically you should at least lose that, plus you are losing your placenta and all the fluid with it. I would think it impossible to only lose a pound after the birth. Beside, your post pregnancy photo looks like there is still a bun in the oven. Yes, women's bellies remain larger and a bit more saggy from the skin being stretched out but I'm betting a bit of fakery with this post. I've had two kids so I do know a thing or two but by no means am no professional but this post looks pretty fake to me. You look amazing either way but I hope this isn't some fakery giving women the wrong impression…. just saying.

    • Your comment made me laugh out loud. This is my THIRD child so I think I know a thing or two about what the body goes through during pregnancy and after. All I did was document MY experience. Some women can relate, and others like yourself cannot because you had a different experience. It doesn’t make mine FAKE or invalid. This post was intended to motivate and not to trick people. I’m not selling anything, just sharing my experience. If you don’t find it helpful, keep moving!

  6. I know Ana in real life also and it's not fake 😉 And this is after THREE kids! She is a very motivated individual! And I don't think she lost just one pound after birth. I would assume she gained a bit more in the final days/weeks and that was just the last time she had weighed herself before having the baby. Surprisingly, I didn't lose as much as I thought I would right after having my own kids.

  7. I believe, Ana Buitrago is great example on how to get your body back, if you are truly determine. Being in a clean, nutritional diet is the best thing you can do when you just had a baby and nursing (she's the perfect example) But I understand it can be extremely hard due to hormone changes, fatigue and well just because that freaking cupcake taste much better than snacking on fruit. Is it possible? absolutely! but extremely hard, in my opinion. I think we should celebrate the fact the she was able to accomplish such an amazing recovery and learn from each other. Trust me I know, I have three kids and it has been a different route for each postpartum recovery. Oh yeah pics not fake just awesome 😉

  8. Marta Paulo, you ought to meet Ana Buitrago in person and be pleasantly surprised (or proven wrong?) by seeing with your own eyes that she IS an exception to the rule, whatever that means. Are you local? If not, I offer to fly you out myself…because, well, you kinda owe her an apology…"just sayin". Respectfully, Natalie Ramirez

  9. Natalie Ramirez You want to fly me out to say sorry…? Being a mother I could really use the vacation! lol I meant no disrespect by my post and I don't doubt that she lost all of her baby weight after a short two months. All women's bodies are different and I have lots of love and respect for all mothers. I was just questioning the way in which it was presented….. (weight loss timeline vs. pregnancy timeline). Women enough expectations when it comes to their bodies and I think as women we need to encourage and respect each other and losing weight is very tough for some women after child birth. I think most doctors do not recommend exercise until at least your six week check up (for good reason) and then you just have to listen to you body after that. I do think she is the exception to the rule because most women will lose some weight immediately after, not fat, but a baby, a placenta and all the amniotic junk with it but like I said she looks great either way.

  10. Natalie Ramirez You want to fly me out to say sorry…? Being a mother I could really use the vacation! lol I meant no disrespect by my post and I don't doubt that she lost all of her baby weight after a short two months. All women's bodies are different and I have lots of love and respect for all mothers. I was just questioning the way in which it was presented….. (weight loss timeline vs. pregnancy timeline). Women enough expectations when it comes to their bodies and I think as women we need to encourage and respect each other and losing weight is very tough for some women after child birth. I think most doctors do not recommend exercise until at least your six week check up (for good reason) and then you just have to listen to you body after that. I do think she is the exception to the rule because most women will lose some weight immediately after, not fat, but a baby, a placenta and all the amniotic junk with it but like I said she looks great either way.

  11. @Marta Paulo you say you meant no disrespect but you called me a fake. The pictures and time lines were no mistake. I indeed weighed about the same once I got home from the hospital and I included that picture to prove a point that it takes time and effort to lose baby weight. This post was meant to encourage others and be a positive thing, but you somehow tried to make it negative. It seems to me that your hater in disguise ;).

  12. Ana Buitrago If you don't like feedback you should probably not accept comments on your pages… unless you think everybody poops rainbows and butterflies. I didn't say you were a fake I don't even know you. In fact I don't even think I said anything all that bad. The timeline looked fake to me, yes. Most people when photographing themselves pregnant will take photos from the side to show the progress of their baby bump. Usually when people take photos for a weight loss timeline they take photos from all angels. Would it be all that shocking for someone to post something untrue online?! If you say it's authentic and 100% true than that's great! You are more invested in it than I am…..

  13. Marta Paulo You sound a bit more invested then you care to admit…Just some "feedback"–hope you don't mind! :)

  14. Marta Paulo , you sound a bit more invested then you think you let on, or care to admit…Just some "feedback"–hope you don't mind!

  15. I only lost 7 lbs the first two days postpartum. You're dtill very swollen and have not lost the water weight or blood gained during pregnancy. Every woman is different but I can totally see only losing 1 lb right after. I think Ana has done a great job and posting her pp journey is a very personal and vulnerable thing to do. As woman and mommies we should encourage one another instead of trying to tear down eachother. Just my two cents.

  16. Hi Ana

    You are such an inspiration! I am pregnant with my first baby due in September and have got this picture of yours at various stages on my phone to motivate me. I am trying to eat healthy and be fit during my pregnancy.I love your blog as well with all the info about make up, style, eating healthy, and being fit. Please do post more regularly. Thanks :)

  17. Hi Ana! Thank you! I am going to try this. I am 160 and I was 164 haven't lost anything since except it goes down a little from 160 and back up.

    • Hi Anna! You can do it! I just received an email from a lady saying she used my same tips and was able to lose all the baby weight! You just gotta stick to it! :)

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