Slimming the weight of the baby is not easy for anyone – even the founder of "Bikini Body Mommy", Briana Christine.
The mother of four children (with her fifth child on the way!) Is a personal trainer whose fitness problems have helped countless other moms transform their bodies. But Christine, who lost 100 pounds in 2011 following the birth of her third child, wants to make something clear to the tens of thousands of women who follow her on social media: Mothers are much more than just a number on a scale. (See also: Why Katrina Scott sets the tone, she says, she prefers her body after pregnancy)
On Thursday, Jan. 11, the pregnant workout guru posted an honest, heartfelt "PSA" on Facebook. She also talked about what weighed her for the last seven years, where babies were born, and when she still nursed. (Related: 5 reasons why weight gain in pregnancy is not as bad as you think)
The core of Christina's PSA? She said, "My goal is to honor, love and respect my body in 2019 … just as I have done in every other season of my life since I started this amazing community!"
This community of "Bikini Body Mommy" fans really appreciated Christine's reminder that "value is not defined by the numbers on the scale or the size of the clothing I am in." (See also: Peta Murgatroyd reveals how bodies do not "shrink" after the baby)
One mother commented that she made the challenge [“Bikini Body Mommy” fitness] because she makes me stronger and healthier. Even if I stay the same It's worth it to be a better self, be it 190 or 150 pounds.
Another commentator wrote that "it really had a hard time not to lose baby weight this time," she said. "Keep coming back to your side to remind me that it's alright and it's really the way it is for some people. "
Christine said Parents.com that she" read every single comment, and there it is not a single one I do not care for need complete digestion. "(See also: Fitness Blogger Tells Her Story About Taking Her Body After the Baby)
" It's always scary to be so vulnerable in the world, "said Christine." Usually, when my heart is racing, when I click on "Post", I know that I want to communicate something. This happened with this particular post, and I could not be more grateful. "
" The Whole Reason I've publicly shared my story over the last seven years because it gave me the opportunity to positively influence another woman [lives]"she added." The fact that this particular post resonated with so many was no exception. "
It can and often takes mothers a year or more to lose the weight of pregnancy, and that is "You need to envision the pregnancy as an 18-month experience: Nine months of pregnancy, nine months after birth," said Eileen Behan, RD, a nutritionist in Portsmouth, NH, who focuses on weight management for individuals and women Parents.com. (See: How to Lose Weight.)
"This is a time when much is happening – you are adapting to your new life, you Kö You're trying to replenish yourself after pregnancy, you've gotten used to labor and delivery, and you could breastfeed, "Behan added. "It's a lot to adapt to, so you should not get beat up unless you jump back as fast as you want."
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This story originally appeared on Parents.com by Rebecca Macatee.