Getting Your Pre-Baby Body Back
I think we can agree that your post-baby body can feel like navigating a foreign country, full of unwelcome surprises and hard to navigate terrain. It might even feel impossible to achieve fitness and nutrition goals when your body map has been re-written in a language (seemingly) impossible to understand. Combine this with learning to live on interrupted sleep, and the adjusted responsibility of keeping something more than a plant or animal alive - aaaaaaaand you have a perfect storm. Diet and exercise may seem like a far off land mass when you are adrift in the postpartum sea... It can feel downright impossible.
But is it impossible?
Your solution to post-baby weight-loss!
What you need is an interpreter, a skilled Sherpa of postpartum biology. Innovative Women’s Health has a proven solution that we have used for years.
Did you know that 60% percent of women who attempt to get fit after childbirth fall short on their goals?
In a survey conducted by Baby Center (world’s online parenting partner), they interviewed 7,000 moms postpartum and found 61% of brand-new mothers thought they'd be back down to their pre-pregnancy weight by the time their baby had its first birthday. However, nearly 60% were still carrying at least a few extra pounds at the time of their child’s second birthday.
Getting your body back is not impossible post-pregnancy
Pregnancy-related changes in the body present new challenges. Our specialists in the medically supervised weight loss program at Innovative Women's Health are here to help you address these challenges.
What are the changes in my body? Whose body is this?!
Give yourself some credit! Women experience major physical changes while giving life! The most significant (and complicated) changes that occur during and post pregnancy are related to body composition; fat mass gain and diastasis recti.
What is DIASTASIS RECTI?
Diastasis recti may sound scary, but it is an extremely common occurrence, with as many as two-thirds of pregnant women experiencing it. Diastasis recti is a medical term that describes a situation where the space between your left and right belly muscles has widened. This is even more common with women who have had multiple children or given birth in their mid thirties. Diastasis literally means separation, and Recti refers to your “rectus abdominis” or, in layman terms, abs.
Despite how common diastasis recti is, very few women are provided with detailed information on:
How to address Diastasis Recti
What strengthening exercises are effective in improving the situation.
When they should start conducting the aforementioned exercises.
What not to do when you experience diastasis recti.
Sit-ups, crunches and other such external abdominal exercises won’t help and can actually make your situation worse. Exercises that increase intra abdominal pressure force your internal organs to push against the weakened and stretched connective tissue. Also, running or High Intensity Interval Training can cause undue stress in the weakened area. Our clients are often surprised by these facts. We think this is yet another reason to stay close to an expert when “climbing your way back to pre-baby bodydom”.
The reality is that very few women are provided with information on how to address Diastasis Recti as part of post-pregnancy recovery.
Kicking that extra baby weight
Fat mass gain is a bit more complicated, and that is why our medical weight loss program starts with the InBody composition analysis that helps us understand your true body composition. We know that solving the problem begins with understanding the issues. This is your map, our Doctor, your trusted Sherpa on your post-baby body recovery.
Using the InBody Scale we measure your segmental muscle/fat analysis and understand your muscle/fat distribution, allowing us to clearly track your progress.
InBody Composition testing allows for a much more detailed approach to weight control. Most clinics focus on body weight alone, while in reality it is Body Composition (the distribution of body mass) that matters most. Everybody is unique in body composition. You must know what your composition is in order to build a routine to sculpt it. This is why most “one-size-fits-all” diets fail. They are not taking into consideration the unique nature of each individual.
Our InBody composition testing machine gives a detailed reading of muscle to fat ratios, BMI and percentage of body fat. The InBody system allows us to gather segmented information to determine muscle to fat ratios in your arms, legs and midsection. Body composition analysis is essential if you want to get serious about managing your weight.
Each clinic has a state-of-the-art InBody machine that measures body water, body fat, body muscle and more, in a fast, effective and non-invasive way. Innovative Women’s Health is able to see real time details that allow us to focus our attention, and make any necessary changes to help us reach our goals.
This consultation is offered free to our members.
I want to exercise but I'm exhausted
Exercise? Ummmm… Yes!
The American College of Obstetricians (ACOG) published a committee opinion on exercise during pregnancy and post-partum which states that a women’s level of participation in exercise programs often diminishes after childbirth. This can usually lead to unwanted weight gain. ACOG still recommends that women be evaluated medically by a physician prior to starting a workout routine. Many situations depend on the mode of delivery, vaginal or cesarean, and the presence or absence of medical or surgical complications.
Today, there are many more “do’s” than “don’t” in postpartum exercise advice. That is why we recommend working with our doctors who will help to provide ongoing evaluation of your exercise routine as you progress toward your goals. Our doctors go above and beyond by also combining professional nutritional guidance and expert help in purging postpartum pudge.
What is Medical Weight Loss?
Medical Weight Loss may sound like a treatment that involves a lot of medication and harmful procedures, but that is far from the truth. Learn how the Innovative Women's Health approach stands apart from the diets you have tried in the past.
Medical Weight Loss, Diet Pills and You.
There are tons of diet pills on the market. Over-counter solutions rarely work and some can even cause more harm than good. It is important to realize that no diet pill is a cure all on its own.
At Innovative women’s health, our medically supervised weight loss is a noninvasive solution to rapid weight reduction. The reason our program requires medical supervision is because, in addition to our unique approach to each individual's body composition, we offer medication to help with weight loss and appetite reduction that requires a doctor's prescription.
Prescription diet pills are regulated by the FDA, which tests against side effects, risks and suggests prescribed dosages.
Over-the-counter diet pills are categorized as food substitutes and are not FDA regulated. They are not tested to ensure safety and unknown (even deadly) side effects may occur from consumption.
Can I even diet while I’m breastfeeding?
For women who are breastfeeding trying to navigate our own nutrition while now assuming responsibility for an entire additional human is overwhelming enough to make them want to throw in the towel.
How can we navigate:
The sudden jump in calories that we are allotted?
What do babies need?
What is safe to take?
For a breastfeeding mother it is essential to have a professional doctor review your unique situation in order to see if our medically supervised program is a good fit for you.
In order to be truly effective, our program involves a combination of
prescription weight loss medications
Doctor issued nutrition and diet guidelines
Inbody Body Composition Analysis
Exercise routine guidelines.
Our doctors provide a one-on-one consultation with each patient and we treat everyone on a case-by-case basis. We approach your weight loss holistically, taking in all considerations including the patient, your child, and your personal goals. We are here to help answer questions like
How much should I be eating?
What should I eat while breastfeeding?
When can I start my program?
This is where expert help and medical monitoring are critical to your success.
What is the bottom line?
The post-partum reality for most women could not be farther from the celebrity bounce-back phenomenon our culture seems to celebrate. Most people don’t realize that celebrities have trainers, nannies, dieticians, chefs, and many specialists working on postpartum routines. Heidi Klum, walking the runway in bra and panties just 60 days after giving birth, is an excellent example of how reality is distorted for the average mom.
Parents magazine stated in an article that Heidi Klum worked out for 90 minutes to two hours each day with a personal trainer and followed a highly restrictive diet. The truth is, there is no life or diet hack that compares to having an expert evaluate your body composition and providing you an individualized nutritious diet plan.
Okay, so we can’t give you a Kardashian live-in nanny to facilitate daily two hour workouts. However, our doctors can help with nutritional balance, doctor prescribed medications, and a state- of-the-art innovative health center that will provide you access to the kind of expertise and support that will give you the edge you need to attain your goals.
We do this every day. We are here for you.