Realistic approach needed in post-birth weight loss

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Miles of running couldn’t make the pounds slip away. Hundreds of sit-ups didn’t work either.

When Jennifer Kendall had her daughter in 2005, she was back to her pre-pregnancy weight of 130 pounds in a matter of months. After giving birth to her son four years later, she assumed the same weight loss and return to shape would happen.

But her body conspired against her. Four years passed before Kendall had her baby weight burned off.

“I was older, my metabolism wasn’t working as much as it had been. Pregnancy takes a toll on the body, and things stretch and get pulled in ways you aren’t used to. I went into it thinking it would be the same, so obviously it was not,” she said.

For mothers everywhere, taking off the weight accumulated during pregnancy can be a process that takes months, even years. Biology, age and physical changes can make it seem like no amount of sit-ups or crunches can make their midsections look like it did before childbirth.

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