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How Cascia Talbert Lost Baby Weight – Five Times!

Cascia Talbert is a busy blogger, publisher, freelance writer, online merchant and mother of five children, living in The Pacific Northwest.

With a B.A. in history and law, and a passion for writing and staying healthy, she started The Healthy Moms Magazine in 2007. The Healthy Moms Magazine is currently ranked the top health blog for moms, and features several health expert writers and mom bloggers.

Ms. Talbert believes that if mothers are well educated on health issues and how to stay healthy, they can pass that information down to their children and reverse the childhood obesity statistics in the U.S.

Ms. Talbert is a featured health blogger at Wellsphere.com, and her articles can also be found on ezinearticles.com. She also runs the Healthy Moms Social Network on Ning, is the Chief Marketing Officer for Talbert Nutrition LLC,  and is on the Social Media Advisory Board for America’s Wellness Challenge. Follow her on Google+.


 

Cascia Talbert

Cascia Talbert

My name is Cascia Talbert.

I am a mother of five children and the founder of The Healthy Moms Magazine, the number one health blog for moms.

 

How much weight did you gain? Were the deliveries normal / c-section? How many pounds have you been able to lose post-pregnancy?

 

First Pregnancy

Each of my pregnancies were very different.  I was only 18 when I became pregnant with my first child.  Because I was so young and still very active, I only gained about 25lbs with that pregnancy.

My daughter was born four weeks early through natural child birth without any pain killers. She was very tiny and only weighed 4lbs 9 oz. Other than being small, she was a very healthy baby.

I was in college and very active so I lost the baby weight quickly without adding a new diet or fitness program.

 

Second Pregnancy

My second daughter was born nine years later.  This time I gained nearly 30 lbs. She was born five weeks early.  Again I had a natural birth without any pain killers.

When my daughter was six weeks old, I returned to my job which required me to be on my feet all day long.  Within three months after she was born, I dropped my  baby weight and actually weighed less than I did just a few months before I became pregnant!

Staying active and watching my portion size helped me shed the pounds.

 

Third Pregnancy

Just when I was getting used to a more normal size, I became pregnant with my first son.  This pregnancy was very difficult for me and I was placed on bed rest due to preterm labor.  I gained nearly 45 lbs.

My son was born with a natural birth, and again, no pain killers on a warm July night. When he was born, I thought it would take a long time for me to lose the baby weight.

My daughters were both formula fed, but this time I decided I wanted to try breastfeeding. My son was a natural. I found that nursing helped me lose the baby weight.

By the time he was six months old, I was down to a comfortable weight, although I was about five pounds heavier than before I became pregnant with him.  Breastfeeding, maintaining an active lifestyle and watching my portion size helped me lose weight quickly.

 

Fourth Pregnancy

I gained the most weight with my fourth pregnancy – a whopping 47lbs. This time, my baby was breech and I had to have an emergency c-section. I thought that it would take longer for me to lose the weight this time because I had to rest for a few weeks in order to recover from my c-section.

When he was almost two months old, I felt good enough to begin a fitness program. I watched what I ate and worked out three times a week. I finally got back down to my ideal weight when he was about nine months old.

But then I found out that I was pregnant once again.

 

Fifth Pregnancy

I gained about 25 lbs with baby number five. I had another C section, and welcomed my tiny little boy just before Christmas two years ago. He was full term, but only weighed 5lbs 12oz.

My youngest was also a natural at breastfeeding, and after I recovered from my C section, I started working out three times a week.

Out of all my pregnancies, I lost my baby weight the fastest after my last baby. I was back down to my ideal weight by the time he was 2 ½ months.

 

How many weeks / months post-delivery did you seriously start working towards reducing weight?

The Talbert Family - Cascia, Her Husband and Her Five Children

The Talbert Family – Cascia, Her Husband and Her Five Children

My first three babies were delivered vaginally, so my recovery time post-pregnancy was only a few days. I was able to exercise regularly by the time they were about a week old.

But my last two babies were c-section deliveries, so I wasn’t able to start a regular fitness routine until they were six weeks.

New mothers should start a diet and fitness program as soon as they feel good enough after their baby is born.

 

What did you do to reduce your weight? What was your diet and exercise routine? Did you use a particular program or equipment for weight loss?

After my babies were born, I made sure I watched my portion size and ate nutritious foods which include whole grains, lots of fruits and vegetables and lean protein. I still follow that diet plan, and today my MBI is 19, which is well within the normal and healthy range for a female my age.

I am a big fan of Jillian Michaels and own several of her fitness DVDs. When I was trying to lose the baby weight after my pregnancies, I worked out to one of her DVDs three to four times a week. I found working out at home a lot easier and less expensive than joining a gym.

 

How did you find the time for your routines with a newborn to take care of? What were the obstacles, and how did you overcome them?

This is a tough question, because I have five children. My schedule was different after each of them was born.

I was in college when my oldest was born, and my parents helped me raise her for the first couple of years. This allowed me to attend college full time and stay active in my college marching band. I got plenty of exercise while in the band.

When my second child was born, I made time for myself while she was napping. When she was six weeks old, I enrolled her in a daycare so I could return to work full time.

My third child was very colicky and he demanded a lot of my attention. The only type of fitness that I had time for was going for walks while I had my two littlest ones in the double stroller.

When my fourth child was born, I had even less time to myself. I became a stay at home mom for the first time, because I had three kids three and under.

My husband was very supportive when I made the choice to quit working. He also understood that I needed to find time for myself. In order for me to be able to work out to Jillian Michaels, he would take the kids away somewhere.

Now that I have five children, time alone is a luxury. But fortunately I have a very loving and caring husband. He still goes away with the kids a couple times a month so I can have my “me time”!

 

Looking back, do you think you could have done something differently for losing weight?

I don’t think I could have done anything differently. God has blessed me with a fast metabolism, and I didn’t have to work extremely hard to lose the extra weight after my children were born.

 

If someone is looking to reduce weight post-delivery, what would be your top tips?

  • Breastfeed. You burn more calories breastfeeding, and studies show that women who breastfeed lose weight faster. Breastfeeding is natural and the best nutrition for a newborn.
  • Eat nutritious foods and watch your portion size. Stay away from high calorie sugary foods. Make sure you eat lean protein, a variety of fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.
  • Develop a regular fitness routine.  Adults should do 30 minutes of cardio exercises at least 3 times a week in order to maintain a healthy weight.
  • Don’t give up! Keep working out and eating healthy foods. Educate yourself on the latest diet and fitness programs. Make sure you show a good example for your children and you teach them how to eat the right foods and encourage them to be physically active.
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