The rapper is shedding light on an issue that is rarely mentioned in pregnancy circles
Australian rapper Iggy Azalea is known for her unfiltered lyrics and no-hold-barred approach to music. Now, the mom, six months removed from the birth of her son Onyx Carter, is shedding light on an issue that is rarely mentioned in pregnancy circles. How much weight loss after giving birth is too much and when does it start to become a problem?
The subject was broached innocently enough by the 30 year old (real name Amethyst Amelia Kelly) on Twitter with a post that was worded in such a way that it reveals it’s taboo nature: “Any other moms who can’t stop dropping weight after having a baby? (Not a brag, genuinely wanna hear if you had this happen)”
Any other moms who can’t stop dropping weight after having a baby? (Not a brag, genuinely wanna hear if you had this happen)
I don’t try/want to lose weight but it’s literally just shedding off me, is it hormonal? Should I be concerned? 20lbs lighter than pre baby and counting
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) November 15, 2020
The fact that Iggy had to include the disclaimer that she wasn’t bragging speaks volumes for the issue that many new mothers face. In a society where weight-loss is praised on a higher level than fitness, at what point does dropping too much after a baby turn into a worry? And how can a new mother express genuine concern about it to those around her?
In Azalea’s case, it’s been 20 pounds in 6 months. At a loss of over three pounds per month, it can be quite alarming. In some cases, Iggy included, the mother can reach weights below where she was before pregnancy. It’s something that is hard to discuss because those listening might react with a turned-up eyebrow or a dismissively jealous barb. For mothers concerned, though, it can be something that causes worry.
The sudden weight loss that many women face after pregnancy can often be attributed to a number of factors, both in and out of her control. In some cases, it’s breastfeeding. A woman’s body releases hormones when breastfeeding that cause muscle contractions in her uterus. So, each time time she breastfeeds, the uterus actually shrinks. Within six weeks, it can return to its pre-pregnancy size, causing the stomach to become even slimmer.
Of course, there are other issues that could be at play. Some women, in an effort to return to “normal” may stop eating the proper amount of food or exercising in excess. In fact, post-partum moms face an elevated risk of developing an eating disorder. Those who feel that may be an issue should reach out to ensure they don’t do long-term damage to their overall health.
If none of those issues are causing it, then the third reason could possibly be an over-active thyroid. Postpartum hyperthyroidism is a real condition that may cause excessive weight loss, shakiness, palpitations, sleeping difficulties, eye problems, exhaustion, and an overabundant supply of breast milk.
Iggy’s fans are keeping on eye on her, providing their own insight and tips through the comments on her page. They were there when she gave birth to Onxy with ex-boyfriend Playboi Carti and they are there for her now. In this one Tweet, Iggy has actually done a pretty significant thing for women everywhere. She’s opened up the dialogue for a subject that is often whispered about but rarely addressed. Now, people are talking about it.
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Sources: East Coast Radio, Daily Mail, Very Well Family, Crystal Karges Nutrition
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