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    Right now I am pregnant, so don't freak out at my ticker below....I'm looking ahead for after the pregnancy. I really want to get in the best shape of my life. However, as much as I want six pack abs eventually and know what is required eating-wise to get them, can anyone tell me about what you sacrifice health-wise if anything? I've heard of women losing their fertility by getting beneath a certain body percentage...is that required for six pack abs? I do plan on having another baby or two before we're "done", but I'm spacing them apart. And I'm not saying I would even keep the abs if I got them....I just want them for a little while lol. However, if I will be sacrificing my fertility for them then it's probably not worth it at this time. What's been your experiences? Thanks!

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    Just my humble opinion but I don't find women with washboard stomachs sexy or desirable, even more if they're ultra-muscular like that Biggest Loser woman. Most 'men' I've talked to tend to voice this a lot in private.

    Now if you're talking about Christina Hendricks...phew, my heart's breaking my ribcage!!!
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    • #3
      Abs are made in the kitchen...

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Bioletti View Post
        Just my humble opinion but I don't find women with washboard stomachs sexy or desirable, even more if they're ultra-muscular like that Biggest Loser woman. Most 'men' I've talked to tend to voice this a lot in private.
        +1
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        • #5
          Although you didnt ask for anyones personal reaction to your plans, I think its a great goal to set yourself after pregnancy.

          Being a Primal lifestyler, I guess you are planning to breastfeed, so you might want to check on how the six pack protocol would affect that. but after the breastfeeding would probably be soon enough anyhow.

          PS...fit, toned women can look darn sexy.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Picaro View Post
            Although you didnt ask for anyones personal reaction to your plans, I think its a great goal to set yourself after pregnancy.

            Being a Primal lifestyler, I guess you are planning to breastfeed, so you might want to check on how the six pack protocol would affect that. but after the breastfeeding would probably be soon enough anyhow.

            PS...fit, toned women can look darn sexy.
            Great point. Breastfeeding is way, way more important than a six-pack. Obviously, if you can do both, great. But it may come down to a choice, and if it does, I hope you choose breastfeeding for the full recommended term.
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            • #7
              I, too, would recommend making breastfeeding a priority and not worrying at all about serious weight loss until after that's done. That being said, I don't know if I would call what I have a six-pack... maybe a four-pack. I definitely have toned abs and pretty good muscle definition, and my period is clockwork regular. You should not have to give up anything health-wise to look great naked. If it comes down to a choice between the two, your health is more important. Just my humble opinion, as a fellow woman and mother.

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              • #8
                I've never given birth/breastfed, but I did lose a ton (well, 80 lbs) of weight, so I have a small amount of loose skin and can thus at least relate to the potential issue of loose tummy skin post-baby. I know everyone says abs are made in the kitchen, but I have to say that as I lost weight, my abs showed NO MATTER what I ate. As long as I'm not packing on weight, they always show, although if I eat paleo, they pop a bit more.
                I think I originally built up my abs by doing weighted crunches on a decline bench. I'd start with a 10-lbs plate til failure, then eventually I went up to 20 lbs.
                Then I kind of took a hiatus from training and now I do Crossfit. Crossfit has also helped tremendously in bringing them out.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Picaro View Post
                  Although you didnt ask for anyones personal reaction to your plans, I think its a great goal to set yourself after pregnancy.
                  LMAO, exactly my thoughts as I read the above comments. Thank you, the anonymous men of internet for informing us what YOU (and thus, by extension, obviously EVERY SINGLE MALE OUT THERE) consider attractive vs. unattractive. No one cares. Chick wants abs for herself.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by EyeOfRound View Post
                    Chick wants abs for herself.
                    Amen sister
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                    • #11
                      If you want a flat stomach with a '4 pack' then you can have that while breastfeeding and recovering from the birth. And you will look slim and lovely to most people's eyes. (I can see myself being like this when I have lost a lot of weight and started procreating!)

                      If you want a '6 pack' it will take a little less calories so possibly you wouldn't be able to breastfeed well, but you will still have good fertility. You will look hot to some people and others might say you're too skinny. (this is personally how I would like to look, but I wouldn't expect to achieve it while breastfeeding).

                      If you want to have an '8 pack' and veins sticking out like a professional body-builder, then your fertility might be in danger. You can certainly do this healthily as long as your body fat % doesn't go crazily low, but I wouldn't say it was a wise thing to do until after you're done having kids. (I personally think this look is kinda cool and admirable, but it's not for me!)
                      Start weight: 238 lbs (March 2012)
                      Current weight: 205 lbs (July 2012)
                      Loss so far: 33 lbs!!!
                      WOE: Primal + IF
                      Movements: Hiking, sprinting.
                      Goal: to see my abs some time in 2013!

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                      • #12
                        Also I imagine the fertility-abs link will vary among people... probably has to do with an individual's body fat distribution (or current calorie intake?), but I had female-health problems at the '4 pack' stage.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by CaveWeirdo View Post
                          If you want a flat stomach with a '4 pack' then you can have that while breastfeeding and recovering from the birth. And you will look slim and lovely to most people's eyes. (I can see myself being like this when I have lost a lot of weight and started procreating!)

                          If you want a '6 pack' it will take a little less calories so possibly you wouldn't be able to breastfeed well, but you will still have good fertility. You will look hot to some people and others might say you're too skinny. (this is personally how I would like to look, but I wouldn't expect to achieve it while breastfeeding).

                          If you want to have an '8 pack' and veins sticking out like a professional body-builder, then your fertility might be in danger. You can certainly do this healthily as long as your body fat % doesn't go crazily low, but I wouldn't say it was a wise thing to do until after you're done having kids. (I personally think this look is kinda cool and admirable, but it's not for me!)
                          Awesome....I'd be completely happy with a 4-pack until I got through breastfeeding. I am planning on doing that for as long as I can (1-2yrs). I did lose my cycle before when I got down to 120lbs and 20.9%BF (by scale, not accurate I know), but I wasn't doing things properly. No one knew about the iodine supplementation back then and once I added it everything came back. Also, I wasn't weight training very much but was reducing food....vicious cycle. I plan on definitely eating "enough" after giving birth but adding lots of bodyweight exercises to get myself into tip top shape.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by EyeOfRound View Post
                            LMAO, exactly my thoughts as I read the above comments. Thank you, the anonymous men of internet for informing us what YOU (and thus, by extension, obviously EVERY SINGLE MALE OUT THERE) consider attractive vs. unattractive. No one cares. Chick wants abs for herself.
                            +1

                            Anyways, OP. There are many women in fitness that have gotten pregnant after competitions etc. I think it's just a matter of having to add on some body fat when you are thinking about getting pregnant again.

                            I found this: Based on current information, a woman must have a minimum percent body fat of 13-17% for regular menstruation. If a woman's percent body fat is too low, her periods may stop and she may experience infertility. Her menstrual irregularities may also compromise the health of her bones, normal hormonal function is necessary for bone health. (Can't confirm if it is true: Everything You Want to Know About Body Fat)

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