Hollywood hottie Jessica Simpson has always been curvylicious but under those curves lurked an increasing amount of fat. Simpson joined Hollywood actors, Carrie Underwood, Chris Pratt and other celebrity weight losers, but her big weight loss would have been unnecessary had she avoided a few simple weight gain booby traps. Simpson's path to obesity (or nearly) is probably the most common one in women’s weight gain—she had a baby. Myths about pregnancy weight gain abound. Here’s a look at how Jessica Simpson and any other postpartum obese mother could have avoided excess weight gain and aided postpartum weight loss.

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Go into pregnancy thin

If you’re already overweight or obese don’t expect pregnancy to help. Just as women looking to conceive are encouraged to quit smoking and drinking and get health problems under control, they should also lose excess weight in anticipation of conception. Losing weight can lose prediabetes, Type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, cholesterol problems, hypertension, and heart and liver problems too. Starting out at a healthy weight helps prevent obesity in pregnancy and childhood obesity later on in the baby.

Jessica Simpson should have gained only the recommended amount in pregnancy

Time was when expectant moms were encouraged to gain more weight. Women got the idea that they could eat anything they wanted and as much as they wanted because they were eating for two. Then doctors found that women were putting on too much and having trouble shedding it postpartum. That’s down to one pregnancy myth that you’ll lose a lot in birth. Really you only shed the weight of the baby plus 5 pounds or so. If you put on 40 pounds in pregnancy, or 70 as Jessica Simpson did, you're left with 28 to 58 extra pounds.

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Do that through a few kids and you’re 100 pounds overweight before you know it! How much should you gain in pregnancy? A normal weight woman like Jessica Simpson should gain about 20-25 pounds. If obesity is already a problem, gain less. 

Breastfeeding is the best postpartum weight loss secret

Nursing a baby tones the uterus and causes it to shrink back to normal. So breastfeeding is good exercise! Also when you breastfeed, the baby takes a lot of your nutrients. You don’t gain weight so quickly from the food you eat.

You also are forced to eat healthier and get adequate veggies, fruits, whole grains and lean protein. Breastfeeding helps with postpartum depression which can send you snacking and eating junk food.