How I Lost 40 Pounds After My Pregnancy, by Chriselle Lim

These days, being a multihyphenate is practically a requirement for running a successful blog, but Chriselle Lim, creator of The Chriselle Factor, was one of the first. Stylist, trendsetter, outfit-inspirer… and now a new mom, lifestyle icon, and beauty authority (you may have seen her recent videos with Estée Lauder), Lim is an influencer in the ultimate sense of the word—which is exactly why we’re thrilled to announce her as a Byrdie contributor! Each month, she’ll be sharing all of her beauty favorites—from the best beauty tips she picked up on her travels (and trust us, there’s a lot) to the new products she’s currently coveting. For this month's column, she's sharing her post-pregnancy health and fitness journey. Enjoy!

One of the most common questions I get as of late is “How did you lose all of your baby weight?” For those of you who may not know, I gave birth to my beautiful daughter, Chloe Victoria Chen, about a year ago. I still can’t believe that a year has come and gone since I gave birth! I gained a total of 40 pounds during my pregnancy, and today I wanted to share with you exactly what I did to shed all that baby weight. Please keep in mind that everyone’s body is different (especially after giving birth), and this is just my own personal experience. It took me about nine months to fully lose all of the weight and get back into shape, but I am proud to say that I have never felt healthier and more fit in my life! The first three months after giving birth, I still looked like I was six months pregnant, but then I started to slowly see changes in my body after month four. I think the most important factor to remember is that it takes TIME; you have to be patient and consistent. Keep scrolling for seven things I consistently did for the past year to get my body where it is now.