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Weight loss: Mum loses seven stone with NO dieting and she still has naughty snacks

A FIRST time mum who put on seven stone was shocked into slimming back into her size eight jeans - after seeing photos of herself at her son's christening.

Emma Forrester, 23, from Stafford, went from a size eight to a size 18 during her surprise pregnancy when she was just 20-years-old.

NHS worker Emma, who gave birth to baby Finn in September 2017, had only been with her now fiancé, Dominic Garner, 25, for three months when she fell pregnant.

Whilst Emma was pregnant, she would snack and binge on food during the day and managed to put on seven stone - which she struggled to shift for a year after Finn was born.

But when Emma was too ashamed to share photos of Finn's Christening with her family because of the way she looked, she was spurred into action.

Emma, who weighed 15 stone 9oz at her heaviest, is now back in size eight clothing and weighs just nine stone and is hoping to train to become a PT to help other first time mum's out there to shift their baby weight.

Now, Emma is back in size eight clothing and is hoping to train to become a PT to help other first time mum's out there to shift their baby weight.

She said: "I used being pregnant as an excuse to eat and I constantly felt hungry - I would snack so much.

"With having a newborn, I was stuck in a rut and found myself sitting on the sofa all day snacking and bingeing on food.

"When I saw the pictures of me at my son's christening, I couldn't look at the photos or share them because I hated the way I looked and since then, I told myself that I wouldn't get back to that weight.

"I plucked up the courage to join a gym and when I first went, it was extremely daunting - I felt like people were looking at me so I would wear big hoodies to cover myself up.

"I didn't feel that big at the time but now I look back and think, woah I've come a long way.

"My mental health has improved so much and I feel so much healthier but I do have anxiety about being pregnant again in the future - I don't want to put it all back on".

Emma, who had been working as a community house support worker, gave birth to her surprise baby Finn in September 2017 and had to completely change her lifestyle.

"Being a first-time mum, I was only 20 and my whole lifestyle changed.

"I was at home more - I used to be out all the time with my friends and going places.

"It did have a bad effect on me, I went through a bad stage with my mental health because I was doing the same thing every day and just waiting for my partner to come home".

Despite Emma putting on seven stone during her pregnancy, it was Finn's christening that was the final straw for her to begin her weight loss journey.

"I started doing couch to 5K which really helped because I hadn't exercised for such a long time and it really eased me in.

"I haven't done any crash diets, I eat what I want but I just make sure I'm in a calories deficit which I track by using apps and fitness bands.

"My fiance really pushed me and encouraged us to start doing family exercises such as going for a bike ride or going for a long walk".

Now, Emma is a healthy size eight and much happier with the way she looks and is hoping to help other first time mums who may be going through a similar thing.

"Don’t be hard on yourself, it takes time. I have so many people ask how I did it but it’s taken me time.

"You have to be patient; a lot of people expect to lose so much weight so quickly.

"I still have down days now where I’m bloated and I feel sluggish. For women, our hormones changed throughout the month.

"Stick at it and don’t give up, if you have a bad day that’s fine just treat the next day as a fresh start".

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