Post # 1
I know that post-partum baby bellies vary from woman to woman, but I also know that those who are in better shape before pregnancy have less trouble losing the weight again after pregnancy.
Since March, I’ve lost 22 pounds. I was at my very heaviest in February/March at 192 pounds. 🙁 But I started counting calories and now I’m down to 170. I’m proud of myself! I have a rare deformity in my hip joints that effects my back, knees, and feet, and it makes most exercise (even simple walking or swimming) almost impossible. So really, my weight loss has to come from diet alone because I can’t rely on exercise. Unfortunatley, this means that my stomach fat is seemingly impossible to get rid of. I don’t have a muffin top, but I do have very saggy abdomenal skin in the front. The back and sides are okay minus some normal love handles.
All that being said – do you ladies think pregnancy will be unkind to my already flabby stomach? I would be elated if I could keep my weight gain down during pregnancy and work hard to get my stomach back to where it is right now. But is that possible? Or is it impossible to even tell…
Post # 2
Focus on being healthy. Having a kid will change your body. Accept it, and make sure you’re eating a balanced diet that will nourish your child.
Post # 3
I don’t think you need to lose weight, but you will likely gain some during pregnancy.
That being said, is it safe for you to carry a baby with your hip issue? I’m 16.5w pregnant without a hip issue and already uncomfortable in my hips and legs at times. Pregnancy is really stressful on your body– be careful!
Post # 4
Well, in my experience if you have weight leftover after birth (which most women do!) then there will probably be a good portion of it in your tummy/hip area. But I think it’s definitely possible to return to normal over time and with work.
Of course, it’s pretty impossible to tell how your body will handle pregnancy and after birth until you go through with it. As long as you try to stay within the recommended guidelines (25-35 lbs for normal BMI) I think you will have a good shot and returning to normal quicker.
I was pretty fit pre-pregnancy and I am after birth but I’m carrying about 11-12 extra lbs (I gained 40 lbs FWIW) that pretty much do NOT want to go anywhere (9.5 weeks post partum). Right over my lower tummy and hip area. Even though I jumped right back in to working out they really dont’ want to budge. That being said, I don’t have any saggy skin or anything, just extra fat 🙂 So I imagine once I’m able to lose it I’ll look pretty much like normal. I can wear my pre pregnancy jeans, they’re just tighter than I like.
Post # 5
TGold: 🙂 I definitely want to be healthy, not skinny. No women in my family are skinny – but they are all beautiful! None of them obese, but ALL of them considered overweight based on their BMI. I hate that chart. Ha. I definitely want to accept the body changes that will come with being a mom. But I also want to make sure I’m making the wisest possible choices before I become a mom!
OldMrsMcDonald: Yes it is safe. I have a healthy relationship with my doctors and physical therapist and we have a pregnancy plan. Thanks for your concern and I’m sorry you’re having discomfort during your pregnancy! I have discomfort 24/7 so I’m really hoping that helps me cope with pregnancy woes, as well.
kes18: I’m impressed that you’re already able to wear your pre-preg jeans! Keep up the good work. 🙂 I think like you said, I won’t really know until everything’s said and done. I will hope for the best but expect the worst (body-wise) just to be safe. My only pregnancy expectations will be for my baby-to-be! I don’t want to be selfish but I DO want to be healthy for my baby!
Post # 6
TogetherThroughLife: every one is different but your body definitely changes from pregnancy. I had a flat, tight stomach pre pregnancy. I was 5-4 100 lbs, gained 20 during pregnancy And lost it all plus 5 extra lbs within a few weeks. My stomach isn’t completely flat anymore and it’s definitely softer. I haven’t really done any exercise to try and tighten my abs at all though. I’m sure if I did I could get back to “normal” Or close to. You can’t do much to change skin elasticity.
I would just focus on being as healthy as you can. Good luck!
Post # 7
MrsWBS: Sounds like you have been lucky! Thank you for the advice!
Post # 8
TogetherThroughLife: Good for you for losing 22 pounds! Eating well in general but especially during pregnancy is so important! I think exercise is a key to healthy weight gain during pregnancy, and then getting healthy again after the baby. Is there any exercise that you can do? Hand-cycling or light weight-lifting for your upper body? Any yoga moves? It doesn’t have to work your stomach to burn fat off it (“spot-treating” areas where fat accumulates doesn’t work, anyway). Just elevating your heart rate a bit and building a little more muscle would help. Don’t get me wrong- I am definitely not saying you should try to be thin! I just think physical activity is so important for health and mental well-being for both you and your baby-to-be! Best of luck to you.
Post # 9
MrsAKSkier: Thanks for your advice! I could definitely look into upper body exercises to get my heart rate up.