Post # 1
So I’d like this to be a positive post, but I am discouraged! I had my beautiful daughter 12 weeks ago and still have 25 pounds to lose. I hated being pregnant and it coincided with a lot of other stressful factors in my life at that time. So, I hopped on the Pregnancy Pound Train and rode it for 9 months. I gained 60+lbs…OINK! Before being pregnant I was pretty fit and very disciplined about working out. I ate healthy with some lots of junk/treats on the side but didn’t gain weight because I worked out hard. Then I got pregnant, sick and tired and started eating more and stopped working out. You know those women who eat whatever they want because they are pregnant? Yeah, that was me.
Anywho, now I am 12 weeks post-partum and feeling like I am never going to lose the rest of this weight! I lost the initial 35lbs quickly; a lot of it was water weight, etc. I know it took 9 months to gain it all, but I am having a hard time cutting myself slack. I just want my body back! I’ve also had back and toe (really?!) injuries that have slowed down my progress. UGH!
I think part of the problem is that it is so hard to get into a routine of exercising with a 3 month-old. She doesn’t sleep through the night so I am also often tired and don’t feel like I have the energy to complete a 45-minute kickboxing workout or whatever. I am also lacking motivation after my weight loss slowed. I am breastfeeding. About 3 weeks ago I switched to a low carb diet (cut out refined carbs and sugar, but continued to eat fruit/veggies) to try and speed up my weight loss and lost 3+ lbs in a week, but my milk supply dipped dramatically, so I cut that out.
I have been a health/fitness freak since college so I know how to work out and eat right, but I am just frustrated that I let myself get to this point. I always thought I would be one of those glowing, super-healthy pregnant woman who bounces back (such an annoying phrase, BTW) in like 3 weeks. Um, no. That is not me all all. I am super proud that my body was able to make a baby and push what felt like a brick out my ass, but now I want my bod back!
Anyway, this was super long! Can anyone relate/offer advice or share your post-partum weight loss experience?
Post # 3
I can’t offer any advice because I’m 31 weeks in my first pregnancy. I’ve been concerned about losing the weight after baby. All the women in my family have never lost the baby weight and then with the second one gained the same amount of weight and never lost that weight. So they are quite large. I don’t want to be that way.
I’m curious what kind of response you get. Hang in there!
Post # 4
First, you need to be sure you’re eating enough calories!! You should actually be adding calories TO your pregnancy diet b/c if you don’t your body will likely go into starvation mode and hold onto everything so it can produce milk.
I gained like you and started seeing the best weightloss after 3 months (now 5 mths pp). I’m still about 1 1/2 sizes up from my prepreg pants but I don’t exercise at all (I’ve VERY protective of my supply). I’m averaging 1-1/2 lbs a week right now and I’m eating all. the. time.
Don’t get down on yourself, it’ll come off. =)
Post # 5
i can most def relate!! so many people said “ooooh if you breastfeed you will burn 500 calories/day” blah blah blah… so after i had the baby i continued eating as i had done while i was pregnant… during my pregnancy i did a combo of turbo kick, cycling and zumba at LEAST 3x/week up until 5days before baby zoe was born… fast forward to 6 weeks pp and i still have tons of weight to lose and to make matters worse i am deathly afraid to step foot in the gym! a few nights ago i attempted just dance 3 on the wii and man oh man! i literally had to press “pause” and sit down during my routine 🙁
hopefully it gets better for all of us! ::crossing fingers::
Post # 6
Losing weight post-partum is HARD. It’s been 12 years for me.
Post # 7
I am pregnant and have been worried about this.the women in my family are a healthy body weight before pregnancy and then during smash it on and never get rid of it. I am trying really hard not to put it on during this pregnancy. I too am finding it hard to find the motivation. However i did find this blog that is a huge motivator. http://www.mamalaughlin.com/
i know i have to get back into my original exercise regime, and i really have to start watching what ive been eating. Im going to weigh myself tomorrow. Hopefully its nothing to cry over 🙁
im not looking forward to it…
Post # 8
Sharing my experience: i was 27 when i got pregnant with my first child, 12 years ago and my weight was 53 kg. I put waaaaaaaaay more weight than believed possible and ended up 72Kg by the end of pregnancy – not nice at all!!!! I did not lose a big amount of weight right after delivery..in fact, it took me 2 years to lose ALL the extra-fat. Sure, with no exercise and no special diet..I got smart on the second pregancy, 7 years later. I was 35 and did NOT want to feel like a whale..i was more careful this time and by the end of pg, i was 67kg (was 54 before pg, so 1 more kg since 27 years old, not bad!). Six months after the baby was born i returned to the gym and i think that made ALL the difference! I lost ALL the fat very, very quickly :).
My advise?? Keep working out and eating well!!!!You can do this!
Post # 9
Eeek! I am worried about this 🙁 Currently preggers and putting some weight on. Have been telling myself I can lose it afterwards but I must admit I’m scared! Good luck girlies.
Post # 10
I feel the same way! I gained 60lbs during pregnancy and DD is 2 months old now and I have 35lbs left to lose 🙁 It’s freaking depressing and I’m having a hard time dieting and maintaining milk supply too. To make it even better, a Facebook friend posted a status yesterday of her 2 weeks after having her baby in her pre-pregnancy jeans. Grrr!!
Post # 11
Don’t be so hard on yourself! It will all be okay 🙂 Some women barely gain any weight while pregnant, so when they give birth… ugh doesnt even look like they were pregnant!
I have been lucky though. I gained about 50 lbs with all three kids (a little less with the last one) and lost the weight pretty quickly with the first two. I worked out a lot, mostly workout videos at home. My youngest is almost 11 months (still breast feeding) and I’m about 10lbs over my pre baby weight. I feel like I look good so I’m not rushing to lose any more weight. I also gave up meat for about a month and that aided in losing some weight.
If your baby is only three months, girl I wouldn’t worry too much about it 🙂
Post # 12
Thanks for all the replies, everyone! It is heartening to hear I am not the only one.
@runsyellowlites: Good point, thanks! PS, I loved your birth story. Glad to hear things are going well!
@futuremrsoloyede: I hear you. I feel like workouts that used to be so easy are now like super advanced! Keep it up…we can do it!
@Jer72: It’s ok! Not the end of the world at all.
@mrsrangrang: Thanks for the link! I know, every time I stepped on the scale while preggers I wanted to cry. It is ok, you are making a human being. I think all these weight concerns are normal and simply part of the process.
@Rivendeler: Thanks for sharing your story! Good to hear. I, too, feel like I will have a better handle on things for my 2nd pregnancy some day. Great job on losing all the baby weight!
@CEtoSAHM: Are we the same person?! Its ok…I totally get it. It is so hard to balance milk supply with dieting. Bah! You are only 8 weeks pp though; you’ve barely left the delivery room! Haha, but seriously, I know how you feel. I am still in maternity jeans. I am currently wearing a sweatshirt that was my pre-partum fat-day shirt and it keeps riding up! One last thing, ugh to the FB status! We should be weight-loss buddies. Or just commiserate together. 🙂
@ohulani: Thanks! That is so good to hear. I LOVE workout DVDs! That is my main workout too. What are your favorites? I love TurboJam and CoreFusion.
@vintage2010: Agreed. I don’t want baby weight to become permanent weight.
@Mrsluckywife: No worries! It will be ok. I gained 60+ lbs and my daughter is worth every ounce.
Post # 13
RampagingZeebs yeah i finally got on them scales and surprisingly i have lost .8lbs. WTH?? everything is getting tighter. so im just going to go with it and try and eat better and work out.. Its going to be hard not to be lazy, but i have to do it for me..
i lost nearly 60+ lbs last yr, so i do know how hard it is to loose weight, however i havent had a child, so i cant comment on how much harder it gets. but honestly it took me a long time to start noticing anythign. All i can say is stick with it. It takes at the very LEAST 4 weeks for you to notice any little results, 8 wks for your family and friends and 12 weeks for anyone else to notice.
The hardest part is getting out and doing it.
Post # 14
I am 10 weeks post partum and 7 pounds from my pre pregnancy weight and currently in my materntiy jeggings. I was really strict on myself during the pregnancy since I didnt like the weight I was to begin with. I am hoping to finally lose the weight I never liked to begin with.
So far I have found going to the gym to be very difficult being a stay at home mom and breastfeeding. I don’t like the child care at the gym and after my husband gets home the baby cluster feeds before bed. Not really the best time for me to be leaving him. Here is what is working so far:
– renting workout dvd’s from the library. I can switch it up when I am bored and it is free. I am currently doing “Ballet Conditioning” (love) and “Biggest Loser Weight Loss Yoga”. I like that they are quiet but still a tough workout. I can do them in the living room with the baby napping in the swing. Plus I am not quite ready for a hard-core workout. Feeling very weak post baby.
– long walks with the baby in the stroller and dog. This has gotten much better now that it is getting more pleasant outside. It was just hot before and didn’t work for the baby.
Once the baby and I are a little stronger and naps are more predictible I would like to transition to running on the treadmill in our basement or running with the Bob stroller. I would also like to get more difficult workout DVD’s.
In regards to diet this is probobly the hardest part for me. I am ravenous while breastfeeding. I have found eating smaller meals at (6am, 9am, 12, 3, 6) keeps me from going crazy and binge eating with my meals. I swear I am hungrier now than when I was pregnant. We have also found making a bigger healthy meal on Sunday can last us until Wednesday. And then doing the same on Wednesday means only really having to cook a meal 3 times a week. Saves us from just ordering a pizza or making something quick and unhealthy.
I would love to hear from others their struggles and what works. Great post. It is so much harder than some people think.
Post # 15
Walking, walking and more walking! Put the baby in the stroller, or even better, a baby carrier and go for a nice long walk every single day! It is what helped me get the 60lbs off with our first and second kids!
Making healthy food choices, drinking mostly water and staying away from the drive thru should help melt those pounds off fast. You can do it!
P.S.: I never felt like I had my body back until I literally had my body back – because I had stopped breastfeeding! Only then did I feel like I had enough control over things to get back on track. I stopped BF’ing both kids around the 6 month mark.