(Closed) Healthy pregnancy- did you find it easy to lose baby weight?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I had a healthy pregnancy and had lost all excess pounds that I gained during it within 3 weeks of giving birth. Like you, I was over my ideal weight when I got pregnant by maybe 15 pounds and that weight did not come off magically with time or breastfeeding. Just like any other person who needs to lose weight, that only came off with excercise when my baby was a little older. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m jealous that you are able to eat so healthy! I’m 13 weeks with #2 and still having a lot of food aversions! Anyway, I only gained about 25lbs with my first and lost the weight pretty quickly. I ran and worked out through the whole pregnancy and ate healthily after the first tri passed! I was back into some of my jeans around a week pp and pretty much everything else a couple weeks later. I breastfed, which I’m sure helped and started walking with the baby around the neighborhood once I was feeling up to it around 1 week pp and then started running/working out when my doctor cleared me at 5 weeks. I was actually way more hungry nursing than I ever was pregnant (and I needed more calories then)! I ran my fastest marathon time ever when my daughter was a year old and my body didn’t really change much at all (boobs a little smaller!). Getting back into a routine and making it a part of my “new” normal after she was born (and while I was pregnant) was important!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada

I was super fit and healthy before getting pregnant and was weight training up until I was 7 months pregnant. I also ate as healthy during my pregnancy but my delivery was really bad and I was unfortunately in the group that doesn’t loose the weight until they stop breastfeeding/loose the milk. So I didn’t start loosing weight until DS was about a year and now he’s 18 months and I still haven’t fully lost the pregnancy weight. It’s certainly easier now but just wanted to tell my story as unfortunately, not everyone looses all the weight straight away…

 

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I gained more than I wanted with my first but lost all the baby weight without really trying and then some within 6-8 months. I was back in my “fat” jeans within a week after she was born, and had, admittedly, a very easy recovery. I’m hoping to do better with this pregnancy and get rid of the baby weight faster.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Yes, I found it really easy to lose weight with my first.  But I didn’t really eat super healthy, not at the beginning for sure.  Second half, I tried to make sure I got my veggies and fruits as much as I could but mostly I craved fat haha.  I gained 42-43lbs with my first even though I kept up working out (anywhere from 2-4x a week) and didn’t go completely crazy.  I think it’s just because I’m tall (6′).  With #2 I will probably gain a similar amount (up 21 lbs at 23weeks) even though my workouts aren’t quite as long as before.  Anyway, I lost it easily with #1 and hoping I can get the same luck again. 

But I am going to give all of the credit to exclusively breastfeeding.  I hovered around up 17lbs from 2 weeks after birth until around 8/9 weeks pp.  After that I lost like 9lbs in a month despite the fact that I ate more than “normal” and the rest came right off.  Didn’t have to watch what I ate AT ALL until around 10mo pp (which is unusual for me, I gained weight easily before pregnancy).  And I also worked out regularly starting after 4 weeks pp (had to build back up obviously).  To give fair warning, breastfeeding does help a lot of women lose weight but not all (some will struggle to lose until they wean/quit producing).

My tip would be exclusively breastfeed/pump 30-40oz a day lol (which is like an extra 600-800 calories your body is burning on top of everything else).  That’s pretty much all I did TBH.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

loden :  I was in awesome shape and worked out like crazy when I was pregnant. My job (ski racing coach and ski instructor) kept me active as well (until I was 27 weeks and winter ended) and I kept hiking/walking, weight lifting, and swimming. I still gained a little over 30 pounds. At my baby’s 2-week appointment I had lost 20 of those- I peed out a lot of fluid in the days after delivery, plus the placenta and weight of the baby. So that left about ten pounds of, um, “maternal fat stores.” That took about 5-6 months to come off. I never restricted my calories but I did exercise quite a bit once I was able. I breastfed, which probably helped but I was very hungry and did need to eat extra, especially when I was making lots of milk. Even when I had lost all the weight (well, almost all- I’ve been steady at a few pounds heavier than before and my son just turned 2) my stomach was not as firm- if I don’t flex my abs it just puffs out more. C’est la vie! Best of luck to you! Your body will probably be a bit different after and I think it’s fine and totally to be expected- growing a baby is crazy!

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

and yeah, ^^ that happened to my tummy too.  Just sticks out a little bit more than it did before even though same weight, but doesn’t bother me other than pants being somewhat more annoying hitting right at the biggest spot.  So I bought new pants.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

It was super super easy 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

I have struggled with weight a lot…lost 60 pounds in college, was at a great weight when I got married, but got pregnant when I was up 15 pounds from my wedding weight. I too was very freaked out about losing the weight when I was already at a weight I wasn’t happy with. I had really bad edema from a long birth and got back from the hospital the same weight I was the day I went into labor! After a couple days it did start magically coming off and I dropped about 25 of the 40 pounds within two weeks. I lost another 5 controlling portions putting me at 10 pounds above my pre-pregnancy weight. My son is 7 months today, and I’m unfortunately still at that weight, but that has a lot to do with some very overwhelming circumstances in our lives and not taking the time to take care of myself. It’s never been easy for me to lose weight but I really feel that pregnancy weight, when kept in control, really does shed more easily than if it had been from eating too many burritos. I just want to stress that at the end of it all, you will be totally fine, so just don’t stress yourself to the point that you’re restricting your diet during pregnancy. Now is not the time for that!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

loden :  I did find it easy to lose the weight, without much effort. I, like you, started out about 10lbs more than I’d prefer.. I only gained 27lbs and lost it all withint the first 2 months. So I am back to my starting weight (even though it’s still 10 more than I’d like to be.) However, even though the numbers are the same, my body isn’t. Things aren’t as tight as they used to be, my stomach is flat but definitely squishier, my boobs are next to nothing (I exclusive pumped for 6 months, when I stopped they shrank). So while you may lose the weight, things might not be the same as they once were. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I started pregnancy at 122lbs, gained 40lbs during pregnancy. By 5 months post partum I was back to my pre-preg weight and at 6 mos pp I am under by a couple lbs. I exclusively breast feed. I didn’t lose weight until about 3 months pp then it started dropping off. I don’t exercise – maybe a walk with my dog and baby every few days. I eat pretty good. My body is definitely totally different now though! 

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