Harder to Lose Weight After Baby With C Section?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Mrs. Meowerson :  No worries, I’m obsessed too lol. Are you definitely having a c section?  I had an elective one and I kinda regret it so feel free to pm me if you want to discuss… 

Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I had a c-section after being on IV fluids for a week.  I was definitely fluid filled, but was down to pre-pregnancy weight after 3 weeks (I think mostly just the stress of a nicu baby).  I was given the go-ahead to resume exercise after 6 weeks, and had no issues with my initial exercises.

I’m 15 months post partum now, and am 10lbs heavier than my pre-pregnancy weight, and in way poorer physical condition than pre-pregnancy, but had I stuck to workouts and healthy eating I would have been able to be in better shape than I was before I had Dear Daughter.  I just chose ice cream and couch surfing over workouts after long days with my LO.

Post # 18
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Sugar bee

I’ve had 4 c-sections…the weight comes off with no issues. All 4 times I was back to my regular weight within 6 months at the longest except for the 1st. I did retain an extra 10 lbs (permanently) with her but I was super thin to start so it was no biggie. The remaining three, I bounced back in no time.

ETA: Before you get all giddy, take note – your body will look different. It’s hard to get a flat as a board stomach after pregnancy regardless of how you deliver.

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m having the worst time and I’m 14 weeks PP. I know I didn’t eat well enough and I didn’t workout at all after I found out I was pregnant. I lost 25 lbs quickly and then gained some back. I can’t budge on the scale and I literally have zero time to workout right now since I already went back to work. It sucks. 

Post # 20
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Mrs. Meowerson :  Look, I get being unhappy about weight gain. It sucks seeing “huge” numbers on the scale that you have not seen for a very long time (or have never seen!). But keep in mind that a lot of the weight is increased blood volume, amniotic fluid, the placenta (a whole new organ!!) breasts growing, and towards the end obviously the baby. It is normal to drop 20 pounds right after delivery, and then more as you pee out excess fluid. That just leaves 10 or 15 pounds of, um, maternal fat stores. Which really isn’t that much in the grand scheme of a pregnancy. When you weigh yourself (which you really shouldn’t do, it just doesn’t matter, especially if it stresses you out) just take your pre=pregnancy weight and add ten pounds. The rest doesn’t count because it’s not fat. The weight will come off, no matter how you deliver. It might take one week or one year, but you will mostly get back to your normal self if you have a healthy lifestyle. Your body might not look the same, though, even if you lose all the weight. It’s totally normal. Why would it look the same? It’s some something CRAZY and gone through tremendous changes. I’m 15 weeks and I almost died at the number on the scale the other day. I blame the flannel-lined jeans I was wearing. But I gained 35 pounds with my first baby (this is my second) and I know it will come off, much of it in the insame amount of sweating and peeing I did the few days after I gave birth the first time. Try not to worry- what will happen will happen. 

Post # 21
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Helper bee

Mrs. Meowerson :  I just had my 2nd c section 4 weeks ago. It was very easy to lose all the weight after my 1st and I am about 8 lbs away from pre pregnancy weight right now. I am exclusively breastfeeding so I’m guessing a couple pounds of the weight is from my huge boobs lol so I will hold on to that until I stop breastfeeding like I did last time. I healed very fast from my surgery and have already been cleared for light exercise and if it’s anything like last time, I’ll be working out full force at 6 weeks PP again. C sections are not that bad in my opinion, but it’s the only way I’ve ever given birth 🙂 As PP said, I think the key to losing weight fast is staying in a healthy weight gain range during pregnancy. I gained 25-30 lbs with each baby. 

Post # 22
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Helper bee

I might be wrong, but I thought it was because a vaginal birth triggers hormones that tell your body you have given birth, which produces an influx of hormones which help you bond with baby, start producing milk and triggering your recovery, which includes losing the baby weight. With a caesarean your body doesn’t click that it’s given birth straight away so it takes a while to catch up. Plus a caesarean is a major surgery so you can’t move around like you can after a vaginal birth.

Post # 23
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Helper bee

pearla :  With both my c sections, they put me on pitocin for a couple hours after giving birth. It causes contractions and sort of puts your body through a false labor so it knows that you did give birth. I didn’t have issues with milk production or bonding or anything like that. But maybe they don’t do that after every c section? Not sure! 

Post # 24
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - County courthouse

I gained 70lbs with my first child and lost 60…taking me down to 160. Second time around I gained 50lbs and lost 20lbs. I didn’t lose alot of weight after my second csection because my thyroid went crazy. I’m about 200lbs right now and have worked hard to lose 20lbs in a year. I don’t think it’s harder to lose weight after a csection…I did it. Just give yourself 12 weeks to recover from the surgery and start excersising after.

Post # 25
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Helper bee

I commented on this post back when it was originally posted and I was thinking about it today. I thought I would share this video that I made for other c-section moms, or moms in general about how I lost the baby weight. Like I said in my previous posts, I have had 2 c-sections and I have been able to lose the weight and keep it off. I hope it helps! 🙂

 

Post # 26
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I’m only TTC in December but am having a planned C section when my time comes.

In my first pre-conception meeting with my OB one of the first things she brought up was weight gain during pregnancy and gave me a rough meal plan. 

She basically said that the whole ‘eating for two’ thing is a huge myth and that you only need around 100 extra cals a day to sustain pregnancy. That amounts to around a handful of nuts. 

I am at my healthy goal weight at the moment and she’s advised I do not gain anymore than 25-30lbs in total. She said this will minimise stretchmarks and mean that I will feasibly be back to my pre-baby weight within around 3-6 months.

I’m not overly fussed with my weight though, I just want to be healthy and have a healthy baby. The weight is not a constant 🙂

I don’t exercise very much now (I just walk) but I do eat a very good diet and that has worked well for me. Just adjust how you eat if you think you won’t be able to exercise. x

Post # 27
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Helper bee

pearla :  I might be wrong, but I thought it was because a vaginal birth triggers hormones that tell your body you have given birth, which produces an influx of hormones which help you bond with baby, start producing milk and triggering your recovery, which includes losing the baby weight. 

It’s actually detachment of the placenta that triggers production of colostrum and milk.  It’s oxytocin that gets triggered during labor and helps you bond with your baby.  However, you’d still produce oxytocin during extended physical (especially skin-to-skin) contact, so it really isn’t that mothers who bear children via cesarian have trouble bonding.  

I had a C and walked out of the hospital 20+ lbs lighter than immedicately preconception.  In my experience + from what my friends tell me, it’s not the slow weight loss that some find difficult, it’s the total change of your body shape after pregnancy.  Some women, even those who were very fit pre-pregnancy, can no longer diet and exercise their way back to the flat stomach because of the scar tissue.

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