Post # 1
I started showing this morning! And I’m really super thrilled about it, my Fiance can confirm. I woke him up squealing. Like, woah, there’s actually a baby in there??But… I had a four pack when I went to sleep last night. And I’m already starting the mourn it’s loss. Rest in peace, teddybears’ abs. You will be missed.
Anyway, dramatics aside, I was wondering how long it took y’all to get back to your pre pregnancy bodies? I’ve heard you shed weight pretty quickly, breastfeeding, but does that include definition? Did you find it hard, or did it come easy? Am I just being ridiculous and need to accept this, admittedly amazing, tradeoff?
Post # 2
Not all women lose weight quickly from breastfeeding. My sister didn’t lose the last ten pounds until she stopped. Her body is different, it’s less toned. But that could be because she doesn’t work out as much now that she’s so busy with a toddler.
Post # 3
100% back at 3-4 months. I looked pregnant leaving hospital but the majority of the weight came off within the first few days. I did breastfeed but it still took longer than I expected.
Post # 4
I feel like I was abnormal, I looked “normal” at about 3-4 months, but my stomach never got as tight as it was before.
Post # 5
I am 14 weeks postpartum and still have 8-10 lbs to lose. I was 117 when I got preggo. I left the hospital weighing more than before I delivered due to IV fluids (I had major complications). Most of it dropped off quickly. I’d weigh 5 lbs less every day (that was kinda fun to see) but then it stopped. I joke to my husband that the baby weight is gone but the cookie weight stuck around. I still have some pain from c section so I can’t work out too much and am wondering if it will take til i stop nursing to lose the rest. We’ll see.
Post # 6
So general consensus is a lot of weight will shed pretty easily, but my muscle definition would have to be built back up, again? Assuming that I have time to work out with a baby. Thanks, all!
Post # 7
I’m pregnant with my first also and have been thinking about this and accepting that my body is changing. I’ve been following a few fitness ladies on instagram for inspiration who have had babies recently and it seems you will have to tone back up a bit since close to giving birth you can’t work out as rigorously. Staying active while pregnant will also help which is what I’m aiming to try to do.
Post # 8
First, congratulations!!! It’s so exciting once you start to show 🙂
Initially I lost the “pregnant” look pretty quickly…I would say around 1-2 weeks…I gained 35 lbs in my pregnancy and I didn’t get down to pre-pregnancy weight till just about 5 months pp. As far as definition…being a working mom I haven’t been able to put the same work into my body as I used to…but I’m content with that at this point in time.
Before I got pregnant, I was an avid runner and worked out 5-6 days a week with strength training 2-3 days. I had to stop at 29 weeks due to Dr’s orders and wasn’t able to start up till that 6 weeeks PP mark. I worked out and watched what I ate strictly, but to be honest the weight didn’t really fall off until I got my period again (I think at 11 weeks PP) and then it dropped off even more once I went back to work at 4 months PP. I think for me, my body needed to regulate back to where it was…it goes through SO MUCH!
I really think everyones bodies respond differently though! Best of luck with your pregnancy!
Post # 9
Sorry but I think it’s impossible to predict how your particular body will react to pregnancy and postpartum stage. I was very healthy pre-pregnancy I worked out a lot but pregnancy kicked my butt, I had terrible food aversions to anything healthy, and I was constantly so hot that I found it really difficult to work out. I gained 70 pounds! I had a C-section and a fairly serious haemorrhage so working out was out of the question for quite a while after he was born. My baby is 10 weeks old and I have 35 pounds to go. I have not found that the weight just falls off from breast-feeding. I think I’ll be like my sister who said she had a lot of trouble losing weight until after she stopped breast-feeding. Some women find their bodies want to hang on to excess fat during breast-feeding to ensure the health of your milk supply.
But of course I hope you have an easy time both during pregnancy and after 🙂
Post # 10
- Wedding: January 2021 - City, State
My friend was super slim and athletic, she got a c section and never lost the weight gained during pregnancy. Not everyone does, she’s still pretty athletic but her body just isn’t the same
Post # 11
I’m seven months PP and haven’t lost the weight. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to breastfeed so didn’t get that added bonus. And I went back to work at 12 weeks PP and regularly work 50 hour weeks.
I need to get back into an exercise routine because I’m not happy about my body now.
Post # 12
My body has never been the same, and that is ok. I was 18 and dancing (classical ballet) full time when I got pregnant. I weighed 110 lbs at 5’7″. Which I realize now is not very healthy or sustainable. I could definitely stand to lose 15-20 lbs these days, but I never intend to be that small again. I guess my tiny body didn’t seem that important to me after I had a baby. Everything was different.
Post # 13
Breastfeeding makes me SO hungry :/. I’m 3 weeks PP and have lost 20 pounds out of the 30 I’ve gained. I think it’ll be easier when I can start working out more.
Post # 14
- Wedding: October 2016 - Painswick Church and the Falcon Hotel
I’m still waiting for it! Lol my youngest daughter is 21 months
Post # 15
I am 5.5 months PP and I’ve lost about 20 of the 39 pounds I gained during pregnancy. Almost all of what I lost was lost right after birth. I’m breastfeeding and the cravings are far worse than pregnancy for me, plus I can eat a ton whereas I couldn’t eat that much while pregnant because I always felt full. I am finding it very difficult to diet haha, and I’ve never had to work out before in my life so finding the motivation is hard.