Real talk: how hard will it be to lose weight after pregnancy?

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 61
51 posts
Worker bee

Definitely depends on the person. I weighed around 95-98 prepregnancy, got up to 130 while pregnant was down 15 pounds when I left the hospital and 3 weeks later I was back to 100 pounds. I don’t think there’s a miracle to losing weight after pregnancy, just depends on genetics really. 

Post # 62
7402 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

You 100% cannot compare weight loss between people because it’s different for everyone. Like all others have mentioned-  no two people are the same nor are their starting weights, eating habits, exercise, age, genetics, etc.

One of my best friends gained a TON of weight with her first – partly depression (it wasn’t planned) and partly because she used it as an excuse to eat anything and everything. She had a shotgun wedding and then had a second baby 18 months apart…so needless to say a lot of change in a small amount of time. She hadn’t even come close to losing the baby weight when she got pregnant again. It’s been 13 years and she’s bigger than ever but that’s not because she can’t lose weight but because she just doesn’t.

Meanwhile I have friends who were tiny to begin with, aren’t great eaters, don’t exercise, and still drop the weight and go right back to being skinny.

Personally I lost about 20 pounds prior to TTC. Over the course of 16+ months (TTC is stressful, plus losses) I gained it all back and extra. I gained about 35 pounds during pregnancy and by 3 months PP was about 5-8 pounds from pre-pregnancy weight. My husband and I started weight watchers and I’m currently down 20 pounds in 7 weeks, my baby is 4.5 months old. I’d like to lose another 20 and I need to get back to working out.

An OB said something that really stuck with me. He said look in the mirror (after delivery) and then give yourself 3 months. Take those first 3 months to just enjoy your new baby, establish a milk supply (if you plan to breast feed), indulge a little. Then get to work with eating and exercise. He said at a year, your body is your body. I think the biggest mistake new moms make is just getting busy because it’s so easy to do. Having a newborn is HARD WORK and so time consuming. People talk about pregnancy cravings but they don’t even hold a candle to the kind of cravings and hungar you have when nursing. It’s sooo easy to get in a habit of junk food and not eating right or working out.

Post # 63
4 posts

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Post # 64
41 posts
  • Wedding: September 2014

I think it depends on how much you gain during pregnancy… however you really should not stress about it. Just be healthy, est healthily, do gentle exercise and dont stress.

I put in 30lbs during my first pregnancy and 25lbs during my second. I lost the extra weight within 2-3 months and was back to my pre pregnancy weight. I dont have stretch Mark’s or any signs I was pregnant but I attribute that to staying within the recommended guidelines. If anything I am in better physical shape now than I was before because I put more effort into it now lol.

We are all different though and thinking of my friends who have had kids they all look completely gorgeous post baby and we are all different shapes and sizes. Its nothing to be scared of, it’s a miracle. 

Post # 65
970 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

I gained 50lbs and lost most of the size the first week and three months PP was back to same weight before (or at least I feel like I am, haven’t weighed myself since pregnant at the doctor’s office)  Have the skin pouch thing (that I think everyone has). I had a C-section so lost a lot of the fluids during surgery. I thought the stretch marks and scar would bug me but they really don’t. I have these marks because my body created another human and that kicks ass. 

Post # 66
302 posts
Helper bee

A lot of it’s genetics. A lot of it is also related to if you nurse or bottle feed. My mom and sister were both slim to start (a zero or a two), but ended up below their pre-baby weight within a year of giving birth because of nursing. Another friend of mine – who was around a size 4/6 pre-baby – is now back to her pre baby size already and her little buddy is only 6 months old! 

Post # 67
9841 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Along with genetics some of it depends on how your pregnancy symptoms are too.

My first trimester with dd I had a lot of nausea. I wouldn’t throw up, but just felt gross all damn day. I had to work, and the only thing that seemed to help was ginger candies and goldfish crackers. So yeah, I definitely wasn’t thinking about eating my healthy spinach salad and lean chicken when I felt like barfing most of the day.

You gotta do what you gotta do to get through.

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