Post # 1
Obviously you know going into this that you’re going to gain weight but holy moly! I feel HUGE! I know I only have 6 weeks left… but is there anything I can do at this point to curb that ferocious gaining? I’m going to top out around 40lbs easy. I watch my weight, I exercise. I’m really active, work full time, go for walks, drink loads of water.
I know I’m retaining a lot of fluids. I have crazy huge swollen legs/feet. But the rest of me finally caught up and is looking puffy, lol
(I’ve been to the doctor less than a week ago and everything does check out….)
Momma Bees… please tell me it does actually come off eventually?
Can you tell I just got photos back from my shower? 😉
Post # 3
I also gained a lot 🙁 At first it was coming off so easily because I was breastfeeding, but then all of a sudden one day it just stopped. It doesn’t help that my baby loves to be held all the time so it’s hard to make and eat lunch every day so usually in the beginning I was doing something easy like a frozen pizza. Now I switched it up to something healthier like a sandwhich, and I’m on a crazy diet and I walk a lot with her in the stroller. It feels pretty slow to come off, but I did lose ten pounds this month so it’s something.
Plus, you don’t seem to care as much when you have a healthy baby to show for it 🙂
Post # 4
thanks! 🙂 I know once I see him, the weight gain will be the last thing I’ll think about.
I’m also going back to work 4-5 post partum, so I’m hoping that packing healthy lunches will help. I’m going back half days to start and won’t be taking a lunch break away from the office, so I won’t be going out for lunch. DH is really supportive in me getting back into my gym routine. I hope all these things combined with breastfeeding does the trick.
Post # 5
I gained 40 pounds as well, and that was absolutely frightening to me! I am 6 weeks post partum, and have lost a total of 28lbs so far. Most of which came off in the first 3 weeks because I was breatfeeding. I agree with artbee where it is hard to exercise/eat healthy at first because of holding the baby all the time. I just joined weight watchers today in hopes that will help me change my eating habits, and also want to get back into exercising regularly.. I just wish is was warm because that would help getting outside. Oh well…it will come off eventually…you just have to get creative now. My arms are super toned because I lift the baby, and sort of use her to help exercise my arms.. I have also started doing squats as I hold her as well when she needs to be soothed she tends to like that movement. So it just isn’t as structured or uninterrupted work outs, but there is a way,
Don’t stress, you are going to have a beautiful little baby that will be well worth this whole process!
Post # 6
I gained a whopping 60 lbs with my first pregnancy! If it makes you feel better, I had a TON of water weight and retention as well (cankles galore) and I lost 30lbs right off the bat after giving birth. 🙂
Post # 7
I gained about 35# (10 of it in the last 2 weeks due to high blood pressure) and 7 WPP all of it is gone except about 5#. I would say I easily lost 20# the first few weeks and I formula fed.
Post # 8
I am getting close to 50 pounds and i still have 4 more weeks to go. I do feel like most of it is water retention as my feet and fingers are swollen pretty bad!
Post # 9
That was one of my biggest fears when we were considering TTC. I was afraid I’d have my mom’s genes… She gained 5 pounds in the first 6 months. Then 90 in the last 3! She was exercising and eating extra healthy; and started out as a tiny woman.
Like you, it was mostly water. She dropped 60 just by giving birth. As for the rest, never knew if she dropped it – she eventually gained back but not due to pregnancy or anything.
Post # 10
Thank you everyone for all the responses assuring me that it’s normal and with water weight – it does disappear pretty quickly! (My Dr. keeps telling me it will, but it’s hard to believe when you feel this big and your joints are this swollen)
I actually lost my eyesight temporarily this week and went to my OB – it was because my crazy swelling is putting pressure on my eyes! It’s insane.. lol
Post # 11
Oh my, you must be miserable
Do you think your dr. is gonna induce you early since your swelling is so bad?
Post # 12
I gained 43lb with my last pregnancy and was back in my regular jeans in 3 weeks. In fact, I have two kids and weigh thirty pounds less now than before I got pregnant with my first. My secrert weapon is breastfeeding.
Post # 13
as long as my blood pressure stays low/normal, no. The giant feet/swollen hands/blurry vision is annoying but other than that I’ve felt great! I’m a pretty active person and have a hard time sitting still, so that’s been a challenge… having to slow down, rest, etc.
I can’t believe I’m about a month away from meeting the little fella! Time FLIES 🙂
Post # 14
I gained 43 lbs total. Alot of it was water weight too, but my body also gained in some places that it didn’t usually in the past, like my butt, and legs. So it took me several months to lose weight, but within 8 months I had my bikini body back, just with a few more stretch marks. Try not to worry about that number on the scale. I know its hard, but honestly, looking back, it is so irrelevant. Especially since you seem to be doing everything right.
Post # 15
I gained close to 60 lb, too, with my recent pregnancy. With the baby herself, plus fluids, six weeks after delivery I’m already 30 lb. closer to my goal weight. I’m breastfeeding exclusively and while I’m not counting calories or watching what I eat necessarily, I am trying to eat as healthy as I can and get some physical activity in every day.
But I agree with a previous poster that a healthy baby is the most important thing. The weight becomes second — anything about you becomes second — when you have your little one who needs you!