A.B. asks from Muskogee, OK on July 22, 2008
Losing Weight After Pregnancy
I just had a daughter 7 wks ago and am struggling to lose weight. I'm not breastfeeding because after two weeks of breastfeeding I dried up and was no longer able. I'm only eating about once a day sometimes twice a day. Its usually actually meals that I eat not junk. I've been exercising but it doesn't seem like I can lose the weight. Does anyone have any tips on how to speed up the weight loss? My secound question is this is my first child and I am gonna have to start working again soon and I am not sure how to cope with my daughter going to daycare, everytime I think about I cry. Anyone know how to cope with your child going to daycare?
M.N. answers from Fayetteville on August 03, 2008
You need to eat regularly. A starved body does not let go of what fat stores it has easily. Consult your doctor or a nutritionist.
J.P. answers from Oklahoma City on July 23, 2008
As far as the weight loss, you need to eat regularly. Most dieticians recommend 4 to 6 small healthy meals a day. When you cut your meals your body will store what you do eat instead of using it as fuel. This makes weight loss hard and it's bad for your body.
It was hard for me to let my daughter go to daycare. I was so scared something would happen to her and I felt like a bad parent for leaving her with someone else. I found a home daycare where the people were great. I still wanted to cry for a few weeks every time I left her, but in the end it was a good experience. I did end up quitting my job for other reasons and now work from home to add a little income to the family. It's great to spend this time with her before she starts school. There are lots of options for you to consider. Just make sure whatever you choose suits your family needs.
A.Q. answers from Fort Smith on July 31, 2008
I know loosing the baby weight is difficult, for one you don't really have the energy to try. My suggestion is do not skip breakfast, that is one of the most important meals because it helps your metabolism get started for the day, and also if you do skip it your body will start storing fat because it thinks it's not going to get any. Also eat small healthy snacks throughout the day in between meals, this also speeds your metabolism. Yogurt is a great snack because after it is burned up it starts to burn away all of your reserved fats. Almonds are also a great snack, they have excellent protein which is essential when you are exercising. Just remember to snack often, as long as it is healthy and DON'T skip any meals. That will just make your body store what you are trying to get rid of. Also, don't do just cardio exercises, mix in some weight training to tone up and lose inches. I know I probably sound pushy, but I know from experience. I tried for a year to loose my baby weight and then finally listened to my husband and have lost 25 pounds in the last 6 months. Just don't get discouraged and give up, stay with it and it will work! Good Luck!!
E.A. answers from Lafayette on July 30, 2008
Never skip breakfast a plain peanut butter sandwhich regular peanut butter no low fat stuff on wheat bread in the morning and about 4 to 5 small things veggies and a small meat or boiled egg and on salad w/ranch spray dressing helps because if you eat just little things every few hours it keeps your bogy going and there easy to bring to work. As far as daycare goes my kids are 15,13 and 10 it doesn't matter where you leave them or what age they are the feeling never goes away now i know what my mom meant when she said you'll understand when you a mom. When you have to leave you kids you pray and turn them over to god for the day and ask them to watch them a little extra for those few hours because he watches them already around the clock for you. Good luck.
L.F. answers from Monroe on July 23, 2008
Your not going to lose the weight as quick as you want. 7 weeks is not enough time to do anything. If you eat healthy and excersize it will come off, i also hear that you are supposed to keep taking your pre-natal vitamins and that they help with the weight coming off.
A.K. answers from Tulsa on July 25, 2008
First of give yourself a broke you just had your blessing least then two months ago. Second do not skip meals your body will react just the way you do not want it to. Started your day with a good breakfast to get it going. Then count carbs allow someway between 31 to 45 per meal also eat some trick some way between 15 to 20 tow or three times a day. Also excise if you or not doing so just a little walk with do fine. Push that wonderful new person in a stoller. You will enjoy the time with him or her, the fresh air and also burn calories.
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K.T. answers from Tulsa on July 24, 2008
First of all I would give yourself some time to recover, and don't expect to loose the weight overnight give yourself at least 6 months to a year as a goal to return to your prebaby weight. I have 2 children (3yrs and 19 months and also had 4 miscarriages). I think the best exercise is walking I would suggest breaking out your stroller and taking a walk every day which will also help you feel better if you are a little depressed (I had postpartum depression and this is what the doctor recommended as an alternative to taking medicine)
As far as eating goes, I agree with some of the others that one or two meals a day is not healthy. In order to speed up your metabolism and keep your engery level up to deal with taking care of the little one, I would suggest several small meals a day (small breakfast, healthy snack at 10am, large lunch, healthy snack at 3pm, small dinner). I know it seems strange, but I lost 60lbs over a year's time eating and exercising this way after I had my last child. Also make sure you keep taking your vitamins. I would also consider cutting out any soda and don't use artificial sweeteners or unhealthy fat substitutes or products containing them. I use real butter and sugar in my cooking, I just limit the amount of these things I eat, and try to cook more with olive oil or canola oil and eat lots of fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables.
With my son I went back to work for 3 months part time after my maternity leave was over and I couldn't keep working. I am now a stay at home mother. I did find a part time job that I was at for a year in the evening so I could be home during the day with my children and my husband could watch them in the evening.
You may want to talk to your husband about your reluctance to return to work, maybe if you look at the cost of childcare, gasoline, and work expenses it would pay off to stay at home, or maybe you could change jobs and find work in the evenings or weekends. My husband and I decided even though it is very tough financially, in the long run we beleive it is the best thing for our children that we raise them and teach them our values instead of a daycare. For us this means tight budgeting and not spending money on alot of the extras. Also, don't forget that you need some time to yourself every not and then (My son goes to Mothers day out once a week for my break).
Sorry I was long winded, but you sound like you are exactly where we were when I had my son.
Hope this helps!