Baby Weight - Plainfield,IL

Updated on June 17, 2016
M.T. asks from Plainfield, IL
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I had my baby girl 6 months ago and the love of my life. I gained 80 pounds during pregnancy, and in the first 3 months of her life I lost 60 (from nursing). I am now starting to gain more weight and really not eating that much food. I work 8-9 hour days and on the weekend I am trying to clean the house and make food and other things, preventing me from working out. Has anyone experienced gaining more weight after birth? Also, I stopped nursing one month ago and I am yet to get my period but took a pregnancy test and it came out negative. Anyone have any suggestions on how to loose this last 20 pounds? I'm starting to get down, which is common I suppose. Thanks for your help!

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answers from Chicago on

Both moms who responed have really hit it on the more small meals, lots of fruits and veggies, and get sleep!

I joined Weight Watchers when my son turned one, having about 35 pounds to lose. That was 13 months ago and I have lost 29 pounds. It's not easy to eat healthy all the time, but being conscience of what I'm eating and how much has truly made a difference.

Also, my friend has has great sucess (about 25 pounds since January), using the Biggest Loser website and calcualting calories.

Good luck and stick with it.



answers from Chicago on

If you are not taking in enough calories throughout the day, your body will go into "starvation mode" and hoard whatever calories it does consume. If your still nursing, consider increasing just a bit so your body doesn't think it's starving. There are probably some internet based calorie guides for how much you should be consuming while nursing.
It may take some time before you get your period back if you are nursing.



answers from Chicago on

Hi M. T,

I always shed a TON of the baby weight right after delivery but by about the 3 month mark i start gaining some back, though usually not more than about 7-8 lbs. (it adds up after 4 kids though!!). I am actually trying to change my metabolism because I'm gaining though I wasn't eating enough to justify the gain. I make pretty good food choices too. I don't have time to workout either, though I'm trying to use my kids as weights and resistance to help tone things up a bit :) my son loves airplane time and my thighs are getting a good workout at the same time!

I've been taking a multivitamin, and eating 6 small meals throughout the day to help boost my metabolism. I read small meals are supposed to help... starving yourself actually has an opposite effect (even if you're not doing it on purpose) and causes you to store your food as fat for use during those famines.

Also, building a little muscle is supposed to help burn fat faster - by no means do i plan on becoming a weight lifter but, strength training is a good way to build muscle. I use a 5 lb dumbell - not trying to be the Terminator, but I'd like just my hand to wiggle when I wave :)

Anyway, that's about all the tips I can give... besides taking the stairs when possible, eating fresh fruits and veggies at 4 of my 6 meals, balancing it with whole grains, lean meats and few carbs (you do NEED carbs - and you will crave them something FIERCE if you try to eliminate altogether). And as a treat, buy a king size candy bar, cut it into 7 equal pieces - pop it in the freezer and have one piece every day - that's my huge thing - i cannot eliminate sweets - i love cookies, cake, brownies, etc. I get a Snickers bar and get all my yummy's in one bite and I don't feel like i'm being deprived of anything!

Another thing I've done - stop using your dinner plates - I use a luncheon plate at dinner and it helps tremendously to keep me in check for portion controlling. If i go for seconds, I only let myself have more veggies.

I am also doing this for my daughter who is 12... she is having issues with portion control and tends to be a bit glutenous about food and is making poor choices. She see's food as rewarding, so on another note, don't use food as a reward for your child(ren), ever. I am finding way too late that it sets them up to have an unhealthy relationship with food.

Good luck on those last 20 - you've come SO FAR!! pat yourself on the back Momma :) And congrats on your new baby :)

p.s. I cannot give any advice on the period issue - I have never been a successful breastfeeder - kudos to you on that :)



answers from Chicago on

OK, on the no period after breastfeeding. I didn't get on until like 4-5 months after I stopped nursing and everyone is different. I gained my weight when I returned to work and stopped nursing. If you are not taking birth control I see why you would worry.
At this time I work out at the gym at work 3-4 days a week for 30-45 min on my lunch hour and so far I have lost 15-20lbs.

Good Luck



answers from Champaign on

I know its hard to get exercise into the schedule but even if you do little things (squats while making dinner, crunches when you wake up and before you go to bed, or do activities with your children--it will help). I had gained 50lbs when I was pregnant. My daughter is 2 1/2 now and I still am not down to pre-pregnancy weight. However, I feel great and I have her come to aerobics with me and she loves it. I also joined weight watchers and since January I have lost 16 lbs. The smaller portions and little meals throughout the day are great thigns, too.
Don't get down on yourself--this is a slow process and now your body is used to carrying a baby so it wants to hold on to the areas it needs for carrying a baby. We just need to kick it back in shape! :)



answers from Chicago on

LOL. I gained 40lbs with my son, and I only nursed for three months and lost 20 lbs during that time. After that, I gained it all back. Two months before my son's first birthday, I weighed the same as I did the day before he was born. I was going to join Weight watchers because i heard it is the only thing that worked, however found out I was pregnant again, and immediately lost the 20lbs due to morning sickness, and only gained back that 20 lbs during my pregnancy. My daughter is now 5 weeks old, and I lost the 20 lbs again and still have 20 lbs to lose. This time Im joining weight watchers the day I have my 6week apt...Next week.



answers from New York on

I have lost all my pregnancy weight by using an organic tea called mummy magic weight loss tea. I didn't do any exercise and just kept on drinking this tea three times daily for two months.

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