How Long Did It Take You to Lose the Baby Weight? - Ballwin,MO

Updated on June 07, 2011
M.. asks from Detroit, MI
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Dont yell at me for being vain, but I want this baby weight OFF. My baby is only a couple weeks old, but I still have 20 lbs to lose. Im hoping it comes off quickly because I have nothing to wear! My size 2 clothes are wayyy out of reach and I dont want to wear maternity clothes anymore. How long did it take you? Im hoping it will only take a couple months!

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answers from Chicago on

I am still trying......last baby 17 months ago....I am committed this week to more excercise and weight watchers. It is so hard.....

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answers from New York on

I gained 65 pounds and lost it in about 1 year. Yet the furniture as it was had been totally rearranged. My baby is now 16 (that's years not months) and I can only keep that stomach/pooch down by exercise ;-) much exercise.

But honestly I don't worry about it. I'm still hotter than ever. Go figure.

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answers from Austin on

My 2nd just turned 8 months. I started out at a size 6, and am currently between a size 8 and size 6. I stepped on a scale last week and found out I have 15 pounds to go.

Be careful about dieting while nursing. Your breast milk is only as good as your own diet.... If you are not eating a full range of foods and dairy fat, your breast milk will not be as nutritious. Also, your body will release a chemical into the breast milk if you don't consume enough calories--that chemical is bad for the baby.

A friend of mine lost weight quickly after birth (her baby wasin NICU). She said she lost the weight in all the wrong places--her boobs, the curve of her bum, etc.--and didn't lose the fat where she wanted it to happen.

My doctor told me it took 10 monthsto put it on and I needed to give myself at least 10-12 months to lose it gradually.

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answers from Dallas on

ill let you know! lol I have an 18 yr old, 4 and 5 yr old. My hips and feet never got any smaller afterward.

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answers from Chicago on

I was on maternity leave for 12 weeks with both children and by the time I came back to work I was in my regular clothes (I was certainly not a size two but was back into some size 6 and all of my 8's). I breastfed/pumped with both kids so that certainly helped. We are all very different however.

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answers from St. Louis on

It took me 6 months and then a few more to lose extra. I still can't fit into some of my old pants... Hips are wider. But I'm 10 lbs less than prebaby and my body is still weird lol. Belly pudge I can't seem to get rid of! Oh and my DD is 13 months now. It takes time, if you're breastfeeding that really helps.

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answers from St. Louis on


First of all, it is not vain to want your pre-pregnancy body back, or to want to feel comfortable in your weight/skin/clothes. Don't let anyone tell you differently. Vanity is an excessive belief in one's abilities or attractiveness. I don't think this applies. =)

But at the same time, it is important to realize each body is different and women of all sizes are beautiful (really, they are) and maybe you look good with a few extra pounds on you! Maybe hubby loves it!

Now, back to your question....

I was a size 4 before having baby number 3, gained 38 lbs with this pregnancy, and it took me 8 weeks to get back into my size 4's. Then, I went down to a size 2 (current size), smallest I have ever been, when my son was about 4 months old.

It takes time - most women take longer than me to lose the weight. Feeling good is most important. Breastfeeding helps! Good luck to you!

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answers from Norfolk on

We are all different, so don't be discouraged by my case. My kids are 12 and 2. I have not lost significant weight after either of them. I had a period when I was 135 lb, but it was due to stress about graduating from college and moving to another state and my husband starting new job. But I kept my job and telecommute now. So I have been sitting on my hind for 5 years now. And all weight came back :-(. I exercise and eat properly, but baby#2 pounds like me so much! I lost some of it, but I was so huge with #2 (people actually thought I was carrying twins) that my belly never returned to it's former shape.
But I think, since you were tiny to begin with, you'll loose your pounds pretty quickly.

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answers from Tucson on

My baby is 3 weeks and i can fit in my shorts all ready but i tell ya this belly is still nasty. I want it gone too. I still have a sore hoo ha from vaginal birth tear and my lower abdomen still hurts, so i don't want to start exercising yet. I only gained 24 pounds this pregnancy and i've lost 22 of it. So i feel okay. But i need to tone up my stomach for sure!

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answers from Richmond on

1st baby- never had the chance, got preggers with #2

2nd baby- almost 2 years before I felt like myself

3rd baby- OMG the weight was gone in 3 weeks and now I'm SMALLER than I was in high school! That's what happens when you're chasing 3 kids!!

Be realistic though, so you're not disappointed. It took 9 months to put the weight on, it will take at least that to take it off ;)

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answers from Washington DC on

With baby number 1 it gradually came off on its own, I never lost the last 15 lbs, but I never made any effort to either.
Same thing with baby 2.
With baby 3 I was determined to lose it quick. I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight about 8 weeks, and then lost an additional 10 lbs a few more weeks after that. I wanted to get rid of the weight quick this time, so I went on a strict diet, and exercise plan. I have continued my eating and exercise and I havent been this thin since I was in highschool.

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answers from Philadelphia on

I was back in pre-pregnancy pants by about 3 weeks, and we don't have a scale, but I was at my pre-preggo weight by my 6 week postpartum visit. I actually dropped below my pre-pregnancy weight when he was a couple of months old because of all of the breastfeeding (he was a chubby little guy!). However, all of that being said, it took a while before I felt comfortable wearing some of my pre pregnancy clothes because my belly is not nearly as toned as it was pre-baby (even now 2 years later). I tend to lean to more loose-fitting shirts than I did before, cause when you are 5' 2" and 105 lbs, having a little extra right in your tummy sticks out more easily.

It will also depend on how much you gained. I only gained 25 lbs, and I lost almost half of that the day he was born. If you watch what you eat, breastfeed and go for lots of walks with the baby I think you'll have no problem getting back to you pre-pregnancy size in a couple of months.

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answers from Allentown on

The saying is "9 months up, 9 months down," and that's probably been my average through 5 kids - a few were faster, a couple were longer. (My 4th was the quickest!)

This time around, I still have a good 25-30lbs to go and ds is 5.5 months old. But he was hospitalized twice, so I spent a good deal of time sitting on my butt and eating whatever was easiest.

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answers from Seattle on

I gained about 45 lbs. The first half came off within the first 3 months and I had my pre-pregnancy weight back after 10 months. I nursed, did not diet and did not exercise.
But even if you loose all the weight, you may find that your shape has changed a bit and your old clothes don't fit you as they used to... just be prepared, that was definitely the case for me.
One more word of caution, though I went all the way back to my pre-pregnancy weight, when I weaned (at 18 months pp) I did start packing on the pounds again and still struggle to get those last 5-7 post weaning pounds off.

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