Still Looking Pregnant

Updated on May 22, 2008
C.S. asks from Sandy, UT
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My daughter is 7 months old and I have been trying to loose those extra pregnancy pounds but I just cant seem to get anywhere. It all kindof hit bottom tonight when my four year old's friend asked if I had a baby in my tummy. Needless to say I was devistated. Ive been trying to watch what I eat-although I know I am an emotional eater and the stress of two kids and a part time job isn't helping, and am working out at least three days a week but I feel like I am getting nowhere. Is there a secret pill or secret lipo suction doctor easy fix I can do to get things moving, especially in my mid section where it appears I am still "pregnant".

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N.W.

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A lot of people I know, myself included seem to believe that at 9 months post partem it seems the weight just "falls" off. So hang in there a couple of months and it will happen.

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P.B.

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I wish there was a secret pill.

But I do know a wonderful, safe efective way to lose "stubborn fat" and help you get your life and body back and help with the stress.

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R.P.

answers from Salt Lake City on

Talk to your doctor about your concerns. He/she can make recommendations to help. They may recommend speaking to a dietitian. If they don't talk to one anyway. Ask your doctor to recommend a good one. They can help you fine tune your diet and maybe your exercise. My doctor said to work out for an hour a day which was reiterated by my dietitian.

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L.W.

answers from Salt Lake City on

if you are willing to pay for lipo-suction or a magic pill, you should hire a personal trainer or nutritionist. losing weight in a healthy way takes a long time. 7 months isn't that long, i have a 7 1/2 month old and i would love to have my pre-pregnancy body back, i am almost there, i only need to loose 5-10 lbs. i just have to remind myself that it is hard work, and it will happen eventually. if you are an emotional eater, my guess is you aren't really "watching" what you eat. try writing down everything you eat in a journal. it might actually surprise you. keep working out and really push yourself. you gotta sweat girl, a personal trainer would get your butt in gear and help you loose weight! good luck and hang in there!

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M.P.

answers from Salt Lake City on

First of all, give yourself a break! You have a 7 month old baby, for crying out loud!:) Are you still breastfeeding? Breastfeeding will require an additional 500 calories a day or so, so many women find that during the year after their baby is born they tend to lose weight pretty easily, provided they follow a healthy diet and exercise regularly. Therein lies the key...a healthy diet is one with lots of water, fruits & veggies, with low or no fat dairy and very lean proteins. Also, NO white foods, like white breads, rice, potatoes, etc. The goal here is to make sure your carbs are complex (whole wheat) which will help keep your sugar intake low. If you really want to lose the weight, give up sugar and high fat dairy. The second part of the key is regular exercise...that's not 3 times a week, it's 7 times a week. Every day. Take your girls for a walk every evening...pick up some light free weights and do 20 minutes of weight work at home in order to firm up and tone your muscles. There are a zillion workout videos with excellent ab, upper and lower body routines. Again, if you truly want to lose the weight, you have to be proactive about it, not passive. Taking pills is just wrong, most especially if you are still breastfeeding, and sends a really wrong message to your kids. Surgery, on the other hand, is great, but is expensive and requires recovery time...and probably should be reserved for toning up AFTER you've done your very best at the lifestyle changes that will help you get your body in shape. And finally, I reiterate: you have a 7 month old baby. Enjoy her, and your 4 year old. Make the diet and exercise changes that will support your body goals, follow them, and try to ease up on the stressing. Be consistent...if you can do this you'll start to notice little changes right away, and over time you'll achieve the fitness and health goals that you desire. Good Luck!

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T.W.

answers from Salt Lake City on

I would be wary of any herbs or pills that claim to help with weight loss... especially since the only permanent weight loss solution is a healthy lifestyle. The best candidate for liposuction is someone at their ideal weight that wants to get rid of localized fat areas. People who don't take care of themselves will have uneven/strange weight gain after the fact... it's definitely not a fat cure-all and can be dangerous (as is any surgery... some have issues), not to mention that it's outside the range of most people's budgets.

We really all come in different shapes and sizes. We are all different in how we recover from pregnancy. Try to cut yourself some slack if you feel like you are doing all you can. Try to love yourself even though you feel aware of physical flaws or imperfections. I have said that I'm glad I have them and had them when I married... so I knew my husband loved me for me and not because I had a perfect body (since I never did).

If we eat emotionally, it is harder to be our ideal weight no matter what our shape or size is. I am naturally pretty slender, but was 60 pounds overweight when I had emotionaly eating issues. Then I made a lot of changes and lost 10 pounds a year over a 6 year period... that changed my metabolism and I found I could eat almost whatever I wanted in moderation. For about a year I got on a really bad snacking habit. I decided to go off treats and sweets for a week, then was inspired to do it for an additional 2 weeks. I lost about 7 pounds and that gave me additional strength to get out of that bad snacking habit(like instead of eating a whole row of oreos, just a couple).

I'm a big fan of prayer to deal with these kind of issues as well. Think about your overall health and quality of life in the future. Belly fat is a big health risk for both men and women. If you still have it when you stop nursing or if it seems more permanent, it may be worthwhile to enlist your doctor's help to fashion a plan that will help you lose belly fat.

Best of luck to you C.!

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E.W.

answers from Salt Lake City on

You already know there isn't a secret pill. The reason your tummy is still large is because it took 9 months to get that way and could take a year to return to its original shape. Before your daughter was born, the muscle wasn't very elastic or very strong. The best way to get it to flatten would be to do some core exercises. Studies have shown that even doing these before and a little during pregnancy will help your belly return to it's pre-pregnancy shape much more quickly. I would recommend pilates or yoga. But even just walking while trying to "tummy tuck" will help, and it will help you posture. Continue going to the gym 3 days a week, that's more than most people. But I would invest in a video to do every morning or whenever you get the free time. My favorite are the Ana Caban Pilates videos, and Mari Winsor Pilates is also really good.

Also, there is a website called thedailyplate.com, which is free, so you don't have to join melelauca to use it (you have to be a preferred customer and place minimum monthly orders to use vfl...great products though), and you can track your meals and exercise activity (calories, fat...) It also has different support group discussion boards which help you meet others going through the same struggles.

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P.J.

answers from Salt Lake City on

Melaleuca has a tremendous e-diet webite called www.vfl.com. You can take a tour. They also have weight loss and sports nutiriton that could really help if used properly. I can get you more details. Just shoot me an email and we can chat about it.

P. J

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