Monday, December 30

Baby Weight

Loosing the baby weight the second time around has been one of the hardest things I've ever done. Only third to having a sick child and my high risk pregnancy with Riley. 

The day I found out I was pregnant (12-31-12) 154lbs

The day I delivered (9-10-13) 39w4d. 202lbs

One year later (12-30-13) 16 weeks postpartum. 176lbs

My magical thinking was that it would just melt off because I am nursing. Not so! I am not one of those woman who don't look like they had a baby the next week. 

I was on bed rest for 5 months so my body muscle went to crap and then I had to recover from a c section so getting back into shape has been a process in itself. I have been working out 4-6 days a week since 7 weeks postpartum (currently 16w pp). I have built up muscle and gotten back into overall better shape but the damn scale is taunting me. My clothes fit better, yes. Muscle weighs more than fat, yes. I feel better, yes. But I so just want to see the rewards on the scale. 

I am currently eating by my blood type (A). I cut out cow dairy and red meat. And I have been gluten free for 2.5 years. I feel good but I want the weight gone. The whole it's a process...be patient kills me. I am fighting it to the death. 

I need and want to except this is my body right now. Embrace it. I'll get there, just be patient and keep at it. I keep telling myself this.

I have been wearing maternity jeans the past 4 months in hopes my old jeans would fit soon. I broke down and bought real jeans in 2 sizes bigger and sold my maternity jeans on ebay. Step one in embracing this body.

And really when I step back and see all the hard work I put into staying pregnant for 39 weeks (when my Dr told me I would likely have another preemie) and now having my healthy baby girl...it was all worth it and I'd do it all again to have her. I am so grateful for what my body did. Also that she has only had breast milk is so rewarding, my body is awesome!

And in the mean time...loosing baby weight is a bitch!
 'Patience patience patience'

I'd love to hear when you got back down to pre-baby weight. How long did it take? How was the process for you?

16 comments:

Heather said...

With my first baby (born just a couple of weeks after Brayden), I gained 26 lbs. and lost it all within just a couple of weeks. I was literally already back in pre-pregnancy jeans when she was only 11 days old. LUCKY. So I expected that of myself for the second child, too.

My second daughter was born August 2. I also gained 26 lbs. with her pregnancy and I literally JUST saw a pre-pregnancy number on the scale a few days before Christmas, when she was over 4.5 months old. I have also had zero time (and made zero time) to work out, though. (But I never worked out to lose it the first time, either.) So you're way ahead of me there. I know I'm still a "lucky one" but it still took a lot longer the second time than it did the first.

You'll get there. I've heard from a lot of women that "9 months on, 9 months off" rings true for most. So you can expect to be back to pre-pregnancy weight by the time the baby is 9 months old. Hang in there.

For what it's worth, I also broke down in the beginning of October (baby was 2 months old) and bought real pants in a size up so I could ditch the maternity stuff once and for all. Now, just two more months later, I have to safety pin those pants to get them to stay up. I have to go shopping again! :) Just give it more time!

"B" said...

It will happen. I feel like after the 4 month mark of nursing (the babe starts eating MORE at one time or something) it really does start to kick up your metabolism. It definitely didnt start working for me until like month 5 and then all the sudden I was losing weight left and right. Be patient:) You look WONDERFUL!

♥ Marcy ♥ said...

I am STILL trying to lose... I had my baby July 25th of 2012. I have currently lost 105 pounds but I am still not where I want to be. It's definitely a process and it takes LOTS of patience!!! Hang in there girly! I was on bed rest for 7 of the 9 months I know it was horrible! I currently weigh 160 and I had gotten up to 265! I would ideally like to be at the top of my BMI weight which would be 141 ;) xoxo

Vanessa Miller said...

I never really lost all my weight after my first child. I started losing and then got pregnant again. Now at four months pp I'm no where close toy weight loss goal. The holidays kicked my butt. I didn't gain but didn't lose but I still feel aweful after all of the food and sweets! Getting back on track for the new year and hoping to reach my goal quickly! Still wearing maternity as well. I haven't made the plunge to but bigger sizes yet in hopes I won't have to. It's really just my belly that needs to work. I can still pass for a preggo! Good luck!

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

You look great! I've never had a baby so can't offer any advice - but keep up the good work! I've heard from friends its a hard challenge so don't be too hard on yourself! Good luck!

Dianna said...

I gained 40 with my first one and it took 8 months to lose. I gained about the same with the second one who is almost 7 mths and I am still struggling with the last 5 lbs. I am hoping to lose that now that the holidays are over. I don't workout at all bc I just done have time.

Jessica Schmidley said...

I can't speak to this, as ive never been pregnant, but it sounds like you are doing it all the right way. nutrition is so key, I found that out recently when I was injured and unable to work out. I really cleaned up my eating, did what I could to workout that wasn't painful, and actually ended up losing a few lbs during my injury hiatus. Keep up the hard work, it should really be easier on you mama's, you already have the hardest job in the world, it would be nice if you didn't also need to deal with the post baby body problems.

table4five09 said...

I'm 5lbs shy of my pre-pregnancy weight after gaining over 60lbs with #4. I am also exclusively BF but I feel like the weight didn't really start coming off until 4 months postpartum. I'm not eating dairy either but for other reasons...baby has dairy intolerance. I know it's frustrating to not feel like yourself but hang in there and keep up the great work! I'm proud of you for making such a strong commitment to working out. That's a lot for anybody. Much less a mom of two!

Anonymous said...

Same with me, the first one the weight melted off the second I had a C-section and I didn't even try to work out for three months. I was also nursing and pumping. I found doing interval training (tons of short bursts of cardio like burpies and mountain climbers) have really changed my body. There is a series called T25 which is 25 minute workouts that are really hard and help. From a diet standpoint lots of fruits, vegtables and nuts. I had to give up chocolate too, my favorite food group. Good luck, it is frustrating. I felt just really puffy for months.

Ariane said...

I also had bed rest, a c section and EBF. I never worked out though. I lost like 32 of the 40 lbs gained pretty quickly and then gained 10 "nursing" pounds. Some of us needs reserves on our body's when we are providing sole nourishment for another life still, I guess, but its so worth it! 14 months post partum I got really tired of being frumpy and not being able to wear cute clothes so I cut out all desserts (big sugar and chocoholic here) and a lot of dairy from my diet. In the next four months I lost about fifteen pounds and am now about 8-10 below my pre pregnancy weight. Finding out and eliminating the foods that triggered me to overeat was the key to loosing weight. I am 19 months pp now and just now starting to regularly exercise, so you are doing great in that regard! You did deliver a healthy full term baby and are still using your body to sustain hers, it's a huge accomplishment and the skinnier body will come back around eventually, don't worry about that...

Nat said...

I've had so much weight fall off these last 2 months- I think once you cross the 4 month mark with breastfeeding is when you really lose more. I was holding onto 7-10lbs fluctuating stubborn pounds and I have lost all of those plus 4 more pounds and I have done nothing. Seriously no exercise and eating like a 13 yr old boy all the time. I think now that he's over 6 months he's eating so much more so my body is burning more calories. Hopefully that will happen for you! I also feel like I'm just now feeling fully recovered from my c-section 6 months ago so many your body is just still healing.

Caroline said...

I love your honest take on this. I am worried about losing the weight and hoping that breastfeeding will help some. How do you workout and breastfeed?

Sharon said...

So, I was one of those women who never lost an ounce while I was nursing. No matter what I did to lose the weight, my body would not budge the pounds until after I weaned my girls. So, I just had to be patient and lost the weight when I finished breastfeeding. AND I nursed my girls until they were over a year old. Once I stopped nursing, the weight just fell off.

Hilary said...

Random question: How has your diet affected Riley? Is there anything you have to supplement to make up for lack of red meat and dairy in your diet?

But PS. Go you! Having the motivation to get back in shape and actually doing it is commendable! I feel like I've lost sooo much muscle tone and I'm not on bed rest. I can't imagine!

Tozca Leather said...

after giving birth is definitely something wrong we should try to return to the ideal body but sometimes I try hard

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