how much weight did you gain from pregnancy?

Summer - posted on 08/06/2010 ( 144 moms have responded )

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I've gained a whoping 40 lbs and I am only down around 20 post partum. It sucks!! Ive been dieting but nothing's happening. what about you?

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Fiona - posted on 06/29/2011

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Since I last posted saying I'd been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and just started on medication I've now lost all the baby weight and a bit more! If you're really struggling to lose weight despite dieting and exercising, and you have any other symptoms of hypothyroidism (e.g., excessively tired, slower than normal heart rate, feeling cold, thinning hair, depression, mental sluggishness), or if you have any family history of autoimmune diseases such as thyroid disease, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, etc then it might be worth getting your thyroid function checked. At least 1 in 20 women develop thyroid disease within 12 months of having a baby, though I'm sure it sometimes goes undiagnosed, given that the symptoms are all stuff that happens when you have a baby anyway... I thought I was just being lazy when I couldn't shift the weight, and I put the mental sluggishness down to being tired (I permanently felt like I was a couple of seconds behind every conversation). The symptoms can be variable and not everyone gets the same combination of symptoms, and you need a doctor who's on the ball. Luckily the first doctor I saw tested my thyroid function on my first visit, but another doctor told me, after I'd been put on only a very low dose of medication, that the tiredness was just because I had a baby. Presumably a baby also causes a heart rate of 45 and dizzy spells...?!
Anyway, I've now lost the weight and feel miles better, so it's worked out in the end!

Laura - posted on 08/17/2010

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not drink water that first month after????? That sounds insane. Now it maybe different b/c im breast feeding but i need all the water I can get since i had the baby. Besides, if you dont drink enough your body retains water, weird i know. Water helps you feel full so you eat less and helps flush your system. And maybe its just me but if im dehydrated I get groggy and in the first month you need all you got to stay awake as it is.

Jessica - posted on 08/06/2010

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Your uterus wont return to its original size until about 6 months after birth. Unless you breast feed then your body naturally gets back to normal within a few months. 3 instead of 6. your baby weight won't come off completely at least for most women unless you are really active. It is okay to have a little fat because babies like that anyway to sleep on to jump on etc......Strange story for you...I was around 200lbs when I got pregnant and then dropped down to 178 and at the time of delivery I was 190 and was back down to 175 when i left the hospital but now I am back up to 200 again and haven't changed my diet.

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Barb - posted on 02/06/2012

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I gained a lot with my child I was underweight when I found out about her and end up gaining 90lbs. That sounds insane now to think about it this time around have only gained the few pounds that I lost from morning sickness no real weight gain with baby 2 at 10 weeks and 1 day.

Colleen - posted on 09/06/2011

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I gained 29 lbs and was one lb under my pre-birth weight at my 3 week check up. My doctor kept flipping back and forth looking at my charts to make sure it was correct. I always thought that I would hold on to my baby weight because my mom did, but I guess it luckily skipped a generation! Now to get lose the 20lbs I wanted to before I got pregnant!

Frances - posted on 06/29/2011

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I was also diagnosed as hypothyroid and I take medication, but it has not helped me to lose weight. :(

Nicole - posted on 06/25/2011

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Don't beat yourself up to bad. I'm close to you. I gained 38 and have lost 23 but I'm only 6 weeks post c-section. Everyone always says it took 10 months to put it on ... just something to think about. It's been hard for me to get back into the gym, but I've been trying to get in daily walks. It's a work in progress.... good luck!

Angie - posted on 06/25/2011

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If anything, I have gained. It's been almost 2 years and I haven't been able to get the weight off :(

Kristy - posted on 09/04/2010

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I was 78.5 kilos the night before I had my daughter. She was 3 of those kilos.. she's 5 months now and I'm currently at 69 kilos.

Irma - posted on 08/27/2010

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I gained 12oz when I was pregnant with my daughter, but no matter what I do my stomach is still loose!

Melanie - posted on 08/24/2010

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Before getting pregnant with my first son I was 160, 240 when I went into labor, and held steady at 230 for 3 1/2 years. I finally dropped down to 175 after those 3 years but the weirdest part is, before I got pregnant with him I was wearing a size 16 and 160 but after at 175!

Lisa - posted on 08/24/2010

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2 pregnancies, one after the other = 60 lbs for me. I lost all the weight from the second (40lbs) but it came back. I thought I'd be losing weight chasing them around but that doesn't seem to be the case. =/

Maria - posted on 08/21/2010

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too much! I have 25 left to loose from my 2nd pregnancy and my baby is 5 mo!

LaLita - posted on 08/20/2010

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Baby I was only 132 before my daugther. I was a whole 200lbs when it was all done. 4mths later I'm down to165. So I feel your pain. Everybody keeps saying that it will come off but WHEN!!!!!

Kristen - posted on 08/20/2010

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I was overweight to begin with so I gained less than 25 lbs with my first and had lots all of it at my week check. I am 34 weeks with my second and I have gained 15 lbs. However, I have never been close to 200 post delivery, never mind 100!

Yelena - posted on 08/20/2010

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I was 140lbs before my pregnency.
I have gained 40lbs and now i am 136lbs.
I do P90X it works for me.And Clean eat diet it also helps me.

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First of all , I hope your not dieting if your breast feeding!!!!!!! If you're nursing your supposed to eat at least 500 more callaries a day to keep your milk production and quality up!
My Doctor said it takes at least one year and usually more to get the weight off. I'm not even trying yet as I'm nursing still. Look, it's a big deal for your body to have built a baby and it's gonna take a bit more time . Try to keep your spirits up and focus on that sweet innocent little baby! :)

Mindy - posted on 08/19/2010

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I am 7 1/2 months prego now and before pregnancy I was 120 and now I am 144. After all of my babies I ussually just nurse and wait. I always eat whole foods and only drink water, except right after delivery I always crave watered down cranberry juice like crazy. I am 33 years old this time so I think I will have to be working out after this one is born more than the last. But honestly....no diet anything! Eat healthy and "Whole" dont drink diet sodas, drinks, if you want a cookie have a cookie, dont do the hole diet cookie thing. The chemicals that they load that kind of food with accually makes your body hold more fat than lets it go and it teaches your brain to want more and to be more hungry afterwards. They didnt make that food to only have you eat it once till you loose the weight......they want you to be a client for life so the stuff doesnt work, dont beleive the hipe. Eat veggys, fruits, yogurts. I really like freezing my grapes and blueberries. Just be creative and stays as close to real food as you can. You will do great and look just fine.

Erin - posted on 08/18/2010

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I gained AT LEAST a cool 60-65 lbs. Dropped 30 after baby, and them lost all but 7 lbs since I stopped breast feeding.

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my first pregnancy i gained 20lbs, my second i gained 7 lbs and now i am pregnant with my 3rd, so we will see what that brings

LETICIA - posted on 08/18/2010

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I gained 47 with my 10 year old & 20 with my 3 1/2 month old. The best diet to get your weight back down is the Dr.Simeons HCG Diet it also helps regulate your metabolism. Look up HCG Diet it's a low calorie diet w/ HCG Supplement drops you can do the diet for 26 or 40 days. Your choice, I lost the 20 I gained and an additional 25. So 45 total. Good Luck

Fiona - posted on 08/18/2010

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I lost a lot of the extra weight over the first 6 months but my weight loss plateaued eventually. I've also been really tired (more so than I thought I should be) and went to the doctor's about it. It turned out my thyroid is underactive (http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Hypothyr...), which apparently happens to 5% of women in the first year after giving birth. Hopefully the medication will help with the last bit of weight loss!

Lacey - posted on 08/17/2010

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I gained 24 during my pregnancy and Im down all but 5lbs. I am trying to loose weight too and it is SOOOO tough. Im trying to get to the gym as much as I can and trying to watch what I eat but its hard with a new baby, working full time and everything else that life brings. Keep your head up and keep trying. It'll get easier. PLUS my dr's and resarch that I have done all have said it should talke AT LEAST a year to get rid of all the weight you gained during pregnancy. I mean it took 9 months to put it on right? Good luck and remember you are beautiful no matter what!

Laura - posted on 08/17/2010

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I gained 25lbs. My little man just turned a week old today and I have lost all but 1lb. I had terrible morning sickness (throwing up everyday until 27 weeks), retained lots of water and now im breastfeeding. Just lucky i guess. I have 20lbs that i wanted to loose before we got pregnat so I still have those to go.

Lisa - posted on 08/17/2010

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Well with my first I gained about 33 pounds and now im 34 weeks with my second ive gained only 20 pounds so far.

User - posted on 08/17/2010

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i have heard one shldnt drink water in the first month.....aftr delivery....a trick to get a flat stomach .... is it true???

Maren - posted on 08/17/2010

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Well, I got sick in the middle of my pregnancy and lost 6 pounds in one day (I really don't understand how but it did happen). By the end of my pregnancy I had gained 26 pounds. It would have been 32 though. I was back to my prepregnancy weight about 3-4 weeks after birth. My belly still hasn't toned up like it was before though. I'm guessing it will always be rounded now. Every body is different. Some need cardio, some need to decrease calorie intake, some just need to tone and gain more muscle. I was overweight by about 35 pounds before I got pregnant too. I'm still there. Working on getting rid of it. Hopefully, I'll be successful! Stupid birth control pills!

Julie - posted on 08/16/2010

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Congratulations on losing weight! I lose during my pregnancies, but gain when I'm nursing and the older I get the more of a struggle it is to get the weight off.

Brooke - posted on 08/15/2010

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oh and to add to my post, I had a flat tummy 4 days after as well, with two little stretch marks on either side. I get asked am i sure i gave birth...

Brooke - posted on 08/15/2010

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ok so i am offering to adopt baby weight!!! I was 115 pre preg, 136 at the end of preg, 4 days after birth I was back to 114. At about 15 post delivery I was stuck on 100lb.. now back up to 108 I want to be at about 120. So please help me!!!

Katrina - posted on 08/15/2010

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I gained 50. My son is now 4 months old and only 25pounds came off with ease. I have to actually work out to get the rest off. They say anything you gain over 25 pounds is yours to keep. lol.............however I was afraid to work out before now so I could establish a good milk supply.......

Meghan - posted on 08/15/2010

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i gained 40 lbs. i was 140 b4 i got preggo my son is 6 months old and now im about 148lbs ... i eat differently and do yoga 2 times a week...

Andrea - posted on 08/14/2010

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I gained about 25 pounds. With the stress of a new baby I lost almost all my baby weight within 2-3 weeks after she was born. But I quickly gained it back and then some. I started exercising and watching what I eat. Haven't seen a difference on the scale but I have seen a difference in my body. A great site to track your weight loss is shapefit.com. They have diet and exercise trackers, a forum, workouts you can do and really helpful users on the forums! I suggest anyone seriously wanting to lose weight to try that site...it's free!

Sharon - posted on 08/14/2010

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I gained about 40lbs, and was 1lb heavier than my pre-pregnancy weight when I fell pregnant with #2 (my son is 9mths old). I had lost 15lb by the time I left hospital (5days), no sickness or anything, I just think that was all baby. I didn't do anything special to loose the rest, just pretty well carried on my normal life :-)
It's only very early in this pregnancy so we'll see how much I gain this time round.

Melinda - posted on 08/13/2010

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I had a hard time gaining weigh during my pregnancy, my doctor had me drinking protein shakes to gain weigh. I gained 24 pounds during my pregnancy and was back into my normal clothes after delivery. Lost the weight really fast without even trying, thank you breastfeeding. Currently I am under my prepregnancy weight and my little one is 6 and half months old. The skin on my tummy is a little loose. Just started working out so hoping that will tone up some along with time. Didn't start exercising till now because I was afraid of it affecting my milk supply. But so far it's going good.

Mary - posted on 08/13/2010

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Before I got pregnant I weight 129 pounds... the day of delivery I weighed 160. My son is 9 months old and I weight 120 pounds. I breastfeed and it helps me a lot, but I am also very active. But they say 9 months up, 9 months down.

Katie - posted on 08/13/2010

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With my first i started out around 200lbs. and only gained 10lbs. and when i left the hospital i had lost the wieght and more. I am currently pregnant now and have lost 10lbs. so far and i am five months along.

Rhian - posted on 08/13/2010

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I gained 45 but most was water weight with a summer baby. I lost 20 in the hospital and the other 25 was gone by 5 months postpartum. Everyone is different but dont stress until it's been at least 9 months postpartum!

Samantha - posted on 08/13/2010

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Before I was pregnant i weighed 125lbs. Then when i went in to have my c-section I weighed 155lbs with her still in my belly. After I had left the hospital I dropped to 130 then about a month after i was back down to my normal weight.

Sarah-Ann - posted on 08/13/2010

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Dont diet while pregnant! thats a horrible thing to do!! Its just how your body responds to pregnancy, the baby needs all that food (healthy foods) and lots of water, you don't want to risk your childs life while dieting just cause your getting abit chubby? Go to a gym after the baby is born, in the mean time, water, healthy foods and nice relaxing walking, Don't forget your body retains fluid everywhere once your pregnant its not all fat. plus you have about 400g of baby, plus the placenta which would be around the same at that stage, and water, and alot more going on. Everyone's body responds differently while pregnant. I started at 152lbs, and i lost alot of weight without trying i was eating ect and didn't have morning sickness i got down to 112lbs at 20 weeks pregnant, and almost had to go to hospital. At the end of my pregnancy i was 160lbs so in total gained 8lbs from my original weight.. Im now 127lbs, and hopefully lose alittle more, though my daughter is now 14 months old. Don't stress about it while your pregnant, wait till after he or she is out.

Kayla - posted on 08/13/2010

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i gained 56 lbs and it took me an entire year to get close to back to the same weight.. my skin will never go back though.. and the stretch marks suckkk!

Nichole - posted on 08/13/2010

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Honey, your son is only 2mos old. The fact that you've lost half of the weight is good! I gained between 25-30lbs with both of my pregnancies. With my first(my daughter) I lost 15lbs within the first couple of months, but held on to the last few until I stopped nursing her at a year. Then I got pregnant right away, gained 30 with my son, and actually lost about 20 right away. But he was a big baby, very demanding of food ALL the time. My body actually put on weight while nursing him. I believe so that I had enough "reserves" because he was such a bug eater. When I stopped nursing him, I lost 10lbs pretty quickly running at the gym and doing calisthenics. But I once again didn't get back to my prebabies weight before I got pregnant again, lol! Your body changes with each pregnancy and it will take you longer to lose the weight with each consecutive pregnancy. Breastfeeding can help SOME women lose weight, but a lot of women who get into losing the weight can no longer nurse because their body can't support the baby because they're not taking in enough calories. Eat when you're hungry, but eat healthy foods. Your body will eventually get back down. I mean, I doubt you expect your stomach to be flat after 2mos, you need to give the rest of your body a break as well.

Jenna - posted on 08/13/2010

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My first pregnancy, I lost 20 pounds but then gained back only 19.5 pounds in the last 9 weeks. After birth, I had lost 35 pounds. I'm on my second pregnancy righ tnow and I've kept total weight gain down to 11 pounds.

Angela - posted on 08/13/2010

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I gained 40 lbs and I felt amazing! I felt like a woman and I loved my curves and with breast feeding it took the weight off and now I'm back down to 100 lbs and I hate it because now I look like I'm 16, that sucks!
Opposite ends of the scale I know but I understand your frustration. Are you still breast feeding? If you're breastfeeding you shouldn't diet because the baby may not be getting enough. Honestly, breast feeding is the best way to lose the baby weight and that's not me telling you that from a Nutrition Counselor's perspective but from a new mom's perspective.

Laura - posted on 08/13/2010

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I gained 25 and lost a bunch the week after but I've seemed to gain almost all of it back.. I've got 20Ibs that seem to be pretty content to stay no matter how much I diet or exercise.

Ana - posted on 08/13/2010

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I gained w' both my pregnancies 35 lbs, and by the time the baby was 3 months I was back at my pre-pregnancy weight.... DRINK lots and lots of WATER!!! I personally have not dieted at all, but I just try and watch what I eat... and dont' eat late at night. If you are hungry late, have a litte snack like a yogurt or something.... Good Luck!!

Micha - posted on 08/13/2010

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I started out around 150lbs and about a week and a half before I delivered, I was up to 200. They didn't weigh me at the hospital beforehand, so I don't know what I weighed before then. A few hours after I delivered, I weighed myself and was down to 197. When I went back for my 6 week check up, I was down to 180. 3 and a half weeks later, I got pregnant again, so at this point, there is no hope of losing the weight, the stretch marks, or anything else like that for at least the next 9 months. Wonderfullll.

Robin - posted on 08/13/2010

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I gained 60 lbs and only down 30 after 13 months. It really sucks, I have been finding that yoga and eating healthy and occassionally running has been the most help full .

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