How long did it take to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight?

Tracy - posted on 09/27/2010 ( 169 moms have responded )

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I am the mother of a 4 1/2 month old (born 13 May 2010). She is exclusivly breast fed. I have seen some weight loss since I gave birth to my daughter and am interested how long it has taken everyone to get back to thier pre-pregnancy weights.

My stats are as follows:

Delivery day: 184 lbs
Current weight: 151 lbs
Pre-pregnancy weight: 142 lbs
Ideal (where I want to be): 125 - 130lbs

Thanks for your honesty.

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Danielle - posted on 10/07/2010

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I weighed approx. 128 lbs. before I became pregnant. I weighed 198 lbs. the day after I gave birth. I STILL have NOT lost all of the baby weight. (I now weigh 174 lbs. - I had lost weight down to 164 last year but regained due to another pregnancy, which I miscarried.) My son is now 4 years old, so you are definitely doing a lot better losing the weight than I am. You are doing a really good job. It is not medically recommended to lose more than 1-2 lbs. per week. You have lost 33 lbs. in less than 5 months, so you are losing approximately an average of 2 lbs. per week. You have 9 lbs. to go, so you should be back to your pre-pregnancy weight in about 5 more weeks if you keep at the pace you are going now. You are doing great! Good luck!

Synthia - posted on 10/07/2010

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my son is almost 4 months...he is excxlusively breast fed.
delivery day; 264
current weight: 238
pre-pregnancy:250
ideal: 180 or less

Jaime - posted on 10/07/2010

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I don't remember what my pre weight was or what I was when I had my son. He is almost 14months old. I'm still trying to loses. I'm at 200lbs now, I joined weight watchers 11 weeks ago. That has helped a bunch. I have lost about 14 lbs and still losing I would love to be around 135-140ish. The number doesn't really matter to me its looking good and fitting into my clothes. What bothers me the most is when people keep asking my if I'm pregnant. It makes me want to go home and cry and or eat everything I can find. Why ask people if your not sure.

I wish everyone the best of luck on there weight lose journey. I would like to lose a bunch of weight before we get pregnant again. I also want to be a good example to my son and future kids.

Marie - posted on 10/06/2010

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Ladies, You all are so right that the weight loss varies from person to person. One good thing about losing while BFing is that the weight seems to come off evenly...another big factor is age. I was 40 when I had my last child...that weight was the toughest to lose. And your body will NOT be the same...as Halona mentioned, my ribcage is also wider, waist thicker, and I have that lovely mommy pooch too! Sigh. But I wouldn't trade my kids for anything...certainly not a "model" figure! ♥ Peace and Love to you all.

Jessica - posted on 10/07/2010

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I was so sick that I lost 20 lbs and i was only about 10 lbs over my pre pregnancy weight. And right after i had my son i was about 15 lbs under it and my birth control made me gain weight so i weigh more now then i did at my heaviest while pregnant. Sooooo.. Just don't worry to much about it right now. You'll lose the weight in time. It's just like any other time you want to lose weight just take it one step at a time

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Claire - posted on 10/07/2010

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thank you :) I will have a look at her diet And Well done! thats fantastic.... xxx

Danielle - posted on 10/07/2010

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BTW, for the first 4 months, I only breastfed and did no exercise. I started walking (almost daily) after that and continued breastfeeding (although not exclusively) until he was 2 years old. Like I said, I dropped down to 164 lbs. but then I got pregnant again and I gained back up to 190. I started dieting and exercising and after 2 months lost down to 185. I plateaued at 184, so then I tried slimquick and was able to lose down to 174, which is where I am now. And then Ramazan came and so I stopped dieting and exercising back in August and I didn't restart my weight-loss regime after it ended and so I have to get back on the bandwagon before I start re-gaining again. My weight loss was really, really slow until I started slimquick. When I was on slimquick, I lost that 10 lbs. in 2 weeks (although most of it was water-weight, but I don't care as long as it's weight gone.) I don't foresee you having to go that route though because you've already lost more in 4 1/2 months than I could in 4 years. =)

Rebekah - posted on 10/07/2010

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Delivery Day: 175 pounds
Current weight: 130 pounds
Pre-pregnancy: 140 pounds
Ideal: 120-125 pounds

I lost a lot of weight right after Nate was born in late December--I dropped down to 150 within the first couple weeks. Then I had a slow steady drop since then. I haven't been exercising a lot. Just breastfeeding, watching what I eat, and working as a teacher (I guess that counts as my exercise!) Now that he's 9 months and crawling, I also run after him a lot, and do a lot of "baby push ups" because he likes to be lifted way up high. My supervisor at work reassured me when I was frustrated that the weight wasn't just dropping off. She told me "It took you a year to put all of that on, it'll take you at least a year to take it all off."

Kala - posted on 10/07/2010

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I have a almost 8 month old boy, I exclusively breast feed until he was 6.5 months. I am still breastfeeding but I have hit this plateau, I tried and tried to lose weight by working out, eating better but nothing worked, so I have accepted being this size, until I am finished breastfeeding. Then I will join different running groups, boot camps just to lose a bit more weight and feel a little more comfortable. I was very in shape before pregnancy, working out 5 times a week, but when I got pregnant I slowed down and eventually stopped. I only walked, and did pre-natal yoga,

Delivery Day: 174 lbs I gained 59 pounds during pregnancy.
Current weight: 145 lbs
Pre-Pregnancy: 115 lbs
Where I want to be: 125 lbs

Stephanie - posted on 10/07/2010

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I was 145 pre-pregnancy.
196 when I delivered.
My ds is 5 months today, and I'm 147.
I want to get down to 135.

Erin - posted on 10/07/2010

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I gave birth to our 4th in January, but over the past 6 years I had held onto about 5-10 extra pounds after each pregnancy. I was up above 180 this time, and I swore to myself I would bust through the barrier of those last 10 pounds this time! By around 4 months postpartum I started doing the 30 Day Shred video by Jillian, and it kicked my behind from day one. As soon as I started pushing myself past that point of wanting to give up, the weight started dropping quickly and I was more toned than I'd been in years. I started hitting the gym to run and lift once a week, too, and now I feel great! By 6 months postpartum, I was down to 130, and once little one is done nursing I'll work on the last 5 lbs. It takes time for most of us, but you just have to work at it and stay active. Remember, if you aren't working off more calories than you're eating, your body can't lose weight. Nursing burns extra calories, and you burn a lot naturally throughout the day, but you have to add some extra exercise to really lose and eat enough to support breastfeeding. I found a calorie calculator website that showed how much I burned each day (including nursing), and that made it easier to figure out how much I should work out/eat. Now I just watch my portions and make sure to work out 4 days each week in some way, and the weight has stayed off. There's no set point at which you should lose all of the weight, and remember the 9 for 9 rule...it took 9 months to put it on, so there's no shame in taking 9 months (or longer, we're busy!) to lose it! Hope this helps, and best of luck reaching your goal!

Claire - posted on 10/06/2010

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Im still waiting to lose the weight and my eldest is17 years old!!!.... I put on about 55lbs with him and have only ever lose about 20lbs of it, I was about 147lbs when I became pregnant with my third, (she is now 16 months) and have still got 7lbs to go to get back to that weight. And I breastfed for the first 8 months. I think I am just destined to be this size! I am now at around 151lbs and my ideal would be about 125-130 also.... let me know if you find the secret! :)

Melysa - posted on 10/06/2010

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i have to admit i am one of those horrible women that goes into the hospital with a belly and walks out in the jeans i wore before falling pregnant, during my 1st i gained 10kg from 65kg(pre pregnancy) to 75kg()delivery day) i was 63Kg on my mother in laws birthday just 9 days later, number2 i was 63kg pre, 78 on delivery and was 67kg after around a week at 8 months old i fell (still 67kg) was 75kg at birth and went back down to 65kg with in 2 weeks, was 67 when i fell with no.4 got up to 73kg and back down to 65 again within a week, and then fell with my 5th and final was 65kg gained 5kg and then when he was born i lost 8kg with in 5 days (possibly more but this time due to stress as he was prem) gained 6kg when i got out of hospital to try keep up energy to run after 5 kids and then out of the blue the weight started dropping off i am now 58 - 60kg and trying to put the last couple back on ideally i would like to stay a healthy 65kg my eldest is almost 8, my youngest is 18 months, and my whole family tells me i am a bitch but i didn't do it on purpose i just have a really high metabolism and am genetically predisposed to be skinny,

Heather - posted on 10/06/2010

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i am a mother of 2yr twins born 9/12/2008,i've done everything to loss the weight and it won't come off.
pre- pregnancy:141lbs
delivery day:180lbs
current weight: 160lb
goal weight:140

Natasha - posted on 10/06/2010

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Hi Tracy,
my son is now 20months old....and i have taken almost a year and a half to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I had put on almost 18kgs (almost 40pounds) during my pregnancy. I had read somehwere...that your body takes 9 months to store the extra fat ...so you should give it atleast 9 months to remove it.

Keri - posted on 10/06/2010

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With my first two... it took right at 9 months. With my third baby, it took about 5-6 months (she was born Feb 2010) to lose it all. I gained 41 lbs with her!Good luck!!

Julia - posted on 10/06/2010

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I was 2 lbs from my prepregnancy weight when I stopped breastfeeding when my son was 8 mo old. I then gain 5lb back after wearning and hung out there for quite awhile, despite exercise. My son is 2 1/2 years old now and I'm FINALLY at my preprego weight- maybe a lb or two down... it's different for everyone

Naomi - posted on 10/06/2010

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hmmm, my little one is two and weaned herself a little while ago. My final 2 kg didn't go til after she's weaned. I put on 55 pounds in my pregnancy!

Nina - posted on 10/06/2010

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I gained about 11 kgs and it took me about 11 months to get back to my pre-pregnancy weigh. I was exclusively breastfeeding too.

Sara - posted on 10/06/2010

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delivery weight- 208lbs

current weight- 180lbs

pre-pregnancy weight- 140lbs

Ideal weight- I'd be happy with 150lbs

I just want to wear my old clothes from last yr (not the maternity ones lol) I'm getting there, currently 13-14pant size pre-pregnancy pant size 8-9

my son is almost 9mos old and haven't had the success as I did with my 1st son (I was wearing my old clothes 2mos after I had him)

2005 delivery weight- 193lbs

2005 pre-pregnancy weight- 140lbs

Mel - posted on 10/06/2010

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9 months up, 9 months down. Sounds like you are doing great! I hit the gym with my first born after I still was 10 pounds over at 10 months. I dropped it really quickly once I increased my exercise. With this child, I have been exercising (walking/gym) since 6 weeks post partum and I am about 4 pounds off my pre pregnancy weight now (baby just turned 8 months.)

Stephanie - posted on 10/06/2010

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With my first child:
Delivery day: 189
pre-pregnancy weight 144

I lost all i had gained during my first pregnancy buy it took the whole first year. My daughter was exclusively breastfed until she was 11 months. I would say I lost the majority of my weight before she turned 6 months after that it was a slow process and me having to watch closer what I was eating. I also suffered quite a bit of baby blues so I'm thinking it slowed me down a bit on losing weight. Breastfeeding isn't a forever cure.

My second child

Delivery date: 185
Prepregnancy: 140

With the second I was determined to work on what I was eating and eat healthier after I had her. I think this helped a lot. I was back down to the jeans I wore before I was pregnant in 3 months and have been back to my prepregnancy weight since she was 6 months old.

Shontelle - posted on 10/06/2010

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Sorry but not everyone looses weight from breastfeeding i was 70kgs prepregnancy(dont no pounds sory) was 97kgs when i gave birth lost 15kgs in the week after giving birth but gained it back and am curently 95kgs and my daugher is 6months and her nurse told me is normal 4 some women 2 gain weight while breastfeding

Lauren - posted on 10/06/2010

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I'm a vegan, nursing mom with a 7 month old girl. I am 4 pounds smaller than pre-preg weight, but I do pilates 4 days a week.

Colleen - posted on 10/06/2010

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Um, 13 years! Well, sort of. It's a long story. To make it short, how I lost my baby weight (and the somewhat significant amt. I gained after that), was to join a gym with childcare. It got me there everyday...I got a workout, mood improvement, and a break from my baby/toddler. That and low carb let me lose 70 lbs. How long it takes you will depend on what you choose to do from here on out. The breastfeeding will hopefully help, too.

Romancia - posted on 10/06/2010

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it took me 4 months to drop all and more of my preggers weight.

b4 pregnancy (my weight throughout most of my life was 140lbs, but i started ideting anf going to the gym 3months before i got preggers, so i lost about 15lbs before i got pregnant) so weight at conception: 125lbs

weight on day of delivery: 158lbs

weight 4 months after pregnany: 115lbs

weight 9 months after pregnanct: 104lbs

weight after i stopped breast feeding (12months, 3 weeks): 112lbs
my weight loss seems kinda fast but i was a uni student and a single mother so thats a lot of stress right there, and i had bleeding issues after givign birth (i bleed for 4months straight and i exc bf for 5 1/2 months)

i'm 5'7" and for me my ideal weight would be somewhere inbtween 105-118

i worked out through out my pregnancy, i walked a lot, and 3 weeks after giving birth i walked about 20-30mins a day to and from university (sometimes 2-4times a day came home after every class to breast feed and take care of ma baby)

Kelly - posted on 10/06/2010

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with my first few i got back pretty fast but with my last one she is 8 months and I have only lost 7.7 pounds so far keep bfing and start working out and eat healthy and u should get back down but it can take time

Lindsay - posted on 10/06/2010

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You will get a huge variation in responses to this, no doubt.
Two weeks after I gave birth, I weighed 120lbs, which is exactly what I weighed when I became pregnant. I breast fed (and am still breast feeding my daughter at 18 months). She is very lively, so I have since dropped another 10lbs.
I received so many warnings about how my body would be "wrecked" by the process - but nobody mentioned what it does to your brain!
Really, just a fortnight after she was born, there was not a shred of evidence on my body that I had given birth. Nothing.
And I'm nearly 40 years old.
Luck?

Debbie - posted on 10/06/2010

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Unfortunately, I am the mother of a 2 year old and a 9 month old, and I still have not gotten back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I was 160 when I got pregnant with my 2 year old, and delivered at 210-215. I found out I was pregnanat again when she was 6 months old and weighed 197. I delivered my 9 month old son weighing 230, and I currently still weigh 200. I haven't gotten into a good workout regiment since I am now a stay at home mother and I chase a 2 year old and a 9 month old EVERYWHERE! I feel soooo tired after they go down for the night that I am just to lazy to get up and workout. But when I finally decide to get down to business and start working out, I know that I can lose the weight! You just have to set your mind to it and do it!!! Good Luck

Ashley - posted on 10/06/2010

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i was down to my pre pregnancy weight by my 6 week post partum visit (128)... i thought it was the breastfeeding, but i'm also 18, so that might have a lot to do with it. dont give up!!

Marie - posted on 10/06/2010

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Wow! I gained 50# with all four of my kids...they each nursed from 2.5 to 4.0 years. It took me about a year to lose all the weight I gained. Now that I am getting older, it's finding me again! (My youngest "baby" is 12 years!). BTW, there are more important issues than our weight...enjoy those babies and love yourselves every step of the way! ♥

Tiffany - posted on 10/06/2010

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My pre- pregnancy weight was 166. On the day of delivery I was 191. I got down to 170 by exercising etc, but now I am at 190. My doctor says it's from my BC. I got Implanon. I am working hard to try and lose it. I would like to get down to about 140. I was only 130 when I met my Hubby which was 4 years ago lol. I am having a hard time.

Leah - posted on 10/06/2010

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I finally reached my pre-pregnancy weight 19 months after my son was born.....at my first Dr. appointment for my second child! Oh the irony! I have not reached it yet with my second child and she is 14 months. Just a heads up, your "chest" retains some extra weight as long as you are breast feeding, so those last 5 pounds won't come off until you ween. Also ironic, because then you aren't burning the extra calories from breastfeeding!

Kelsi - posted on 10/06/2010

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My first pregnancy stats 10/06:
Pre-pregnancy Weight: 118
Delivery day: 176
I only got down to 148 lbs

Second pregnancy stats 5/09:
Pre-pregnancy: 148
Delivery day: 168
I lost all my pregnancy weight by my 2 week post surgery checkup. I maintained that weight for a month or two, suffered from PPD and have been steadily gaining weight since. I am now heavier than either of my pregnancies at 182.

Kendra - posted on 10/06/2010

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My son is 19 months old... and I am still carrying 20 pounds! Good for those who have been able to lose it!

Stephanie - posted on 10/06/2010

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I have two children a 3.5 yr old and a 1 month old. I gained 100 lbs yes I said it 100 lbs with my daughter who is 3.5 and I only took off 60 lbs of that I breastfeed and pumped for a full year and thought that I would lose the rest when I was done but that was not the case. I had two personal trainers and followed a strict diet then went to the doctor to find out that my thyroid is out of wack it happened when I was pregnant with my first but I found out just last December and started taking meds then two weeks later found out I was pregnant with my second so I was so scared of gaining more weight I kept working out and eating less I gained only 45 lbs with my son who is now 1 month. I am breastfeeding again and have lost 38 lbs so I am almost to pre-p;regnancy from my son but then have another 40-50 lbs to lose before I can say I am back to my old self 3.5 yrs ago. I think it is so hard to lose weight I have thought about doing weight watchers but do not have the time. I wish there was a group of moms close to me that wanted to get together an excerise group and hold each other responsible.. I could use moral support from someone other than my husband whio says I look great. I dont feel great. My pre pregnancy weight was 200lbs and before that 3.5 yrs ago it was 160.. I am almost to the 200 but my ideal weight is the 160 that I was before my daughter.. WOW I bet I am the worst one out of everyone.. Good luck to all of you trying to lose the weight it is so hard when you love good food it makes it that much harder..

Charlotte - posted on 10/06/2010

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for me, i didnt gain weight anywhere but my tummy and boobs. i actualy lostweight on my legs and arms because when i was pregnant i did a lot more walking because i knew i had to get fit and i improved my diet so it was healthy for baby (and that means listening to my cravings so i did treat myself!) then when my baby was born i didnt even think about dieting, i was so happy with my baby body! i loved my big boobs because they were feeding my baby and i loved my mummy tummy, and through breast feeding and not really thinking about it i lost all my weight in about a week!

Amanda - posted on 10/06/2010

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They're right, it does differ for everyone. What I've been told is that your body keeps some fat stores until you completely wean, but I think it depends on a lot of factors. And instead of focusing on weight, I think that its also important to focus on being healthy. My sister weaned super early and basically stopped eating and exercised a ton and was super skinny within 4 months, but you can bet she'll be feeling it later on in life. It's important to focus on being healthy, good eating and safe exercise help your bones and skin better than any product on the market. And you'll have more energy to chase around your adorable little ones.

Andrea - posted on 10/06/2010

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For my first two, it took me the full year to get back to my pre pregnancy weight. I no more than lost my weight and I was pregnant again. I am hoping to loose my weight again this time even if it takes the full year.

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i think age &/or metabolism has a lot to do with it. I was 19 with first child. BF for 3 weeks and was preprego within 2 weeks of birth. now I'm 32 with second one and it took 3 months to get to preprego weight and thats with exclusive BF. for me i know my metabolism has decreased significantly since the first one. excercise and diet - as in healthy foods/proportions have a large factor as well.

Ria - posted on 10/06/2010

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That all depends on your level of commitment. My delivery weight was 150 and my prepregnancy weight was 122. I reached my pp weight within 3 months but i worked out everyday and followed a 1800 calorie a day diet.

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Oh yeah I wore maternity pants for awhile after. Not just because of the weight issue but I didn't want to wear anything tight. I do agree that breastfeeding helps at the start but then you have to do some work. I do walk every morning with my son and I try to at night as well. Just taking care of him is enough somedays...lol.

Jessi - posted on 10/06/2010

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Delivery day: 168
Current weight: 135
Pre-Pregnancy weight: 150
Ideal (where I want to be): 120

my baby is 9 months now and I EBF, eat way healthier than I did pre-pregnancy and walk a couple miles a day with baby in stroller. I lost about 8 lbs during the morning sickness period of pregnancy, so that's why I gained less during the pregnancy. I hope that when we wean we dont gain it back!!

Angela - posted on 10/06/2010

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Largest pregnancy weight- 170 lbs
Pre-pregnancy weight- 125 lbs
Current weight- 120 lbs
Ideal weight- 115 lbs

I lost 20 pounds right away. When I left the hospital I was 150. It took me 6 months of trying (losing about 1 lb a week due to breastfeeding and watching what I ate) to get down to 5 lbs less than pre-pregnancy weight (120). I've still got about 5 more pounds I'd like to lose, but it's been hard sticking to a diet because I'm pretty happy with the way my body looks. I felt like before pregnancy I had a flat stomach at 125 lbs, but now my weight has redistributed. My legs are smaller (so none of my pre-pregnancy pants fit), but my stomach is pouchier. I recently spent time with my vegan brother in law and had an easier time of it though.

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also it depends on your age! i am an older mom, had my 16-month-old at 38. i'm usually skinny and rather toned - i exercise regularly, exercised my usual routine (sans the sit-ups) until i was 8 months pregnant too - but it took me until just about NOW - 16 months! - to lose excess weight, even though i breastfed exclusively for 6 months and partially another 6 months...also the pregnancy shifted my ribcage which is now wider, and i feel my already barely existent waist is even more so, :-). sigh. but i think the happiness factor of having that child makes up for these exterior things, also in terms of one's attractiveness...happier is definitely more attractive, at whatever weight!

Lesley - posted on 10/06/2010

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One year. And working out 2-3 times a week
And breastfeeding exclusively. I was 135 at the start
And gained 50lbs...I've always had a high metabolism,
But I think with breastfeeding you do initially lose some (like you have!) and also hold on to some in order to make milk. I'm still breastfeeding my now 20 month old daughter.

Lesley - posted on 10/06/2010

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It took me One year. And working out 2-3 times a week- yoga, swimming. Plus I don't drive, so we run errands all over town by walking or biking.

And I was breastfeeding exclusively. I was 135 at the start

And gained 50lbs...(23kg)

I was surprised because I've always had a high metabolism... But it also depends on age.

And I think with breastfeeding you do initially lose some (like you have!) and also hold on to some in order to make milk. I'm still breastfeeding my now 20 month old daughter.

Hang in there! I wore maternity clothes even 4 months

After my daughter was born...

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I'm a mother of a 6 month old, Dillon who was born March 28 2010. I was very lucky to lose most of the weight when he was born.
Delivery day: 160 lbs
Current weight: 135 lbs
Pre-pregnancy weight: 130lbs
Ideal: 125-130lbs.
Now give or take a few lbs ;-)

Esther - posted on 10/06/2010

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i gained 55 lbs my baby was6 months by the time i lost it all. in the fist 6 weeks i lost 42 of it and then it took 5 months to lose the last 8 lbs. with my first i lost all but 15 lbs i had gained 67lbs. and my 2nd i hained 67lbs to lost all but 18lbs. hope this helps!

Sanet - posted on 10/06/2010

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Hi. My daughter is 1 year and 2 weeks old. I gained 15 kilograms (not sure how many pounds? we work in kilos in South Africa) during my pregnancy. i only breastfed for a month and a half before my nipples refused any more abuse, but I have lost 16 kilos. So I now weigh less than before my pregnancy. It does take time though. Just remember that when your baby gets more active, so will you (running after her). And believe me, you run the whole day:-)

Just be patient with yourself and remember, you are perfect in your baby's eyes. So don't sweat it too much.

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Pre-preg 135
Delivered 157
9 weeks PP 135
8 months PP 122
18 months PP Still low 120s!
I breastfed exclusively for 9 months and I run my butt off! Yes, EXERCISE!

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