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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Miranda - posted on 10/04/2010

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My daughter is almost 7 months old & I am no where close to where I want to be! :(
Pre-pregnantcy: 140
Delivery day: 201
Current: 191

I exclusively breastfed until she was 4 months old, until she started daycare full-time. Now I nurse 3-4 times a day and pump 3-4 times as well. Just takes time I guess - I need to do more cardio instead of just lift weights.

Chantelle - posted on 10/04/2010

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One week pp i only had 6 pounds left to lose. It took me around 2 weeks to lose it but it wasnt until probably 12 weeks after that i felt like my body was back to its original shape.
Im breastfeeding my 6 month old and im struggling to keep the weight on at the moment.
Everyones metabolism is different but at the end of the day you have a beautiful baby who loves you no matter what.
Take her for walks as often as you can and im sure you will lose it in no time.

Kimberlie - posted on 10/03/2010

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i am a mother of a almost 10 month old and lost all my baby weight in 2 r three weeks of my sons birth i am now 50 kilos... i was extremely active in my pregancy and was swimming the day before my son was born... and i still breast feeding my son :)

Delivery Day: 74 kilos
Current Weight: 50 kilos
Pre-Pregnancy Weight: 53 kilos
Ideal Weight: my weight now :)

Zoey - posted on 10/03/2010

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From what i know from the expert, we take 10mths to put on the weight so it need to mth to reduce it back with proper exercise and diet. :P i'm trying very hard to reduce my weight as i have put on 30kg and have lost 15kg so 15 more to go .

Iliana - posted on 10/03/2010

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Stats:

Prepregnancy weight: 162.5

Weight on the day she was born: 201



I returned to my prepregnancy weight when she was 3 weeks old. I'm now 158.



I walked the hills near my house at least 3 times a week when she was first born, now I'm just trying to tone my belly.



I'm pumping primarily, breast feeding once a day. She was born on July 1, 2010.

Kristina - posted on 10/03/2010

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I gained 43 pounds while pregnant with my daughter (she is now 2). I breastfed her until she was 16 months old. I didn't do too much to lose the weight, but got back to pre-pregnancy weight when she was 11 months old, although, I lost a majority of it within the first 6 months. With my son, I only gained 22 pounds (he is now 2 1/2months). I am almost back to pre-pregnancy weight. All I did with both of my kids was nurse, although I now chase after my 2-year-old little girl so the extra exercise helps. It does take time, but any kind of activity throughout your day will always give you the extra little bit to take the pounds off faster.

first pregnancy second pregnancy
start=104 start=104
delivered=147 delivered=126
6month postpardom=112 current/2 months post=110
11months post=104

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I was 5' 4'' and 120 pre-pregnancy, 167 in month 9, without dieting I went down to 126 by 12 months after the baby was born. My weight loss was very gradual. I then tried a couple of diets since the baby hit 12 months but I am unable to lose any weight and am still at 126. My baby is 2 yrs and 2 months old, I work full time, and I find that I have little time to get real exercise now because I want to spend every second playing with my baby when I'm not working and he will not ride in a stroller anymore. I also cannot figure out how to wean my kid. He only nurses 7 AM, 5PM, and 8PM but has NO interest in stopping.

Elena - posted on 10/03/2010

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Before pregnancy I gained weight, about 7 kilos, I guess I was getting ready :) In the end of pregnancy I had 14 kilos more. Now, my baby is 10 month old and I'm back on my pre-pregancy weight, even 2 kilos less! I'm breastfeeding.

Allison - posted on 10/03/2010

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Hey there. I was up to 205 by 41 weeks of my first pregnancy. I bf exclusively till he was 6 months and now that he's a year he is down to one nursing, but when he was 6 months I was down to my original 160, and tho I still bf him most of his meals at 6 months, I seemed to never lose a single lb more than I'd gained with him. I'd like to get to 140 but am now 14 weeks into another pregnancy and am back up to 168lb. I never really exercised, just the occational walking for sun light and sanity.
Sleep and proper nutrition is vital in losing weight. diets will harm your body and the baby's nutrition so eat what you need and try not to exercise too rigorously bc it can release toxins from your burned fat and they go straight to your milk. experts say to add 300 calories a day when bfing but that depends on your little one's appetite. My son was an unbelievable piggy and is in the 95% but some babies don't eat that much. I had to eat non-stop this whole past year, but I don't eat preserved foods, white bread or other unhealthy fattening things, so just be conscious and try to rest enough to keep your body running properly. good luck and enjoy the little one!!!

Melissa - posted on 10/03/2010

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EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT! Just remember, it took you 9 mos to put it on, give yourself AT LEAST 9 mos to take it off. As long as you feel healthy or are working toward it, that is all that matters. I feel big, 7 weeks after my daughter was born, but I know I will get there....little by little, as long as I keep plugging away. Most important thing is that I am healthy- to nourish my daugher.
Stats:
pre-preg: 115
delivery date: 169
7 weeks post partum: 145
goal: back to pre preg weight....but to do it safely, so however long that takes.

Good luck and feel good about yourself. You just did a beautiful thing and gave a child life. It takes alot of work for a body to achieve that goal and then get back where it needs to be. :-)

Jessica - posted on 10/03/2010

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With my first and second babies it only took me 6 weeks. With my most recent child I am getting there, slowly but surely. I too had a pre-pregnancy weight of 142 lbs. I am 5'0. I also plan on getting down to a healthier weight since I was a little over weight before I even got pregnant. I breastfed all my kids and still am breastfeeding my 2 month old daughter. I weigh 174 lbs. as of 9-8-2010. I am very disappointed but, oh well.

Malee - posted on 10/03/2010

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I breastfed until my daughter was 3. She is 4 now, and I never got back to my pre-pregnancy weight, and I actually eat less now than before I had her, but that may be due to various contributing factors.

1) I had gestational hypertension, so I had to be induced a week early when my BP wouldn't go down, and then I had an emergency c-section because I ran a fever after not achieving full effacement after over 15 hrs. of labor. I also had a lot of fibroids, apparently, which were not removed. My bowels have not been the same since.

2) I had her when I was 37. Incidentally I have also grown a mystery goiter (my thyroid is swollen about 8X normal size) since I had her, and neither ultrasound on it nor regular blood work has come up with an explanation. So, my metabolism has probably gone kaput, too.

3) I am more sedentary than I was before. Not tremendously more, but it can add up over time, I suppose.

If we ever get the garage straightened out I'd like to regularly use the Bowflex Revolution we have had for a while. I had issues with using it with the kid around, I didn't want my daughter to get injured around it through her incessant curiosity and desire to get into everything I do. She is old enough to really listen to me now, I hope!

Valerie - posted on 10/03/2010

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My son was born 23 June 2010. I was 220 when I delivered and had a pre-pregnancy weight of 165. I lost the first 30lbs within the first 2 weeks and am now at 180. I am breastfeeding exclusively and the calories are coming off, just slowly now. I did just start a workout routine about 2 weeks ago and have been really watching what I eat (I'm a sucker for eating out at crappy places). Since I started being more aware of what I eat, the pounds are coming off. I do Jillian Michael's 30 day shred workout (its about 20 minutes a day) which is about all I have time for right now and I can totally see a difference.

Everyone is right though, it varies from person to person. A friend of mine gained 60 and said she lost it in 9 months without working out. I think your best bet is to eat right, work out if you can, and do what is best for you. Good Luck with it though! Getting back to where you want to be isn't easy :)

Lisa - posted on 10/03/2010

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my daughter is a year old next week, i put on 2 stone during the pregnancy and i've only lost about half of it so far, and i exclusively breast fed for the first 4 months

Robin - posted on 10/02/2010

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I read this and all of you lost your weight really fast..
It took me 2 years to get off all the weight, and a few extra lbs. I did everything. BF, Running, walking, and videos. but once it started comming off it fell off quick.. It really is just about u and your body, everybody is different.

Delivery day: 199
Current weight: 148
pre pregnancy: 161
Ideal: 138

Diana - posted on 10/02/2010

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3 months... i was very fit before and during the pregnancy and that makes a difference on how your body recovers. 3 days after delivering the baby I had lost 20 pounds... a 2 weeks later 10 more and had only the last 10 to go. I was only breastfeeding that def. helps too!

Tiffany - posted on 10/02/2010

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I only gained 13 lbs my whole pregnancy...I ate super healthy and worked full time. 2 weeks after giving birth, I lost 36 lbs. It was awesome. I was so excited. Well, now I have gained all that back plus 5. Not so exciting lol. It's a struggle for every woman, but I think where you are at is great and don't worry if it takes some more time. 4 1/2 months, you have done great. Most women I know took about a year to get back.

Amy - posted on 10/02/2010

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Well, our weights Pre, during and after are right within about 4 lbs. of each other. I breastfed until 9 months and then decided it was time to get excercising again. I started walking/running and as soon as I did, my milk supply decreased and I was struggling to keep it up. I quit excercising and as soon as I did, my milk replenished itself. So, I tried again to get moving and again, milk decreased. I struggled with it until I could see that the milk wasn't coming back unless some extreme measures were taken. So, I guess what I am saying is just be patient, it will happen with time. I didn't lose hardly any weight while breastfeeding and I still have struggled getting the weight off since. I have just decided that for MY body, I just have to focus on breastfeeding and not excercising, once I start, the milk production becomes a problem.. So, for me I am just focusing on having my babies and then later I will focus on me when the last one is done nursing. But that's just me............

Melissa - posted on 10/02/2010

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I gained about 20 pounds while I was pregnant, I started out at 125 . My baby is almost six months and is exclusivly breast feed.. I was back to pre pregnancy weight by 2 months but I have continued to lose, so much that I asked my ped. the when I was there with my daughter . He called my ob while we were still there and sent me for blood work. I haven't weighed in about two months but I was 115 then and have lost quite a bit more since. Has any one eles had this issue?

Jessie - posted on 10/02/2010

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I lost all 25 pounds in the first 3 months and then another 10 below my pre pregnancy weight by about 6 months. he is now 14 months old and I am just stuck. I want to loose another 5-10 pounds to be at an ideal 125 ish but I seem to bobble up and down. loose 5 pounds and then its right back a bit later, LOL. I think I am going to be in trouble when my son is completely weaned though!

Melissa - posted on 10/02/2010

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WW has a plan called the wendie plan where u eat the allotted points but u do it In a way where one day u eat low points and one day u eat hi points. It confuses ur metabolism to work harder. For ex if ur allotted points r between 22-29
Day 1: eat 22 points
Day 2: 28 points
Day 3: 23 points
Day 4: 36-39
Day 5: 22
Day 6: 29 points
Day 7: 27 points
Check out this web site I think it still works http://vmcdonnell.net/plats/wp.HTML
Or look up the wendie plan. I hope that helps! I al

Mel - posted on 10/02/2010

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Before I was pregnant I was about 85kgs and the most I weighed at the end of pregnancy was 87kgs.It took me a month of breastfeeding to get down to 75kgs.
I'm still breastfeeding but weight is slowly creeping towards 80kgs again. :(

Megan - posted on 10/02/2010

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I had my son 19 months ago and I'm still working it off. I gained 65 lbs when I was pregnant most of it was at the end and it was water weight. So far I've lost 45 lbs and I'm still working on
it!! But I have a friend that was in her pre pgranancy jeans
within a month and she didn't nurse and I did. But for the most part I was always told it takes time! Good luck, keep up the hard wok!

Bethany - posted on 10/02/2010

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Mellisa, I was on ww for bf mothers for 3 months and I only lost 7 pounds and it was so frustrating! Then, i sort of got discouraged because I was at a stand still for a few weeks and then I quit...gained it all back. What did you do, that I didnt??

Bethany - posted on 10/02/2010

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My son is 6 and half months old, I am still hanging onto an extra 15 pounds or so. I am exclusively BF. I want to lose my baby weight too! I hate it sooooo much!!!

Melissa - posted on 10/02/2010

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I joined weight watchers, they have a program for moms that are breastfeeding and it REALLY helped me lose the weight safely without the fear of my milk stopping!

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My son is not quite 11 months old and I am 1 pound from my pre-pregnancy weight. All but a couple of pairs of jeans fit.
Delivery Day 192
Current weight 148
Pre-pregnancy weight 147
Ideal 135
Other than breastfeeding, the only things I do are carry my son and go for a daily walk in the woods for around 30 minutes.
I was stuck for a long time before I started walking. I like to wear my son in his Ergo when I walk. I get exercise, he grows as I get in shape so there is more challenge and I like being a good example.
I was never good about exercising before, but now I HAVE to. It really helps mentally too!

Julie - posted on 10/02/2010

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I was down to my prepregnancy weight after 6 months, and then I lost 20 more pounds. I breast fed until he was 14/15 months old. Good luck!

Deborah - posted on 10/02/2010

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My first child I gained 17 lbs, She weighed 5 lb 11 oz

I gained between 25-30 lbs with my second (who is 6 1/2 months) and he was 8 lb 2 oz

Each time I returned to my pre-pregnancy weight within a month,

I breastfed both children (daughter -2months, we had issues. Son - still breastfeeding)

so..yeah i get a lot of glares from mommies because breastfeeding was the only 'weight loss' thing I did. No exercise beyond normal daily activities, no weight loss drugs, nothing.

Jenn - posted on 10/02/2010

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Everyone has different metabolisms but I have read that with in three to four months if the baby is exclusively breast-fed and if the delivery was normal the weoght should be off. This was true for me (with a section) but I find it to be unrealistic for most postpartum women. As long as you are seeing a steady loss you are on the right track, it may take awhile.



pre-pregnancy weight: 113

weight at 42 w 1 d: 150

weight at 14 weeks postpartum: 112

Mary - posted on 10/01/2010

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Delivery day: 140lbs
Weight now: 105lbs
Height: 5 ft 3 .5inches
my youngest daughter is 5 1/2 months old and she is exclusively breast fed.
I'm also breast feeding my 2 yr old 1-3 times daily.

Janet - posted on 10/01/2010

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Hi, I definitely wouldn't panic on this one. It took me over 2 years after fully breastfeeding my last daughter. It will happen. You just have to be patient.

Jennifer - posted on 10/01/2010

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Looks like you are doing pretty good. I've heard 14 months. with my first 2 it took 6 months. With #3 I was still working on the last 10 when I got pg again. Everyone is different.

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172 lbs pre-pregnancy

210 lbs at delivery

152 lbs six months after delivery



I breastfed for a full year. I lost more than I gained by drinking plenty of water and just trying to eat healthy while nursing. I was told I was lucky because some women actually gain weight while nursing. I am pregnant with my second now (they will be 17 months apart) So far I haven't gained any weight I lost 5lbs first trimester then gained it back so I am still 152 lbs.

Tisa - posted on 10/01/2010

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It has taken me 6 months to go back to where I am but I am the first in my mothers group. I go to the gym occasionally (I used to go 5 days a week for 1 hour) but I think what really kicked it off was going back to work and having my old lifestyle back (no time for breakfast, forgetting lunch, etc). I know its really bad and I do not advise anyone to try it but this is how I was before and since being back there I am the same size! I always heard 9 month on, 9 months off! Even if you dont get there who cares, you have had a baby!

Lara - posted on 10/01/2010

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I am almost 7 months post-partum
Delivery day: 159
Current Weight: 135
Pre-pregnancy Weight: 144
Ideal: 130-135
During my pregnancy I started off by loosing about 15 pounds and then slowly gaining it all back. I found regular breast feeding, lots of water consumption (especially before meals), and walking everywhere helped tremendously. I also have two other children under age 6 so that definately keeps me on my toes, as does regular rollerblading with my dog and regular horseback riding. It's a matter of eating healthy and often, drinking lots of water, and upping your exercise. Good luck!

Elizabeth - posted on 09/30/2010

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DD-11 weeks old and BF
Delivery Day: 143lbs
Current Weight: 115lbs
Pre-pregnancy weight: 110

I figured the extra weight is my boobs and water.

Tracy - posted on 09/30/2010

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Thanks for sharing, Marcia and others! It helps me to hear that others are having similar experiences. I appreciate being able to talk about this issue without judgement as I have felt guilt over "selfishly" feeling a little obsessive about my body when I have this wonderful new little person to focus on (and I love focusing on her). I know, however, that I'm not alone in wishing I felt more confident and like my "old" self when it comes to body image. Mommy guilt......it keeps sneaking up on me. Thanks for the support.

Debby - posted on 09/30/2010

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yea, your body does need the extra to store the fat for the baby. And it can take a year or so for your milk to completely go away..so, it could take until after that for your body to loose that fat too. So...we wait. LOL

Marcia - posted on 09/30/2010

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Tracy Potter: I feel like I'm in the exact same situation as you. I was about 147 pre-pregnancy. I gained almost 50lbs and delivered at 41 weeks. Within the first 3 months I was down 35 lbs, and by. 5.5-6 months I was tittering between 150-155 and I've been stuck there ever since. My little guy is 11 months now, and I haven't been about to loose the this last 10 lbs. Granted I was really doing a whole lot other than breastfeeding. I was working out off and on, but not like my regular routine from before I was pregnant. I finally started working out regularly (4-5/week: stationery bike, weights and some walking) and my weight has still not moved a pound. Although my clothes are starting to fit a little better.

We are almost weaned. Only feed in the morning, and not much there to begin with.

I had also heard that the body hangs on to the extra fat stores while you are still breastfeeding and often women will move off a plateau weight once they finish with breastfeeding.

Debby - posted on 09/30/2010

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I only breastfed my last 2...didn't have milk for the other's...boy do I wish I did...loved breastfeeding! It is different for everyone...you probably lost milk supply because you changed your eating habits to loose the weight. You are looking to loose another 8lbs. I know this sounds stupid, but I got to where I only drank water for most of the time...no soda's and I felt better and lost weight too. Sorry, should have mentioned that too. Plus, you have only had 2 babies, sometimes it takes awhile to loose the weight, some never do, I was lucky..my sister lost all her weight and had 5 babies...gained 80lbs with her second...to this day, she might weight 100lbs soak and wet, and is 5' tall. But you can do it, remember...you are putting a lot of stress on yourself too, between the babies and your worrying about loosing weight plus everyday life...take it easy...you'll get there..stress can help keep it on.

Rebekah - posted on 09/30/2010

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Never, for me...

Pre-pregnancy weight (w/ baby #1): 103lbs (5ft 3in)
Delivery Day: 153lbs
12 months later: 115lbs

Pre-pregnancy weight (w/baby #2): 115lbs
Delivery Day: 153lbs
15 months later 128lbs.

So far, I've kept about 10lbs with each additional pregnancy. Ugh. My goal is to be down to about 120lbs before I get pregnant with #3, but I'm working out everyday and its not working. Oh and FYI I breastfed for a full year too and that did absolutely nothing to help me lose weight... if anything, I maintained weight b/c anytime I got my weight down my milk supply would decrease.

Good luck!!

Debby - posted on 09/30/2010

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I never got back to that weight, wouldn't want to, I have had 5 children, I weighted 93lbs. at 23 when I got pregnant with my first, gained 50lbs. I gradually lost weight until I got to 115lbs, then at 27 I gained 45lbs with my second, lost most of it...went down to 120lbs, then at 29, I got pregnant with my 3rd, and gained 45lbs, took me 4 years to get down to 120lbs....but I learned stress can contribute to lack of weight loss too. Then at 36, I had gotten down to 115lbs again and got pregnant with my 4th, gained 35lbs, lost all it, and at 38, got pregnant with my 5th, gained 40lbs, he is 1 now, and I am at 125, but havent done anything to really try to loose it...all 5 and my stepson who is almost 7 keep me busy enough...too lazy after all that and cleaning to exercise...even though it would probably increase my energy.

Jennifer - posted on 09/30/2010

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Started at 123lbs
Weighed 175lbs at birth (me not him he was 7lbs 12oz)
at 5 months old I was 135lbs
now at 9 months I'm 123lbs. BUT.... nothing fits the same anymore.

Jodie - posted on 09/30/2010

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I'm back to my normal weight and my son is 2 weeks. I guess I'm just lucky and didn't put much on other than baby.

Lise - posted on 09/29/2010

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I gained 35 pounds while pregnant, dropped the 35 in the first month, and am currently 35 pounds lower than my prepregnancy weight (was very overweight to start - that may have made a difference!).

Tracy - posted on 09/29/2010

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Hi Tracy. Your stats sound familiar to me. I was 144 before my pregnancy and gained 29 lbs during (wt at delivery was 173). I lost 22 lbs in the first 2 weeks post-partum and have been sitting at 150-151 ever since. I am just starting to work out regularly again, but it seems like I am inclined to stay at this weight. I am starting to wonder if my hormones are "telling" my body to be at this weight because I am breastfeeding. Just wanted to share this thought because I have been curious if other moms have experienced this and if it might be breastfeeding-related or not. Thanks for sharing.

Melz - posted on 09/29/2010

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This is a tough topic because each person is diffeerent... I have heard the saying 9 months on 9 months off.... For me personally I didn't gain weight while being preg bt, afterward. With having stopped work and stopped dancing I wasn't active anymore and so gained the weight and am now (my son is one) struggling to loose it now. If you want to loose it you will but, don't strain your body to do so... It will happen in time!

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