Weight Gain after Pregnancy

Melody - posted on 02/25/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Hey moms,

I am 23 yrs old, I had my daughter when I was 21, (she is 15 months)...before having her I was a size 3! Now...I am a size 12!!! It is so hard, and I feel bad about myself. My husband supports & encourages me, but I know he REALLY wants me to be the way I used to be, because he is really big into working out & physical fitness. I have recently started working out on the elliptical, but somedays I just dont feel motivated & am always tired...Any suggestions or thoughts??

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Jenelle - posted on 03/05/2010

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I have a 4 year old and and a 20 month old and I am in the same shoes with the weight problem, although I do have slight hypothyroidism. I had an enlarged thyroid that was Hyper and so they took it out (4 months after my last baby) for testing and now I struggle with hypothyroid, and that is a weight gaining problem along with no energy and just feeling like crap. You should get your thyroid tested and if that's clear, than you at least know it's not that. When using your elliptical wear layers of clothing (or sweat pants and and sweat shirt), so you sweat very easy!! They say that definitely helps with losing weight, but make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Try starting out by exercising 10 min. a day and eat healthy!! I know it's hard to do but it can be done. Also go to a health food store and get Spirulina pills (for energy) they have all the good stuff in your body needs, they say if there is ever a food shortage and your taking Spirulina you'll live 3-7 days longer!! Good luck, and since you had a child you should not stress out about going back to size 3; your body changes when you have a baby, so you may never get back to that size, if you do well that's awesome!!

Cheryl - posted on 03/02/2010

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I agree that you need to enjoy your form of exercise but I would also talk to my doctor. Vitamin deficiency and thyroid issues can cause some of the symptoms you are describing. If you know of a natural doctor, it might even be better becuase a traditional doctor doesn't always think of nutrition- they usually jump to prescriptions. Good luck!!

Amy - posted on 03/02/2010

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Another suugestion Melody is to find a form of exercise that you like. After I had my daughter I ended up back in the hospital and was not able to eat for about a week. Needless to say I lost a fair amount of my so called "baby weight". Once I was released and was able to eat again I put that weight back on. Arrrggghhh! :( I have recently started going to a Zumba class which is similar to jazzercise but with a kick. A latin kick at that. It is so much fun therefore I enjoy working out. If your eliptical does the trick for you then keep it up! :) If not, there are so many ways to exercise available so find somethat that you can enjoy doing.

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I like Victoria's idea!!! Pray before your work out, and work out to some fun, energetic worship music! Make it a spiritual thing! God's number concern, is obviously, what's on the inside, but He wants us to feel good about how we look too! And remember that going back down to a size three may not be a realistic goal. Concentrate on getting to a healthy weight! You don't have to be a size three to be healthy :)
Good luck Melody!

Valerie - posted on 02/25/2010

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To lose my baby weight I joined myfitnesspal.com It's free. You make your goal weight and they tell you about how many calories you should eat each day. You log your food and they let you look up your food and it tells you how many calories are in each. It also keeps track of your workouts and adds those to the calories you're allowed to eat. It has really helped me keep track of my snacking and keep on top of my workouts. I highly recommend it! Also has boards you can post on so you can talk to others who are also trying to lose weight.

Kyle - posted on 02/25/2010

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Go to the doctor and get a blood test. You may have hypothyroidism. I got this after having my second child. I came home from the hospital and 3 mos later had not lost any weight (and I was breastfeeding, so much for loosing weight faster by BF'ing). It can cause you to feel tired, fatigue, gain weight, nausea, lack of motivation and just make you not feel like yourself.

Victoria - posted on 02/25/2010

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Vitamin B6 will boost your metabolism. Vitamin B12 & Iron will help you feel less tired. Vitamin C & Vitamin D will help too.



Don't concern yourself about being a size three though hunny, aim to be healthy. When you exercise I do suggest that you put on some upbeat worship music and pray prior to starting.

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