Can't lose the weight :(

Maranda - posted on 12/03/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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So my little girl came on October 5, I gained around 25-30 pounds. I'm finding myself having problems losing the weight from her. I was breastfeeding and the weight was seeming to go away faster, but Ellie got a lactose problem so I had to stop and start formula feeding her. Also I can't do serious exercising because I have been having severe back pains. Do any of you have any good methods/ideas on the losing the weight, especially the pouch you get. Mine is horrible (or at least I feel that way) I just started going back to the gym. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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Kristina - posted on 12/03/2009

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Try a cardio routine, this is the best way to lose fat in your stomach. Sit-ups only build the muscle, but the fat is still there.

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Lise - posted on 12/18/2009

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Just curious - was she having problems due to YOUR milk intake? I've read many places that babies don't have problems with mom's milk... I had to cut back on my milk intake, but could keep breastfeeding. I lost all my baby weight and then an additional 10 pounds by breast feeding. As a side note, I was extremely overweight BEFORE getting pregnant, so I have a ton to lose to get where I'd like to be... I'm still very overweight. :(

Danielle - posted on 12/16/2009

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if you need help making a plan i suggest sparkpeople.com, my username is danyellloondy

just take it slow. It will come off if you work at it, but it takes time. I had Isaac 10/18 and held onto an extra 30 lbs after birth and i've only lost 5lbs so far. BOTH cardio and strength training are your best bet for losing weight. I try to do a circuit so I can get them both done at the same time. Cardio helps you burn calories, while strength training not only tones you but speeds up your metabolism.

Good luck!

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relax.. it will come off. I gained 52lbs, I lost 31 the first week and a half and nothing since. Finally after the 2nd month, I lost a lb last night. Hope this is a trend, I just started working out via tv.

Bree - posted on 12/15/2009

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I wouldn't worry about it just yet, enjoy the Silly season and start in Jan! Thats what I'm doing! I'm slowly losing the weight and find dancing round the house where she can see me is great cardio and she loves watching my terrible dancing! Also do lunges and squats with baby in your arms, its a great weight and you get cuddles at the same time :)

Michelle - posted on 12/14/2009

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i know how u feel. i have to start work in 2weeks and nothing fits me. i still have to lose 13lbs. i gained 45lbs with the pregnancy :( maybe the new year will treat me better

Wendy - posted on 12/14/2009

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plenty of pelvic floor exercises always pull your tummy in no matter what u are doing, eating a healthy balanced diet of 3 meals a day and nothin in between and of course exercise, if you enrol in a gym they can help you avoid exercises that will aggravate your back

Lindsay - posted on 12/14/2009

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You also need to remember that it took you 9 months to gain all that weight it is not going to take you 2 months to lose it all.. And different people lose weight at different speeds as there are many factors that come into play. Age is a big one. Just eat healthy and stay as active as possible. Also having a baby in the later months is always harder than say having a baby Feb-June as there is not much outdoor activities that can be done as well as excercise. Just stay focused and re train all your muscles 1st and eat healthy. The rest will fall into play. I am a mother of 4 and tell you it is not easy.

Brittany - posted on 12/11/2009

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Lol, if it makes you feel better, my son was born on the 21st of October and I'm having the SAME problem...



I weighed about 120lbs before I was pregnant, gained exactly 35 pounds, but had lost 15 (including his 5/6lbs) by the next week. I go back and forth though between my losing 10 or 15 pounds since birth, depends on how well I'm keeping it off for the week.



I wanted to keep breastfeeding but Shane was a month early and apparently...its a common problem among "premies," though he was only 2 or 3 days short of what they consider full term, that they have a big issue with eating...so I just couldn't bear it, I didn't feel he was getting enough.



I am going to try it again though, especially if you were able to get rid of weight better by doing it! So I thank you for posting it.



I just saw my best friend yesterday, she didn't have a child, but she has lost a lot of weight by working her butt off!



So, my plans are to begin running on the tred mill and as my fiancee and I have talked about, try breastfeeding again! Good luck with the weight loss, keep in touch and we can keep encouraging one another!

Antoinette - posted on 12/07/2009

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I only bf for 5 days and left it. I am on Dr Cohen program and lost 8kg so far. Ill only start to excercise when I have reached my goal weight. I did it after my first child as well and lost 30kg in 2 months. Worth every cent!

Candy - posted on 12/07/2009

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if you start with strength training you will build muscle yes, but ots not like you will get bulky, it can look healthy and attractive and while pregnant your muscles stretch too and need to be toned back up, try some pilates or yoga, light weight lifting, even the smallest amount of weight adds resistance, like walking with a bottle of water ineach hand, i bought a baby and me yoga video, love it! and at the same time more muscle will burn more calories :) Your body will never be exactly the same as it was, you had a baby which you know is wonderful in the viewpoint of your baby, but you can't forget where he came from and embrace that you are a whole new personphysically too.

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