Has anyone else gained A LOT of pregnancy weight like jessica simpson?

L.A. - posted on 05/08/2012 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I want to know if there is anyone else out there who gained HEAPS of weight during their pregnancy like i did and like Jessica Simpson. I dont know anyone who gained as much weight as i did, Jessica Simspson would be the only woman i have seen who had weight gain comparable to mine.
Admittedly, before I fell pregnant some people would have said that would have been a bit under weight for me (about 50kg), but after I had my daughter I weighed myself and was horrified that I had ballooned to over 85kgs! (that's over 35 almost 40kgs that I gained during pregnancy!) Can anyone else compare? My daughter is now 20 months old and I still haven't lost all of it :-(

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L.A. - posted on 05/13/2012

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Thanks Brittany for the advice, especially about the cardio, I also agree that makes a huge difference! Dieting to, I guess I just have to b

L.A. - posted on 05/13/2012

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Thanks Brittany for the advice, especially about the cardio, I also agree that makes a huge difference! Dieting to, I guess I just have to be more strict with that area as possible cos i guess that's where my downfall is most of the time. After giving birth to my daughter i had a huge haemmorage and lost a lot of blood. I think it took me the first six months to recover from that, I had no energy, and my stomach hurt when I tried to walk, I couldn't even walk around the block at first. That's part of why I was so majorly depressed. However, at six months when i thought i should try to get my body and my life back to normal, I had to start my cardio with just walking almost every day cos running hurt. After another 4-5 months of this I felt finally strong enough to run and have been trying to do so since then at least 3-6 times a week.

Thanks for the link to the website,its nice, I can relate to some of these stories a bit. Thankyou.

Brittany - posted on 05/09/2012

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Also this website really helped me accept the changes my body had gone through.. and see that pregnancy although it can do a alot of damage is a beautiful thing. I also have many friends who I've managed to be jealous of due to their bodies bouncing right back - I would however say this is not the norm - please see this site I hope it can help you to feel like you are not alone :) http://theshapeofamother.com/category/po...

Brittany - posted on 05/09/2012

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Hey :) I breastfed my son for about 5 weeks, before returning to work - certinally not long enough to benefit any weight loss from it. I really think what did it - was changing to cardio workout, after I first had him I had never had to lose weight like this (also quite small when I got pregnant at 114lbs) and was only used to doing toning excercises (situps, pushups, squats) I soon learnt cardio would help more and started jogging. I must say it took almost 2 months before I could jog 10-15 minutes straight. But within those 2 months of 'training' my body I had lost 15 pounds! I was estactic! I still have my calanders showing my weight loss! And can't begin to tell you how proud I was. It was so empowering to know I had finally found something that helped. After my initial 15 pounds, I platued and decided I needed to change my diet, strict veggies/fruits/whole wheat low carbs ect and was able to continue excercising and by the 5 months later I was down to 125-130, where I have stayed since :) Well until this pregnancy and with a careful eye on my diet I'm 23 weeks pregnant and have gained 9lbs, it was definetly my fault I gained all that weight last time lol, pregnancy can not be an excuse for eating 6 meals a day hahahah. Anyways you just have to find what works for you and not give up! Chart every excercise you do and be proud when you don't miss a day. Only check your weight once every 2 weeks or so - I know how hard this can be to do, but it takes time to get it off! I really wish you luck and I'm sure you can do it! But I do know how hard it can be, and discouraging - but when one thing doesn't work - try another, and before you know it you will be in those prepreg jeans!

L.A. - posted on 05/08/2012

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Janice, thank you, for saying that you think that my situation is not abnormal, that makes me feel a bit better.
I did not know that it was common for underweight women to gain a lot more weight than they are supposed to, also makes me feel a bit better. Congrats with your own weight loss progress though!
I totally agree with the negative comments about Jessica Simpson, and there have been SO much of them! I actually sympathize with her, its really hard emotionally when people go on about your weight when you are pregnant or have just become a new mother.

L.A. - posted on 05/08/2012

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Brittany, I totally agree with you that it is very hard emotionally after pregnency to deal with that kind of weight gain. Thankyou, its nice for me to hear that there are other women who could relate to this. The weight is coming off through exercise and diet but very very slowly. I also worry that if I have another baby, then I would again gain the same amount of weight! Hope your pregnancy is currently going along as smoothly.
Basically, every other woman that I know either did not gain anywhere near as much as me or they lost all their weight really easily or by breast feeding. I was not able to breast feed my daughter, which made me feel even more depressed. But I was wondering if you did and did you think it helped?

Janice - posted on 05/08/2012

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I was underweight (5'2" and about 95lbs)when I became pregnant for both my children. Gained 40lbs during each pregnancy which was completely okay with my doctor.
I lost all the weight plus 2-3lbs with my first by her 1st birthday. My second is 5 months and I have lost 30 of the 40lbs and now I am a healthy weight. I think breastfeeding helped me a ton and having a toddler and newborn I often forget to eat.

While women who are underweight should only gain 30-35lbs (13-16kg) it is actually more common that women gain much more. I really don't think you are that abnormal or at least you wouldn't be if you lived in the states. I am one of the only women I know to lose all the weight and it took me almost a year to do so with my first.

All the negative comments directed toward Jessica Simpson really bothered me. I remember being in a salon while this older woman who was quite over weight went on and on about how disgusting Jessica Simpson looked. I really wanted to slap her.

Sure it is better health wise to not gain a bunch but you can't reverse time. Just eat healthy and get some exercise and be more conscience during the next pregnancy. :)

Brittany - posted on 05/08/2012

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My first pregnancy was in 2005 and I gained 78lbs or 35 kg... It took almost a full year to lose it, with extreme dieting/excercise. Not fun at allll :/ I'm on my second pregnancy now, and hoping I don't come close to that type of weight gain, it can be very hard emotionally, and trying to find time with a small baby can be almost impossible. But! It is attainable, and try not to be too hard on your self, with some strict dedication you can get it gone!

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