pre pregnancy weight?

Heidi - posted on 05/11/2010 ( 145 moms have responded )

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Hey so I had Kiyo December 18th and I lost a lot of the weight then gained it all back and then some:( I'm working my butt off but don't know what to do.

I have dr appointment Thursday and I'm hoping they can help, but what did you do? And how long did it take to get back to your pre pregnancy weight?

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Alana - posted on 05/21/2010

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Hey there, I can totally relate. Firstly I dont see why women are on here saying they came out the same size etc. Its not really helpful. I got pre-eclampsia, and I think in the end I gained 20kg, but most of this was fuild retention. After a hell birth I was basically the same weight pre-baby, mind you with alot of loose skin. ha! It was summer and my baby fed from me all the time and I was pre-baby for about 3 months. I was diagnosed with post-natal anxiety and was put on a antidepressant and gained about 25kg over the course of 4months. Yes I didnt eat very well either but this drug is known to cause significant weight gain. So anyway, I had had enough and went to see the dr, they changed my drug, I started to exercise 5-6 times a week and went on a calorie restricted diet. 6 months on I have lots alot of my fat, and much happier and feeling like me. Yes I need to loose more fat but am very toned now. It will happen, it takes time :o) My main thing was well initally changing my anti-depressant, then diet with portion control. Hard initally but easier now. I used to eat 2 or 3 times as much as my partner who is a 6'4" man!!! GOOD LUCK :o)

Christy - posted on 05/21/2010

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if you do go ahead with a thyroid test...be sure to ask them to test your thyroid antibodies (TPO) which they don't always do...that number can tell them if your own immune system is attacking the thyroid which is usually the case for Hashimoto's. I would also highly recommend a Gluten Free diet for overall wellness...weight loss, depression, anxiety, you name it. It is hard to start but even one week off of gluten and you will feel amazing differences. This is especially important to do if you yourself were not breastfeed. Almost 80% of non breastfed people have a strong allergy to wheat/gluten even if they don't know it.

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Heidi - posted on 05/13/2010

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Yah well I'm off the anti depressants now and I'm going in today to talk to my dr. I'm thinking of changing birth control because I mean I feel like it's ruining my life. I know it's just weight, but I've never been this big. I mean I don't have any pants that fit me and I'm going to have to go back to sweats. When I was pregnant I understood, but I'm not anymore. And like I said I've pretty much cut out everything junk food and soda unless it's like a once a month thing. My mom does weight watchers and it just didn't seem to help me. Thank you alllll so much for the advice:)

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Christina - posted on 06/16/2012

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I have no science to backup what I'm about to say, so please keep in mind that it's just my personal experience, but.....I think some women's bodies just go out of whack when they get pregnant and they never recover. I don't think this is the norm, but it happened to me. I was well within an average weight range when I got pregnant in 2007. Durning my pregnancy, I gained maybe 80 pounds, even though I ate appropriately and kept exercising. The day I left the hospital, I weighed just as much as the day I went in. Even though I breastfed for a year and kept eating sensibly and exercising, I gained another 30 pounds in that first year after my daughter was born, and I've never been able to take off a single pound. I've been to numerous doctors, specialists, nutritionists, etc.....no one has been able to help. Like I said, I'm an extreme case, but I know I cant be the only one to have an experience like this. It is beyond frustrating.

Kristie - posted on 06/07/2012

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I am still trying to lose it and my oldest is 9! I have the Wii and Wii Fit and lost a little. I am trying to drink more water, use the kids plates for my dinner and trying not to eat too many snacks.

Judith - posted on 06/07/2012

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now i am taking some pills name glucomannan 2,000mg per serving.it is appetit suppressant. i saw that dr oz show.i got it vitacost.com.


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Marsha - posted on 06/07/2012

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I agree with what some of the other women have put on here.. Give yourself a break and continue to work hard with clean eating and exercise. I have been a personal trainer for 18 years and work for Beachbody corporation currently and work out 6 days a week with insanity, asylum, and Chalene extreme. I had my last baby @ 36 and the weight didnt come off as easy so I started eating clean, fruits, veggies and kept meals small and frequent about 5-6 a day. I love my protein shake from Beachbody called shakeology, which has 18 grams of protein, 150 calories, and low glycemic index to keep your blood sugar stable. I get the chocolate and drink it for breakfast everyday. I stay full for about 6 hrs :) this has helped me drop weight over the past two years so @ 44 I have lost all my last baby weight and then some. I'm @ 16% body fat with clean eating and max cardio conditioning through insanity and asylum. Plus I'm building muscles and it has been proven that muscles burn fat. Let me know if I can help you in any way losing weight and I'd be glad to coach you.

Leannaballeza - posted on 06/06/2012

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I lost all of my pregnancy weight by 9 weeks postpartum!...It's really fun to reach a long awaited goal. Who says moms can't look good?!
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Heidi - posted on 06/07/2010

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thank you all so much:) it'd be nice to have you all on my friends list. I'm not always on here and it'd be nice to talk to you so if you want you could add me:)

Judith - posted on 06/07/2010

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i just workout five time a week and watch what i eat and then i went to a doctor in georgia she gave some med to help me lose the weigh

Cinda - posted on 06/07/2010

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i had a similar problem when i got put on anti-depressents. ask ur dr if there's any history of weight gain with the med ur taking. the hard part about gaining weight like that with a med is that it's even harder to get off than just regular weight gain. i'm still having problems with mine.

Amy - posted on 05/28/2010

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I got lucky with good genetics. After having 8 kids(pregnant with #9 now) I was able to get down to or close to my pre baby weight. The older I got and more kids I had, it didn't "slide right off" as it did with my first couple. The biggest thing that helped was eating healthy, watching the amount and at least walking. I was usually too busy with chasing kids and doing house work to really worry about "working out". Take the kids out and run after them. You will spending quality time with them while you all are having fun getting excercise. Hiking, swimming and other things with your kids will be a good bonding time. BTW, I breastfed til my kids were one yr old, 6 months at the very least. I hear that helps too.

Roxy - posted on 05/26/2010

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aside from a healthy diet and exercise being extremely important to keep your weight down after babies(as your metabolism can change drastically after kids) rapid weight gain and inability to lose the weight can be a sign of a hidden medical issue.. there are a number of things that can cause it like polycistic ovaries or a gall bladder problem etc.. talk to your gp about it and see if they could run some blood tests for you. they will know what to look for.

Amanda - posted on 05/24/2010

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i lost my 11 kg in 6 months after my first, had 13 to do fter my second amd am only half way there after 5 months, depends on how committed you are, with no binging, drink lots water and small meals, walk at a rapid rate to sweat a little! good luck.

Julie - posted on 05/24/2010

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Hi! I had Jack 9 yrs ago. I hardly put on any weight whilst pregnant, then a week after he was born I ballooned. I went from a size 12 to 18 in no time, and even though I was breast feeding and walking everywhere, and exercising as soon as i could I just didn't lose anything. I went to my GP who referred me to a Gynaecologist .. who after a few appointments and blood tests said it was hormonal, and to carry on what I was doing and it would eventually come off. He did say it may take some time. He was right.. almost 3yrs!!!! but I was a lot healthier and fitter for pursuing my end goal ..... good luck xx

Genevieve - posted on 05/24/2010

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Four years...Had to really work hard..Spinning was the answer..3 x a week. Did it four 6 months & lost 10Kg. Also the older you are the longer it takes.

Sharon - posted on 05/23/2010

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All these comments about thyroids are making me think: I've never got back to anywhere near pre-pregnancy weight thirteen years after having my first child. Breastfeeding made no difference (with the first kid it just made me hungrier!) even though I breastfed all three for over two years each. I exercise more than all of my friends put together and have cut back on heaps of food - we don't eat junk food here at home anyway - and cut right back on alcohol. I did not even lose one pound during chemo & radiation 3 years ago - in fact I've put on two kilos since then despite having to reduce meal sizes to deal with some nasty and embarrassing radiation side effects. I'm always hungry and spend a lot of my time thinking about the next meal.

Cathleen - posted on 05/23/2010

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I've worked in health clubs for years and now teach yoga to children. It took nine months to get there - give yourself nine months to get back. Many women hang on to the last 10 pounds for a long time. Be gentle on yourself - lot's of hormones at work now. It helps to nurse. I used to tell the girls at the gym: 8 - 8 oz. glasses of water a day, eat only what grows, stay away from white flour, white sugar, anything white like rice. The Japanese say eat three times as much of what grows above the ground as what grows below (for every potato have 3 apples). Take walks with the baby, don't overdo it. Use Vitamin E oil on the skin after the bath - massage it in good.

Cathy - posted on 05/23/2010

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I remember after having my son, I thought I could eat more because I was nursing. I started to gain a little more AFTER having the baby! So I had to change my way of eating AND my attitude. We went for my walks, I didn't stress over things like the weight gain. I put my fav pair of pre-pregnancy jeans in a prominent spot in my bedroom. My son was eight months old and I put those jeans on again!

Crystal - posted on 05/23/2010

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i gained alot of weight with my daughter she is 3 now and i can t lose any of the weight so i started going to a nutruist since we have insurance i started my diet today i am only aload 1600 calories a day i have to watch the carbs i am only aload 10.66 carbs a day and only12oz of soda so i have caffeine free dr pepper i can eat 3 meals and have 3 snacks if i want to but today i eat less than 1000 calories and eat plenty of protein and fiber so we will see how its goes i go back on the 8th so hopeful this will work and keep a food journal it can help the dr or nutruist out i have to keep one and take it with me she told me atleast 3 days worth of a meal but i like to see how much it makes u work harder at it plus i work out at a gym , walk with my family and the wii fit, plus and ae sports personal trainer hopeful this will help u if u need anything else like wat to eat i can help u out

Anita - posted on 05/22/2010

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Are you on any birth control? If so, if you're on the Implanon implant that can make you gain weight. I have only heard of a few women who didn't gain weight with the implant. I myself gained 30kgs over 3yrs (BEFORE kids) so this may be the cause. Talk to you doctor about it, they can help alot. Good luck!

Jessica - posted on 05/22/2010

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I had my son on October 30th and I still haven't lost my weight. My sister said it took her about a year before she got rid of it all.

Sandra - posted on 05/22/2010

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Hi Heidi. I'm battling my weight too and i too struggled with drepression. It sounds like you're doing a GREAT job! Stress is a funny thing, this in itself can make you gain weight, so go easy on yourself. Just relax and continue on your path. Having a baby is an amazing feat .... how can our bodies ever be the same : )

Geralyn - posted on 05/22/2010

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What's that? lol...

Be kind to yourself, and just try to exercise and eat healthy (avoid crazy diets!). That is the best thing for you to do for yourself and your family. And don't worry about numbers on a scale.... Moms are beautiful regardless of a number.

Helen - posted on 05/22/2010

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With my first child i lost weight straight away with breast feeding, then i went back to work and put it all on, so i just started eating earlier at night and going 4 walks with pram, pregnent again so ill let u know how i go.

Shannon - posted on 05/22/2010

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My theory is...if it takes nine months to put on, you ought to give yourself at least nine months to take it off. You know already about healthy eating and exercise. So I'm not going to go there. What has helped others is keeping a log of what you actually eat and when. At your appointment, have them check your thyroid. That may be a factor worth looking into.

Diana - posted on 05/22/2010

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Rachel - posted on 05/22/2010

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Heidi
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Cassie - posted on 05/22/2010

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Hi, there! I just loved your baby girl's name "Kiyo" does is mean in Japanese? I gained 20 Ib with my second pregnancy. I have lost all of it and kept it off for 14 months now. I did protein nutrition diet combined with walking for 4 months. Let me know if you would like to know the detail. coshiro09@gmail.com

Rachel - posted on 05/22/2010

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I got back to and maintained at a yr. But I would still randomly produce breat milk monthes after I stopped nursing. Don't forget that everyones body is differant and ur pregnancy may have altered ur hormones alittle which can greatly effect ur weight. I have pcos, so I had a big problem with hormone imbalance.

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Kat - posted on 05/22/2010

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I was on anti depressants when i found out i was pregnant. I stopped taking them as soon as i found out. Overall i picked up 30lbs while pregnant. After having Drake in Jan. I lost about 20lbs over the first 2 weeks, then the next 10 came off over the next month. I am breastfeeding and not on meds and now weigh 10 less then when i did when i got pregnant. I think the meds are to blame, i was getting heaver when i was on them and have been able to take weight off much easier now that i am off them. Stay positive and keep up the exercise, it will help your mood and your weight loss efforts!

Tressa - posted on 05/22/2010

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I am breast feeding with an apparently very hungry daughter. Shes 6.5 weeks now. I lost 29 of the 36 I gained in 13 days. I know this is kinda crazy and lucky but from the !st meal in the hospital I started eating totally heallthy. Although I did prettty healthy eating all through. I was guilty of chocolate. No mas. Self control and also check your thyroid. If its NOT coming off you may have thyroid issues. Otherwise, breastfeed as much as you can.

Sally - posted on 05/21/2010

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Try eating All Bran every day for breakfast. Makes ur metabolism go faster. It worked for me and i'm lighter now than b4 I had my baby. Hope it helps!!!

Jennifer - posted on 05/21/2010

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Lisa - posted on 05/21/2010

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It sounds like you are doing all the right things. For me it was happiness that got rid of baby weight. I was heavier after my second and third children (I'd been about 58kg and after them I was between 63-65 so not heaps bigger but enough to feel frumpy) but it wasn't until I focused more on myself and what I needed to be happy that the weight dropped off and I'm back to pre baby weight now (albeit a bit jiggler:-)). Make some time to spend with your friends and do something that you really enjoy for an hour a week that helps you remember who you are besides a mother and wife. Good luck, a positive body image is so important for your confidence - it's not about how much you weigh or what size clothes you buy, it's about how you see yourself.

Stacey - posted on 05/21/2010

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Definitely eat healthy. Lots of water. Count calories, I hate doing this but it is amazing sometimes when you think you're eating good how many calories you are actually consuming. The trick to working out is to mix it up. Change your routine every 30 days. If you're not currently doing any strength training you should add some of that in. Muscle burns fat!! Hope this helps! If you want any more advice you can email me stacey_beaty@yahoo.com.

Kathie - posted on 05/21/2010

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i was back in my skinny pants one week after my first pregnancy (and my biggest baby), six weeks after my second pregnancy and i'm still wearing sweats 14 months after my third, lol. i went straight back to work after the first two and i'm a stay at home now. i was a waitress so i was on my feet for 8 hours plus a day, so i am less active now. as busy as i am, i do get two nap time breaks a day. i am also older (40) and had twins, so i'm trying not to be so hard on myself this go round. the weight will come off when the babies start walking and take less naps.

Synitta - posted on 05/21/2010

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I lost almost all of the baby weight because I was breast feeding. My daughter didn't want to breastfeed anymore after she was 4 months old so I stopped but I didn't transition out of my eating habits to produce enough milk and I gained back 20 lbs over the past 3 months. I hate it and it's frustrating but I know if I can exercise like I did before I got pregnant and eat how I used to, it will come off...slowly but surely :)

I will admit though, being depressed makes it very difficult though...

Amber - posted on 05/21/2010

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I was around 125 when I got pregnant with my first child and I went up to almost 200 lbs. by the time she was born (and she was only 3 lbs 15oz. at full term birth) It took me until she was 3 1/2 to finally start losing my weight. I worked day and night with different routines and just staying busy. Turns out mine was a medical condition that I didn't know about though.

Now that I know of my sugar problem, I've so far been able to keep the weight off with this baby (having started at roughly 140-145 lbs and am now sitting at 148-149 lbs)

Krishna - posted on 05/21/2010

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The dr's appt I think will be helpful. It might be something like your thyroid that's the problem. I did the HCG diet (probably not a good idea if you're nursing) and lost 40 lbs. I feel great and if you follow the maintenance phase of the diet...well I've kept the weight off for over 6 months so far. I still watch what I eat, drink lots of water and started excercising (for muscle tone and cardio). I still have 20 lbs I want to loose and started Weight Watchers...very doable even if your nursing. I know it can be frustrating but hang in there...I hope the dr. can help. Good luck!! :o)

Jenifer - posted on 05/21/2010

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I was able to lose my baby weight relatively quickly (about 4 1/2 months), but once I stopped breast feeding, some of the weight came back. I found that cutting out after dinner snacks and wine helped me to get back to my "normal" weight. Good luck!

Katrina - posted on 05/21/2010

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Have them check your horemonse levels to include your thyroid.. And don't put yourself on a schedule to lose the weight, how long did it take to gain?
YOur body will not be the same shape or design now that you have been pregnant. Even though you might be in the size clothes you were in, you will notice buldges in some spots and gaps in others.

Sharon - posted on 05/21/2010

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I read most of the comments, but there were so many, that I ran out of time. You have the same story as me. A year and a half ago, I was told I had anemia and was told to take one of those 3 month b.c. pills which was not supposed to affect my weight. I gained 20 pounds within 2 months without changing anything. Once I quit taking them, I took a year to drop the weight but changed nothing except I don't fixate on it any longer. However, I very seldom eat bread and even more rarely eat fried foods. I found once I stopped fixating on it and concentrated on other things (work & family, staying busy) I stopped the boredom eating. They say eat 5 meals a day, but that does not work for me. I just eat when I am hungry. Everyone is different. If something isn't working for you change just one thing for at least 2-4 weeks and see what happens (example - eliminate white bread, or instead of doing an walking 8 miles walk 4 and then do some pilates). P90X is good (if you have enough dedication). I however, just seem to collect videos and I work entirely too much.

Amber - posted on 05/21/2010

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I did the same thing after having my second baby. Great weight loss in the beginning then I started to put it back on & COULD not get it off! After about five years my doctors tested me for an under active Thyroid. Two years later they still get my dosage right but at least they know that is the problem. Good luck Amber

Allison - posted on 05/21/2010

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if by working your butt off you mean working out then the problem is in the food. I would shoot for about 4 lbs a month. The weight loss is about 80% diet 20% exercise, so eating correctly is essential. The zone diet worked for me, its a pain because you have to weigh and measure your food BUT you are NEVER hungry.

Jennifer - posted on 05/21/2010

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I had my son in November and lost nearly all my baby weight.then a cpl of mths back started gaining it back almost to my delivery weight. went to dr and found out i had hypothyroidism. couldnt lose weight even if i staved myself.

Michele - posted on 05/21/2010

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I had Brody in February. I gained 60ls with him. I'm down 45lbs. Doesn't sound to bad but I was not at my ideal weight of 140 when I got pregnant with Brody, so, I still have 40lbs to go. My first son is 3 years old and I had gained 80lbs with him.
I have been using the principles of the Belly Fat Diet By: Jorge Cruise. Costco is selling th book for 11.99 or you can get it on amazon.com. It tells you how many carbs and how many sugars you can eat a day.

Annemieke - posted on 05/21/2010

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Hey Heidi, I know how you feel, I worked so hard at loosing the extra 10 kilos I put on after my third child, which was so much harder than after the first and second! I lost 5kg through strict dieting and trying to exercise, which I never really had time to do regularly, nor did I have the energy. Then I discovered Herbalife through a friend, and I lost a further 7kg in 8 weeks! My body started to re-shape and tone up, all without exercise! I couldn't believe it! An added bonus is that it has also given me heaps more energy and I no longer need my midday naps, and the horrible headaches I used to get regularly have never returned! My health has improved so much! I seriously feel 10 yrs younger and my body looks like it did before I had kids! I love Herbalife so much that I have recently become a distributor, so If you would like to lose weight and tone up fast and safely, as well as improve your overall health, I'd be happy to talk to you about the products. The best thing is the price, AND it comes with a 30day money back guarantee!

April - posted on 05/21/2010

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I gained 15 kg during my pregnancy and though many advice I will lose them max. 6 months after delivery, nothing happened until I had stomach flu when my son was 10 months old. That stomach flu + looking after my son full time for 2 weeks regained my pre-pregnancy figure. I hate sports or exercise of any kind so I watched what I eat and try not to eat too much at nights. Now, I weigh around 47kg.

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