Why is it so hard to lose the weight after a c section and any tips on losing it?

Ashley - posted on 03/15/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )




I have been trying situps every night and exercising and i work 40 hours a week and i still cant manage to get the weight to go away from having peyton by c section they say its harder then natural but i look like i am just getting bigger Any suggestions on how to lose it besides quit eating completely


Leanne - posted on 03/16/2010




Breastfeed, breastfeed and breastfeed! I gained 25kg with my son (more or less 50pounds) and all I did was breastfed him and rocking him to sleep at night. I lost all my baby weight in less than 5months. I also ate lots of wholewheat products and fruits and plenty of milk and juices, meats as well. I ate so much and frequently. I still have a teeny tiny belly, but my son is now 14months and I still rock him to sleep...thats my secret. Good Luck and enjoy your little one!

Beverly - posted on 03/16/2010




Oh yes, been there. What a doctor told me after my third child was, depending on where the incision was done, they cut through some muscles and causing them to be weak. You have to find what special exercises to target particular muscles. I had the so called bikini cut, I had to use to types of abdominal workouts to see any difference. If you have a 24 Hour Fitness or something like that, call them to speak to a trainer. I did and it did help me. Don't forget the intake of some foods, because adipose or fat cells do not forget....lol lol Good Luck!

Marie-Christina - posted on 03/15/2010




I had the same issue. The cut from the section makes my stomach look weird. For me, pilates really helped. I had never done it before. I borrowed the windsor pilates dvds from my sister and would do it while the baby napped or in the evening. I can't say it made me lose weight but after doing the 20 minutes starter dvd ever night for 2-3 weeks, then moving on to the 40 minute one for a few weeks, I definitely saw a change in my shape and the way my clothes fit. I was able to wear my pre-baby clothes again and they were comfortable. I now do it 3 times a week and try to go for walks in the evening or at lunch hour. I thought it was just me who was having a hard time.


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Nicole - posted on 03/17/2010




I also think Pilates is the best way and I had natural birth and still had a pouch and it got me the leanest, strongest, fastest I had ever seen that along with breastfeeding. But I now back working full-time and yes, it's difficult. I found the weight came back on after stopping breastfeeding, not enough time to exercise and stress eating habits came from being working mommy. Schedule exercise just like everything else and try lots of baby walks and get some Pilates Videos/classes.

Vanessa - posted on 03/15/2010




I use www.livestrong.com/myplate to calculate my calorie intake and help me reach my goals. This site is free so you can look up all your food and figure out where you need to make adjustments. Also, I do Tae Bo 5 days per week. Each video is between 40-55 minutes long. My son plays in the living room while I work out so I don't feel like I'm missing out on bonding time. Check out the site, you kind of become addicted, but I have lost 15 pounds since January 3rd. That's a little less than 2 pounds per week, that is the max recommended amount lost per week in order to keep the pounds off :)

Start slow and make necessary adjustments. I also bought a food scale ( a little extreme) but you have to decide that you want to do this for you, no one else.

Good luck, Happy losing

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