Anyone having any success losing the baby weight a year later?

Megan - posted on 05/29/2009 ( 33 moms have responded )

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I need some suggestions and motivation for losing the weight. I am not an exerciser, but I figure that it is time to get to it. Gaining a whole bunch of weight taking anti-depressants after the baby was born didn't help matters.

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Kimberly - posted on 06/27/2009

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Megan,



I am not ashamed to say that before getting pregnant with my second daughter I was 160lbs.....by the time she came I was 185lbs (mind you I am 5'3"). I only gained weight in my belly and my boobs. My boobs never lost the weight, but I am now done to 150lbs. I want to lose a little more, but my little one (10.5 at birlth) stretched my mid-section so much I have a lot of extra skin.

How did I do it?? I eat smaller portions. I eat from a small plate, a salad plate size. I do not take seconds, if I'm still hungry I eat fruit or drink water. I drink skim milk. I don't deny myself anything. If I want ice cream or cookies, I have it....I just don't have a lrg ice cream cone or 6 cookies. Portion control. I walk 30mins a day. It is a brisk walk while pushing the baby. I also have a 4yr old that I chase around daily. I am not an exerciser, but walking is actually relaxing for me.

If you think the anti-depressants made you gain weight, talk to your doc, he could probably help you with that

Crystal - posted on 06/09/2009

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OOOh I have another suggestion that I have just stumbled upon this week!

Go to:

www.exercisetv.tv

and click on "videos". There are great 5 - 10 minute videos you can do, with baby watching, helping, or napping! It's great for just a free, quick little session in the privacy of your own home!

Crystal - posted on 09/01/2009

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Jaydens 16months old,

& i've lost ONE kg !!

thats it.

lol if you find something that works, can you please let me know =)

Kim - posted on 08/28/2009

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Anti depressants DO make you gain weight!! I was on Lexapro for 5 years before I became pregnant and when I found out I was pregnant, I quit taking it and lost 30 lbs while I was pregnant. I only gained 5 lbs the whole time I was pregnant! Then they started me on Zoloft after he was born and I ended up putting on 45 lbs! I asked the doctor what was going on and he told me that SSRI's are known to cause weight gain. It is extremely difficult to get the weight off b/c of the chemical imbalance, so don't beat yourself up. There may be more woman than you think going through the same thing and I will be the first to say...it sucks!

Christina - posted on 06/25/2009

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i lost all the weight i gained during the pregnancy plus 5 extra pounds right after he was born then gained back 10 pounds a few months later and breastfeeding does not help you lose weight lol i have been breastfeeding for almost 6 years (2 years with the now almost 6 yr old, 2 yrs with the now almost 4 yr old and 14 months with the newest) i walk 2 to 4 miles 4 times a week and still nothing baby weight is hard to get rid of after the 3rd baby i think lol

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Amanda - posted on 10/28/2016

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Try mummy magic weight loss tea. It helped me getting rid of all my pregnancy weight and maintained my metabolism. I am now in shape as was pre-baby.

Shannon - posted on 11/18/2010

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slim-fast and walking. Seriously. I lost 30 lbs with slim-fast and working out 2-3 days a week for 1 hour.

Denise Janse Van - posted on 11/16/2010

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Oh I think what you just wrote here about losing the weight is the biggest question any mom has on her mind before and after her baby is born. I put on a excessive amount of weight when i had both my sons not because i overate it was just how my body responded to the pregnancies and I also struggled with alot of water retention so most days i felt that i more like a beached whale then the sexy and empowered women that i was. I was now a Mommy I had achieved something so incredible. My biggest tip was to always put my make up on.. to stay away from those frumpy and completely unflattering t-shirts i used to try to hide myself in and try to accomadate my body in the nicest and most feminine way possible. I did not lose all my weight straight away and It has taken me about 2 years to get to the weight that I am now and to once again be proud of who I am. I have my stretch marks my not so firm bust and everything seems to have dropped a few cm's But I dont hate myself and my body the way i used to. The best things are definately to watch what you eat comfort eating doesnt help at all and be aware of what you are eating all the sugars, fizzy cooldrinks , carbohydrates , and all the yummy stuff we crave when in actual fact they are our worst enemy. Majority of my weight I lost of time and from just being a mom i have two boys and they never give me 5 moments to just sit still. I often made the excuse that i was too tired or too busy to go and exercise but that is not the truth i was too lazy. So its almost like one day i woke up and took charge of who I am.... I deserve to feel sexy and like a women... I deserve to look good and feel good so now i go for walks with my boys we do exercises in the lounge with a gym ball they have there own too so they are involved and we play outside all the time instead of sitting glued to the tv. Being confident and feeling good is a mindset I'm sure you will start losing your weight before you know it... BELIEVE in yourself and the FABULOUS women that you are and I'm sure in no time you will be looking like the Supermodel you alway dreamed of!

Annie - posted on 10/08/2010

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My daughter was born in August 2010...no 'scrips here, but I still need to lose 30-50 lbs....anyone who has any helpful hints/suggestions feel free to friend me or post! I too abhor exercise, but I have been walking my older children to school and trying to increase my overall activity.

Tsungai - posted on 09/02/2009

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I've been there. i had to take sulpiride 2 weeks after my little girl was born becasue it boosts breast milk supply. it is primarily an anti-depressant but has milk making properties too. it works but extremely and weight gain follows. i tried living by the 'eat breakfast like a prince, lunch like a king and dinner like a beggar' proverb! it sounds SO corny and cliche but it works. i was 65 kg at 40 weeks- i think that's between 130 and 140 pounds and now i'm back to 50-52 kg which was my pre preg weight. Dont skimp on your fruit and veg and LOTSA liquids. hope that helps

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What has worked for me is signing up for a 10k and then a 1/2 marathon! I am not a runner. But bought a jogging stroller, and started taking DD on runs, it gives me strength, her some nice outdoor time and sometimes a chance to nap, and is something I don't have to think about and just do. I started the Couch to 5k program. What I love about running is I can just get away, run or walk, but focus on me and not think about how to be coordinated, or follow steps, or what foods to eat or not eat, honestly, it's the only mindless thing I have going! LOL

Rebecca - posted on 08/28/2009

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I had a big event to help me lose the baby weight, and I lost the weight by eating lots of little meals with my kids. This seemed to work and I felt I was eating plenty and spacing it out over the day. Hope this helps.

Haylie - posted on 08/28/2009

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Great to read everyones responses and not to feel alone in this! haha

I've only just started thinking about the weight factor and I totally hate having a planned exercise routine- besides isn't housework and working enough?!



I recently just lost a few kilos from stopping myself from picking at food all day, reducing my meals, and avoiding the multiple cups of tea with bickies :) I think once I get a bit more motivation and confidence then I'll start exercising again, but for now this is working :)

Have fun!

Irene - posted on 08/28/2009

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I have always been walking, since a few days after I brought my twins home. I am back to my pre-prego weight. I now need to loose my "trophy belly". But for me walking has worked wonders, walking a different route and different distances all the times has been a benefit to me and I am almost always walking around pushing a double stroller.

Tracy - posted on 07/15/2009

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I'm 36 and if I hadn't been breastfeeding for the whole 15 months, I don't think the weight would be off. But being that she's still nursing about 4-5x's a day still, I'm down to my pre-baby size again. I guess the good old-fashioned exercise & smaller portions would be about the only thing that really works though if I hadn't breastfed that long. Just hang in there; it'll happen in time. =)

LeeAnn - posted on 07/15/2009

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I have lost the weight from this pregnancy....but not from my first...I gained 77 lbs with my first daughter, and got a "surprise" when she was 8 months old...I was pregnant again, and on birth control....I had just lost 1/2 the weight. I only gained 40 lbs with my second...but that put me right back where I started...I am not an exerciser either...and with 2 babies...,don't really have time for much. I breastfed my youngest daughter, and this helped, but not right away...I started gradually eating less, and at one point, cut out "real" cokes, and switched to Coke Zero...it still tasted about the same, but didn't have any calories, so it was easier to get used to than diet. I stopped putting sugar, or any sweetener in my tea, and only used it in my 2 cups of coffee each morning...This helped a lot, I think. I tried to not buy junk food unless it was a special occasion, and started cooking less, becuase I ate more, but wasn't really hungry. I am about to start walking everyday, and think that this will help. Good Luck!

Monica - posted on 06/28/2009

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I gained 60 lbs during my pregnancy. I am 5lbs under my pre-preg weight. I have used weight watchers in the past and used it on/off since he was born. I focus on feeding him healthy so I figure just eat the same thing and don't eat that much more than I feed him. Plus I take him on walks in his wagon. I still eat sweets and greasy food, but moderation and SOME type of movement is really what helped me take off the last few pounds. It's a struggle for all women I think. I feel that when I focus too much on it, it's almost destructive. Do the best you can and if you have a bad day, just try to do better tomorrow. BTW-I had a cheeseburger and cake at a party today...got to at least take a walk tmrw. :)

Mhodny - posted on 06/24/2009

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I had about 10 lbs drop off fast after having him and then my weight was just a stand still...and still is...i'm glad to know i'm not the only one though

Rachel - posted on 06/24/2009

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i've lost some weight and went down a few pant sizes, but not through dedicated exercise. just by eating right, and being physically active with my son. I've found my abs workin it best when I chase my son around the house on all fours! it's fun and good exercise lol. i got a ways to go before reaching my goal. I was 140, size 10 pre-preggo, and now at 14 months post partum I am about 175 lbs and a size 14. but I was a size 18 9 months preggo, so I'm getting somewhere lol

Megan - posted on 06/19/2009

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Quoting Carri:

I am in the same boat as you. I lost a bunch of the weight after my son was born. I started on anti-depressants and the depo shot and ballooned up to five pounds more than my heaviest pregnant weight. I have been off the depo since December and the anti-depresants since the end of March, but the weight is still here. I was walking a lot with my son, however, it's way too hot outside in S. FL to drag him out in the day time and by the time it cools off enough, or at least the sun isn't so intense, it's time for him to get dinner, bath and bed. I still chase him around ALL THE TIME, and watch what I eat, but have only lost about 5 lbs total.

Thanks for posting this question so I can read some of the replies and get some ideas myself. And I also know for a fact that certain prescriptions (depo, anti-depressants, ect.) can cause weight gain. I just wish it came off as easily as it went on once the rx's are stopped.


So glad to hear that I am not the only one with the issue... I thought perhaps I was losing my mind and imagining everything :)

Bobbi - posted on 06/19/2009

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I lost most of the weight from ds Ryker quickly, but I still have the love handles.....so I bought Wii Fit and I think it's going to work!

Carri - posted on 06/18/2009

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I am in the same boat as you. I lost a bunch of the weight after my son was born. I started on anti-depressants and the depo shot and ballooned up to five pounds more than my heaviest pregnant weight. I have been off the depo since December and the anti-depresants since the end of March, but the weight is still here. I was walking a lot with my son, however, it's way too hot outside in S. FL to drag him out in the day time and by the time it cools off enough, or at least the sun isn't so intense, it's time for him to get dinner, bath and bed. I still chase him around ALL THE TIME, and watch what I eat, but have only lost about 5 lbs total.

Thanks for posting this question so I can read some of the replies and get some ideas myself. And I also know for a fact that certain prescriptions (depo, anti-depressants, ect.) can cause weight gain. I just wish it came off as easily as it went on once the rx's are stopped.

Megan - posted on 06/14/2009

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Quoting Crystal:

OOOh I have another suggestion that I have just stumbled upon this week!
Go to:
www.exercisetv.tv
and click on "videos". There are great 5 - 10 minute videos you can do, with baby watching, helping, or napping! It's great for just a free, quick little session in the privacy of your own home!


Cool Website!  Thanks for sharing!!

Megan - posted on 06/12/2009

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Quoting samantha :

anti depressants made me lose 2 mch weight wish i could gain some


LOL... I'll send some your way!!!

Crystal - posted on 06/11/2009

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I have absolutely not had much luck at all with losing the baby weight. While pregnant I gained 60lbs and I still have 30lbs hanging around. I have however really begun trying hard recently. Its hard for me too cuz I am not a big exerciser but its gotta be done.

Tiffany - posted on 06/02/2009

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I never gained weight with my anti-depressants. I didn't start gaining weight until I got on the birth control patch a half a year later. I know a LOT of people who've been on them and didn't gain weight. I have a hard time believing that it can make some people gain but not all.

But, no matter how we gain weight, the truth is we all do. Even if we hate exercise, we just have to buckle down and do it. It's good for your heart, your health, and when you're healthy you influence the people in your life to be healthy, too.

Have you tried some mild yoga? I've been wanting to start a yoga class because I have a friend who's lost a lot of weight doing yoga.

Chantel - posted on 06/02/2009

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I just started a kickboxing class and I hate the exercise but it's doing awesome!!

Anti- depressents DO make you gain weight.

Megan - posted on 05/30/2009

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I too had lost most of the weight I had gained after 3 months and then started taking anti-depressants. In fact at my 6 wk follow up, the doc told me I was 15 lbs lighter than when I got pregnant. I know for a fact after I started the medicine that is when I began to gain weight again. I think that diff. meds react in everyone differently.

Tiffany - posted on 05/30/2009

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I lost all my baby weight 3 months after she was born. I also started anti-depressants when she was 6 weeks old. The anti-d's did not make you gain weight, I guarantee that.

If you don't already, start making home-made meals. I know this sound s little stupid, but when you can control what goes into your food it's easier to control your weight. For example: You want chicken stir fry one night. Chop up some fresh veggies, toss'em up in a wok with a little extra virgin olive oil, and add your small chunks of uncooked, cubed chicken with some honey, soy sauce, and a dab more EVOO and cook until the chicken is done. A fresh, healthy meal.

Just take a bit more effort into planning what you eat. Also, just for some exercise, pt the baby in a stroller and take a walk around the block. After a few days, to the neighborhood. Eventually you'll be taking longer walks, and trust me it is good for you.

Traci - posted on 05/29/2009

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Oh girl...I hear ya! After I had my second child I lost over 40 lbs in about 4 months, but then I fell off the wagon and gained some of it back before getting pregant with my third baby. Now she's a year old, and I need to lose weight NOW! When I lost all that weight after my son, I started off using the Perricone Prescription. After following that way of eating for about a month, I started eating sensibly, but with no diet rules. I walked on my treadmill at least 4 days a week and I worked out on my abs sporadically throughout the day. It really worked great for me. 40 lbs in 4 months isn't bad!



Now I need to get motivated to start it again...it's so hard though. Good luck to you!

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