How did you loose weight after having a baby?

Christina - posted on 12/10/2009 ( 27 moms have responded )

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i feel like i gained like a million lbs after having my kids how did you all loose weight?

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Courtney - posted on 12/28/2009

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I have lost all the weight and then some, actually I got back down to my Pre-Pre-Pregnancy weight. With my first pregnancy I gained about.. 50 pounds :O. And I lost about 30, then I got pregnant again when my DD was about 5 months old so I gained everything back again and then some. Thankfully I lost it all and got down to weight I haven't seen in about two years. I started exercising when my body told me it was okay, which was about 3 weeks after I gave birth. I also am on a diet, but if you are breastfeeding it is more beneficial if you eat the right amount of calories. Not too much, not too little. Actually that saying works for anyone if they are trying to lose weight. If I am feeling up to it I will have my mom watch my son while my daughter sleeps and go for a run. Also taking care of a 17 month old and a 4 month old gives me lots of exercise lol. But like the other ladies are saying don't push yourself to hard, no one expects you to have a perfect body after it going through hell for 9months!

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Alvina - posted on 03/29/2016

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I have lost pregnancy weight after baby by using mummy magic weight loss tea.

Heidi - posted on 01/18/2010

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I gained 34 lbs and lost it all plus a few lbs within 2 and a half months by breastfeeding only. I had to give up dairy food though to continue breastfeeding which caused the extra weight loss. My son is 4 months now and I just started exercising again.

Brittany - posted on 01/18/2010

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Exercise! I gained 55 lbs during my pregnancy and was up 2 pant sizes after birth.I was depressed! After a few weeks of exercise (5 times a week for 45 mins) the pounds have shed off tremendously. Also watch what you are eating and drinking. Drink plenty of water instead of caffeinated or carbonated beverages they have TONS of calories in them.

Athena - posted on 01/17/2010

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big believer in breastfeeding, it defiently gets the extra pounds of after carrying, and a lil exercise added in their too.

Shalomith - posted on 01/15/2010

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Well nursing my son helped alot and i changed the way i ate! lot of my foods is 100% whole wheat, and i got rid of alot of startches. I hope this is helpful to u.

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Quoting Elizabeth:



Quoting sophia:

Wow I am almost sad to see the posts here! With my daughter (born 9/8/07) I gained too much (65 pounds) she weighed 10 pounds at birth, and I only lost about 20 pounds having her. I nursed her and did not lose a single pound until she was about 10 months… I ran, I ate right, I worked out but nothing worked. By the time she was 15 months I had finally lost all the weight, and then found out I was preggers with my third child! I watched my weight as much as I could, I gained about 40 pounds this time he was 9 pounds (born 9/5/09) I only lost about 15 pounds having him, and I have only been able to drop about 10 pounds! I still have 15 pounds to go… I nurse him, eat well, but I work from home, have an 11 yr old in school, and a 2 year old plus the baby, and find no time to work out…
(I was 16 when I had my first child, and there is a 9 year gap between him and my 2 little ones, so I didn’t use that pregnancy as an example…)





Some people just gain weight. My doctor reassured me of that. I gained 70 pounds with my first baby and I worked out five days a week and ate pretty well (I am a vegetarian). I did have a big baby and excess amniotic fluid too, but still. I got pregnant when my first one was 14 weeks, so that didn't help. I wasn't able to lose all the weight, but I did gain less with the second pregnancy. Don't be too discouraged.  Eating well is the big battle. Exercise as much as you can, even if it's 10 minute increments. good luck!





I know, everyone is different... I just remind myslef that.. LOL That is awesome that you are a vegetarian! I am too, for about 6 years. My daughter is as well, and My newborn will be... My first son isn't though.. and I don't pusht it. What about your kiddos? Are they veggies too?





 





 

Aleaha - posted on 12/31/2009

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Breastfeeding didn't really help me with either pregnancy but with my second I gained a lot less and I have lost most of it already.... but my body shape hasn't changed. I am close to the same size but can't fit into the same pants cause my hips still have not gone back. With my first it did take until she was almost 2 1/2 and I did get preggo againbfore I lost it all. Be patient, I know its hard...

Jaimie - posted on 12/31/2009

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I doubt you gained a million (yikes) but we're all there with ya. Just eat really good, walk when you can, and breast feed as long as you can. I started eating a ton of veggies, walking at least every other day or working out on my own. I got down to my original weight pretty fast. Just don't over do it. You're body isn't the same it use to be pre baby. Work out dvds are always nice. Do a quick 20 min one while you're little one is sleeping. Good luck!

Kayla - posted on 12/30/2009

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idk how i didit, its just having kinds made me thin, i was 180lbs when i got prago with my oldest, and got up to 230lbs, not i am down to 175lbs... I did nothing but run after kids

Odessa - posted on 12/29/2009

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I'm dealing with the same problem right now. I was in a size 14 in jeans before I got pregnant...and now I'm in a 20. But I walk early in the morning for 4 days out of the week, try not to eat so much junk, and give myself a workout while cleaning when I cant leave. (Going up & down the stairs, lifting, etc.) Simple things can definitely become a workout, especially now that you have a baby.

Kathy - posted on 12/29/2009

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I'm going back on the South Beach Diet... I did it before lost 75-80lbs in like 6 months kept it off for about 3-4 years till I got the taste of junk again and put it all back on. Well the diet and walking about 45 minutes most days.

Elizabeth - posted on 12/28/2009

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Quoting sophia:

Wow I am almost sad to see the posts here! With my daughter (born 9/8/07) I gained too much (65 pounds) she weighed 10 pounds at birth, and I only lost about 20 pounds having her. I nursed her and did not lose a single pound until she was about 10 months… I ran, I ate right, I worked out but nothing worked. By the time she was 15 months I had finally lost all the weight, and then found out I was preggers with my third child! I watched my weight as much as I could, I gained about 40 pounds this time he was 9 pounds (born 9/5/09) I only lost about 15 pounds having him, and I have only been able to drop about 10 pounds! I still have 15 pounds to go… I nurse him, eat well, but I work from home, have an 11 yr old in school, and a 2 year old plus the baby, and find no time to work out…
(I was 16 when I had my first child, and there is a 9 year gap between him and my 2 little ones, so I didn’t use that pregnancy as an example…)


Some people just gain weight. My doctor reassured me of that. I gained 70 pounds with my first baby and I worked out five days a week and ate pretty well (I am a vegetarian). I did have a big baby and excess amniotic fluid too, but still. I got pregnant when my first one was 14 weeks, so that didn't help. I wasn't able to lose all the weight, but I did gain less with the second pregnancy. Don't be too discouraged.  Eating well is the big battle. Exercise as much as you can, even if it's 10 minute increments. good luck!





 

Elizabeth - posted on 12/28/2009

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Great response. I would just add that eating organic as much as you can also helps, especially fruits and vegetables. I am vegetarian, so that is also a plus. :)

Teresa - posted on 12/28/2009

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Wow! How depressed am I! I gained 15 pounds total during my pregnancy and my daughter was 5 pounds 9 ounces. I have GAINED weight since she was born, but my gynecologist put me on the depo shot which causes weight gain, and it did!!! I was looking forward to putting my regular jeans on because I had gained so little weight during the pregnancy that I thought it was a given! I had to buy jeans 2 sizes bigger. I try to eat right (the holidays killed that). I was told that it takes 9 months to gain the weight, so it will take that long to lose it! I am not going to be discouraged and keep working. I guess turning 30 took its toll on me!

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Wow I am almost sad to see the posts here! With my daughter (born 9/8/07) I gained too much (65 pounds) she weighed 10 pounds at birth, and I only lost about 20 pounds having her. I nursed her and did not lose a single pound until she was about 10 months… I ran, I ate right, I worked out but nothing worked. By the time she was 15 months I had finally lost all the weight, and then found out I was preggers with my third child! I watched my weight as much as I could, I gained about 40 pounds this time he was 9 pounds (born 9/5/09) I only lost about 15 pounds having him, and I have only been able to drop about 10 pounds! I still have 15 pounds to go… I nurse him, eat well, but I work from home, have an 11 yr old in school, and a 2 year old plus the baby, and find no time to work out…
(I was 16 when I had my first child, and there is a 9 year gap between him and my 2 little ones, so I didn’t use that pregnancy as an example…)

Brittany - posted on 12/27/2009

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I"m sorry but Breastfeeding didn't help me lose that much weight, I did lose to almost all of it the first 2 weeks, but shortly after I started gaining again, I am chasing a 3 and a 2 year old along with having my 3 month old and breastfeeding, and for the most part I eat healthy, but I gained back 8 pounds and it stopped there, not losing or gaining.... I lost weight really easy with the other 2, but this time around it is MUCH harder! Good luck and keep your head up high it's only been a few months and if you try hard enough you will succeed! 2010 marks a new year and new start and I am looking foward to dropping a few more pounds!

Sheri - posted on 12/27/2009

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I gained about 40 lbs during my whole preganacy and lost about 2 months after having my son. I am pretty sure I lost most of that right after having my son (he was a big boy and I had alot of fluid).

I am not sure how much I have lost now but I lost more by going back to work which, I run around constantly!

Caithlin - posted on 12/27/2009

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breastfeeding...i was in my old jeans(and even a size smaller) within a week and a half of having my daughter!

Micaela - posted on 12/26/2009

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You know, I actually didn't exercise. i slept a lot, ate normally and drank a lot of water. I haven't exercised since I had my daughter (sept 4th) lol because I'm always busy and when I went home i was 160, now I am 115 again. And I lost that all in the first week of having her. I think the water helped a lot- do you drink a lot of water ?
I don't breastfeed, but I think having to walk reiya around from the time she wakes up until she sleeps is exercise haha.

Rachel - posted on 12/26/2009

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I cannot say enough for breastfeeding. If you are able to breastfeed it is well worth it for you and baby. I have lost the 13kgs I gained during my pregnancy and bub is thriving.

Teleena - posted on 12/22/2009

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i have lost almost all of my baby weight by joining weight watchers, and excersizing. this is my third baby and he is only three months old. with my second baby it took much longer, then i found weight watchers and it was wonderful!!!

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Since ive had my daughter almost three months ago I have lost 20 lbs by doing:15 min of cardio daily, 15 min of palates with weight lifting! Eating healthy is very helpful aswell ;) good luck!

Carla - posted on 12/13/2009

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I did not gain much during my both pregnacies, but the best advice I can give you is: #1 of all BREASTFEEDING, #2 keep the same diet you had when pregnant, this means eat several times a day (4-6), and drink lots of water. Make short walks of ten minutes throughout the day adding up to 40 mins. in total. This is my regular rutine and after 3 months of giving birth I have the weight I used to have ten years ago. Good Luck and dont push too hard on yourself. After all you just created a new human being.

Emily - posted on 12/10/2009

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Ditto to the previous poster. Breastfeeding, chasing toddlers & eating well. I'm a SAHM, so I don't really work (other than the never-ending housework). I've always worked off the weight (and more) before getting pregnant again, and with nursing twins this time around, I'm already back to pre-pregnancy weight... and the twins are only 3 months old. :)

Be patient with it though. I have a couple of friends who said they didn't lose any weight while breastfeeding until their child was a year old... then the pounds just melted off. :)

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Breast feeding, running after tots, working, eating well...take your kids on walks every day!!! I worked off the weight from #2 quick (already 5lbs under that) but I'm still 20lbs over what I was when I started w/#1 :( Try to stay positive! It takes soo many months to gain the weight it'll take atleast that to work it off...the important thing is to make your meals from scratch rather then from boxes, fast food=fruits/vegetables! Cut out unnecessary calories (coffee, alcohol, sauces, etc) Drink water! Make it your go to drink!!! Anything else is just adding calories to your diet! Calories in VS calories out is important! I wouldn't starve yourself (this makes your body go into fat storage mode and will have the opposite result you desire!) Eat healthy snacks! Cut out anything w/high fructose corn syrup! Eat multigrain bread (orowheat does not contain HFCS). Use multigrains whenever poss. (flour, pasta, rice, pancake batter) Most of all, you have to try! Most of my g/f's said they got down to prebaby weight by the child's 3rd bday...due to things like not trying too hard, don't work yourself up over it! It'll come off if you make LIFE CHANGES to do so! I emphasize life changes because diets are bad!!! Diets are temporary fixes that never last! Life changes are things that can last forever and make you healthier in the long run!!! Once your baby is walking it'll come off easier, you'll never be able to sit down!!! :) Good luck!

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