Q&A: post-partum weight loss

I got a question from an anonymous mom who was very upset that she was still 20 pounds over her pre-pregnancy weight and her baby was “already” 6 weeks old. She was angry that she hadn’t lost the baby weight yet. I explained to her that it took her body 9 months to put on that baby weight, so she couldn’t expect to drop it all in a month, and that if she did lose so much weight so quickly it probably wouldn’t be healthy for her.

She asked me what a realistic expectation was, and I said that I knew very few women who’d lost the weight before 4 months post-partum, but 9 seemed to be the magic number with a first baby. And even women who lost the weight before 9 months felt like things didn’t start to go back into place before then.

So I’m asking today for some data points. Tell how long it took you to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight and size, which baby it was, whether you were breastfeeding, and any other special circumstances.

With my first I lost the weight by 9 months, and then lost another size over the next year. I was breastfeeding, and walked a ton with the baby in a carrier, and was basically trying to wil myself to perfection since I knew my life was in bad shape.

With my second I actually put on weight after he was born to hide myself. I was breastfeeding and running after a preschooler, but eating my emotions and maintaining the protective barrier so it all stayed on. It’s coming off slowly but surely, so I’m the size I was pre-pregnancy with my first, but still have a way to go to get to my true fighting weight.

What about you? I’m trying to collect as many data points as possible so women looking for the reality of post-partum weight loss can find it here.

356 thoughts on “Q&A: post-partum weight loss”

  1. With my first I lost all my pregnancy weight within 6 weeks–I wasn’t breastfeeding, but most of my weight was a result of major swelling and my 10 1/2 pound baby. With my second, who is now 18 months, I am still 10 pounds away from pre-pregnancy weight. I breastfed her for 11 months, lost about 1/2 the weight, then put a bunch on as a result of depression. Now I am working on getting down below my pre-pregnancy weight, since I was still 10 pounds heavier than I would’ve liked when I got pregnant.I know lots of moms who have success with Weight Watchers post baby. Even if you are breastfeeding, you can do WW (this is a recent change–they used to not allow breastfeeding moms). Since she is 6 weeks post-partum, it is a safe time to begin.
    Good luck and be patient! Your body will never be the same as before, but I consider that a real blessing!

  2. With my first I lost all my pregnancy weight within 6 weeks–I wasn’t breastfeeding, but most of my weight was a result of major swelling and my 10 1/2 pound baby. With my second, who is now 18 months, I am still 10 pounds away from pre-pregnancy weight. I breastfed her for 11 months, lost about 1/2 the weight, then put a bunch on as a result of depression. Now I am working on getting down below my pre-pregnancy weight, since I was still 10 pounds heavier than I would’ve liked when I got pregnant.I know lots of moms who have success with Weight Watchers post baby. Even if you are breastfeeding, you can do WW (this is a recent change–they used to not allow breastfeeding moms). Since she is 6 weeks post-partum, it is a safe time to begin.
    Good luck and be patient! Your body will never be the same as before, but I consider that a real blessing!

  3. Took the weight off in 9 mo, but never got the shape back. Second baby has left about ten extra pounds on me and more curves, but I gained a bra size from the whole deal, so I figure the compensation is overall ok! And, as data points- first baby was breastfed part time 10 months, second not at all.

  4. Took the weight off in 9 mo, but never got the shape back. Second baby has left about ten extra pounds on me and more curves, but I gained a bra size from the whole deal, so I figure the compensation is overall ok! And, as data points- first baby was breastfed part time 10 months, second not at all.

  5. It took me two years to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight, but I was still a size bigger than I was before I got pregnant. Definitely some shifting of stuff going on there. I wasn’t able to exercise much toward the end of my pregnancy or for the first year after my baby was born because of a ligament injury sustained while I was pregnant (in pre-natal yoga–really!) that took a year post-partum to heal.I’m pregnant again and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be more manageable this time. I’m not going anywhere near the yoga, just walking, so I hope to be able to stay active throughout the pregnancy and afterward.
    I remember being so depressed a few months after my son was born and crying to my husband about how awful I looked. He said something helpful like, well, go to the gym if you don’t feel good about yourself. I told him this time that he needs to tell me (if I feel bad about it) that it will all come off eventually just like it did the last time. And no heroic efforts are really needed.

  6. At about 12 months I was my prepregnancy weight, but it is redistributed. My waist is thicker, breasts larger, but legs and hips slimmer due to chasing the busy toddler. I am focusing on being happy with how well my body functions, rather than how great it looks (or doesn’t). Being a mom has given me the confidence to accept this.

  7. I have 1 baby, and I lost all of my pre-pregnancy weight within the first 6 months. However, I’m just now, after 20 months, starting to feel like my tummy pooch is finally going away. For what it’s worth, I had a c-section and breast fed for 18 months.

  8. With my first, I put on like 50 pounds. I lost the “Baby” part of it at the 6 week checkup (about 20 lbs for baby + fluid). I got down pretty close to my pre-preg weight by 18 months with Weight Watchers and exercise. But only momentarily. I gained a lot of it back when my MIL moved in with us (protective barrier).With the second, I only gained about 20 pounds and most of it was gone by the 6 week checkup. So, although I lost the baby weight, this is not a super-healthy weight, but it is easy to maintain. But really it’s taken 18 months for my proportions to go back to how they were before. My waist is still not real waisty.

  9. I breastfed my first for 14 months. I gained 30 pounds with that pregnancy, and was within 5 pounds of my prepregnancy weight at my 6 week check up. I lost the rest very quickly on weight watchers at about 4 months post partum. Things looked and felt different though. I liked the WW program for breastfeeding moms, but I remember feeling SO HUNGRY. Then, when DD started eating solids, I kept eating like I was exclusively breastfeeding, which lead to a gain of about 5 pounds.I am currently 34 weeks pregnant with baby #2. Weight gain has been pretty similar to my first pregnancy, and I started at about the same weight. I breastfed #1 until the day I got the positive pregnancy test (just kind of worked out that way). So, I never really felt like I “got my body back” after baby #1. Thats a major goal for me this next year.

  10. I have an almost 4 mo. old. I am two pounds away from pre-pregnancy weight, BUT nothing looks the same. Belly is still sticking out, thighs still brush together. I’m breastfeeding and running three days a week. I’m also still eating to keep calories up so I can pump when I go back to work, today!

  11. Hmmm- I’m 34 weeks pregnant with #2 and HUGE right now, but if I remember correctly…. I was back to within 5 lbs of my pre-pregnancy weight at about 6-8 weeks and could wear my regular pants again. I think that last 5 lbs took ages to come off, but was gone between 9 and 12 months.I breastfed, ate like a horse, and didn’t exercise beyond walking with the baby (every day! She has always loved to be outside) until about a year post-partum. I couldn’t have dairy for the first 8 months, though, and since my major weaknesses are ice cream and cheese, that probably helped.
    I ended up about 5 lbs lighter than pre-pregnancy, but a slightly different shape, and needed to buy some new clothes to look good.
    And then I got pregnant again.
    I certainly know women who took up to a year to lose the weight, and they were breastfeeding. I think it is different for everyone, and have always considered myself lucky for the trajectory I had. I HATE how we judge ourselves against hollywood moms who have the money for lots of help with the baby and personal training…. It is not realistic. Go easy on yourself.

  12. It took me about 4 months to lose my pregnancy weight.I gained 45 pds on a pretty small frame. I have a high metabolism and I remember feeling the exact same way you do now. I distinctly recall shopping for pants a few weeks after E was born and making my husband take me home because I was so upset that I was a size 11. Very ridiculous in hind-sight.
    But, I didn’t lose it by doing nothing. I joined an intense Muai Tai kick boxing class and went twice a week. I am always out walking and I also breastfed until she was 7 months. When I went back to work I lost even more weight (maybe too much), but the stress of being a full time teacher and a mom was quite a lot to handle.
    Now I’m pregnant with number 2 and have not gained much at all so far. At 17 weeks I think I’m still around my pre-pregnancy weight. I attribute that to a VERY active 2 year old.

  13. Age at time of pregnancy/birth: 31Numer of children: 1
    Height: 5’4″
    Weight at eight week check-up/ultrasound to confirm pregnancy: 108 lbs.
    Weight at 9 months pregnant: 143 lbs.
    Birth: Vaginal
    Breastfed: No
    Weight eight weeks post-partum: 123 lbs.
    Weight four months PP: 117 lbs.
    Weight twelve months PP: 113 lbs.
    Weight 24 months PP: 110 lbs.
    I went back to work at three months PP and wore some of my maternity clothes and bought a few things a size up from my pre-pregnancy size. The extra few pounds sit around my hips (I had no hips pre-pregnancy) and I still have/will always have extra tummy skin. Overall the physical return to “normal” was so much easier and quicker than the mental/emotional. That would be a harder timeline to chart.

  14. Still 20 pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight, and my first just turned 9 months old. I was down to 10 pounds after his birth, but put on 10 in the first couple months while breast-feeding!!! It was probably due to blood sugar issues.My biggest obstacle has been eating to mask my unhappiness with everything else in my life. I think I am finally at a point to overcome the emotional eating.

  15. I never lost all of the weight with my first baby but that was likely because my pre-pregnancy weight was totally unsustainable in the long term (I am 5’9″ and weighed 120 before getting pregnant). It took me about 5 to 6 months to get to my bottom sustainable weight of around 127 or 128. I quit breastfeeding my son at 14 months and put on 5 pounds almost immediately but then got pregnant the next month so its hard for me to say if those extra pounds would have stayed on or not, if I had not become pregnant.I have had terrible nausea this pregnancy that is only cured by having something in my stomach at all times so I’ve put on a bit more weight than I did last time. I would be happy if I got back to me pre-pregnancy weight (somewhere between 127 and 135) by 9 to 12 months postpartum.

  16. I have one 2-year-old.I had lost the pregnancy weight by the time he was 4 weeks old, but wasn’t anywhere near fitting into pre-pregnancy clothes by then. It took at least 3 months to even think about zipping jeans, and it was probably at about the magic 9-month point when I started to feel like I was somewhat ‘normal’ again. And it wasn’t until after I stopped breastfeeding at 12 months that I was able to lose the 5-10 pounds I put on before getting pregnant.
    You gotta have patience. Like Moxie says, it takes 9 months to get your body into childbearing condition, takes 9 months to get it back to something similar to what it was before.

  17. with my first child, I lost the baby weight by twelve weeks and was back to pretty near my pre-partum figure– I was EBFing and walking all over creation during my leave. But over the next year, I put ten pounds back on as my husband and I were both working crazy hours and I could barely exercise and was fighting off PPD (the kid would not sleep!). Then my husband quit his job, mine lightened up, and I started exercising again and I lost the weight over the next six months and finally started feeling healthy and fit again.At eleven weeks post-partum, and EBFing, I’m within six pounds of my pre-partum weight and can wear most of my clothes. But I gained almost 20% more weight (and had a baby who was 30% bigger than my first!) Formal exercise hasn’t been worked into the WOTH schedule yet, but I’ll make it happen, although I feel pretty fit.
    FWIW, both my ob/gyn and my lactation consultant remineded me that age and lactation may dictate a different healthy weight for me at this time then what I think is my “ideal” weight.

  18. I gained 40lbs with my son (first baby), and lost about half right away. He was 9lbs 15oz., and I had plumped up with water, so that was part of the loss. I had a C-section, so I couldn’t exercise for 6-8 weeks after the birth, but I was breastfeeding so that helped, too.A lot more came off between 8 weeks and 6 months, but since then it’s been a struggle. The last 6 pounds are just hanging around taunting me. My son is now 16 months old and I suspect it will take me until he’s 2 to really, really get back to my pre-pregnancy weight.
    However, like everyone else my shape is different. I never had a proper waist, so that’s fine, but my breasts are a size smaller (!). Also, my lower-front tummy is sort of poochy and I don’t like to have anything squeezing it. So I buy slightly different trousers and tops.
    I think that once your child starts to eat solids things get easier. For me, that period started me thinking about what my son was observing. So I ate more veggies and tried to model healthy eating, and a bit of weight came off. Likewise, when he got more mobile, my activity level increased, and that took off a bit more, as well.

  19. Age at time of pregnancy/birth: 30 / 32Numer of children: 2
    BABY #1:
    Height: 5’4″
    Weight at eight week check-up/ultrasound to confirm pregnancy: 128 lbs.
    Weight at 9 months pregnant: 162 lbs.
    Birth: Vaginal
    Breastfed: 13 months
    Weight eight weeks post-partum: 145 lbs.
    Weight four months PP: 140 lbs.
    Weight twelve months PP: 130 lbs.
    Weight 24 months PP: 132 lbs
    BABY #2:
    Age at time of pregnancy/birth: 32
    Weight at eight week check-up/ultrasound to confirm pregnancy: 134 lbs.
    Weight at 9 months pregnant: 162 lbs.
    Birth: Vaginal
    Breastfed: 11 months + counting
    Weight eight weeks post-partum: 145 lbs.
    Weight four months PP: 140 lbs.
    Weight eleven months PP: 132 lbs.
    I don’t eat to lose weight but I try to maintain a healthy diet (lots of fruits & veg, lots of protein, limited simple carbs). I exercise every day but intensity varies a great deal. I credit any weight loss to breastfeeding. I think I eat far more calories that it would take to maintain this weight if I were not still nursing.

  20. My pre-pre-pregnancy weight was around 120; I quit smoking three months before I conceived my first, and gained 20 pounds, making my pre-pregnancy weight 140. I gained 45-50 pounds during the pregnancy, and was somewhere around 185-190 when I gave birth. My son breastfed exclusively from birth.I was about 175 immediately after delivery and down to 165 within a week (probably mostly water weight from IVs accounting for that 10 pounds). I managed to lose 5-10 pounds in the first six weeks, then promptly put it all back on at two months because of a vacation and a very, very nice Italian restaurant.
    I was probably nine or ten months postpartum when my pelvis realigned itself. I went down a full size, maybe two, without losing any weight at all.
    I was down to about 140 when my son was two, which was technically my pre-pregnancy weight but was still big for me. I put 10 pounds back on due entirely to beer. I got down to 135 with diet, exercise, and weaning, when he was nearly three. Then I immediately got pregnant again. Ha ha, universe.

  21. First: about 8 months to my pre-pregnancy weight, and that was with breastfeeding and a lot of walking.Second: I’ve gained weight post-pregnancy because I’ve been doing a lot of procastibaking (and eating) instead of studying at night. Plus, the first is now a toddler who wants to constantly explore, so walking at a pace that increases my heart rate is nearly impossible. As the baby is coming up to his first birthday and has been weaning himself I’ve been thinking I need to make some healthier choices around food and exercise. Soon!

  22. I gained about 30 pounds with each child and breastfed each for 2.5 years. In both cases I was back to pre-pregnancy weight by 4 months (IMO aided by WOH – I do not exercise, and my activity level at work is higher than at home), and went through a phase of underweight at 9-10 months (a real killer nursing phase for my kids!) I should note I am a total ectomorph, genetically.My kids are now 3 and 6 and I stopped breastfeeding in March. I am back to my original bra size, which I hadn’t seen since 2002; I feel a little saggier but I’m also 7 years older than I was in 2002, you know? I definitely have a little belly pooch that I never had before, much of it just looser skin, but some of it is a little pad of fat. Overall I think I am about 5 pounds heavier on average than I was before I had kids, but I attribute most of that to age (I am about to be 37) and my job change (VERY sedentary, sigh) rather than the kids.

  23. I have no idea about weight becuase I don’t weigh myself – but I know that I was into my pre-pregnancy jeans about 4 months after my son was born. I was breastfeeding. He weaned at 9 months and I put a bunch of weight back on at that point (I think because I was still eating enough for two). Still working on it.

  24. I have a 9-month-old and yes, just today I weighed myself and am the weight I was before I got pregnant. It took 9 months. (I am 5’6 and was 128-ish before pregnancy and gained almost 40 pounds before I gave birth.) I breastfeed and pump at work although as my son eats more solids it’s less and less every day.I *completely* sympathize with the questioner – I heard about 5,000 times when I was pregnant “9 months on, 9 months off” and although intellectually I understood this concept I still thought to myself “yes, and for ME, it will be 2 months” or 4 months or whatever. It felt like forever before I could wear my jeans again. FWIW I was kind of a wreck 6 weeks postpartum and spent a couple days channeling that nervous energy into obsessing about losing the weight, so that might be what’s going on you, too.
    and not that any advice is needed, but I bought the 30-day shred about that time and it helped a lot. I could do it while the baby napped (or rolled on the floor next to me) and it felt like I was Doing Something about losing weight without actually trying for longer than 20 min a day.

  25. My first was born at 28wks so I hadn’t gained as much and lost all the pregancy weight in the first month or so (of course, it could have also been the stress of a NICU baby but we won’t complicate things). My 2nd was full-term and he’s turning 3 this December and I’m still up 20lbs (I was already overweight before kids but had a plateau weight that my body prefers – it’s now 20lbs higher of a plateau).My oldest starts full-day kindergarten this year, though, and the youngest still takes naps so I’ll be able to get on the treadmill daily and maybe lose some of this excess.

  26. I was down to pre-pregnancy weight 2 weeks after my son’s birth… but I was breastfeeding and it was going horribly, so I was getting up every 90 minutes to pump and was totally wiped out. I then swtiched to forumla, got some sanity back, but put back on 10 pounds. I stayed there until I found out I was pregnant again when my son turned 3 months old.Considering we did 5 years of fertility treatments to get preganant with #1… and I’m now naturally pregnant with twins.. I’m another HaHa Univerise story. I can’t wait to get my body back. I haven’t been in charge of my body for over 5 years now (thank you fertility drugs). Is that possible with 3 under the age of one? Please say yes.

  27. I have one child. I don’t really use a scale, but I pretty much fit into all my old clothes by 4 1/2 or 5 months postpartum, except my breasts were a lot bigger than they used to be–so I probably still weighed a bit more. I was exclusively breastfeeding during that time, and am still breastfeeding at 22 months. My breasts have slowly deflated over the last year or so. I felt like I lost the last bit of weight after I went back to work at 4 months, perhaps because my commute to work includes a one mile walk to the subway.

  28. I gained 50 lbs with my son. I lost 20 by week 1 and at my 6 wk. check up almost 25 after another 3 months I’d had lost 30 of the 50 and then we did an elimination diet due to thinking my little guy may have allergies and I lost the rest and then some over the past 4 months. I’m thinner now than ever before with huge giant boobs!! I’ve have a closet full of clothes I can’t wear and am on the fence about ditching most and slowly getting things that work. My legs, hip, and butt are really tiny for me, I’m usually a rock solid 10 but have been in 8’s and 6’s gasp!! We EBF and he is just starting to get into solids at 10/11 months. He also doesn’t sleep through the night and I’m convinced that I burn extra calories being up so much! I also wore my maternity clothes till he was at least 4 months old and yoga pants, even if the weight comes off your still in this very different body and I prefer to be comfortable.

  29. It’s 22 months since the Rascals were born. I gained over 50 lbs with them (twins) and was too tired to exercize during the pregnancy. We nursed for 15 months.I was within 25 pounds or so of pre-pregnancy weight within a few months. I was too sleep-deprived to do anything about the weight, so I didn’t check often. I’m still 15 lbs away from pre-pregancy weight. I’d like to drop at least 10. As others have mentioned, my shape is very different: tummy pooch, still have swayback posture, carrying weight in my upper torso and arms, as well as the usual hips and thighs.
    Even more than the weight, I want to get stronger so I am better able to stave off the aches and pains, which are much more common now. I was amazed at what my body was able to do during the pregnancy. It’s harder to think about that now and be happy the way it is now, but that’s one of the reasons I’m trying to focus on strength and ability, rather than weight and shape.

  30. First baby at age 29, 5’7″ 125lbs the day I found out I was pregnant.I gained 40lbs during the pregnancy, at the end I swelled up horribly due to severe pre-eclampsia.
    By 3 months post-partum I was back to 125lbs, but not back to my original size. I’m 9 months post-partum now and still 125lbs, but things still aren’t firm, or in the same place they were before. I have a pooch, and with every meal I look 4 months pregnant again.
    I too was horribly disappointed at my 6 weeks post-partum visit, because I was under the impression that everything would be back to normal by then, and I was SOOOO not back to normal.
    Anyway, my stomach may be stretched funny and be much looser than before, but by 6 – 9 months post-partum, I definitely started feeling like a normal human being again.
    Oh, and I breastfed through 6 months.

  31. When I got pregnant with my first, I was at my highest weight ever. I gained 20 lbs when I quit smoking and figured it was pointless to try to lose it if I was just going to get pregnant. I have no idea how much weight I put on during the pregnancy because I simply quit looking at the scales after about 6 months. I estimate 50 lbs. I dropped 30 lbs in the first 3 months, but it took me another 6 months to lose the all of baby weight and all of the smoking weight. I kept losing slowly, but I was at least a year post-partum before I felt like my body was really mine again. I did not breastfeed. Even after I lost the weight, things felt shaped wrong, or like they were in the wrong places. I don’t know if anything really happened in those last months or if I just got used to my new body.I am pregnant again and am just starting to show. I am more ambivalent about it that I expected. With my first, the pregnancy weight and showing was a relief. It was like I was saying, “I haven’t gained that much weight, I am just pregnant.” The pregnancy let me off the hook. I don’t have the safety of extra weight to hide behind this time, and I am feeling self-conscious and uncomfortable. Those feelings are a surprise.

  32. My experience is not typical, but here it is, for an outlier data point:I started out overweight, but not at my weightiest, when I did my third/last ivf. Ended the pregnancy 5 pounds over my starting weight, and was down to 30 pounds under pre-pregnancy weight by a couple weeks after birth (the first time I weighed myself). For reference, at that point I was still not at a good weight according to the BMI police/charts.
    Now, the kid is 27 months old, and I have gained 20 pounds, that is, still below where I started, but not a welcome trend. I’m still breastfeeding, but not exercising. (I happened to be on leave when I was pregnant, and took very good care of myself, though not of my research project, and I walked every day with the baby till I went back to work at 7 months pp).
    My nutritionist/therapist said it usually takes a year to get back to pre-pregnancy weight. (My response: I don’t want to get back to that!)

  33. One more thing–I have always been lucky when it comes to metabolism, and I do feel like my body is pretty much the same as it was pre-baby, except for a lot more breast sagginess–and that sagginess does make me sad–but it is at least possible if the stars are properly aligned for belly, hips, etc., to return to pre-baby state. I know this comment may seem obnoxious, but I chime in because I always got so depressed when I was pregnant reading the long litany of how it never will be the same again.

  34. I was back in my prepregnancy jeans a week after delivery and am now two pants sizes down. I couldn’t tell you about weight – it’s not something I keep tabs on…I am breastfeeding, had an average sized baby 7 lbs 9 oz, but had a seriously restricted diet for the last two months of pregnancy, trying to keep my blood sugar in check, so I only gained 17 lbs in total.
    I am pinning it on the breastfeeding and all the walking I do now I don’t have a desk job. Carrying an increasingly heavy baby helps, too.
    I realize I’m atypical though.

  35. this post is depressing the hell out of me. 19 months later, still not back to my pre-pregnancy.I only gained 25 pounds during my pregnancy and stupidly thought that since I gained the recommended amount of weight and I was exclusively breasfeeding it would disappear no problem. Ha!
    Still 10 pounds and 2 sizes up. I hope that when I wean in the next few months that will finally clue my body in that it can drop those pounds. My kid is also FINALLY sleeping through the night most nights at 19 months so hopefully getting more than 3-4 hours of sleep at a time will help with weight loss too. Because this SUCKS and is seriously making me not want to get pregnant again right now. I can’t imagine putting my body through another pregnancy when I don’t even feel recovered from my first one.
    Would love to see a post about the rest of the recovery from pregnancy/labor/birth. I had an uncomplicated vaginal delivery and it was 6 months before I could have sex at all without extreme pain and a year before it was pain free. Oh, and had residual back pain from my epidural for about 4 months. And my stomach muscles were so weak I had back pain for a year total. I still have a huge belly that I didn’t have at all before birth and look about 5 months pregnant. I just figured because I was young and healthy I would bounce right back.

  36. Age when pregnant: 38/42Prepreg weight: 120, both times
    Delivery weight: 145, and 140
    C-section babies, 9 lb 4 oz/8 lb 15 oz
    Breastfed both: 3 yrs 2 mo/2 years 5 mo (six years without stopping!)
    The thing for me was it took time to get my stomach muscles back and overcoming fear of having anything touch my stomach – like jeans’ zippers. Ouch! I held off too long. Lived in tees and sweats.
    I have a tendency NOT to eat when stressed and spent much of the time between first and second babies stressed out.
    Shifting has definitely occurred and the boobs have almost completely disappeared, sob. I never really had a waist before kids anyway, so it’s not missed much now. I just adjusted styles a bit. All my life people commented on my thinness and postbaby I was so mushy soft – it took awhile for that to go away. Yoga helped a lot.
    I think the hardest thing for first-time moms is adjusting to the we-ness, and loss of identity. Clothes go right to that issue. Self-esteem is so touchy at that time, and then you throw hormones into the mix.
    I’ll share the best advice I got: Be gentle with yourself. Give it time.

  37. Forgot one thing: It was all far easier with the second baby. Less weight gain, easier weight loss after, back in regular clothes sooner, yadda.

  38. I nursed twins for a year. I went back to work after six months and was about 10 lbs heavier from the time I returned to work until I stopped nursing/pumping. I eventually lost the extra 10 lbs. after another six months (babies were 18 months old) but found that my body had changed its shape — a little softer in the hips and thighs, and a bit smaller on top.

  39. Gained 65-75 lb with twins (stopped weighing myself after around 60 lb). Breastfed. I probably dropped down to about 40 lb over pre-preg weight by….4 months? And then it took until they were about a year old to drop the next 20 lb. I’m still 20 lb over pre-preg weight (kids are two and a half), fluctuating about 5 lb up an down over that past year and a half but that is in large part because I wasn’t trying to lose the weight…just too lazy. Two weeks ago I started to take it seriously, and I’m hoping to be back down to pre-preg weight by the end of Decemeber.I had a “post-partum shape” even before I got pregnant (slightly saggy breasts, fleshy tummy), so I don’t expect to ever have a flat tummy and perky boobs.

  40. I was significantly overweight when I got pregnant, so I only gained about 20 pounds during my pregnancy (not counting the 10lbs of water I retained in the last 3 weeks when my blood pressure skyrocketed!). I was back down to my pre-pregnancy weight by about 12 weeks post-partum (although everything had shifted). My son just turned 2, and I kept the weight off for about a year, I think – I breastfed until he was 15 months. But I’ve started gaining again, and I’m now about 10-15lbs heavier than I was when I got pregnant. Ugh. Unfortunately, this is about the same pattern I was on before I got pregnant, and I know that I can’t blame it on the pregnancy!

  41. Rhia – me too!! My weight got too low.Auburnlocks – have you considered changing obs? Sounds like you had an exceptionally rough time.

  42. I lost all of my pregnancy weight by the 6 wk checkup, but it wasn’t a good thing. I was breastfeeding, dealing with a colicky newborn and a husband who thought “helping” was telling me all the things other people thought I should be doing. I ended up losing 20 lbs more and miserable.Now I have an 18 month old, a husband who knows to just smile and nod at his relatives’ crazy advice, and I’m probably 10-15 lbs overweight. MUCH happier though!

  43. I lost most of it gradually over about 8 or 9 months, and although I’m pretty close to my pre-pregnancy weight, I don’t quite fit into all my old pants. Still a bit bigger around the waist than I was.

  44. With both of my pregnancies, I was overweight going into it, so I didn’t gain that much during the pregnancy (about 20-22 lbs). In both pregnancies, I ended up with slimmer hips and thighs and a thicker middle and bigger breasts. I’ve always been a true pear shape, so I actually didn’t mind this transition!With my 1st, I was down to my pre-pregnancy weight at my 6-week checkup BUT I was still overweight. I breastfed for 2 years, but didn’t change my eating habits, so no more weight came off. Still felt like a fat mom.
    With my 2nd, I also lost the pre-pregnancy weight quickly, but this time, I also changed my diet. I’ve eliminated grains, most dairy, sugar and processed foods. I didn’t do this to lose weight, but because I was trying to figure out what was bothering my nursing infant.
    On this diet (the Paleo diet…highly recommend checking the book out at your library), I’ve lost an additional 23 lbs. So now I weigh less than I have in 15 or so years.
    I know that, for some people, breastfeeding really helps take the weight off, but I’ve also had friends who’ve told me that they tend to eat more when they breastfeed, so they only lost the baby weight once they weaned. I think it’s very individual.
    I wonder if women who were thin to begin with have a harder time with the extra pounds once the baby’s born. I’ve been “fluffy” for a long time, so it didn’t bother me all that much. :o)

  45. As others have said here, even if you lose all the weight you gained during pregnancy, you will probably be shaped differently. Your pre-pregnancy clothes may never fit right again.Please please please try to let go of the need to get back to a pre-pregnancy weight and instead focus on being good to yourself. Give yourself adequate nutrition, exercise, and sleep (as far as possible). Remember that your body may store extra energy in the form of fat while you are under stress (lack of sleep, broken sleep, breast-feeding).

  46. First baby, gained about 45 total. Was down to 15 over by 6 weeks and then back to pre-pregnancy about 6 months. I kept on losing, unfortunately (hadn’t been heavy before), through a couple winters of nursing through baby colds and illnesses. I bottomed out around college weight in the second winter and then came back up.Athletically though, I found losing the baby weight did not at all correspond to having my old body back. I was really only back to normal there after weaning, which I did at 2 years.

  47. My daughter will be a year in a week, and I just fit in to my pre-preg pants yesterday. I’ve always been petite and kind of liked the post-partum curviness. What fun to have cleavage! Hips! A belly!Incidentally, I’ve really enjoyed going to zumba once a week for the last few months, especially since post-baby I haven’t been out dancing once! It’s good exercise, and for 45 minutes, it kind of reminds me of my former swinging life.
    I’m wishing everyone here acceptance of your shape and self-love and opportunities to dance . . .

  48. I just had my 5th child almost 5 weeks ago and I am about 10 lbs out of pre-preg weight.1st baby 1994 – weight gone in 2 months
    2nd baby 2001 – weight gone in 9 months
    3rd baby 2007 – weight not completely gone becaue got pregnant again 3 months later.
    4th baby 2008 – weight gone in 2 months
    5th baby 2009 – I’m almost 5 weeks post partum and have about 10 lbs to lose to get back to pre-preg weight from 2006.
    Did not breastfeed with any children, I only walk for excercise but I also live in a two story home and with all these kids, I am up and down 18 steps a zillion types a day so I think my workout is just caring for all my kids.

  49. Age when pregnant: 35Pre-preg weight: 120 (height 5’6)
    Weight at 9 months: 149
    Birth: vaginal
    Breastfed: Full-time/pumping for 8 mon, then before/after work for another year-ish.
    Weight 2 weeks post-partum: 128
    Weight 6 weeks post-partum: 122
    Weight 4 months pp: 118
    Weight 6 months pp: 114 – clothes literally falling off my hips – had to make major effort to regain.
    Weight 2 yrs pp: 123 (oops! 🙂 just kidding, this seems to be a good weight for my pp body. any thinner and I’m a boob-less wonder.

  50. I gained 35 pounds with my first child and lost it all by 6 months due to exclusive breastfeeding and lots and lots of walking (we lived in a city then, and walking was the way we got around/cheap entertainment). I had milk production/pumping problems and introduced some formula when he was 9 months old, and I immediately began to gain weight. When he weaned entirely, I gained about 5 more pounds within, like, a day.I gained 35 pounds with my second child also, but it felt like more since I was 10 pounds heavier to start and completely sedentary (we’d moved in with my parents in a suburban neighborhood) and depressed (we lived with my parents…). I hadn’t lost more than 15 pounds of that when she was 6 months old, so I went on Weight Watchers (with 10 extra points for breastfeeding). The weight dripped off quickly, but when I weaned my daughter at age 12 months, I gained 10 pounds again. For me, weaning = 5 to 10 pound weight gain.
    The hardest part about pregnancy weight loss for me has been how quickly I put weight back on after I lose it, but I think that’s mostly due to getting older (I am 35) and moving from a city to a place where no one walks. I’ve been running and biking lots this year and am very happy with my body’s shape, but I’m still 5 or more pounds away from my pre-pregnancy fighting weight. I think it’s time to retire my idea of what I should weigh and accept the new normal.

  51. Baby 1, breastfeeding – back to pre-preg weight within 4 weeks. (gained 40 lbs)Baby 2, breastfeeding – back to pre-preg weight
    at 10 weeks (gained 45 lbs)
    Baby 3, breastfeeding – back to pre-preg weight at 12 weeks (gained 40 lbs)
    Baby 4, breastfeeding – back to pre-preg weight at 12 weeks, (gained 35 lbs) working on losing the 10 pounds I gained before getting pregnant with this baby. Have lost 5 so far.
    I do very little exercise, but I really watch my calories and try to get the extra calories burned from breastfeeding to work for me.

  52. Argh, totally didnt’ fill out my stat sheet!Age when pregnant: 32
    Weight at first checkup: 148
    Weight at delivery: 193
    Breastfeeding: exclusive to 5 mo, continued 2 years
    Delivery: NSVD as they say
    Exercise: lots of walking

  53. First pregnancy: 30 years old, 127 lbs, 5’2”. Gained 32 pounds. Lost it all about 9 mos. post-partum. Actually, I went down to 118. Insert neon flashing signs to accompany the following: *muscle weighs more than fat.* I, personally, think it can be a mistake to follow numbers. I was 118—how marvelous! Except I was exhausted, undernourished, and incredibly weak. Skinny fat, as they say. Second pregnancy, about the same stats for weight gain… Lost it all again at about 9 mos. Then decided I was tired of being weak and exhausted and decided to make some changes. Started taking care of myself. Running. Yoga. Weights. Slowly gained 10 pounds. Now I am strong and healthy. *Beware of the numbers.*Also, I went down a cup size, from a nice B to a fairly boyish A. I like to say that the big huge boobs I don’t have aren’t sagging. It’s something of a consolation.
    My biggest thing here is *give yourself time* and *nourish yourself.* We have beautiful bodies.

  54. Typical pre-pregnancy: 140/150, size 10/12Immediately pre-pregnancy: 120ish, size 4
    (I was sick)
    …Twins…
    Delivery: 200
    2 weeks postpartum: 160, size 16ish
    6 months postpartum: 180–the hell?
    18 months postpartum: 160, size 10/12
    I think that’s pretty weird–I’m the same clothing size that I was before I got pregnant, but with an extra 20 bonus pounds? Eh? I’m not totally sure where it is.

  55. Some cultures say it takes 2 years from conception for a body to return to so called “normal” Breastfeeding lost a lot of the weight for me (I gained 30lbs and lost it by 5 months) and walking walking walking everywhere with my son. 6 weeks is unreasonable for anything to get back to normal after any kind of birth; tummies, vaginas, anything….its just too early. Everybody’s body is different.

  56. 22 months after first (and only so far) I’m still 25 pounds above pre-pregnancy weight. I’ve been exercising so I’m in MUCH better shape than I’ve ever been, but I’ve also been eating, especially lately to deal with frustration (keep your eyes open for an e-mail from me soon if the Get Sam To Nap Again plan doesn’t work this week, Moxie!). I think my big problem is that I’m not prioritizing myself enough to be my healthiest.

  57. With my first, I was able to take off the weight by 9 months or so, which I attribute to structure. I went back to work at 3 months and had gym time and structured eating time.Second baby, I became a stay at home and with two little ones I didn’t have gym time and ate all the time, so I still carried the 20lbs a year later!
    I breastfed both, but for me breastfeeding made me extra hungry and extra tired all the time. It was after breastfeeding that I felt like I was somewhat myself again.

  58. I gained about 30 lbs in my pregnancy (at 30). Within about a month of delivery I had dropped all of that weight and within another month or two another 20 pounds. Yup, that’s right, I’m one of those annoying people that ended up SKINNIER after having a kid than before! In those first weeks I was pumping exclusively, for a kid that insisted on eating every two hours, night and day. I *earned* that weight loss. I did nothing else to lose weight, did not exercise and ate anything and everything I wanted.Sorry.

  59. I was the heaviest I had ever been when I got pregnant at about 150. I got back to that within a couple months but continued to hang out there ever since (15 months later). I breastfed, and still do once a day.I just feel….. squishy. And I miss my (not very big) boobs being up *here* rather than way down there.

  60. I had a 6.5 lbs baby, gained 30 lbs, lost all but 10 lbs by 4 months, but the rest didn’t come off until 9 or so, for sure. I breastfed for 8.5 months. I did start exercising lightly after the 6 wk postpartum appt. Running started at about 8 wks postpartum, but, like, 5min at a time! Ramped up to my normal running pace/duration by about 5 months. This was my first baby.

  61. This may or may not be helpful, but my first is 4 months old on Wednesday, and I’m still about 10 pounds up from my pre-pregnancy weight. This has been pretty constant since about a week after she was born, and it’s starting to driving me a little batty. 🙂 But to be fair, I don’t get much exercise.

  62. It took me a year to get down to pre-pregnancy weight with my first (only) baby. I was breastfeeding. Nothing ever did go back in place where it belonged. My stomach is much larger and flabbier than it’s ever been before and I’m four years PP.

  63. I was 34 and 145 pounds when I got pregnant. I gained 35-40 pounds. I breastfed for 11 months, exclusively until 9 months. I dropped about 20 pounds by 6 weeks postpartum, then was back down to pre-pregnancy weight by about 5 or 6 months postpartum. I actually dropped below pre-pregnancy weight (137 lbs.) for a while while bf-ing and exercising (swimming vigorously 2x a week, mama-baby bellydance 1x a week, walks in the neighborhood, etc.) Now, almost 22 months postpartum, I am about 7-10 pounds OVER my pre-pregnancy weight. That’s driving me crazy! But I have thyroid issues too, which complicates things.AND, my boobs and stomach will never be the same again, no matter the number of pounds. I went from a B to an A cup, and have a stomach pooch that just won’t quit. So my clothes feel a bit different even when I’m at my prepreggers weight.

  64. I lost all my weight within six weeks, but it took a lot longer for my shape to come back. I’m only just now starting to look thin again (eight months later). I still have more of a stomach pooch than I used to though. I gained 35 pounds with the pregnancy and had a seven and a half pound baby. First baby and I am (still) breastfeeding. Also, my shoe size and ring size went back to normal after about five months.

  65. I was still 20 pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight after baby was born. I remember being so depressed leaving the hospital, as my mom apparently could wear her pre-pregnancy clothes upon leaving the hospital.I think I lost 5 pounds during the first two weeks, mostly water I’m assuming. And the last 15 came off super slowly over 6 months or so. Breastfeeding, still at 12 months. And weight maintaining at pre-pregnancy, although hoping I’ll drop another 5 lbs or so chasing a toddler. Also, even though weight is the same, my shape is totally different, carrying weight in tummy area now while hips, tush , and legs seem disproportionately small.

  66. I was rather overweight when I got pregnant, and based on observation, I’ve noticed that women already packing extra pounds tend not to gain so much weight while pregnant. That said, I only gained about 15 lbs, due to some sad life circumstances and my fire-breathing heartburn. My OB was not at all concerned (at least at first) because “I had some reserves.” (Her polite phrase for “you are 25 lbs overweight to begin with.”)So, my son weighed 7.5 pounds when he was born, and once I shed all the excess fluid, it probably took very little time to lose the actual weight. I wore regular pants to his bris, eight days later. Granted, I still looked 6 months pregnant, but that was something.
    I breastfed for 9 months, and was never so hungry in my life. I’m sure I was making up for 9 months of not having an appetite, but wow, I could easily eat every hour. I remember my blood sugar just plummeting. Unfortunately, my metabolism adjusted to eating so frequently, that after I stopped breastfeeding, I retained the appetite. So I gained weight after the fact.
    I went back to work after about a year & sitting all day is not doing me any favors. I’m probably heavier now than I have been in a while. I blame a little of it on age & my sedentary day. I was definitely leaner when I was home all day with a toddler!
    For what it’s worth, I was almost 36 when I gave birth, and I’m 39 now.

  67. These are making me feel a little better.I am 4 months postpartum with baby #2, baby is EBF. I am still 10lbs over my pre-pregnancy weight. Just noticed a few weeks ago that my hips are coming back together – less spread out.
    With baby #1, I remember not feeling “myself” body-wise until around the one year mark, and he nursed until about 16 months.
    I read somewhere the other day that for some people it’s hard to lose that last 5-10 lbs until you stop breastfeeding…your body holds a couple of fat pads in reserve in case of starvation conditions. I’m clinging to that theory.

  68. I only gained 25 lbs during my pregnancy, and G weighed in at 5lb 14oz. Turns out I had preeclampsia, diagnosed at term, so I think some of that was water weight too. I had dropped all 25 lbs in the first few weeks and then another 15 lbs in the next 4mos of breastfeeding. I’m back up a few lbs (<5) now, but am happy to be where I am. I could tell that breastfeeding and hormones kicked up my metabolism, but it's slowing back down now a bit, post-breastfeeding (thru 18 mos).

  69. I gained 50 pounds (on dr. recommendation) with my twins. I only lost 25 pounds in the weeks following their birth. They are now 20 months and with regular YMCA visits and Weight Watchers, I have only ten pounds left to lose. I breastfed until they were 18 months.I will be really angry if it turns out that the research about mandatory 50 lb weight gain with twins is really bunk. I will be so pissed that I had to work SO HARD to put on that much weight and then SO HARD to take it back off. My girls were healthy at 5’3″ and 5’4″, though, so that’s all that matters in the long run.

  70. Age at delivery: 35Pre-pregnancy weight: 130
    Weight at delivery: 170
    Vaginal delivery, nursed for 10 months.
    Gradually lost weight over 9-10 months. Was back in my pre-pregnancy wardrobe at 8 months.
    Current weight (my son is 2 1/2): 128
    I never had that precipitous weight drop – just a gradual loss over time.
    The fit of my clothing drove me crazy. I was too small for maternity clothes, too big for pre-pregnancy clothes, but didn’t want to spend a bunch of money on stuff that (I hoped!) would be too big in a couple of months. I remember feeling very frustrated about having to buy new jeans at 3 months.
    Now, my body doesn’t feel much different than it did pre-pregnancy, with the exception of cup size. I used to be an almost-B and now I’m barely an A cup. I loved those few months when I’d lost most of the weight but was still nursing and actually had a figure!

  71. Ugh. It can be so hard not to obsess about the weight!I was 39 when I gave birth, turned 40 just four months later. Gained 40+ lbs during pregnancy. At 6 weeks, I had only lost the initial “baby” weight of about 20lbs.
    By 9 months I was still about 15 lbs over pre-pregnancy weight of 135. Now, DS is 2yo and I’m still about 5lbs over.
    I am still breastfeeding, so I don’t worry too much about the extra 5lbs right now. I’ll worry more if it’s still there or I gain more after I stop nursing.
    As for exercise, I run around with DS and I “work out” sporadically. (Like, maybe 1-2 times a week, if that.)
    Good luck and like Katy said, Be gentle with yourself and give it time.

  72. I put on around 12 kgs ( 27 lbs) when I was pregnant with my first(son). I lost the first 10kgs ( 22lbs) in the first week and the other 2.5 kgs ( 6lbs) by the end of the first month. I was breastfeeding, happy and wasn’t doing much exercise as it rained for 2 weeks non-stop after my son was born. I lost another 5kgs (11lbs) in the following 5 months, 4 of which I have managed to keep off. That was mainly due to his being such a voracious nurser, and daily walking.With my daughter, I put on around the same weight, but it took 6 months to get back to my pre-pregnancy (before my first pregnancy, that is) weight. She nursed far less than my son ever did. I lost another 3 lbs along the way but that was temporary, during some developmental or growth spurts.
    Since I stopped nursing (when dd was 30 months old), I have noticed it is really very easy to add kilos. I have started running, which has helped, but nothing beats nursing a baby.

  73. Um…my first kid will be two next month and I still have about 10 lbs to lose to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I exersise every day but work full time at an office job and I am a stress eater. I’m working on it!I’m with Bessie (above) in that it seems way easier to gain weight now than it ever did and way harder to lose it. I’m also still nursing so maybe my body is keeping a little buffer weight in case of famine? At least that’s what I tell myself 🙂

  74. @auburnlocks-I just saw your post. My DS did not sleep through the night (meaning I was still getting up with him twice a night) until he was 17 months old.I think it absolutely affects weight gain/retention. Not only are your adrenal glands all out of whack from the terrible sleep, but you just don’t have the energy to be that physical and active.
    Little by little, as you get more sleep I bet your body will get back in balance and you’ll have the energy to guide it there. The lack of sleep thing is horrible, absolutely horrible.

  75. I lost the weight from baby number one in about six months, but gained some of it back after he weaned himself at ten months. Didn’t get back to and under my pre-preg weight (I was overweight to start with) until a year later when I started running.Number one was ten pounds at birth, so I that helped.

  76. Gained 30 pounds during pregnancy (age 36, first & only child); the first 20 were gone by the 2-week postpartum checkup. The last 10 pounds didn’t drop until the baby was a year old and I decided to make a concerted effort to lose them. This, despite breastfeeding and walking 200 miles in the second half of that first year. But even back to pre-pregnancy weight (and now about 7 pounds less yet), the pre-pregnancy pants are only barely starting to fit. [And we won’t discuss the 30 pound gap between pre-pregnancy weight and pre-infertility, pre-tenure-denial, pre-work-like-a-maniac-trying-to-get-tenure-thereby-ignoring-nutrition-and-exercise weight.]I think the point I especially want to emphasize is that while breastfeeding apparently helps a lot of women lose the baby weight, for a few of us it seems to do the opposite. Breastfeeding during the first 6 months made me RAVENOUSLY hungry, so that although I was expending lots of calories to produce all that milk, I was eating every last one (and maybe then some). That tapered off after six months, and though I’m still breastfeeding now at 19 months, the feeling of having calories literally sucked out of me is long gone.
    It takes time, especially if your body is the type like mine which seems to resist losing weight.

  77. I gained about 30 lbs with my first, and was back to my pre-pregnancy weight by about 4-5 months. I weighed a little more than I’d like pre-pregnancy, though. And like most everyone else, my body wasn’t quite the same post-partum. I walked a lot and carried/wore the baby constantly, but didn’t do any organized exercise. We breastfed for 18 months – weaned when I was about 3 months pregnant with #2. I’m 29 weeks pregnant with #2 now, and I’ve already gained 30 lbs, so I’m a little more concerned this time. I was 33 when Baby #1 was born.

  78. With the first I got a bit below my prepreg weight by nine months. I was breastfeeding and when she weaned at 10 months I gained weight and ended up at prepregnancy but was amazed at how different my body was shaped. Styles that previously fit just didn’t even though I was the same size.After the second, I’m not sure I ever got back down to prepregnancy weight. I breastfed for five months and at that point was close but again, after weaning I went up about 5 pounds.
    With the third I got back to prepregnancy within a month. However, he is absolutely voracious and I chase two others (almost five and just turned three) around all day. He’s four months old now and not quite as hungry and the weight is coming back on again. I figure I’ll settle in at prepregnancy weight soonish. If he weren’t trying to eat me alive, I think I’d have taken longer to lose the pregnancy weight. Breastfeeding has always been the great equalizer for me.

  79. Baby #1:Age 27
    Height 5’9″
    Prepreg weight: 155 lbs
    weight at birth: 220 lbs
    I counted weight watcher points during that pregnancy. I restricted my eating and would still gain 10 lbs in a month. It wasn’t until I gave up and starting eating intuitively that I stopped gaining weight the last trimester. I gained all that weight between 12 weeks and 28 weeks preg.
    Breastfed exclusively, weaned at 18 months
    at 1 year postpartum I was down to 200 lbs.
    I had ppd, completed law school, failed the bar, passed the bar, took two succesive jobs that required 3,000 miles a month of driving for 2+ years, and got pregnant again.
    Baby #2
    pp weight: 240 lbs
    weight at birth: 270
    In one week postpartum I’m down to 260, but am still very swollen from the IVs and the cesarean. I plan to take better care of myself this time, starting with more walking and eating 3 nutritious meals a day, none of them consisting entirely of ice cream.

  80. I gained 45 pounds during pregnancy. I’m 7 months postpartum and have been stuck with the last 15 pounds for months now. I sincerely doubt it’ll be gone by 9 months postpartum, as it hasn’t budged at all no matter what I do. Oh and I’m breastfeeding, so I haven’t gotten the magical breastfeeding meal ticket that people seem to allude to. (Wow, I just realized I sound really bitter!)

  81. I put on 50 pounds with both kids. I exercised like crazy during the first pregnancy and barely at all with the second.I lost all the weight at about 9-10 months with the first and 14 months with the second. It seemed to me that when I quit breastfeeding all the time with the second, the last five pounds came off. I don’t think it had anything to do with increased activitiy. With my second, I did a half marathon when he was 6 months old, but still had 5 to 10 pounds to take off for a long time after the race.
    I wasn’t really worried about the number on the scale once I fit into my clothes.

  82. I am not a good data point, but I’ll throw it out there in case there are other up-down-up-up-up-down moms out there wanting commiseration. My highest weight ever was 250, 7 years ago (gulp) I took off 100 pounds, Then 5 years ago, I gained 40 pounds back, then 4 years ago, I lost 30ish, Then 3 years ago, I had a bad job and broke my foot and gained most of that back so that I started my pregnancy around 190. I told my midwife that I wanted to enjoy my pregnancy and not beat myself up over weight gain, so unless it became a medical concern, I didn’t want to know numbers. DH who looked over my shoulder, tells me that I gained around 25 pounds. At 6 weeks post partum, I had lost most of that, but nothing fit still, and then the stress of having a new baby and now toddler has kept me solidly around the 200 mark. So, yes, I GAINED weight while breastfeeding. Breast fed for 17 months. I walk for exercise, baby wear, and keep moderately active. My body just loves to hold onto weight. I’m contemplating another pregnancy, and I really, really, really want to take some more weight off. It’s hard. I was 28 when I had DD, and am 30 now.

  83. Back into pre-baby clothes and at pre-baby weight at the 4-month mark, with my first. I’m breastfeeding, I get to go to gym occasionally, but really what’s made the difference is that baby is a seriously kick-ass personal trainer – for a really long time I couldn’t get her to sleep except by walking her up and down stairs for at least 10 minutes. Repeat that around 5 times a day and you see results! Even without the stairs, I’ve been taking her on a *lot* of walks in the sling, and am pretty active with her at home too. I also run an online shop which requires me to spend a fair bit of time on my feet, packing orders and lugging them to the post office. So, I’ve been eating far from healthily, but all this activity clearly has some effect.

  84. I don’t have time to read all of the comments here right now, but I will say that this post went straight to my rawest nerve. I am 10 months PP with my second baby, and I’m 20 pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight (and I started 10 pounds up from my previous pre-pregnancy weight!). I have been on WW for 4 months and have lost a whopping 8 pounds. I work out religiously — run 3x/week, swim 2x — and the scale is. not. budging. Talk about a primal scream — I have to hold one back at every weigh-in!!!! I am still breastfeeding and am hoping that I’ll start losing again once babygirl weans.The alchemy of postpartum weight loss escapes me this time around — last time, I dropped all but 10 pounds of pregnancy weight by 6 weeks, and the rest of it dropped off when my son weaned at 17 months.

  85. I think that losing weight postpartum depends on how one gained or lost weight before pregnancy, and how long it takes for the hormones to return to “normal”. The hips, however, will never be the same no matter how little fat they have. The very anatomy of the pelvic area is changed by childbirth.I guess I’m weird, but I welcomed the baby weight and didn’t really try to lose any of it. I weighed 125 prepregnancy and gained 45 pounds with my daughter. We breastfed for 12 months, and during that time I lost about 15 pounds. I went back to a moderately active job at 11 months, and after maybe three months at that job I lost all but ten pounds of the rest. I suspect the biggest impact there was not having time to snack anymore. After I left that job, my weight stabilized at 145.
    Even after four years, I never went back to my prepregnancy weight. And I won’t struggle for it. After all, my new weight is healthy (although now that I’m about to turn 35, it’s creeping up), and my new shape is still beautiful. It wasn’t easy to get used to the differences, but I think I look better now than I did ten years ago. And I have an amazing child to show for it, too!

  86. @auburnlocks I’m glad you posted, because I’m with you. Except I ended up having a c-section, which you might think would have left my nether regions relatively unchanged, but I found intercourse painful for a long time PP, too (maybe it got better at 1 year? or 1.5? Actually now at 2.5 I’m not sure I’m really back to where I was before, though it’s much better.).My stats are
    Age when pregnant: 37
    Weight at first checkup: 138
    Weight at delivery: 173
    Breastfeeding: every drop I could produce, never enough … exclusive for 1 week, supplemented as needed after that, BF on demand (never giving formula before nursing or without pumping) for 13 months.
    Delivery: c-section after 36 hours of labor
    Exercise: when? I walked a bunch when pregnant, swam 3 times/week once I could start (c-section healed) after that until about 6 months PP, then running (3 miles 3 times/week), then elliptical (gave that up because it hurt my knees), now swimming again plus a fair amount of walking throughout, much with DS, now 30 lbs, strapped to my body. Oh, and a little work with free weights here and there, but never as reliably as I should. And some cycling.
    And I still am not back to my pre-PG weight, or size. I’m about 8 lbs up and 2 sizes up, and yes, it’s much easier to gain and harder to lose than it was before I was pregnant. It’s irritating, but what can you do? I have so much less free time now than I ever did before DS was born (though I am getting enough sleep); it’s hard to fit stuff in, and I always feel harried.
    That may sound aggravated, and maybe parts of it are. But 2 weeks PP, my dad sat on my sofa and asked me, “What have you gained?” (oh yes, he did, and oh yes, he meant “how many pounds?”) and after 5 years of infertility treatments I had the perfect answer, “A son.”

  87. With my first, I was about 15 pounds overweight to begin with, and then gained 22 pounds in the pregnancy. It took me about 18 months to get back to my pre pregnancy weight.With my second, I exercised faithfully throughout the pregnancy (3X per week) and gained 17 pounds. Unbelievably, I was back into my pre pregnancy pants after the first week. Over the next year, I then lost more weight and was one size smaller, but still about 10 pounds overweight.
    Now seven months pregnant with my third, I have gained about 12 pounds so far, and imagine it will take a lot longer to lose the weight as I have not exercised at all this pregnancy (other than chasing around a very active two year old).
    Seriously, in my case, the lesson learned is to exercise if at all possible during one’s pregnancy. The weight literally fell off.
    Now, if only I can lose the 10ish pounds of prepregnancy excess at some point.
    As for my body being different, I definitely have more of a belly postpartum and loose skin, which is such a bummer. And, I can’t believe that no one has mentioned the stretchmarks. My tummy will never see the light of day again. I look like I’ve been slashed with knives all over my stomach.
    But, it’s been worth it! Somewhat depressing, but worth it!

  88. I was 28 and 200 lbs (about 50 over what I should be). I gained about 40, which everyone was telling me was bad, but when I finally got up the nerve to weigh myself about 2 weeks after birth I had actually lost it all. (Although I think if I hadn’t started overweight I wouldn’t have all of these stretchmarks!) Every body just does things differently. I guess I just had crazy amounts of blood and water. And while the belly was still sort of “floppy” I did also fit back into my pre-preg clothes at the time. My sister (who started at an ideal weight, but I don’t know how much she gained, but she didn’t get any stretchmarks) also shed hers fairly immediately. We are both breastfeeding and have maintained stable weights since, but not lost any additional, even with all of the walking as well. I think we’re both just enjoying too much the ridiculous amounts of food we can consume right now.But I also agree with what a couple of people have said – your body just went through A LOT and you should focus more on trying to stay happy and as healthy as you can when you’re all of a sudden caring for two people all of the time. You shouldn’t just go nuts, but you still have time to get back on track once they’re more capable of caring for themselves. Even if you had it all together before baby, it’s a big life change and takes time to work out new systems. And if you didn’t already have it all together before baby, talk about putting pressure on yourself to think you have to work it out now when there’s already so much other new stuff, too.
    I’ve decided the phrase “baby steps” isn’t referencing the small steps that babies take when they first learn how to walk, but the small steps WE have to take in our own lives when caring for a baby!

  89. I gained probably 35ish pounds with my first pregnancy and I was probably 25ish pounds overweight prior to conception. I was within a couple of pounds of my pre-pregnancy weight by 6 weeks postpartum. However, I had a fair amount of swelling so a lot of the loss was probably water. Due to lots of complications, I didn’t breastfeed but did pump exclusively for 4 months. Then I ended up gaining some weight because life was so stressful (husband laid off, dad dying of cancer, brother with a brain bleed due to a fall) since I’m a stress/emotional eater.Which meant I started my 2nd pregnancy a good 40ish pounds overweight. Given that I hadn’t lost weight prior to pregnancy as I had planned, I was really diligent about eating healthy and not gaining too much weight. I gained about 24 pounds and at almost 4 weeks postpartum, I have lost all but 1 pound of the pregnancy weight. However, I had a 10 pound baby and a 3 pound placenta. I am breastfeeding and eating like a horse (I was actually scolded by both my OB and pediatrician for not eating enough at 1 week postpartum) but mostly lots of protein as I crave it, fresh fruits and veggies and limited carbs. Um, except for my daily bowl of ice cream. I’m not doing any exercise yet other than wearing the baby and chasing around after my 3 yr old.
    However, my body is not back to normal at all! I’m still having to wear some of my maternity stuff or yoga pants/t-shirts. My stomach has a fair amount of extra skin and has a lot more of a pooch than before. My OB did say my uterus was VERY stretched out and probably wouldn’t fully contract to pre-pregnancy size until at least 6 weeks. And my breasts are ENORMOUS! Granted I was a DD pre-pregnancy but still.

  90. I was 5’2 and 120 pounds before my first baby, it took exactly 9 months to get back to that place. I BF’d the entire time and never dieted or excersized. I just ate healthy and walked and moved around etc. I gained over 40 pounds with her also.For this pregnancy I gained about 5-10 pounds less, but the baby weighed about the same and I “feel” like I’ve gotten back to normal faster (stomach shrinking) but it may just be my imagination!

  91. I honestly don’t remember how long it took, but I did want to pass on this great website: http://theshapeofamother.com/ that takes a look at what “real” bodies look like after having a baby. I found it very helpful after baby #1. Baby #2 is one week old today, and I still look about 5 months PG, but that is OK. My body works, my baby is healthy, and the rest will take care of itself.

  92. My weight has been 105 +/- 3 since I was 18, and this has never been a struggle for me, so I must have a well-regulated system. I gained 50 lbs with my twins. I breastfed, ate like a horse and didn’t weigh often, but I think it came off really fast, maybe a month or 2. At 5 months I was famished all the time and hovering at 100lbs and got scared. I’m now back to a stable 105 or so, but still have flabby twin skin on my tummy. I run 3 times a week but haven’t gotten back into yoga or pilates, which I think would help the twin skin. I also developed a hernia during or shortly after pregnancy, so that contributes to a very unsightly tummy.

  93. First: put on 35 pounds, lost 20 in the first month and then was back down to pre-pregnancy by 6 months.Second: got pregnant when first was 20 months old, put on 35 pounds, lost 20 in the first month and now at 5 months have only lost another 5 pounds so I have 10 more to go. More stress eating this time.
    FYI: nursed both kids (actually, still nursing both kids).

  94. here’s my stats:36 yo 5’11’
    skinnest at wedding, 175 (that’s ideal for me)
    6 months later, pre-pregnant weight 180
    weight at birth 265
    so, that’s 85 pounds gained.
    Baby was induced vaginal birth, 8 pounds 10
    lost half before three months PP
    Breastfed for the first 4 months
    I walked a lot as soon as i could move (around 4 weeks PP)
    Started back to work in about 3.5 months
    She’s 7 months old yesterday and I am 199
    20 pounds to go
    I’m doing South Beach, because he focusses on being full. I don’t have the energy to be hungry, but I do want to lose weight. I lost about 15 pounds in the last two months on SB.

  95. I gained about 35 pounds during my pregnancy and actually lost it all in five weeks. I did not breastfeed and I had a c-section. Buuuuut… as soon as I went back to work, I started eating like it was my job, I think because I actually had two free hands to do it. I now have a 13-month old and am actually 15 pounds OVER my pre-pregnancy weight, so I have a little work to do.

  96. First baby (of 1) at age 35. Vaginal birth, still breastfeeding at 10 months. 5’8″ and 160 lbs at the start, which is about 5 lbs higher than I wanted to be. Gained 45 lbs despite regular exercise and eating well, and was very stressed about it. Lost all the weight by 6 months, but clothes fit weird. Am now 5 lbs under pre-preg weight and feeling pretty much the same, tone-wise, that I was before pregnancy. Rib cage still feels huge though. Lost the weight through lots of walking with baby in carrier (hour at a time or so), then a bit of running once she was big enough for the jogging stroller at about 7 months. Now starting back to pre-preg routine of lifting and cardio.

  97. Should also say that I was a fairly regular exerciser all my life and throughout my pregnancy, and I feel like that helped me bounce back fairly easily.

  98. no time to read–sorry if too redundant.My data points–both kids, breastfed to 15 months or so. Lost lots of the baby weight (and more, once), fast, like 6-9 months out, until I quit breastfeeding, when I bumped up an extra 8-10 pounds over where I used to be. I think I got used to eating certain portions when I was nursing, and didn’t really stop, as I still felt just as hungry. Also, I had kids on the mid-to-later end of the spectrum, so part of this is also, I think, my metabolism changing due to age and all, and me not quite having the mental space to catch up with it. It’s taken a while for my body to seem to return to anything regular enough that I can call it a new normal–weight, menstrual cycle, bra size, sleep cycle, skin problems, you name it. And I’m three years out from it all, already. I’m not complaining–we’re all happy, healthy, very, very lucky. (Starting a cheesy Pilates dvd routine has helped me feel better about all this body stuff, though I don’t look or weigh anything different. I’m calling that a victory, and a happy one, too.) Still, it seems like flux is the new normal, for me at least. I hope this random data point helps.

  99. Eeek, like Charisse, I totally didn’t do the stats the question asked for.OK, here they are:
    Age at pregnancy: 34
    Height: 5’6″. Average frame.
    pre-preg weight: about 160 lbs
    Weight at the end or pregnancy: about 190 lbs
    Back to pre-pregnancy weight at about 1 year. Lost all but the last 5 lbs in a couple months.
    Breastfed for 23 months
    No exercise beyond walking until about 1 year, then added gentle yoga and chasing a toddler who has always preferred to run rather than walk.
    Pregnant again with #2 (now I’m 37). Weight gain is freakily consistent with the first time (same weight, week by week. WEIRD.) so I’m hoping the weight loss will be, too.

  100. I had my daughter at age 33. Gained only 25 pounds, but took a good 9 months to lose it all. I “breastfed” (pumped about 1/2 of baby’s total intake, the rest formula) for 4 months. I was within a few pounds of pre-pregnancy weight by 6 months postpartum, but everything was in different places–I remember going clothes shopping when baby was about 6.5 months old and feeling very frustrated that I didn’t know what looked good on me anymore. But by the time she was a year old I pretty much had my old body back. Except that when I got pregnant I was in the best shape of my life thanks to lots of running and yoga, and after bedrest and hectic life with child I fear I may never be that fit again.

  101. I have one child, breastfeed, and lost all the weight plus some by probably about 7 months. But I also had severely disturbed sleep between 4 months and 8 months, and I think that accelerated the weight loss from breastfeeding. I got some exercise, but not tons, throughout that time. Didn’t have any special diet. Oh, and I think I probably gained about 40 lbs. — didn’t pay much attention toward the end.

  102. 1o weeks postpartum right now with baby #1. Lost the weight by 4 weeks postpartum, and am now trying to tone up/get back in shape. For the record I was training for a triathalon and in the best shape of my life when I got pregnant. Not breastfeeding; tried but was unable.

  103. I gained around 25 with both pregnancies. With both I lost around 15 within the first week or 2. I was within 10 pounds by about 3 months pp, 5 pounds when baby started solids (around 5 months with #1 and a little over 6 with #2), and lost the last 5 around the time I was able to get pregnant again. I tend to be 3-5 pounds below my starting weight about 1 year pp.

  104. I was 6′ and 158 lbs at the beginning of my first pregnancy. Gained 25 lbs, had an 8 lb 13 oz baby vaginally. Was back in my pre-pregnancy jeans 2 weeks later; HOWEVER, the weight came back while I was bf-ing, which I did almost exclusively until about 3 months. At that point, no matter what I ate, how much Mother’s Milk tea I drank or how much fenugreek or Reglan I took, I couldn’t keep up so I supplemented 8-16-ish oz per day.Breastfeed until 10 months. Those pesky 10 lbs that I had gained didn’t come off until my 2nd pregnancy because I was SO SICK the first trimester. Even after the nausea subsided I never got an appetite like I had in the first pregnancy. So far @ 30 weeks I’ve gained 30 lbs with twins. At this rate I’ll only get to 40-ish lbs by 36 weeks.
    @Amanda Too — The docs are telling me 50-60 lbs for twins as well, but I’m not buying it. I think there are too many factors to influence the baby’s weight: genetics, quality of food, dumb luck. Watch me eat those words in another 6 weeks. 😉
    And no, nothing was in the same place as before. Sigh.

  105. my mom was a midwife for 30 years – she always said, “it took you nine months to gain it, and it will probably take you 9 months to lose it. this isn’t a sprint.” i gained 30 with my dd, and lost it by about a year. i fluctuated up and down, though, because i think i intentionally ate really “well” because i was breastfeeding. and things certainly *shifted* where they fell, so my body has never looked the same. and although i don’t have droopy breasts, good lord do i have droopy nipples!!

  106. With both my children I was slightly below my pre-pregnancy weight by 6 weeks postpartum. I think this is due to a combination of breastfeeding, a tendency to lose my appetite when I’m stressed and the fact that I am about 25-30 lbs. overweight (pre-pregnancy). I think getting back to your old weight is probably easier when that weight is on the heavier side. I never succeeded getting down to a really lean weight.

  107. I gained 22 lbs with my first and was back to my pre-pregnancy weight by 4.5 mos. I was exclusively breastfeeding. I then lost an additional 7lbs in the next 5 mos and went down a size from pre-pregnancy.I got pregnant with my second about a month after I stopped breastfeeding and gained 26lb during that pregnancy. I am now 8 weeks post-partum with my second and am still about 10lbs up from my pre-pregnancy weight, and I feel like I have hit a plateau of sorts. I haven’t lost much in the last 2 weeks. The weight seems to be slower in coming off this time and the body shape seems to be much slower in returning (hips are still too wide for all of my pre-preg clothes – argh!)

  108. This is my current obsession since my sister’s wedding is coming up and I am struggling to lose the baby weight from my second. The more I focus on my diet, the worse I am at sticking to healthy eating. It is almost as if making a food forbidden is making it irresistable.That said, it took me two years to get back down to the pre-baby weight from my first but I sat for a year at a weight 10 lbs over my pre-baby weight. I found that breast feeding (nursed for a year) actually held the weight on. I think my body held onto weight while I was nursing since it was easier to lose weight once I weaned my son. I also am the type of person that loses weight when I am ready and I struggle when I am not in the zone to lose weight. I have to have more faith that the weight will come off when my head is in the game.
    My second son is a year old and I am again holding at 10 lbs overweight. I just weaned him and I am hoping my body will let go of the extra weight over the next month or so. This time I did everything possible to lose weight. I have done two triathlons this summer and am training for a half marathon in the fall but my body just doesn’t let go of weight when I am nursing. We shall see what happens over the next few months now that my son is weaned.

  109. I have a 10 week old and I am chilling now about my weight. I am 20 up from my pre-pregnancy weight (I have lost 25 lbs already)and at least 30 from where I would like to be “ideally” Ha!I was really angry that I had not lost more at 6 weeks even though it took me almost two years to lose the weight from my first, (PPD, and Seasonal Affective Disorder not a good combo) but I think that the anger at 6 weeks was more likely a hormonal thing, more than anything to do with my actual weight. I was upset because I felt so good physically then I would look in the mirror and not look as good as I feel. I am with my parents out in the country for the summer to get help with the newborn and our 5 year old, but I know when we get back to the city in the fall it be cooler I will walk a lot more, and that 5 flight walk-up we live in with do wonders for my tush;)
    Oh I am EBF and I have a great sleeper. I think sleeping well has a lot to do with weight loss. My first had terrible colic and did not sleep well for the first 4 months, plus we were first time parents and had no idea what we were doing. The second time around it is a different story. Alleluia!

  110. I was 31 when the Infanta was born. Was down to pre-pre-pregnancy weight at around 4 months PP; I have gone up and down a bit since then, but since I don’t even own a scale, my best measure is the fit of my clothes. I’m probably around 165-170 right now, and have always been slender in proportion to being 6′. I have always eaten to hunger, and it seems about the same now as prepregnancy (just shy of 15 months PP, and she’s probably still 75% breastfed). My breasts are at prepregnancy size, and have been for nearly a year, although they’re a bit softer than before (they were very firm, almost non-jiggly).Interestingly, my tummy seems rounder the less I weigh. I think it’s because it’s a certain shape now, and stays that way regardless of the padding around it.

  111. puttin’ it all out there:Kid1:
    My age: 26
    Height: 5’10”
    Beginning weight: 182
    Weight at 40 weeks: 218
    time to lose: 4 months
    breastfeeding: no
    PPD: heck ya. PPD combined with an undiagnosed bowel issue (diagnosed 3 years later) to mean I couldn’t eat anything except carrots and rye crisps or I would throw up. Plus, I was walking like a madwoman (an acquaintance said it looked like I was on a death march through her neighborhood every morning) because the midwife called me fat and lazy at discharge. I lost the weight qquickly but felt very.very. sick.
    Kid2:
    My age: 28
    height: 5’10”
    Prepregnancy weight: 155 (was feeling really good at that point)
    Weight at 40 weeks: 209
    (the first pregnancy, the smell of everything made me puke. the second pregnancy, I wanted meatball subs every day. believe it or not, if you eat a meatball sub and a pint of whole chocolate milk every day, you will gain weight and fast)
    Current weight: 188
    lowest weight after pregnancy: 178
    baby’s age: 2.5
    breastfed: still breastfeeding
    This time i can’t beat the weight off. I’m a little convinced that my body is having some fat hoarding instinct that keeps the weight on while I’m breastfeeding. Ah well. I was 191 two weeks ago, so I guess there’s some positive motion there, if slight.

  112. First time mama:Height: 5’6″
    Weight on date of conception: 181 lbs.
    Weight on day of birth: 192 lbs
    Birth: Vaginal
    Breastfed exclusively for 3mos
    Nightweaned at 5 mos
    Currently breastfeeding 2X/day (at 10 mos)
    No post-partum period yet!
    Weight 10 mos post-partum: 185 lbs.
    I lost weight in my early pregnancy due to extreme nausea, so my total gain ended up being only 11 lbs. Pretty sure I lost all 11 with the birth of my 8lb baby, but gained it back very quickly afterwards with my ravenous post-partum hunger.
    Though I am only up 4 pounds from my pre- preg weight, I am up 2 sizes.
    Things shifted. Significantly.

  113. Everyone is so different! It is great to read all these experiences.Another data point:
    I’m 26 years old, this is my first baby (8 lbs, 14 oz), I’m exclusively breastfeeding.
    I was overweight (about 50 lbs) when I got pregnant and only gained about 15-20 lbs the entire pregnancy. I was back to my pre=pregnancy weight within two weeks. I lost another 5 lbs in the first month.
    I was holding steady around my pre-pregnancy weight and unhappy about it. I joined WW three 2.5 weeks ago and have lost 8 lbs already. It’s a great option for breastfeeding moms.

  114. I gained almost 50 lbs (yikes). I lost it all within 7-8 months. I was (and still am) breastfeeding. About 4 monnths post-partum I joined Weight Watchers, and that really helped kick my weight-loss into high gear. I followed the WW plan for about 2 months. I am now at my ideal weight which is about 20 lbs below my pre-pregnancy weight.

  115. Baby number one is now 7 mos, and I just got back to pre-pregnancy weight in the last couple of weeks. I gained about 30-35 pounds (my weight has always fluctuated ~5 lbs. depending on how busy I am).I am breastfeeding, although I’m also working and don’t take enough time to eat at work, so I just lost those last five pounds that have been hanging on for a couple of months. I’m just hoping those five pounds weren’t key for milk!

  116. I’ll mess you up because I had twins, but for what it is worth:Prepregnancy – 5’5″, 185 pounds
    At 35 weeks (when they were born) – 211 pounds
    At 5 weeks postpartum – 174 pounds
    At about 13 weeks – 162 pounds
    Now, 2 years later – around 180 pounds
    Note that I started out overweight so the fact I didn’t gain too much was OK with everybody; the girls accounted for 9.1 pounds. I breastfed for 5 weeks and I’m pretty sure that’s why the weight dropped so fast, because I know I wasn’t eating enough to keep producing. Please remember, nursing moms NEED to eat enough and get enough fluids and sleep!

  117. At 9 months I was back to old weight, but am still slimming down at 12 mos., though the weight is pretty stable. I am still breastfeeding part-time, just stopped pumping during the day and actually started cutting real calories (since any caloric cut seemed to cut milk supply the next day). I hope to drop a bit still!

  118. At 9 months I was back to old weight, but am still slimming down at 12 mos., though the weight is pretty stable. I am still breastfeeding part-time, just stopped pumping during the day and actually started cutting real calories (since any caloric cut seemed to cut milk supply the next day). I hope to drop a bit still!

  119. @ Nancy, thank you for that link (http://theshapeofamother.com/ if you missed it). I have been frustrated by not getting back in shape naturally (i.e., without any work) and also have a hard time accepting that I’m doing about all I can right now (full-time work, kids, ill parent, garden, friends I never call, etc., etc.). I have never considered myself to be vain, but I’ve always been slim, and I am not right now. I wish I didn’t care!

  120. @ Nancy, thank you for that link (http://theshapeofamother.com/ if you missed it). I have been frustrated by not getting back in shape naturally (i.e., without any work) and also have a hard time accepting that I’m doing about all I can right now (full-time work, kids, ill parent, garden, friends I never call, etc., etc.). I have never considered myself to be vain, but I’ve always been slim, and I am not right now. I wish I didn’t care!

  121. First Baby – gained 32 lbs and it took about 9 months to lose the weight, but the last 5-10 lbs came off after 3 (yes, three) stomach flus. I ended up five pounds lighter than my pre-pregnancy weight.I only breastfed for 7 weeks, but I had a really active child who wanted me to walk around with her non-stop.
    Second baby is only 5 weeks old, but I’ve already lost almost all the weight. Gained 27 lbs; only breastfed for the first 2 1/2 weeks, but the non-stop nursing during those incredibly stressful weeks helped shed most of the pounds. I also am chasing a toddler and bouncing a new baby for hours and hours a day, so I’m getting plenty of exercise.

  122. First Baby – gained 32 lbs and it took about 9 months to lose the weight, but the last 5-10 lbs came off after 3 (yes, three) stomach flus. I ended up five pounds lighter than my pre-pregnancy weight.I only breastfed for 7 weeks, but I had a really active child who wanted me to walk around with her non-stop.
    Second baby is only 5 weeks old, but I’ve already lost almost all the weight. Gained 27 lbs; only breastfed for the first 2 1/2 weeks, but the non-stop nursing during those incredibly stressful weeks helped shed most of the pounds. I also am chasing a toddler and bouncing a new baby for hours and hours a day, so I’m getting plenty of exercise.

  123. I have one baby. I gained thirty pounds and was 15 pounds overweight to begin with. I returned to pre pregnancy weight within 6 weeks. Subsequently lost 20 more pounds.Birth was difficult and was not active for one month at least afterward.
    I breastfed exclusively, carried her constantly in ergo (v. screamy for 2 months) and stopped eating in restaurants (see: screaming).
    Also exercised throughout pregnancy 2 x per week which left me feeling really great. Also the no alcohol during pregnancy may have been a factor in weight loss. Also much, much happier once the baby arrived which also led to better eating.

  124. I have one baby. I gained thirty pounds and was 15 pounds overweight to begin with. I returned to pre pregnancy weight within 6 weeks. Subsequently lost 20 more pounds.Birth was difficult and was not active for one month at least afterward.
    I breastfed exclusively, carried her constantly in ergo (v. screamy for 2 months) and stopped eating in restaurants (see: screaming).
    Also exercised throughout pregnancy 2 x per week which left me feeling really great. Also the no alcohol during pregnancy may have been a factor in weight loss. Also much, much happier once the baby arrived which also led to better eating.

  125. Oh, don’t hate me. I was back in my pre-preg clothes by month three. I was, however, in really good shape when I got prego and since it was my 1st baby, I was able to exercise with relative frequency once he was born – mostly power yoga but we walk/hike a lot and when winter came, I was snowboarding every weekend, even though it was only a couple of hours vs all day like before. I gained about 37 lbs. I breast-fed for 14 months and at about month 5-6, I was actually below my pre-preg weight…in fact, I was back down to my HS weight! But as soon as I stopped nursing, I gained about 5 lbs almost immediately and slowly crawled back up to my pre-preg weight, which I think is just my body’s favorite weight to be.For those who want clear data:
    Age when pregnant: 29-30
    Pre-preg weight: 133 (height 5’7)
    Weight at 39 weeks: 170
    Birth: C-section
    Breastfed: Full-time till 14m 4d
    Weight 3 months post-partum: 135
    Weight 4-14 months post-part: 120ish
    Weight 15m+ pp: 133
    8 months prego w/#2 and gaining at same rate, so we’ll see how similar weight loss is.

  126. Oh, don’t hate me. I was back in my pre-preg clothes by month three. I was, however, in really good shape when I got prego and since it was my 1st baby, I was able to exercise with relative frequency once he was born – mostly power yoga but we walk/hike a lot and when winter came, I was snowboarding every weekend, even though it was only a couple of hours vs all day like before. I gained about 37 lbs. I breast-fed for 14 months and at about month 5-6, I was actually below my pre-preg weight…in fact, I was back down to my HS weight! But as soon as I stopped nursing, I gained about 5 lbs almost immediately and slowly crawled back up to my pre-preg weight, which I think is just my body’s favorite weight to be.For those who want clear data:
    Age when pregnant: 29-30
    Pre-preg weight: 133 (height 5’7)
    Weight at 39 weeks: 170
    Birth: C-section
    Breastfed: Full-time till 14m 4d
    Weight 3 months post-partum: 135
    Weight 4-14 months post-part: 120ish
    Weight 15m+ pp: 133
    8 months prego w/#2 and gaining at same rate, so we’ll see how similar weight loss is.

  127. addendum to “Cat”also I did not diet. ate lots after baby was born and before. Not much processed stuff but did seek out high calorie items as was constantly hungry.

  128. addendum to “Cat”also I did not diet. ate lots after baby was born and before. Not much processed stuff but did seek out high calorie items as was constantly hungry.

  129. Lost baby weight in about 6 weeks… ended up losing more over the next few months while breast feeding a big baby (she was just over 10 pounds at birth). I nursed a ton until baby was about 9 months, then it tapered off until baby said “thanks, but no thanks” just after her first birthday.My thoughts on this: genetics help alot (or hinder a lot), breasfeeding takes of weight, walking lots takes off weight.

  130. Lost baby weight in about 6 weeks… ended up losing more over the next few months while breast feeding a big baby (she was just over 10 pounds at birth). I nursed a ton until baby was about 9 months, then it tapered off until baby said “thanks, but no thanks” just after her first birthday.My thoughts on this: genetics help alot (or hinder a lot), breasfeeding takes of weight, walking lots takes off weight.

  131. I’m 6 months out and just now starting to lose. My baby was born 10 weeks early so she was in the NICU for 5 weeks. It had a huge effect on me…and I truly believe that I suffered (maybe still am suffering) from PTSD from childbirth.Anyway..with the emotional trauma, and then trips back and forth to the hospital…we ate a lot of crap!
    Then when we got her home she was (and still is to a point) pretty needy. It’s made cooking basically impossible.
    I’m emotionally drained…and was filling my “soul” with ice cream and cakes.
    I assumed that breastfeeding would save me from my crappy diet…but alas that didn’t work as well as planned. I’m still breastfeeding, but after doing it for 5 months (couldn’t in the NICU..just pumped) we’re still having issues.
    Sooooo after realizing that I need to take care of myself, I joined Jenny Craig again. I had done it 2 years ago and it works! The food is pretty good and the best part…you don’t have to think or COOK! Now I actually have time to eat…and it’s not takeout 🙂
    I dropped 4.5lbs last week (first week on the program). I ate right, wasn’t hungry, but still lost way more than expected. I guess breastfeeding does melt fat if you don’t keep replenishing it, LOL!!!

  132. I’m 6 months out and just now starting to lose. My baby was born 10 weeks early so she was in the NICU for 5 weeks. It had a huge effect on me…and I truly believe that I suffered (maybe still am suffering) from PTSD from childbirth.Anyway..with the emotional trauma, and then trips back and forth to the hospital…we ate a lot of crap!
    Then when we got her home she was (and still is to a point) pretty needy. It’s made cooking basically impossible.
    I’m emotionally drained…and was filling my “soul” with ice cream and cakes.
    I assumed that breastfeeding would save me from my crappy diet…but alas that didn’t work as well as planned. I’m still breastfeeding, but after doing it for 5 months (couldn’t in the NICU..just pumped) we’re still having issues.
    Sooooo after realizing that I need to take care of myself, I joined Jenny Craig again. I had done it 2 years ago and it works! The food is pretty good and the best part…you don’t have to think or COOK! Now I actually have time to eat…and it’s not takeout 🙂
    I dropped 4.5lbs last week (first week on the program). I ate right, wasn’t hungry, but still lost way more than expected. I guess breastfeeding does melt fat if you don’t keep replenishing it, LOL!!!

  133. 3 1/2 yr old and 18 mo old. Lost some but not all in between, and haven’t really lost any in a year — still 20 lbs or so above what I consider my pre-pregnancy weight.Y’all hear that? TWENTY pounds.
    So take heart, folks who aren’t “back to normal” in 9 months. I am trying, gently, slowly, to lose that weight. (Because if I am ever attacked by a bear and can’t run fast enough to save my life, I will really regret that last pint of Phish Phood.) But I like what bessie said about “accepting the new normal”. For me, even though I will miss some of the clothes I used to wear, it is more about loving and even embracing the fact that the love my husband and I have for our children has left its mark on my body. Isn’t it fitting that something as profound as giving life would leave a visible trace? For me, it’s ok that I won’t ever look the same. I’ll find ways to clothe this older, wiser body attractively, and I’ll be thankful for how well it has served me through a life that has included two pregnancies & births.

  134. 3 1/2 yr old and 18 mo old. Lost some but not all in between, and haven’t really lost any in a year — still 20 lbs or so above what I consider my pre-pregnancy weight.Y’all hear that? TWENTY pounds.
    So take heart, folks who aren’t “back to normal” in 9 months. I am trying, gently, slowly, to lose that weight. (Because if I am ever attacked by a bear and can’t run fast enough to save my life, I will really regret that last pint of Phish Phood.) But I like what bessie said about “accepting the new normal”. For me, even though I will miss some of the clothes I used to wear, it is more about loving and even embracing the fact that the love my husband and I have for our children has left its mark on my body. Isn’t it fitting that something as profound as giving life would leave a visible trace? For me, it’s ok that I won’t ever look the same. I’ll find ways to clothe this older, wiser body attractively, and I’ll be thankful for how well it has served me through a life that has included two pregnancies & births.

  135. Ha ha ha ha. Ha. My son is THREE and I still have 40 lbs to lose before I get to my pre-pregnancy weight (I gained 50 during pregnancy, so I’ve only lost 10 lbs in 3 years).

  136. Ha ha ha ha. Ha. My son is THREE and I still have 40 lbs to lose before I get to my pre-pregnancy weight (I gained 50 during pregnancy, so I’ve only lost 10 lbs in 3 years).

  137. I’m going to copy pp format because this seems very efficient:Age at time of pregnancy/birth: 29
    Numer of children: 1
    Height: 5’5″
    Weight at beginning of pregnancy: 124 lbs.
    Weight at 9 months pregnant: 158 lbs.
    (34 pounds gained)
    Birth: Vaginal
    Breastfed: Yes
    Weight eight weeks post-partum: 123 lbs.
    Weight four months PP: 115 lbs.
    (Due to exclusive breastfeeding and complete sleep deprivation. This weight is too low for my body in my personal opinion. 125 pounds is what makes me and my body happy and healthy.)
    DD is now almost 2 years old and still breastfeeding.
    Current weight: 124 pounds.
    Great post, Moxie! Wonderful reference here and one I am sure I will revisit!

  138. I’m going to copy pp format because this seems very efficient:Age at time of pregnancy/birth: 29
    Numer of children: 1
    Height: 5’5″
    Weight at beginning of pregnancy: 124 lbs.
    Weight at 9 months pregnant: 158 lbs.
    (34 pounds gained)
    Birth: Vaginal
    Breastfed: Yes
    Weight eight weeks post-partum: 123 lbs.
    Weight four months PP: 115 lbs.
    (Due to exclusive breastfeeding and complete sleep deprivation. This weight is too low for my body in my personal opinion. 125 pounds is what makes me and my body happy and healthy.)
    DD is now almost 2 years old and still breastfeeding.
    Current weight: 124 pounds.
    Great post, Moxie! Wonderful reference here and one I am sure I will revisit!

  139. Age at time of pregnancy/birth: 33Numer of children: 1
    Height: 5’3″
    Weight at beginning of pregnancy: 125 lbs.
    Weight at 36 weeks pregnant: 175 lbs.
    (50 pounds gained)
    Birth: surprise c-section, my baby was early and breech
    Breastfed: Yes. still breastfeeding a lot.
    Weight eight weeks post-partum: 155 lbs
    Weight four months PP: 155 lbs.
    Weight at six months PP: 155 (this made me fucking nuts)
    Weight at 8 months: 145
    Weigth now, at 1 year: 130.
    For me it was all about my baby starting solids. I’m one of those ones whose weight DID NOT BUDGE with exclusive nursing. I still can’t get back to 125 and I think I just retain tons of fluids to nurse. I am in all my p-preg clothes because of t-tapp (thanks moxie!), though, and am really happy with my body even with this extra weight.

  140. Age at time of pregnancy/birth: 33Numer of children: 1
    Height: 5’3″
    Weight at beginning of pregnancy: 125 lbs.
    Weight at 36 weeks pregnant: 175 lbs.
    (50 pounds gained)
    Birth: surprise c-section, my baby was early and breech
    Breastfed: Yes. still breastfeeding a lot.
    Weight eight weeks post-partum: 155 lbs
    Weight four months PP: 155 lbs.
    Weight at six months PP: 155 (this made me fucking nuts)
    Weight at 8 months: 145
    Weigth now, at 1 year: 130.
    For me it was all about my baby starting solids. I’m one of those ones whose weight DID NOT BUDGE with exclusive nursing. I still can’t get back to 125 and I think I just retain tons of fluids to nurse. I am in all my p-preg clothes because of t-tapp (thanks moxie!), though, and am really happy with my body even with this extra weight.

  141. Age 30 at pregnancy (my first baby), 5’4″, and about 115 pounds. 160 pounds at the end, which was an easy vaginal birth. Still nursing at 26 months and now weigh about 110 pounds.Of note:
    I can’t recall my weight, but at 6 months post-partum, I finally bought a few pairs of pants in a size 6 because I couldn’t get into my smaller pre-preg. pants. Then, about a week later, I lost the weight and then some and all my new pants were huge on me.
    I was in much better shape before pregnancy, which is why my weight was a little higher–I weigh more when I am exercising.
    I am still nursing a lot, but not exercising much beyond the occasional swim and walking.

  142. Age 30 at pregnancy (my first baby), 5’4″, and about 115 pounds. 160 pounds at the end, which was an easy vaginal birth. Still nursing at 26 months and now weigh about 110 pounds.Of note:
    I can’t recall my weight, but at 6 months post-partum, I finally bought a few pairs of pants in a size 6 because I couldn’t get into my smaller pre-preg. pants. Then, about a week later, I lost the weight and then some and all my new pants were huge on me.
    I was in much better shape before pregnancy, which is why my weight was a little higher–I weigh more when I am exercising.
    I am still nursing a lot, but not exercising much beyond the occasional swim and walking.

  143. At 5’10” or so, I was 174lbs (about 10lbs over where I like to be) and 32yo when I found out that I was pregnant with my first and only. At delivery, I weighed 215lbs.At two weeks PP I was 190lbs, but I lost track after that. I know I wasn’t back to my pre-pregnancy weight at my 6wk check, but I was able to wear pre-pregnancy jeans.
    I breastfed DD for 2.5 years (just weaned last month) and was back down to my normal weight for a while, but in the six months or so my weight has slowly crept up to 190 or so. I am attibuting the increase to still eating like I was breastfeeding an infant instead of a toddler who was only nursing 3 times a day and also to Zoloft.
    I’ve weaned off the Zoloft and am walking 2 miles each day, so I’m hoping the weight will come off soon. I just don’t feel comfortable in my own skin right now, and I hate the way my clothes are fitting. But at 35, I know it’s going to be harder than it used to be.

  144. At 5’10” or so, I was 174lbs (about 10lbs over where I like to be) and 32yo when I found out that I was pregnant with my first and only. At delivery, I weighed 215lbs.At two weeks PP I was 190lbs, but I lost track after that. I know I wasn’t back to my pre-pregnancy weight at my 6wk check, but I was able to wear pre-pregnancy jeans.
    I breastfed DD for 2.5 years (just weaned last month) and was back down to my normal weight for a while, but in the six months or so my weight has slowly crept up to 190 or so. I am attibuting the increase to still eating like I was breastfeeding an infant instead of a toddler who was only nursing 3 times a day and also to Zoloft.
    I’ve weaned off the Zoloft and am walking 2 miles each day, so I’m hoping the weight will come off soon. I just don’t feel comfortable in my own skin right now, and I hate the way my clothes are fitting. But at 35, I know it’s going to be harder than it used to be.

  145. I gained 36 pounds while pregnant with my son and lost 16 upon giving birth to him. Then it took me another 4 months to lose the other 20. I kept losing due to breastfeeding and depression and became underweight. Now that I’m not breastfeeding anymore I am 10 pounds heavier than my pre-pregnancy weight. It’s been a yo-yo over here!

  146. I gained 36 pounds while pregnant with my son and lost 16 upon giving birth to him. Then it took me another 4 months to lose the other 20. I kept losing due to breastfeeding and depression and became underweight. Now that I’m not breastfeeding anymore I am 10 pounds heavier than my pre-pregnancy weight. It’s been a yo-yo over here!

  147. I am 5’9 and usually around 150. I’d like to take a second to say breast feeding was what really helped my weight loss.With my first (breast fed 10 months) I lost about half of what I the 30 lbs I gained before getting pregnant again.
    After #2 (breast fed 9 months) I ended up heavier than ever (unhappiness, bad dieting) at about 185 pp.
    When #3 (breast fed 12 months) came I lost it all within 9 months. Talk about a magic number. I got down to 140! I haven’t been that small since high school!
    Their eating habits played a big role though.
    #1 was a lazy eater. He didn’t take much interest and ate on a schedule he decided on.
    #2 ate so much that I was ravenous (and dieting) so I’d drink those awful slimfast shakes that have a ton of crap calories in them.
    #3 ate more than anyone so I said “screw it” and ate anything that sounded good. If I was hungry, I’d eat. I even would wake up during the night and eat any of the baked goods we had on hand. I mean I ate everything. AND I lost the most weight. I went from about 175 pp with #3 to 140 in 9 months. We are talking major major weight loss from listening to my body and eating what sounded right. You’d be surprised how often I wanted apples with peanut butter or cucumbers with salt (or any other pregnancy sounding craving).
    It all comes down to listening to your body. When I listened to my head (that was in an emotional uproar) I ignored my body’s instincts of what I NEEDED.
    But then again, who knows. Every pregnancy, every woman and every hormonal balance is different.
    I just say do what your body tells you it needs from you.

  148. I am 5’9 and usually around 150. I’d like to take a second to say breast feeding was what really helped my weight loss.With my first (breast fed 10 months) I lost about half of what I the 30 lbs I gained before getting pregnant again.
    After #2 (breast fed 9 months) I ended up heavier than ever (unhappiness, bad dieting) at about 185 pp.
    When #3 (breast fed 12 months) came I lost it all within 9 months. Talk about a magic number. I got down to 140! I haven’t been that small since high school!
    Their eating habits played a big role though.
    #1 was a lazy eater. He didn’t take much interest and ate on a schedule he decided on.
    #2 ate so much that I was ravenous (and dieting) so I’d drink those awful slimfast shakes that have a ton of crap calories in them.
    #3 ate more than anyone so I said “screw it” and ate anything that sounded good. If I was hungry, I’d eat. I even would wake up during the night and eat any of the baked goods we had on hand. I mean I ate everything. AND I lost the most weight. I went from about 175 pp with #3 to 140 in 9 months. We are talking major major weight loss from listening to my body and eating what sounded right. You’d be surprised how often I wanted apples with peanut butter or cucumbers with salt (or any other pregnancy sounding craving).
    It all comes down to listening to your body. When I listened to my head (that was in an emotional uproar) I ignored my body’s instincts of what I NEEDED.
    But then again, who knows. Every pregnancy, every woman and every hormonal balance is different.
    I just say do what your body tells you it needs from you.

  149. I gained 35 pounds with my first child. I wore size 8 jeans pre-pregnancy, and bought 12s about a month after she was born. Every month or two I’d buy a new pair a size smaller, and I know that by 9 months my 8s were way too big in the waist. I ate like a maniac, walked some, but mostly just chased baby around and breastfed. By the time we weaned at 13 months, I was a six and was down to my skinny high school senior weight. My ribs and hips were protruding, and I had no boobs. Many women would be happy to lose so much weight, but I didn’t look or feel like myself. I agree that nothing feels right until after you stop nursing, and your body never looks the same again. I got back to a fairly normal-feeling 8 within the year and had the waist taken in in my jeans. I never got rid of the tummy pooch, though. Now I’m pregnant again, due in three weeks, and am wondering what I’ll look like next year at this time.

  150. I gained 35 pounds with my first child. I wore size 8 jeans pre-pregnancy, and bought 12s about a month after she was born. Every month or two I’d buy a new pair a size smaller, and I know that by 9 months my 8s were way too big in the waist. I ate like a maniac, walked some, but mostly just chased baby around and breastfed. By the time we weaned at 13 months, I was a six and was down to my skinny high school senior weight. My ribs and hips were protruding, and I had no boobs. Many women would be happy to lose so much weight, but I didn’t look or feel like myself. I agree that nothing feels right until after you stop nursing, and your body never looks the same again. I got back to a fairly normal-feeling 8 within the year and had the waist taken in in my jeans. I never got rid of the tummy pooch, though. Now I’m pregnant again, due in three weeks, and am wondering what I’ll look like next year at this time.

  151. I am still solidly wearing maternity clothes 3+ months postpartum because:a) I am too cheap to by many interim clothes and
    b) believe that by if I DID by interim clothes I would somehow be committing to my larger size
    So I look like crap most of the time but have more or less accepted this as the way of things for probably the next 6+ months (this is baby #2 so I’ve done this before). But I have to say all the comments here have made me feel GREAT and reminded me that I am not the only one wandering around the grocery store in faded ill-fitting clothes 😉

  152. I am still solidly wearing maternity clothes 3+ months postpartum because:a) I am too cheap to by many interim clothes and
    b) believe that by if I DID by interim clothes I would somehow be committing to my larger size
    So I look like crap most of the time but have more or less accepted this as the way of things for probably the next 6+ months (this is baby #2 so I’ve done this before). But I have to say all the comments here have made me feel GREAT and reminded me that I am not the only one wandering around the grocery store in faded ill-fitting clothes 😉

  153. YES! – Muscle weighs more than fat. On my body, the result of losing “water weight” is not nearly the same look as having “lost fat & gained muscle.” That’s precisely why I don’t own a scale. Besides, a simple look at my face in the mirror, or at any head shot taken with my digital camera, has always told me exactly where I am weight-wise. I have a unique carrot shaped body with ginormous breasts – so picking the right clothing and undergarments is also key to making me look good. I have to do some basic weight training and cut back on my soda pop intake to sustain the look I like & feel at my best.Number of children: 1 (22 mos old) & am currently 35 wks pregnant w/#2
    Height: 5’8″
    Age at time of pregnancy #1: 31
    Weight at beginning of first pregnancy: 149 lbs.
    Weight at heaviest point of first pregnancy (37 wks): 177 lbs. (28 pounds gained)
    Birth: Vaginal
    Breastfed: Yes – but had low milk supply & other difficulties 9 yrs. post-breast reduction surgery – pumped w/ formula supplementation for 3.5 mos PP
    Weight six weeks post-partum: 147 lbs
    Weight at six mos PP: 158 (stopped weight training & drank lots of Coke when I went back to work)
    Weight at 8 mos PP: 162
    Weight at 1 year PP: 148 (became a WAHM, started weight training again & stopped drinking Coke)
    Age at time of pregnancy #2: 33
    Weight at beginning of second pregnancy: 151 lbs.
    Weight at heaviest point of second pregnancy (35 wks): 165.5 lbs. (15.5 pounds gained – I’m chasing DS around constantly, get full after a few bites of food, and have had major morning sickness)

  154. YES! – Muscle weighs more than fat. On my body, the result of losing “water weight” is not nearly the same look as having “lost fat & gained muscle.” That’s precisely why I don’t own a scale. Besides, a simple look at my face in the mirror, or at any head shot taken with my digital camera, has always told me exactly where I am weight-wise. I have a unique carrot shaped body with ginormous breasts – so picking the right clothing and undergarments is also key to making me look good. I have to do some basic weight training and cut back on my soda pop intake to sustain the look I like & feel at my best.Number of children: 1 (22 mos old) & am currently 35 wks pregnant w/#2
    Height: 5’8″
    Age at time of pregnancy #1: 31
    Weight at beginning of first pregnancy: 149 lbs.
    Weight at heaviest point of first pregnancy (37 wks): 177 lbs. (28 pounds gained)
    Birth: Vaginal
    Breastfed: Yes – but had low milk supply & other difficulties 9 yrs. post-breast reduction surgery – pumped w/ formula supplementation for 3.5 mos PP
    Weight six weeks post-partum: 147 lbs
    Weight at six mos PP: 158 (stopped weight training & drank lots of Coke when I went back to work)
    Weight at 8 mos PP: 162
    Weight at 1 year PP: 148 (became a WAHM, started weight training again & stopped drinking Coke)
    Age at time of pregnancy #2: 33
    Weight at beginning of second pregnancy: 151 lbs.
    Weight at heaviest point of second pregnancy (35 wks): 165.5 lbs. (15.5 pounds gained – I’m chasing DS around constantly, get full after a few bites of food, and have had major morning sickness)

  155. My son is 14 months old. I lost most of the weight by 6 months, and lost more than I had gained by 9 months and have settled off now. However, I’m a totally different shape and can’t seem to get rid of the belly. So, now, I just taught myself how to shop to camoflague the bits I dislike and highlight the bits I really like.

  156. My son is 14 months old. I lost most of the weight by 6 months, and lost more than I had gained by 9 months and have settled off now. However, I’m a totally different shape and can’t seem to get rid of the belly. So, now, I just taught myself how to shop to camoflague the bits I dislike and highlight the bits I really like.

  157. Would love to read through but alas …Starting point – 135, walked 5 flights of stairs at work often, ran 3x week.
    During – walked steps to 7 months, quit running almost immediately because OMG yuck.
    Weight gain – 40 lb
    Exit route – elective c-section, good recovery
    Genetics – mom might as well just glue chips to her behind, dad could eat a buffalo without penalty
    Boobie workout – exclusive BF for 5 months, still pumping at 1 year
    Back to work – 8 weeks, back to stairs … ummmm not yet.
    Back to fighting weight – eh – 4 months?
    Do my old clothes fit – NO. My abdomen seems longer, my waist thicker and everything is just wonky.
    Good luck, I bet you are BEAUTIFUL.

  158. Would love to read through but alas …Starting point – 135, walked 5 flights of stairs at work often, ran 3x week.
    During – walked steps to 7 months, quit running almost immediately because OMG yuck.
    Weight gain – 40 lb
    Exit route – elective c-section, good recovery
    Genetics – mom might as well just glue chips to her behind, dad could eat a buffalo without penalty
    Boobie workout – exclusive BF for 5 months, still pumping at 1 year
    Back to work – 8 weeks, back to stairs … ummmm not yet.
    Back to fighting weight – eh – 4 months?
    Do my old clothes fit – NO. My abdomen seems longer, my waist thicker and everything is just wonky.
    Good luck, I bet you are BEAUTIFUL.

  159. I was about 10-15 pounds over my ideal weight when I got pregnant. Gained 27 pounds during pregnancy. Immediately lost 20 within two weeks of giving birth. Vaginal delivery. Did not reach pre-pregnancy weight until about 6 months postpartum. Body shape was NOT the same, though. And I was not able to lose more beyond pre-pregnancy weight.Exclusively breastfed baby. Sadly, I am not one of those women who loses weight while nursing. I did WW and exercised regularly. My little one weaned herself about a month ago at 17 months so I’m eager to see if I’ll be able to get the weight to budge. I’m running at least 20 miles per week and eating carefully. Although I haven’t noticed a change in the scale I now feel like my body pretty much looks the same as it did pre-pregnancy. Which I’m happy about. The scale isn’t everything.
    The whole postpartum body issue is so tough. To be honest, it’s one of the reasons I think I’m happy with just one child. I just don’t know if I want to go through the body image issues again.

  160. I was about 10-15 pounds over my ideal weight when I got pregnant. Gained 27 pounds during pregnancy. Immediately lost 20 within two weeks of giving birth. Vaginal delivery. Did not reach pre-pregnancy weight until about 6 months postpartum. Body shape was NOT the same, though. And I was not able to lose more beyond pre-pregnancy weight.Exclusively breastfed baby. Sadly, I am not one of those women who loses weight while nursing. I did WW and exercised regularly. My little one weaned herself about a month ago at 17 months so I’m eager to see if I’ll be able to get the weight to budge. I’m running at least 20 miles per week and eating carefully. Although I haven’t noticed a change in the scale I now feel like my body pretty much looks the same as it did pre-pregnancy. Which I’m happy about. The scale isn’t everything.
    The whole postpartum body issue is so tough. To be honest, it’s one of the reasons I think I’m happy with just one child. I just don’t know if I want to go through the body image issues again.

  161. I think I might be one of those people who inadvertently fuel unrealistic expectations. I was 36, 5’3″, and 108 pounds when I got pregnant with my first. I gained only 19 pounds (7 pound baby), and was back to my prepregnancy weight 9 days after birth. How did I do it? HORRIBLE PREGNANCY-LONG FOOD AVERSIONS. It was AWFUL. Lots of pressure from the obligatory OB in my midwifery practice, who had never heard of morning sickness continuing past the first trimester, and lots of guilt and anger from my husband, who equates food with love and saw my inability to eat his meals as a rejection of him. And the baby was a voracious nurser who sucked the life out of me, making my weight plunge to unhealthy 103–I was exhausted and sick all the time. I did not get back to a healthy 108 until 20 months post-partum.I realize there are aspects of this situation that sound enviable. But it was difficult and stressful and most likely genetic and entirely out of my control (my 67 y.o. mother also weighs 108 pounds). I really believe in the ‘set point’ concept and think there is relatively little we can do to move our bodies one way or the other.
    I’m now 39, 27 weeks pregnant, have food aversions again, and have only gained 10 pounds. The OB has already been making ominous noises about small-for-dates and induction on my due date, and has refused to compare this pregnancy with my previous. Sigh.

  162. I think I might be one of those people who inadvertently fuel unrealistic expectations. I was 36, 5’3″, and 108 pounds when I got pregnant with my first. I gained only 19 pounds (7 pound baby), and was back to my prepregnancy weight 9 days after birth. How did I do it? HORRIBLE PREGNANCY-LONG FOOD AVERSIONS. It was AWFUL. Lots of pressure from the obligatory OB in my midwifery practice, who had never heard of morning sickness continuing past the first trimester, and lots of guilt and anger from my husband, who equates food with love and saw my inability to eat his meals as a rejection of him. And the baby was a voracious nurser who sucked the life out of me, making my weight plunge to unhealthy 103–I was exhausted and sick all the time. I did not get back to a healthy 108 until 20 months post-partum.I realize there are aspects of this situation that sound enviable. But it was difficult and stressful and most likely genetic and entirely out of my control (my 67 y.o. mother also weighs 108 pounds). I really believe in the ‘set point’ concept and think there is relatively little we can do to move our bodies one way or the other.
    I’m now 39, 27 weeks pregnant, have food aversions again, and have only gained 10 pounds. The OB has already been making ominous noises about small-for-dates and induction on my due date, and has refused to compare this pregnancy with my previous. Sigh.

  163. Age at time of pregnancy/birth: 37/38Numer of children: 1
    Height: 5’4″
    Weight at eight week check-up/ultrasound to confirm pregnancy: 143 lbs.
    Weight at 9 months pregnant: 173 lbs.
    Birth: Vaginal
    Breastfed: Yes, still BF at 14 mos
    Weight eight weeks post-partum: 145 lbs.
    Weight four months PP: Ranging 138 – 143 lbs.
    Weight twelve months PP: 133 – 143 lbs.
    Weight 24 months PP: n/a.
    Like Mrs.Haley, I think my speedy return to my PP weight is mostly due to breastfeeding. I haven’t yet given up the fondness for desserts that developed while I was pregnant. Once I stop BF I think I’ll have to go to a more calorie restricted diet (if I want to stay the same weight or shed 5-10 lbs) as I won’t have that fall back.
    I eat well generally, but do like sweets right now and am not really keeping track of calories or how much I eat. Exercise right now consists of daily dog walk for about 45 mins. Will probably try to start back to the gym 3x per week in Sept or Oct.
    And, lastly, I would say even though I lost the weight 8 weeks or so post partum, my shape did change (arms more flabby, more belly, flat butt…argh). But by 9 months, maybe 12, those effects have minimized – arms less flabby, belly & butt almost back to normal. Glad to not have the flat butt anymore.)

  164. My data points:One child, 7 lbs 4 oz. In my early 30s. Gained 28 lbs during pregnancy, but started out underweight and didn’t want to go back to the same weight (113). Baby was BF, and I had serious oversupply. Didn’t exercise AT ALL and lost about 19 pounds in the first four months. By 8 months I could wear my pre-pregnancy clothes, even the skinny jeans, though they didn’t fit the same way as before. My body definitely wasn’t the same (esp around the waist). Once I slowed BF I gained a few pounds, but have since lost them; am still 6 or 7 pounds over pre-pregnancy weight.
    BF was my only exercise – though I am a naturally active person, walk places etc.

  165. My data points:One child, 7 lbs 4 oz. In my early 30s. Gained 28 lbs during pregnancy, but started out underweight and didn’t want to go back to the same weight (113). Baby was BF, and I had serious oversupply. Didn’t exercise AT ALL and lost about 19 pounds in the first four months. By 8 months I could wear my pre-pregnancy clothes, even the skinny jeans, though they didn’t fit the same way as before. My body definitely wasn’t the same (esp around the waist). Once I slowed BF I gained a few pounds, but have since lost them; am still 6 or 7 pounds over pre-pregnancy weight.
    BF was my only exercise – though I am a naturally active person, walk places etc.

  166. Pre pregnancy I weighed close to 140lbs (I’m 5’5″ and happy with my weight when I’m 135lbs or less).i lost about 5 lbs at the beginning (when I was sick and lost weight due to cutting out wine/beer), and gained then 38 from my low point. So was just over 170 when I delivered my 7lb3oz daughter.
    Was still at 155 at 6 weeks, 150 when I went back to work at 4.5 months, got down to 145 at some point, and then did weight watchers to get down to 137 for like a day before i bounced back up to 140. Have been 140-143-145 ever since.
    She’s 17 months now, and I exclusively breastfed for 6 months, and continued to breastfeed/pump (no forumula) until she was a year and we introduced milk. Breastfed a little bit more until 15 months.
    I still have a stomach but otherwise am ok with things (have new clothes, similar sizes but different styles). I know if I stopped drinking i’d lose the weight but I don’t feel like putting a ton of effort into it since i hope to be prego with #2 soon. I am getting back into running and thats making me feel better though.

  167. Pre pregnancy I weighed close to 140lbs (I’m 5’5″ and happy with my weight when I’m 135lbs or less).i lost about 5 lbs at the beginning (when I was sick and lost weight due to cutting out wine/beer), and gained then 38 from my low point. So was just over 170 when I delivered my 7lb3oz daughter.
    Was still at 155 at 6 weeks, 150 when I went back to work at 4.5 months, got down to 145 at some point, and then did weight watchers to get down to 137 for like a day before i bounced back up to 140. Have been 140-143-145 ever since.
    She’s 17 months now, and I exclusively breastfed for 6 months, and continued to breastfeed/pump (no forumula) until she was a year and we introduced milk. Breastfed a little bit more until 15 months.
    I still have a stomach but otherwise am ok with things (have new clothes, similar sizes but different styles). I know if I stopped drinking i’d lose the weight but I don’t feel like putting a ton of effort into it since i hope to be prego with #2 soon. I am getting back into running and thats making me feel better though.

  168. Let’s see. I was 27 when I had my daughter. I’m 5’8″ and weighed probably about 119 or so pre-baby. Gained about 45 pounds. Was probably back to pre-preg weight at about 6 – 8 months. Was a B cup, breastfed and grew to a very, very full D cup and when I stopped went down to a large A and now am weighing more like 115. If I’m being honest my body looks and feels like it did before I was pregnant but I know I’m unusual in that respect. How did I do it? Genetics. Not dieting. (It can work in the short term but totally mess up your metabolism IF your body isn’t done working out the post pregnancy thing on it’s own which seriously does take months and months). I just think so much of it all is based on genetics and our culture makes it seem like if you just diet and exercise then CLEARLY you can lose all the weight and you should try to lose it quickly. I just don’t think that’s always true on either count.

  169. Let’s see. I was 27 when I had my daughter. I’m 5’8″ and weighed probably about 119 or so pre-baby. Gained about 45 pounds. Was probably back to pre-preg weight at about 6 – 8 months. Was a B cup, breastfed and grew to a very, very full D cup and when I stopped went down to a large A and now am weighing more like 115. If I’m being honest my body looks and feels like it did before I was pregnant but I know I’m unusual in that respect. How did I do it? Genetics. Not dieting. (It can work in the short term but totally mess up your metabolism IF your body isn’t done working out the post pregnancy thing on it’s own which seriously does take months and months). I just think so much of it all is based on genetics and our culture makes it seem like if you just diet and exercise then CLEARLY you can lose all the weight and you should try to lose it quickly. I just don’t think that’s always true on either count.

  170. I’m the Erin from 4:19 PM and wanted to do this the easy-to-read way. Sorry for the double post!Age at time of pregnancy/birth: 33
    Numer of children: 1
    Height: 5’4″
    Weight at beginning of pregnancy: 113 lbs.
    Weight at 9 months pregnant: 141 lbs.
    (28 pounds gained)
    Birth: Vaginal
    Breastfed: Yes
    Weight twelve weeks post-partum: 122 lbs.
    Weight 15 mo PP: 119 lbs.

  171. I’m the Erin from 4:19 PM and wanted to do this the easy-to-read way. Sorry for the double post!Age at time of pregnancy/birth: 33
    Numer of children: 1
    Height: 5’4″
    Weight at beginning of pregnancy: 113 lbs.
    Weight at 9 months pregnant: 141 lbs.
    (28 pounds gained)
    Birth: Vaginal
    Breastfed: Yes
    Weight twelve weeks post-partum: 122 lbs.
    Weight 15 mo PP: 119 lbs.

  172. Twin pregnancy, so a little different than most:Weight before pregnant: 145
    Weight just before giving birth: 195
    Weight 6 weeks post partum: 180
    Breastfed for 1 year
    Weight 1 year pp: 140
    Weight now, 3.5 years post-partum: 136
    BUT! NOTHING looks the same. Belly still needs MAJOR toning, arms are better than they ever were (from lugging 2 kids around through all the developmental transitions so far), whole body doesn’t fit into the same clothes the same way.
    And I’m ok with that.

  173. Twin pregnancy, so a little different than most:Weight before pregnant: 145
    Weight just before giving birth: 195
    Weight 6 weeks post partum: 180
    Breastfed for 1 year
    Weight 1 year pp: 140
    Weight now, 3.5 years post-partum: 136
    BUT! NOTHING looks the same. Belly still needs MAJOR toning, arms are better than they ever were (from lugging 2 kids around through all the developmental transitions so far), whole body doesn’t fit into the same clothes the same way.
    And I’m ok with that.

  174. First pregnancy: age 29Gained 45, which took at least a year to lose.
    Got in GREAT shape when first child was 18 months old and weighed less than I had in years.
    Second pregnancy: age 33
    Started at a higher weight (it crept back on). Gained 55 lbs. and still have 25 to lose 10 months later. Breastfeeding is coming to an end, but it takes enormous effort to get the scales to move.
    I think, like Moxie, I’m keeping the protective barrier. God, I’ve never heard it put that way. As usual, thanks for the perspective, Moxie!
    With both babies, breastfeeding didn’t seem to help with the weight loss. IF anything, weaning helped keep my appetite in check and gave me back myself so I could focus on my own health again. Not that I didn’t love breastfeeding my babies, but it feels so good to get your body back…

  175. First pregnancy: age 29Gained 45, which took at least a year to lose.
    Got in GREAT shape when first child was 18 months old and weighed less than I had in years.
    Second pregnancy: age 33
    Started at a higher weight (it crept back on). Gained 55 lbs. and still have 25 to lose 10 months later. Breastfeeding is coming to an end, but it takes enormous effort to get the scales to move.
    I think, like Moxie, I’m keeping the protective barrier. God, I’ve never heard it put that way. As usual, thanks for the perspective, Moxie!
    With both babies, breastfeeding didn’t seem to help with the weight loss. IF anything, weaning helped keep my appetite in check and gave me back myself so I could focus on my own health again. Not that I didn’t love breastfeeding my babies, but it feels so good to get your body back…

  176. With my first (and only) I was back to pre-pregnancy weight after 7 months. I was breastfeeding, wearing the baby a lot, and walking every where. Now, after 11 months, I’m 10 pounds less than my pre-pregnancy weight. I don’t wear him much any more but I do jog 2 to 3 times a week (with baby and dog in tow), I’m still breastfeeding, and I walk every where. I have to say though that my body is a lot different than it ever was. I’m finding that I’ll need to work extra hard to get my butt back up where it should be and my belly back in where I want it.

  177. With my first (and only) I was back to pre-pregnancy weight after 7 months. I was breastfeeding, wearing the baby a lot, and walking every where. Now, after 11 months, I’m 10 pounds less than my pre-pregnancy weight. I don’t wear him much any more but I do jog 2 to 3 times a week (with baby and dog in tow), I’m still breastfeeding, and I walk every where. I have to say though that my body is a lot different than it ever was. I’m finding that I’ll need to work extra hard to get my butt back up where it should be and my belly back in where I want it.

  178. My kid just turned 3. At 8 weeks post-partum, I went shopping for something to wear as I was totally SICK of maternity wear but nothing fit from pre-pregnancy. Bought a pair of Not Your Mother’s Jeans because of the inner tummy tuck stuff, which helped me feel somewhat normal in public. BUT – I was in a size 10 (and pre-preg was a 6 or an 8) About 2 months ago (remember, kid just turned 3) I finally went really clothes shopping & could wear a 6 (but as many others has posted, it’s not in the same places). I didn’t really start exercising for me again (not counting stroller walks, I mean) earlier this year, and I’m still only doing it 1x week, instead of what should probably be 3-4x week).I have a friend who has been very successful with Baby Boot Camp (you take your baby with you to exercise).

  179. My kid just turned 3. At 8 weeks post-partum, I went shopping for something to wear as I was totally SICK of maternity wear but nothing fit from pre-pregnancy. Bought a pair of Not Your Mother’s Jeans because of the inner tummy tuck stuff, which helped me feel somewhat normal in public. BUT – I was in a size 10 (and pre-preg was a 6 or an 8) About 2 months ago (remember, kid just turned 3) I finally went really clothes shopping & could wear a 6 (but as many others has posted, it’s not in the same places). I didn’t really start exercising for me again (not counting stroller walks, I mean) earlier this year, and I’m still only doing it 1x week, instead of what should probably be 3-4x week).I have a friend who has been very successful with Baby Boot Camp (you take your baby with you to exercise).

  180. I have one child, was 28 when I delivered. I gained 40 lbs in pregnancy. By about 4 months pp, people were telling me how thin I looked, but I didn’t feel it. I think I felt like my usual size by 6 months, when I returned to work. At 1 yr pp, I was about 10 lbs under my prepreg weight- my clothes were falling off me, and people were telling me I didn’t look healthy, and i should stop bfing. I was eating pretty much nonstop, including a whole chocolate bar a day! My boy wasn’t really interested in food until about 13-14 months. I stayed quite thin until I stopped bfing- completely- at 24 mos. I never gained it all back until I lost my job when my boy was about 30 months. Sadly, I still have saggy tummy skin.

  181. I have one child, was 28 when I delivered. I gained 40 lbs in pregnancy. By about 4 months pp, people were telling me how thin I looked, but I didn’t feel it. I think I felt like my usual size by 6 months, when I returned to work. At 1 yr pp, I was about 10 lbs under my prepreg weight- my clothes were falling off me, and people were telling me I didn’t look healthy, and i should stop bfing. I was eating pretty much nonstop, including a whole chocolate bar a day! My boy wasn’t really interested in food until about 13-14 months. I stayed quite thin until I stopped bfing- completely- at 24 mos. I never gained it all back until I lost my job when my boy was about 30 months. Sadly, I still have saggy tummy skin.

  182. Both times the weight all came off within the first 6 months (maybe a little faster the first time?), but it took 9 months after the first one to feel like everything was kinda back in the right spot. My second baby is just over 9 months old and I don’t feel like things are back in the right place with him, or even close to it. This tummy pooch may be the new normal! I breastfed my first until 14 months old, and am still breastfeeding the second. If anything, the second is a more voracious eater, but that didn’t seem to have any great effect on the weight coming off. I will say that around 9-10 months, I lost 10 pounds effortlessly with my first, and it came right back on after weaning. I haven’t seen the same magic disappearance with my second, so I’m hoping I don’t put 10 extra pounds on when he weans!

  183. Both times the weight all came off within the first 6 months (maybe a little faster the first time?), but it took 9 months after the first one to feel like everything was kinda back in the right spot. My second baby is just over 9 months old and I don’t feel like things are back in the right place with him, or even close to it. This tummy pooch may be the new normal! I breastfed my first until 14 months old, and am still breastfeeding the second. If anything, the second is a more voracious eater, but that didn’t seem to have any great effect on the weight coming off. I will say that around 9-10 months, I lost 10 pounds effortlessly with my first, and it came right back on after weaning. I haven’t seen the same magic disappearance with my second, so I’m hoping I don’t put 10 extra pounds on when he weans!

  184. I gained 25 pounds with my first child and lost it *very* quickly — certainly within 2 months of delivering her.BUT I had gestational diabetes and was on an extremely strict diet for the last 3 months of the pregnancy. Had that not happened, I would doubtless have gained a lot more, and not lost it for a lot longer.
    Also, I went into the pregnancy weighing the most I’d ever weighed. And, for what it’s worth, I never actually got my waist measurement back to pre-baby size.

  185. I gained 25 pounds with my first child and lost it *very* quickly — certainly within 2 months of delivering her.BUT I had gestational diabetes and was on an extremely strict diet for the last 3 months of the pregnancy. Had that not happened, I would doubtless have gained a lot more, and not lost it for a lot longer.
    Also, I went into the pregnancy weighing the most I’d ever weighed. And, for what it’s worth, I never actually got my waist measurement back to pre-baby size.

  186. And if it helps to fill out specific data points:Age at time of pregnancy/birth: 35
    Number of children: 1 (2nd on the way)
    Height: 5’6″
    Pre-pregnancy: 145ish
    Weight at 9 months pregnant: 170 lbs
    Birth: c-section
    Breastfed: 2 years (though much of the second year was pretty low volume)
    Weight eight weeks post-partum: 150 lbs.
    Weight four months PP: Ranging 145 lbs.
    Weight twelve months PP: 140 lbs.
    Weight 24 months PP: 138 – 140

  187. And if it helps to fill out specific data points:Age at time of pregnancy/birth: 35
    Number of children: 1 (2nd on the way)
    Height: 5’6″
    Pre-pregnancy: 145ish
    Weight at 9 months pregnant: 170 lbs
    Birth: c-section
    Breastfed: 2 years (though much of the second year was pretty low volume)
    Weight eight weeks post-partum: 150 lbs.
    Weight four months PP: Ranging 145 lbs.
    Weight twelve months PP: 140 lbs.
    Weight 24 months PP: 138 – 140

  188. Number of children: 1, age 18 mos.Age when pregnant: 31-32
    Height: 5’10”
    Pre-pregnancy weight: 170
    Weight at 9 months pregnant: 217
    Birth: vaginal
    Breastfeeding: Still going strong
    Weight 6 weeks post-partum: 184
    Weight 9 months pp: 170
    Weight now: 167

  189. Number of children: 1, age 18 mos.Age when pregnant: 31-32
    Height: 5’10”
    Pre-pregnancy weight: 170
    Weight at 9 months pregnant: 217
    Birth: vaginal
    Breastfeeding: Still going strong
    Weight 6 weeks post-partum: 184
    Weight 9 months pp: 170
    Weight now: 167

  190. All but 10 pounds came off within 4 mos.; I held onto that 10 lbs until she weaned at 16.5 months. I lost it promptly (within a month) after she weaned. Breastfeeding gave me a tremendous appetite, and it totally plummeted after she weaned.

  191. All but 10 pounds came off within 4 mos.; I held onto that 10 lbs until she weaned at 16.5 months. I lost it promptly (within a month) after she weaned. Breastfeeding gave me a tremendous appetite, and it totally plummeted after she weaned.

  192. For a slightly different perspective: I have two kids close in age (16 months apart). In many ways I had ideal pregnancies weight-wise. I ate what I wanted, gained a reasonable 25 pounds with each of my two pregnancies, only carried weight in my belly, and lost all of the weight by three months. I’m short and can’t usually eat very much, so the breastfeeding period was bliss for me. My babies were fairly big and those months were the first time in my life when I could eat whatever I wanted and still lose weight.HOWEVER: Maybe because I’m small my belly got huge with each pregnancy. I ended up with (I think) an almost disfigured stomach. I have a major diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles) that still makes me look pregnant even though my younger child is almost two. I have been asked many times by strangers whether I am pregnant. I also have an extremely wrinkled stomach due to stretch marks. I literally went to an exercise seminar for postpartum women once and the only woman in similar shape had had multiples. I’m basically an ideal candidate for a tummy tuck (to the point where insurance would cover some of it) but refuse to go there.
    I have to say that I often wish I had a weight loss issue because as hard as it is at least there are steps that you can take to lose the weight. There is very little I can do to reshape my stomach. I have tried a lot of targeted exercise etc but it just isn’t enough.

  193. For a slightly different perspective: I have two kids close in age (16 months apart). In many ways I had ideal pregnancies weight-wise. I ate what I wanted, gained a reasonable 25 pounds with each of my two pregnancies, only carried weight in my belly, and lost all of the weight by three months. I’m short and can’t usually eat very much, so the breastfeeding period was bliss for me. My babies were fairly big and those months were the first time in my life when I could eat whatever I wanted and still lose weight.HOWEVER: Maybe because I’m small my belly got huge with each pregnancy. I ended up with (I think) an almost disfigured stomach. I have a major diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles) that still makes me look pregnant even though my younger child is almost two. I have been asked many times by strangers whether I am pregnant. I also have an extremely wrinkled stomach due to stretch marks. I literally went to an exercise seminar for postpartum women once and the only woman in similar shape had had multiples. I’m basically an ideal candidate for a tummy tuck (to the point where insurance would cover some of it) but refuse to go there.
    I have to say that I often wish I had a weight loss issue because as hard as it is at least there are steps that you can take to lose the weight. There is very little I can do to reshape my stomach. I have tried a lot of targeted exercise etc but it just isn’t enough.

  194. Haven’t time to read the posts so here are my data points:One pregnancy. Gained 37 pounds (was underweight to begin with.) Lost all but about 5 pounds by the time baby was 6 months. (1st 20 pounds came off after baby was born.) Lost the last 5 pounds by the time baby was 9 months. Maintained that weight until I weaned baby at 27 months and within 3 months gained 8 pounds due to maintaining my nursing diet. Almost a year later I am within a few pounds of my pre-pregnancy weight.
    Breast feed, walk, eat a HEALTHY diet, get enough rest and the weight will come off naturally. I agree with Moxie, 9 months up = 9 months down. I understand how hard it is to look at your “new” self. I put my skinny clothes away in boxes while I was pregnant – didn’t want to be reminded that I couldn’t get into them. Once I lost the weight I pulled my clothes out of storage and was thrilled to wear them again. Think of this as temporary and it will be.
    And FWIW, every man I know, including my husband thought I was HOT with an extra 10 pounds. I think it was my gi-normous nursing boobs. (I miss them…) When I look at pictures from that time period, I have to agree. Please be patient with yourself.

  195. Haven’t time to read the posts so here are my data points:One pregnancy. Gained 37 pounds (was underweight to begin with.) Lost all but about 5 pounds by the time baby was 6 months. (1st 20 pounds came off after baby was born.) Lost the last 5 pounds by the time baby was 9 months. Maintained that weight until I weaned baby at 27 months and within 3 months gained 8 pounds due to maintaining my nursing diet. Almost a year later I am within a few pounds of my pre-pregnancy weight.
    Breast feed, walk, eat a HEALTHY diet, get enough rest and the weight will come off naturally. I agree with Moxie, 9 months up = 9 months down. I understand how hard it is to look at your “new” self. I put my skinny clothes away in boxes while I was pregnant – didn’t want to be reminded that I couldn’t get into them. Once I lost the weight I pulled my clothes out of storage and was thrilled to wear them again. Think of this as temporary and it will be.
    And FWIW, every man I know, including my husband thought I was HOT with an extra 10 pounds. I think it was my gi-normous nursing boobs. (I miss them…) When I look at pictures from that time period, I have to agree. Please be patient with yourself.

  196. Gained 55-60 pounds both times and took 18-20 months to lose it all both times. Breastfed continuously both times (including through the second pregnancy).And now? I am stronger & fitter than ever. Wahooo.

  197. Gained 55-60 pounds both times and took 18-20 months to lose it all both times. Breastfed continuously both times (including through the second pregnancy).And now? I am stronger & fitter than ever. Wahooo.

  198. I kept the weight ON until I was done breastfeeding (at 12 mo) – it was like breastfeeding made it impossible for me to loose weight. After I stopped I lost weight quickly and easily, about 25 pounds in 5 months. I am following the same pattern with my second child (I hope…Iam still breastfeeding).

  199. I kept the weight ON until I was done breastfeeding (at 12 mo) – it was like breastfeeding made it impossible for me to loose weight. After I stopped I lost weight quickly and easily, about 25 pounds in 5 months. I am following the same pattern with my second child (I hope…Iam still breastfeeding).

  200. I was 31 when I gave birth and I’m 5’6. I started at 135lbs (which is on the good side of a normal and healthy weight for me) and gained 32.5lbs, so I was 167.5lbs when I gave birth.6 weeks post-partum (I happened to note it at the time after an OB appointment) I weighed 146lbs. So I had lost about 20lbs by then.
    This was very surprising to me as I had spent the past few years preparing myself and my husband for how my body would forever be “different”.
    And now, 6 months later I am in better shape than I have ever been as an adult. I now weigh 130lbs, which is what I weighed at 16!!! (It’s not just the weight, my body is in good shape, too). My mother is overweight and I just assumed that I would retain the weight as she did…
    I spent July back at my parents home and ate very heartily… At the same time my baby (probably ready for solids and dealing with international travel, new house, being away from Dad etc) started waking for night feeds again, maybe 3 or four times a night. In all that extra feeding I lost the extra 6 or 8 pounds that I have always wanted to loose but could never seem to get past.
    For me, I am convinced it was breastfeeding that shifted the weight, and very very lucky genes that enabled my body to snap back and feel so normal so quickly. I was also very lucky to have a pretty easy drug-free natural birth which is probably not directly related to weight loss, but my body recovered quickly and I felt very robust – both physically and mentally.
    Hope this is useful.
    I am concerned though that when I stop breastfeeding my baby that I won’t get away with eating quite so much chocolate!

  201. I was 31 when I gave birth and I’m 5’6. I started at 135lbs (which is on the good side of a normal and healthy weight for me) and gained 32.5lbs, so I was 167.5lbs when I gave birth.6 weeks post-partum (I happened to note it at the time after an OB appointment) I weighed 146lbs. So I had lost about 20lbs by then.
    This was very surprising to me as I had spent the past few years preparing myself and my husband for how my body would forever be “different”.
    And now, 6 months later I am in better shape than I have ever been as an adult. I now weigh 130lbs, which is what I weighed at 16!!! (It’s not just the weight, my body is in good shape, too). My mother is overweight and I just assumed that I would retain the weight as she did…
    I spent July back at my parents home and ate very heartily… At the same time my baby (probably ready for solids and dealing with international travel, new house, being away from Dad etc) started waking for night feeds again, maybe 3 or four times a night. In all that extra feeding I lost the extra 6 or 8 pounds that I have always wanted to loose but could never seem to get past.
    For me, I am convinced it was breastfeeding that shifted the weight, and very very lucky genes that enabled my body to snap back and feel so normal so quickly. I was also very lucky to have a pretty easy drug-free natural birth which is probably not directly related to weight loss, but my body recovered quickly and I felt very robust – both physically and mentally.
    Hope this is useful.
    I am concerned though that when I stop breastfeeding my baby that I won’t get away with eating quite so much chocolate!

  202. Number of children: 1, age 3 mos.Age when pregnant: 35/36
    Height: 5’6″
    Pre-pregnancy weight: 208
    Weight at 9 months pregnant: 248 (40 lbs gained)
    Birth: vaginal
    Breastfeeding: Still going strong
    Weight 9 weeks post-partum: 227
    Weight now: probably the same
    i’m back to the weight/pant size i was three years ago, i had made a steady sustained effort to get down to where i was pre-prego, and now i’m looking at doing it over again.
    after reading all of these stories i don’t feel so fat and ugly. and i just did 20 sit-ups!

  203. Number of children: 1, age 3 mos.Age when pregnant: 35/36
    Height: 5’6″
    Pre-pregnancy weight: 208
    Weight at 9 months pregnant: 248 (40 lbs gained)
    Birth: vaginal
    Breastfeeding: Still going strong
    Weight 9 weeks post-partum: 227
    Weight now: probably the same
    i’m back to the weight/pant size i was three years ago, i had made a steady sustained effort to get down to where i was pre-prego, and now i’m looking at doing it over again.
    after reading all of these stories i don’t feel so fat and ugly. and i just did 20 sit-ups!

  204. prepregnancy #1: 137gained 20-25 pounds: 157-160
    post delivery: 147
    prepregnancy #2: 142
    gained 20 pounds: 162
    three years later: 147
    now: still trying to lose the tummy! arms and all over in general bigger than before I had children. hate trying on clothes. hate trying to get dressed each morning for work. love my children, love to cook, and love to eat with my family.
    terrible at exercise routine.
    terrible self-image, hate pictures.
    size before:6-8
    size between first and second: 8-10
    size now: 10
    ideal weight: 135-137, size 8
    sigh.

  205. prepregnancy #1: 137gained 20-25 pounds: 157-160
    post delivery: 147
    prepregnancy #2: 142
    gained 20 pounds: 162
    three years later: 147
    now: still trying to lose the tummy! arms and all over in general bigger than before I had children. hate trying on clothes. hate trying to get dressed each morning for work. love my children, love to cook, and love to eat with my family.
    terrible at exercise routine.
    terrible self-image, hate pictures.
    size before:6-8
    size between first and second: 8-10
    size now: 10
    ideal weight: 135-137, size 8
    sigh.

  206. Pre-pregnancy weight – 135lb, which is the high end of the 10lb range I’ve fluctuated between since turning 21.Height – 5’4″.
    Age – 31
    Gained 20lb; I had GD, which contributed to the smallish weight gain.
    Singleton baby, 7lb2oz. Exclusively breastfed. Bad sleeper from birth. Needed a lot, A LOT, of walking around to settle. By 6 weeks, up to two hours of walking a night.
    Back to pre-pregnancy weight 10 days after the birth.
    Lost another 10lb over the next three months.
    Weight stabilised at 125lbs at around 4 months PP.
    The Drop is nine months now, and that weight hasn’t really shifted, although I suspect that it’s going to start creeping up soon if I keep eating the way I am doing, since I’m now back at work at a sedentary job, and the breastfeeding is going to start tapering down soon.

  207. Pre-pregnancy weight – 135lb, which is the high end of the 10lb range I’ve fluctuated between since turning 21.Height – 5’4″.
    Age – 31
    Gained 20lb; I had GD, which contributed to the smallish weight gain.
    Singleton baby, 7lb2oz. Exclusively breastfed. Bad sleeper from birth. Needed a lot, A LOT, of walking around to settle. By 6 weeks, up to two hours of walking a night.
    Back to pre-pregnancy weight 10 days after the birth.
    Lost another 10lb over the next three months.
    Weight stabilised at 125lbs at around 4 months PP.
    The Drop is nine months now, and that weight hasn’t really shifted, although I suspect that it’s going to start creeping up soon if I keep eating the way I am doing, since I’m now back at work at a sedentary job, and the breastfeeding is going to start tapering down soon.

  208. I gained 50 pounds with my first (and only, so far) pregnancy. I lost 30 within the first month post-partum and I attribute that to: having a 9 pound baby, giant placenta, and a lot of amniotic fluid; breastfeeding; depression-induced lack of appetite. I stopped breastfeeding at 6 weeks and over the past 5.5 months I have gained all of that weight back – a month ago I was back at the weight I was nine months pregnant. I am an emotional-eater and coupling that fact with a bad case of baby-blues and a difficult time adjusting to being a SAHM after teaching for 6 years led to waistline disaster. My baby is now 8 months old and I have lost 11 pounds total. I could just kick myself for gaining that 30 back.

  209. I gained 50 pounds with my first (and only, so far) pregnancy. I lost 30 within the first month post-partum and I attribute that to: having a 9 pound baby, giant placenta, and a lot of amniotic fluid; breastfeeding; depression-induced lack of appetite. I stopped breastfeeding at 6 weeks and over the past 5.5 months I have gained all of that weight back – a month ago I was back at the weight I was nine months pregnant. I am an emotional-eater and coupling that fact with a bad case of baby-blues and a difficult time adjusting to being a SAHM after teaching for 6 years led to waistline disaster. My baby is now 8 months old and I have lost 11 pounds total. I could just kick myself for gaining that 30 back.

  210. I lost the weight fairly quickly. About 5 weeks after my son was born, the weight was gone. I was breastfeeding and he was an EATER. However, I’m still waiting for my body to get back to my previous proportions. The pounds meant nothing, my stomach never slimmed down to what it was before.So, that’s my experience, anyhow.

  211. I lost the weight fairly quickly. About 5 weeks after my son was born, the weight was gone. I was breastfeeding and he was an EATER. However, I’m still waiting for my body to get back to my previous proportions. The pounds meant nothing, my stomach never slimmed down to what it was before.So, that’s my experience, anyhow.

  212. Number of children: 1, age 28 monthsAge when pregnant: 37/38
    Height: 5’6″
    Pre-pregnancy weight: 135
    Weight at 9 months pregnant: 195 (60 lbs gained)
    Birth: C-section
    Breastfeeding: 25 months (son is 28 months)
    Weight 9 weeks postpartum: 148
    Weight now: 150
    Started out very fit but had a scare early on in my first pregnancy and took to heart the Dr.’s advice to take it easy and gained between 60 and 65 pounds (yikes!). Unfortunately, I’m still carrying ~15 pounds more than my PP weight. I know it has a lot to do with the fact that I’m not as active as I was (for a number of reasons including tfive moves, teo of which were Int’l, having to make new friends and find my way around, adjusting to being a SAHM after working for many years, etc.) and have maintained the atrocious sweet tooth I developed when I was pregnant.
    Am newly pregnant again and determined to be fit throughout, not gain as much (less cupcakes perhaps?) and get back in the swing of things after #2 arrives. That said, I still think I look alright and, while I’d like to be back at my PP weight, all I need to do is look at my incredibly healthy and thriving little boy and I know it’ll all be OK.

  213. Number of children: 1, age 28 monthsAge when pregnant: 37/38
    Height: 5’6″
    Pre-pregnancy weight: 135
    Weight at 9 months pregnant: 195 (60 lbs gained)
    Birth: C-section
    Breastfeeding: 25 months (son is 28 months)
    Weight 9 weeks postpartum: 148
    Weight now: 150
    Started out very fit but had a scare early on in my first pregnancy and took to heart the Dr.’s advice to take it easy and gained between 60 and 65 pounds (yikes!). Unfortunately, I’m still carrying ~15 pounds more than my PP weight. I know it has a lot to do with the fact that I’m not as active as I was (for a number of reasons including tfive moves, teo of which were Int’l, having to make new friends and find my way around, adjusting to being a SAHM after working for many years, etc.) and have maintained the atrocious sweet tooth I developed when I was pregnant.
    Am newly pregnant again and determined to be fit throughout, not gain as much (less cupcakes perhaps?) and get back in the swing of things after #2 arrives. That said, I still think I look alright and, while I’d like to be back at my PP weight, all I need to do is look at my incredibly healthy and thriving little boy and I know it’ll all be OK.

  214. Oh, here are my data points BTW:NO. 1
    Age when pregnant: 37
    Height: 5’7.5
    Prepregnancy weight: 146
    Weight at 40 weeks: 171
    Baby’s weight: 7.5
    Birth: vaginal
    Breastfeeding; 17 months (EBF 6 mths)
    Weight 1 week pp: 149
    Weight 1 month pp: 146
    Weigth 14 month pp ( when pregnant with no2): 136
    No.2
    Age when pregnant: 39
    Prepregnancy weight: 136
    Weight at 40 weeks: 165
    Baby’s weight: 7.2
    Birth: vaginal
    Breastfeeding: 30 months (EBF 6 mths)
    Weight 1 week pp: 149
    Weight 6 month pp: 136
    Present weight ( after 4.5 years): 135
    I am presently in the best shape I have ever been, 4.5 years down the track. I bounced back indcredibly well after my first birth and was back into my prepregnancy clothes within a month. My stomach whichhas always been the worst part of my body, actually became flat after 6 months of breastfeeding and my boobs were down to a size I prefered ( I was quite big busted pre-pregnancy). After my second pregnancy, I was quite saggy around the middle. It took at least a year to get it looking decent again, but it will never look as good as it did around 6 months PP after my first child was born. But, I’m pretty happy with it anyway, considering my age ( 42) and having had two children. My boobs are pretty saggy too after 4 years BF’ing, but nothing a good fitting bra can’t fix. I consider myself very lucky to have bounced back so well and put it down to my genes, a good diet, and lots of exercise.

  215. Oh, here are my data points BTW:NO. 1
    Age when pregnant: 37
    Height: 5’7.5
    Prepregnancy weight: 146
    Weight at 40 weeks: 171
    Baby’s weight: 7.5
    Birth: vaginal
    Breastfeeding; 17 months (EBF 6 mths)
    Weight 1 week pp: 149
    Weight 1 month pp: 146
    Weigth 14 month pp ( when pregnant with no2): 136
    No.2
    Age when pregnant: 39
    Prepregnancy weight: 136
    Weight at 40 weeks: 165
    Baby’s weight: 7.2
    Birth: vaginal
    Breastfeeding: 30 months (EBF 6 mths)
    Weight 1 week pp: 149
    Weight 6 month pp: 136
    Present weight ( after 4.5 years): 135
    I am presently in the best shape I have ever been, 4.5 years down the track. I bounced back indcredibly well after my first birth and was back into my prepregnancy clothes within a month. My stomach whichhas always been the worst part of my body, actually became flat after 6 months of breastfeeding and my boobs were down to a size I prefered ( I was quite big busted pre-pregnancy). After my second pregnancy, I was quite saggy around the middle. It took at least a year to get it looking decent again, but it will never look as good as it did around 6 months PP after my first child was born. But, I’m pretty happy with it anyway, considering my age ( 42) and having had two children. My boobs are pretty saggy too after 4 years BF’ing, but nothing a good fitting bra can’t fix. I consider myself very lucky to have bounced back so well and put it down to my genes, a good diet, and lots of exercise.

  216. With both kids I was back into my pre-pregnancy clothes within 10 days of birth.With DD1 I actually weighed less than I did pre-pregnancy due to not being able to eat much while pregnant.

  217. With both kids I was back into my pre-pregnancy clothes within 10 days of birth.With DD1 I actually weighed less than I did pre-pregnancy due to not being able to eat much while pregnant.

  218. I am now 10 pounds below my pre-pregnancy weight, and weigh what I did just after high school. I put on 40 pounds with my pregnancy, which was my first baby. I breastfed for a year, and by 6 months postpartum still had only lost about 30 pounds. My baby is now 14 months old, so I think I agree with moxie’s 9 month figure – then I was back to pre-pregnancy, now I’m even further below. It seemed easier to lose weight once I stopped breastfeeding, and certainly while exclusively breastfeeding it was impossible.

  219. I am now 10 pounds below my pre-pregnancy weight, and weigh what I did just after high school. I put on 40 pounds with my pregnancy, which was my first baby. I breastfed for a year, and by 6 months postpartum still had only lost about 30 pounds. My baby is now 14 months old, so I think I agree with moxie’s 9 month figure – then I was back to pre-pregnancy, now I’m even further below. It seemed easier to lose weight once I stopped breastfeeding, and certainly while exclusively breastfeeding it was impossible.

  220. Both times I have lost the lot within about 4 weeks… but then put back on plenty as soon as I started weaning. A big part of the problem was that I got into really bad eating habits during breastfeeding.

  221. With both my pregnancies I gained about 40 pounds and I lost all the weight within about 3 months of giving birth. HOWEVER, with my first kid my shape didn’t return until about 6 months after giving birth — that was the kicker for me, because my pre-pregnancy clothes didn’t fit even though the scale said I was back to where I started! (My second kid is almost 4 months old so can’t say for sure yet!)I exclusively breastfed #1 until 6 months and plan to do the same with #2. With #1, I continued to breastfeed until 2 years, again, I plan to do the same with #2 but we’ll see what he has in mind.
    Besides breastfeeding my “secret” was lots of walking, plus working out (after getting my midwife’s go-ahead). There are tons of exercise programs available that are doable at home with no fancy equipment required.
    Be gentle with yourself. Your body has done amazing work making a baby, give it time to get back to “normal”.

  222. With both my pregnancies I gained about 40 pounds and I lost all the weight within about 3 months of giving birth. HOWEVER, with my first kid my shape didn’t return until about 6 months after giving birth — that was the kicker for me, because my pre-pregnancy clothes didn’t fit even though the scale said I was back to where I started! (My second kid is almost 4 months old so can’t say for sure yet!)I exclusively breastfed #1 until 6 months and plan to do the same with #2. With #1, I continued to breastfeed until 2 years, again, I plan to do the same with #2 but we’ll see what he has in mind.
    Besides breastfeeding my “secret” was lots of walking, plus working out (after getting my midwife’s go-ahead). There are tons of exercise programs available that are doable at home with no fancy equipment required.
    Be gentle with yourself. Your body has done amazing work making a baby, give it time to get back to “normal”.

  223. After baby #1, it took 6 months to be within 5 minutes of my prepreggo weight. The last 5lbs didn’t come off until after I stopped breastfeeding. I probably could have lost faster if I curbed my eating but I was STARVING all the time while breastfeeding. Baby #2 is now 8 weeks old and I’m still close to 15lbs over. I’m more forgiving of my body this time around.

  224. @ meggiemoo – Thanks for the posts about your progress on the Paleo diet. I think that is probably the way of eating my body would love. Gluten/grain free isn’t as big a deal here as dairy-free would be. But I need to do something!My stats are pregnant at 39, pre-preg weight of 184 (20 – 25 pounds over my ideal at 5’11”). Weight at 1 week post partum – 180 (crazy time) 6 weeks post-partum 189. Weight now, at 15 months in – 198.
    Pregnancy was the first time in a decade that I had healthy associations with food. I had to keep a little in my stomach all the time to feel okay and I was able to make good food choices. I was excited to be free of the diet demon and extend the mindset into post-partum.
    Then my son was born. He was growing 1/2 inch a week but not gaining weight. I lost all my weight and then some in the first intense week, and I had supply issues. My sister decided what I needed was to eat a lot of ice cream to get enough calories to nurse. Exit healthy eating habits at the same time we were resorting to supplementation. And now I’m at my non-pregnant all-time heaviest.
    I’ve been determined not to “diet” ever again, but would like to make healthy permanent changes and get to a weight my body is happy at. The life I want for me and my family requires I have a lot more energy and vitality than I do right now.
    Just found out yesterday that my Vit. D is quite low. Hopefully supplementing will give me the energy I need to make some healthy changes.

  225. @ meggiemoo – Thanks for the posts about your progress on the Paleo diet. I think that is probably the way of eating my body would love. Gluten/grain free isn’t as big a deal here as dairy-free would be. But I need to do something!My stats are pregnant at 39, pre-preg weight of 184 (20 – 25 pounds over my ideal at 5’11”). Weight at 1 week post partum – 180 (crazy time) 6 weeks post-partum 189. Weight now, at 15 months in – 198.
    Pregnancy was the first time in a decade that I had healthy associations with food. I had to keep a little in my stomach all the time to feel okay and I was able to make good food choices. I was excited to be free of the diet demon and extend the mindset into post-partum.
    Then my son was born. He was growing 1/2 inch a week but not gaining weight. I lost all my weight and then some in the first intense week, and I had supply issues. My sister decided what I needed was to eat a lot of ice cream to get enough calories to nurse. Exit healthy eating habits at the same time we were resorting to supplementation. And now I’m at my non-pregnant all-time heaviest.
    I’ve been determined not to “diet” ever again, but would like to make healthy permanent changes and get to a weight my body is happy at. The life I want for me and my family requires I have a lot more energy and vitality than I do right now.
    Just found out yesterday that my Vit. D is quite low. Hopefully supplementing will give me the energy I need to make some healthy changes.

  226. I am 30 and I have two kids. One, DD, 3yrs 4mos old and the other, DS, 18mos old. Both breastfed (my son is still nursing 2-4x in 24hrs. I have been wearing one or the other in the Ergo and sling at least a little bit every day since DD was born After my first I lost all the weight I put on within 8-9mos. I slowly gained about 5lbs back over the next 6mos or so and then got pregnant again. With my second I was down to pre-preg weight when he was 9mos old but gained about 15lbs of it back when my son’s dairy and soy intolerance resolved itself and so I could eat dairy again. Ice cream and cheese have been my stress eating, comfort loving, long day tired food for a long time. This year was obviously hard.

  227. I am 30 and I have two kids. One, DD, 3yrs 4mos old and the other, DS, 18mos old. Both breastfed (my son is still nursing 2-4x in 24hrs. I have been wearing one or the other in the Ergo and sling at least a little bit every day since DD was born After my first I lost all the weight I put on within 8-9mos. I slowly gained about 5lbs back over the next 6mos or so and then got pregnant again. With my second I was down to pre-preg weight when he was 9mos old but gained about 15lbs of it back when my son’s dairy and soy intolerance resolved itself and so I could eat dairy again. Ice cream and cheese have been my stress eating, comfort loving, long day tired food for a long time. This year was obviously hard.

  228. First, pardon me – all my weight numbers are in kilos.With my first, I gained 2 -3 kilos from the fertility treatment I underwent to get pregnant. Then I got pregnant. It took me 6 or 7 months to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight, but I never lost those 3 kilos I gained during the IVF.
    With my second, I experienced post-partum depression and actually gained weight after the baby was born; I ended up about 15 kilos overweight. I started losing weight when he was 1 and within 6 months (so the baby is 18 months old now) I lost 10 kilos. Now the baby is 21 months old and I’m back to the pre-IVF weight at last. So 21 months after baby number two I’ve lost 15 kilos.
    My body, however, does not look the same. The number on the scale is back down to “fighting weight” but I have lost my “tightness.”

  229. First, pardon me – all my weight numbers are in kilos.With my first, I gained 2 -3 kilos from the fertility treatment I underwent to get pregnant. Then I got pregnant. It took me 6 or 7 months to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight, but I never lost those 3 kilos I gained during the IVF.
    With my second, I experienced post-partum depression and actually gained weight after the baby was born; I ended up about 15 kilos overweight. I started losing weight when he was 1 and within 6 months (so the baby is 18 months old now) I lost 10 kilos. Now the baby is 21 months old and I’m back to the pre-IVF weight at last. So 21 months after baby number two I’ve lost 15 kilos.
    My body, however, does not look the same. The number on the scale is back down to “fighting weight” but I have lost my “tightness.”

  230. I wanted to add two things to my previous post:Firstly, I started off with a round, shapely bum, and at the end of my pregnancy I could tell it was flatter than normal… 6 months later it’s quite definitely lower and flatter… I have read that many other women have found the same thing. And although the idea of a smaller bum might be appealing, I’m certainly not happy about losing my shape! But it does mean I can fit into a size smaller.
    Secondly, another commenter said she exercised to the 30 Day Shred – I used that DVD for a month or so (have been on summer vacation hiatus, will get back to it as soon as I get over the jet-lag) and found it FANTASTIC. Easy to fit in, quick, a great workout and I became lean and strong in a way I hadn’t before (I was surprised by that as I used to run a lot before having my daughter).

  231. I wanted to add two things to my previous post:Firstly, I started off with a round, shapely bum, and at the end of my pregnancy I could tell it was flatter than normal… 6 months later it’s quite definitely lower and flatter… I have read that many other women have found the same thing. And although the idea of a smaller bum might be appealing, I’m certainly not happy about losing my shape! But it does mean I can fit into a size smaller.
    Secondly, another commenter said she exercised to the 30 Day Shred – I used that DVD for a month or so (have been on summer vacation hiatus, will get back to it as soon as I get over the jet-lag) and found it FANTASTIC. Easy to fit in, quick, a great workout and I became lean and strong in a way I hadn’t before (I was surprised by that as I used to run a lot before having my daughter).

  232. First baby: gained 35 pounds; 20 pounds was off by 6 weeks, the rest was off after 4 months. Second baby: gained 30 pounds; lost 15 by 6 weeks; lost the rest by 5 months. In both cases, after about 3 months when they started sleeping better, I went pretty low-carb and increased my exercise to really get the weight loss going. I breastfed both of them, and I found it was a delicate balance to make sure I still got plenty of calories to breastfeed and feel healthy. Which is of course the point – taking care of yourself and being healthy – not trying to achieve some arbitrary weight.Before my first pregnancy I was about 5 pounds overweight. My shape is about the same – I’ve always been curvy – although the first time I weaned, it was a bit of a shock. Goodbye, firm breasts. My belly’s also much softer and I now have some love handles.

  233. With our first, I gained 40 lbs. Lost the first 25 in about 3 weeks. Kept the last 15 for 9 months when I got pregnant with our second. Gained 60 lbs with him. Lost 60 in 6 months. I’m working on the remaining 15 from our first baby. Then I have 25 of just me weight to lose. It’s hard work. I’ve been breastfeeding for 2 years and will still be nursing for probably another 6-12 months. I’ve learned that I’m a stress eater and am working to replace food with walking, crafts, etc so I have something constructive to do when I’m stressed out. It’s coming off slowly, but slow is good.

  234. Height 5’7″Pre-pregnancy weight: Probably ca. 130 (didn’t regularly weigh myself)
    Pounds gained: 27
    Lost about 10 pounds immediately post-birth; lost about 10 more in the 21 months (!!!) between then and now. Have only recently returned to regular exercise, and still have about 10 pounds to lose.
    I ate a lot while nursing and kinda self-medicated with food (lifelong habit) when under stress with high-needs baby/toddler. Did not find that breastfeeding helped weight loss at all; in fact, dropped weight only after weaning baby at 10 months.

  235. I got to 6 months post partum and got sick of the last 20 that I had, so joined WW and have dropped 18 in the last 4 weeks. Little Love will be 7 months old on Thursday and I should be back to pre-pregnancy weight. He was exclusively BF until 4 months, then added some solids, but I am still nursing and pumping. I am a full size bigger than when I got prego, but I think 10 more pounds should get me into my pre-preg pants. Shirts will probably not happen until I am done nursing, as my knockers are huge! Baby number one. Gained 49 pounds while pregnant.

  236. I was 145 (5’6″) pre-pregnancy. I gained 35 pounds during pregnancy. I breastfed and lost all the weight, plus ten more pounds within a few months. Everyone said how great I looked.BUT! BUT! BUT!!
    I was an emotional wreck because I probably wasn’t eating enough (or taking care of myself)! My son is now 18 months old, I am still nursing twice a day, and I am back at 150…a few pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight and my highest weight.
    It has been a roller coaster ride and my weight reflects it. I have vowed that once I stop nursing, I will start exercising. I have done nothing to exercise and take care of myself and it is taking its toll.

  237. I gained 33lbs while I was pregnant with my first. At 12 weeks I had 5lbs left to lose. Now at 19 weeks, I still have 5lbs left to lose. I breastfed but supplemented some due to low supply. A healthy weight for me would be to lose about ten more pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight. I’m not really “trying” to lose the weight, I’ve got enough on my plate just being a working mother.

  238. First, 9 months even to get to within spitting distance of the pre-preg weight. Then three more years to put that back on and then some (sigh, but related to thyroid plus undiagnosed bad reaction to cow’s milk protien).Second, 7 months to lose the baby weight (having cut out dairy entirely at 6 weeks), and another year to drop 70 lbs to my normal weight range. All from not eating dairy (cow) – sheep and goat milk don’t wreck me, so it’s not like a vegan thing, either. So glad for sheep and goat cheese… mmm.
    Twins, 9 months to lose the baby weight again (60 lbs gained that time, it being twins), then gained some back from being a nit and stress eating, gained a bit more again after weaning (hard to adjust the calories/portions back to ‘not feeding two other people with my body’), and now losing again (or maintaining with better muscle mass) now that I’m seriously exercising again.
    The only research I’ve seen on the subject said that 9-12 months was typical for losing the baby weight, and that it mattered little whether you bf’d or formula fed (except the bfing moms got to eat more calories while still losing at around the same rate). The research was a few years back and of so-so quality, IMHO, so don’t call it gospel.

  239. Liz has it right – focus on being good to yourself, not looking like you did before.Frankly, I look way better now than I did right before I got preggers the first time. Partly because I’m taking care of myself, partly because I’m happier with my job and my life, partly because I’m paying attention to what works for me, instead of trying to just do what seems like it SHOULD work.
    I look older, but I still think much better…
    Also, I found that my body was entirely new new new new new each time I had a child. Everything (including 😉 😉 stuff) works just a little differently. My allergies changed (symptoms, in particular) each time. My skin changed, my hair changed, my diet needs changed, etc. It is partly just getting older (with that offset of the pregnancy to give you a longer comparison range pre/post – makes it a ‘louder’ difference than the day-over-day version), and partly the hormone influx and nursing and all that. Learning my new body has been part of the fun, really – and it isn’t like we’re entirely static otherwise, we just pretend we’re the same day after day.

  240. Liz has it right – focus on being good to yourself, not looking like you did before.Frankly, I look way better now than I did right before I got preggers the first time. Partly because I’m taking care of myself, partly because I’m happier with my job and my life, partly because I’m paying attention to what works for me, instead of trying to just do what seems like it SHOULD work.
    I look older, but I still think much better…
    Also, I found that my body was entirely new new new new new each time I had a child. Everything (including 😉 😉 stuff) works just a little differently. My allergies changed (symptoms, in particular) each time. My skin changed, my hair changed, my diet needs changed, etc. It is partly just getting older (with that offset of the pregnancy to give you a longer comparison range pre/post – makes it a ‘louder’ difference than the day-over-day version), and partly the hormone influx and nursing and all that. Learning my new body has been part of the fun, really – and it isn’t like we’re entirely static otherwise, we just pretend we’re the same day after day.

  241. I gained 60 lbs. Lost 20 in the hospital and another 10 in the next 10 days. I stayed there for about three months until I actually started working on the weight (I’d hoped that breastfeeding would do the trick but I didn’t lose an ounce from bf)From there it took until my daughter was one to finally lose all the weight. “Working on” included swimming, a veggie heavy diet, and finally hot yoga to take off the last few pounds.

  242. I gained 60 lbs. Lost 20 in the hospital and another 10 in the next 10 days. I stayed there for about three months until I actually started working on the weight (I’d hoped that breastfeeding would do the trick but I didn’t lose an ounce from bf)From there it took until my daughter was one to finally lose all the weight. “Working on” included swimming, a veggie heavy diet, and finally hot yoga to take off the last few pounds.

  243. Age at time of pregnancy/birth: 30Number of children: 1
    Height: 5’8″
    Weight @ conception: 185 lbs (30 pounds over my fighting weight)
    Weight at eight week check-up/ultrasound to confirm pregnancy: 193 pounds. I felt so freaking nauseated right off the bat, and the only thing that helped me not hurl was eating starchy foods CONSTANTLY.
    Weight at delivery (37 weeks): 255 lbs.
    Birth: Vaginal
    Breastfed: Yes, exclusive – my daughter is now 3.5 months
    Weight two weeks post-partum: 215 lbs. (yes, I lost 40 pounds in two weeks – I was carrying around a LOT of water weight!)
    Weight now (3.5 months): 213 lbs.
    I’m so frustrated when I read about women who shed the baby weight easily via breastfeeding. I’ve exclusively BF my daughter from day one, and it hasn’t helped me drop a single pound.
    I lost 40 pounds w/in two weeks of Maggie’s birth because I had gotten severely waterlogged by the time she was born. I actually gained a few pounds around month 2 (up to 222 at one point), and lost 9 in the last month or so thanks to watching my calories a little better and also starting to exercise. All junk food has been banned from my house, so it’s all lean meats, fruits, veggies, etc. for me right now.
    I’d like to exercise more, but my knees are a problem and it seems like any exercise that really burns calories is also hard on the knees (except for swimming, but I don’t have access to a pool).
    I want to get pregnant with #2 in another year or so, but I want to be back to my fighting weight of 155 by then. That’s 60 pounds, and I don’t know if it’s realistic to lose that in a year while BF-ing since cutting calories can reduce supply.
    Weirdly, though, I LOVE my stretched out tummy skin. It feels like soft dough, and it’s just kind of fun to knead it around. 🙂

  244. Age at time of pregnancy/birth: 30Number of children: 1
    Height: 5’8″
    Weight @ conception: 185 lbs (30 pounds over my fighting weight)
    Weight at eight week check-up/ultrasound to confirm pregnancy: 193 pounds. I felt so freaking nauseated right off the bat, and the only thing that helped me not hurl was eating starchy foods CONSTANTLY.
    Weight at delivery (37 weeks): 255 lbs.
    Birth: Vaginal
    Breastfed: Yes, exclusive – my daughter is now 3.5 months
    Weight two weeks post-partum: 215 lbs. (yes, I lost 40 pounds in two weeks – I was carrying around a LOT of water weight!)
    Weight now (3.5 months): 213 lbs.
    I’m so frustrated when I read about women who shed the baby weight easily via breastfeeding. I’ve exclusively BF my daughter from day one, and it hasn’t helped me drop a single pound.
    I lost 40 pounds w/in two weeks of Maggie’s birth because I had gotten severely waterlogged by the time she was born. I actually gained a few pounds around month 2 (up to 222 at one point), and lost 9 in the last month or so thanks to watching my calories a little better and also starting to exercise. All junk food has been banned from my house, so it’s all lean meats, fruits, veggies, etc. for me right now.
    I’d like to exercise more, but my knees are a problem and it seems like any exercise that really burns calories is also hard on the knees (except for swimming, but I don’t have access to a pool).
    I want to get pregnant with #2 in another year or so, but I want to be back to my fighting weight of 155 by then. That’s 60 pounds, and I don’t know if it’s realistic to lose that in a year while BF-ing since cutting calories can reduce supply.
    Weirdly, though, I LOVE my stretched out tummy skin. It feels like soft dough, and it’s just kind of fun to knead it around. 🙂

  245. I was 34 when I discovered I was pregnant with my son. TOTAL surprise after years and years of fertility issues, mostly arising from polycystic ovary syndrome (one symptom of which is weight gain.) I was about 220 when I got pregnant, but didn’t KNOW I was pregnant until I was about 8 weeks along (like I said, total surprise) and I had been cheerfully working on Weight Watchers and was about 210 when I found out about the pregnancy. 232 when I gave birth. Breastfed for 7 months and didn’t drop an ounce. Today, 22 months later, I have gained another 10 pounds or so and am just girding myself with the energy to see the doctor again about the PCOS and get the meds/ diet/ exercise I need to get healthy, get the insulin resistance under control, and lose some weight.For what it’s worth, I’d rather be mentally healthy than thin, if I have to choose. I will never again count every morsel that goes in my mouth and beat myself up if I “slip” or “have something bad.” Never. Again. I don’t deserve that, no matter how fat I am.

  246. I was 34 when I discovered I was pregnant with my son. TOTAL surprise after years and years of fertility issues, mostly arising from polycystic ovary syndrome (one symptom of which is weight gain.) I was about 220 when I got pregnant, but didn’t KNOW I was pregnant until I was about 8 weeks along (like I said, total surprise) and I had been cheerfully working on Weight Watchers and was about 210 when I found out about the pregnancy. 232 when I gave birth. Breastfed for 7 months and didn’t drop an ounce. Today, 22 months later, I have gained another 10 pounds or so and am just girding myself with the energy to see the doctor again about the PCOS and get the meds/ diet/ exercise I need to get healthy, get the insulin resistance under control, and lose some weight.For what it’s worth, I’d rather be mentally healthy than thin, if I have to choose. I will never again count every morsel that goes in my mouth and beat myself up if I “slip” or “have something bad.” Never. Again. I don’t deserve that, no matter how fat I am.

  247. pre pregnancy weight for both babies was 125lbsbreastfeeder
    baby #1 160 lbs total at delivery
    couldn’t wear any PP clothes until 9 months and finally felt good about my body at 14 months. Hit pp weight by 18 months, 2 weeks later i got pregnant again. For me i finally lost those last 5 lbs once i quit breastfeeding.
    Baby #2 170lbs at delivery
    5 lbs away from pp weight at 5 months. Only difference i can see really is i’m better emotionally this time around and this baby eats ALL THE TIME, not kidding, every 2 hours give or take since birth.
    I’m exhausted but i look great!

  248. I gained 35 pounds with my first. Lost 30 pounds by 9 months, lost the last 5 by his birthday, and then lost another 5 pounds below my pre-pg weight by the time he was 18 months old because I was always chasing him everywhere.Second: I started out 5 pounds less and gained 5 pounds less (gained 30). I’m 3 weeks post partum now and have 12 pounds left to lose to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight.

  249. I gained 35 pounds with my first. Lost 30 pounds by 9 months, lost the last 5 by his birthday, and then lost another 5 pounds below my pre-pg weight by the time he was 18 months old because I was always chasing him everywhere.Second: I started out 5 pounds less and gained 5 pounds less (gained 30). I’m 3 weeks post partum now and have 12 pounds left to lose to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight.

  250. I’m a little late to this topic, but my daughter is transitioning between daycare centers at age 2 and that’s added a little stress to our lives.Looking at the post and these comments, I seem to be one of the outliers, but for what it’s worth:
    I was 30 when I got pregnant and when my daughter was born.
    pre-preg: 125lb
    pregnancy weight gain: 24lb
    2weeks pp: 126lb
    8 weeks pp: 120lb
    4-20month pp: 115lb
    my daughter’s 25 month now and I’ve just made it back up to 120. I BF my daughter for a year, then day-weaned (moved to new daycare), night-weaned at 19months, and cut the last bedtime/wake-up nursings at 22months. I am finally back to eating normally. I could hardly keep the weight on while nursing and working FT. I could put some of my pre-preg clothes on by 2 weeks pp, and most of the rest by 6 weeks. My waist has never gotten as small as it used to be, even when I was 10lb lighter. That’s fine, because I never used to be able to find pants with a small enough waist, so I’m happy not to have to pay someone to take all my pants in an inch or two. I think it’s primarily genetic, though – my mom was also back to pre-preg weight by 2 weeks post-partum with both her pregnancies.

  251. I’m a little late to this topic, but my daughter is transitioning between daycare centers at age 2 and that’s added a little stress to our lives.Looking at the post and these comments, I seem to be one of the outliers, but for what it’s worth:
    I was 30 when I got pregnant and when my daughter was born.
    pre-preg: 125lb
    pregnancy weight gain: 24lb
    2weeks pp: 126lb
    8 weeks pp: 120lb
    4-20month pp: 115lb
    my daughter’s 25 month now and I’ve just made it back up to 120. I BF my daughter for a year, then day-weaned (moved to new daycare), night-weaned at 19months, and cut the last bedtime/wake-up nursings at 22months. I am finally back to eating normally. I could hardly keep the weight on while nursing and working FT. I could put some of my pre-preg clothes on by 2 weeks pp, and most of the rest by 6 weeks. My waist has never gotten as small as it used to be, even when I was 10lb lighter. That’s fine, because I never used to be able to find pants with a small enough waist, so I’m happy not to have to pay someone to take all my pants in an inch or two. I think it’s primarily genetic, though – my mom was also back to pre-preg weight by 2 weeks post-partum with both her pregnancies.

  252. I gained about 50 lb. while pregnant. Couldn’t stop eating during 1st trimester (nausea), and couldn’t walk comfortably in the 3rd (bowling ball in pelvis). Had a 9lb. baby, weighed myself 2 weeks later, 25 lb were gone (bye bye, water).I breastfed for 18 months, while getting moderate exercise, and lost another 17 lb over that time period- about a pound a month. Really, I just felt too hungry all the time. Ravenous. For meat and fat, especially. Since I weaned and felt less hungry, I’ve been able to do the hard work of actually eating less, and now, at 22 months post-partum, have only 2 lb. left to lose. Boobs are a little lower, but I feel great about how I’m looking lately- it’s nice to have a body that feels like mine again.
    I really believe some people are just programmed to lose while breastfeeding, and some people have bodies that just hold on to the reserves while nursing. I’m in group 2.

  253. I gained about 50 lb. while pregnant. Couldn’t stop eating during 1st trimester (nausea), and couldn’t walk comfortably in the 3rd (bowling ball in pelvis). Had a 9lb. baby, weighed myself 2 weeks later, 25 lb were gone (bye bye, water).I breastfed for 18 months, while getting moderate exercise, and lost another 17 lb over that time period- about a pound a month. Really, I just felt too hungry all the time. Ravenous. For meat and fat, especially. Since I weaned and felt less hungry, I’ve been able to do the hard work of actually eating less, and now, at 22 months post-partum, have only 2 lb. left to lose. Boobs are a little lower, but I feel great about how I’m looking lately- it’s nice to have a body that feels like mine again.
    I really believe some people are just programmed to lose while breastfeeding, and some people have bodies that just hold on to the reserves while nursing. I’m in group 2.

  254. 1.5 years for baby #1. I never learned how to lose weight because I never had a weight problem prior to pregnancy. So after a year I realized it wasn’t going to vanish and I joined weight watchers. Lost 30 lbs. in 5.5 months. Baby #2 I lost the weight in 6 months by joining Weight Watchers a couple of weeks after giving birth.

  255. 1.5 years for baby #1. I never learned how to lose weight because I never had a weight problem prior to pregnancy. So after a year I realized it wasn’t going to vanish and I joined weight watchers. Lost 30 lbs. in 5.5 months. Baby #2 I lost the weight in 6 months by joining Weight Watchers a couple of weeks after giving birth.

  256. I’m sure I will make everyone sick, but it’s true.I had 3 babies, I was 25, 27, and 30. I gained 25 pounds with each, even though I had different exercise levels with each. (1st: major exercise & worked a lot. 2nd: chased after the toddler. 3rd: pretty much on bedrest & ate lots of Christmas food.)
    I don’t own a scale, but I was back to my original weight by one of the check-ups between 2-6 weeks. I breastfed all my kids and they are fat. I am very tall. My stomach has never gone quite as flat, but was pretty good with the first one.
    By 6 months, I am underweight, and struggle to gain. I eat twice as much as my husband, but until I wean the baby, I cannot gain. People may be envious, but it is very tiring, and you look awful. Your face is all gaunt, and your jeans are baggy.

  257. I’m sure I will make everyone sick, but it’s true.I had 3 babies, I was 25, 27, and 30. I gained 25 pounds with each, even though I had different exercise levels with each. (1st: major exercise & worked a lot. 2nd: chased after the toddler. 3rd: pretty much on bedrest & ate lots of Christmas food.)
    I don’t own a scale, but I was back to my original weight by one of the check-ups between 2-6 weeks. I breastfed all my kids and they are fat. I am very tall. My stomach has never gone quite as flat, but was pretty good with the first one.
    By 6 months, I am underweight, and struggle to gain. I eat twice as much as my husband, but until I wean the baby, I cannot gain. People may be envious, but it is very tiring, and you look awful. Your face is all gaunt, and your jeans are baggy.

  258. I was 39 when I had my first daughter, started at 5’11 and 165 lbs, got diabetes, weighed in at 236 in the hospital. Had her vaginally, gained so much in water I could barely walk.By 6 weeks I lost all the gained weight, but was still pretty poochy in the belly. It looked like I was 4 months preggo. Then, when she was 14 mos I got preggo again. (Totally unexpected, but she is our joy) I was 180 when I got preggo with number 2, didnt get diabetes, and weighed in at 220. had a c-section due to transversity. :O)Only after the section did my feet swell this time. Number 2 is almost 7 mos old. I am back to 180 but have not applied myself at all. am not happy with relationship, get NO help, so am stressed and eat. I still look 5 mos preggo. Once I decide to actually apply myself and stop snacking, I hope I lose the belly and the extra fat. I am tall and was used to being pretty fairly thin most of my life. Its uncomfortable being bigger. I have a bad back which worsened a lot after my girls were born, so I am limited in activities. But good going to you who had help and support and lost the weight. I live in florida and most of the year is too hot to walk the kids, so I have to try and find alternative activities for my toddler. Not easy. when it cools down I am taking them to the park every damn day. I get sick of being stuck inside. wish me luck!

  259. I was 39 when I had my first daughter, started at 5’11 and 165 lbs, got diabetes, weighed in at 236 in the hospital. Had her vaginally, gained so much in water I could barely walk.By 6 weeks I lost all the gained weight, but was still pretty poochy in the belly. It looked like I was 4 months preggo. Then, when she was 14 mos I got preggo again. (Totally unexpected, but she is our joy) I was 180 when I got preggo with number 2, didnt get diabetes, and weighed in at 220. had a c-section due to transversity. :O)Only after the section did my feet swell this time. Number 2 is almost 7 mos old. I am back to 180 but have not applied myself at all. am not happy with relationship, get NO help, so am stressed and eat. I still look 5 mos preggo. Once I decide to actually apply myself and stop snacking, I hope I lose the belly and the extra fat. I am tall and was used to being pretty fairly thin most of my life. Its uncomfortable being bigger. I have a bad back which worsened a lot after my girls were born, so I am limited in activities. But good going to you who had help and support and lost the weight. I live in florida and most of the year is too hot to walk the kids, so I have to try and find alternative activities for my toddler. Not easy. when it cools down I am taking them to the park every damn day. I get sick of being stuck inside. wish me luck!

  260. Oh, I forgot to say, my kids were both huge. my first one was 8 14, and her sister was 9 10. not as big as some, but even tho i am tall, I got very large. skin can only stretch so far,,,,especially with two in two years. I give up on having a decent tummy again. and I got no stretch marks the first time, applied Nivea religiously, and got so lazy with number two I got a few in the front. yuck. as long as I can zip up with no big pooch, it’ll make me happy. I never wore bikinis anyway. and the csection scar is so low it wouldnt show if I ever did anyway.

  261. Oh, I forgot to say, my kids were both huge. my first one was 8 14, and her sister was 9 10. not as big as some, but even tho i am tall, I got very large. skin can only stretch so far,,,,especially with two in two years. I give up on having a decent tummy again. and I got no stretch marks the first time, applied Nivea religiously, and got so lazy with number two I got a few in the front. yuck. as long as I can zip up with no big pooch, it’ll make me happy. I never wore bikinis anyway. and the csection scar is so low it wouldnt show if I ever did anyway.

  262. First Baby: Some background – I was very slim pre-preg and worked out religiously. Gained a TON of weight especially water retention. After the birth I had initial huge loss which was mostly water. Lost all my weight by 9 months but still had a lot of “hang”. It was a gradual process and I ate healthily. Walked a ton and breastfed till baby was 12 months. T-Tapped in the 10th month and saw amazing results (Thanks, Moxie!)Second Baby: This time around much slower but still felt pretty good. Weight didn’t come off till after the first year. Also breastfed for a year – but way less walking than with my first. I T-Tapped throughout and this helped a lot. My belly and general mid-section hasn’t gotten back to its former self. svelte self but I can wear a bikini with *some* confidence.
    Currently am doing Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred workout which is helping a lot. I feel strong, and it’s helped lift my booty.

  263. First Baby: Some background – I was very slim pre-preg and worked out religiously. Gained a TON of weight especially water retention. After the birth I had initial huge loss which was mostly water. Lost all my weight by 9 months but still had a lot of “hang”. It was a gradual process and I ate healthily. Walked a ton and breastfed till baby was 12 months. T-Tapped in the 10th month and saw amazing results (Thanks, Moxie!)Second Baby: This time around much slower but still felt pretty good. Weight didn’t come off till after the first year. Also breastfed for a year – but way less walking than with my first. I T-Tapped throughout and this helped a lot. My belly and general mid-section hasn’t gotten back to its former self. svelte self but I can wear a bikini with *some* confidence.
    Currently am doing Jillian Michael’s 30 day shred workout which is helping a lot. I feel strong, and it’s helped lift my booty.

  264. I actually lost it all (22 lbs) in 10 days…. Yes, I was breastfeeding, but yes, I had a colicky baby who needed to be walked/bounced/rocked/slung out the window (OK – maybe not the last one….)Now, I’m pregnant with number two (two years later) and my mother-in-law is enjoying telling me that I’ll ‘put more on with the second one’ and ‘won’t lose it.’
    🙂

  265. I actually lost it all (22 lbs) in 10 days…. Yes, I was breastfeeding, but yes, I had a colicky baby who needed to be walked/bounced/rocked/slung out the window (OK – maybe not the last one….)Now, I’m pregnant with number two (two years later) and my mother-in-law is enjoying telling me that I’ll ‘put more on with the second one’ and ‘won’t lose it.’
    🙂

  266. 2007 Baby 1: IVF weight +10lbs, baby weight +30lbs, stayed above pre-baby, pre IVF weight (150lbs) by about 15lbs.2009 Baby 2: IVF weight +10lbs, baby weight +30lbs, lost it all and got back to pre baby 1 weight and pre IVF weight by 6 months (now 150 again).

  267. 2007 Baby 1: IVF weight +10lbs, baby weight +30lbs, stayed above pre-baby, pre IVF weight (150lbs) by about 15lbs.2009 Baby 2: IVF weight +10lbs, baby weight +30lbs, lost it all and got back to pre baby 1 weight and pre IVF weight by 6 months (now 150 again).

  268. I didn’t lose anything after my first. I just put more on. I then went back to uni and got myself a “thesis belly”. My second is now 8 months old and I am back to where I was before no 1 and looking to lose another 10kg or so (that will make me 162cm and 65kg).But I have had to work – completely changed my diet and am now exercising a minimum of 3 days a week for an hour at a time. Doing walking, yoga and ballet at the moment, and I try to throw in some running (playing chasey with no 1) and jumping (playing on the trampoline with no 1).
    I did three weeks of the Tracy Anderson post-pregnancy workout and that was great but I just can’t seem to find the time to keep it up anymore (no 2 having sleep and teeth problems). It was an hour day, 6 days a week. hard work but great results.

  269. I didn’t lose anything after my first. I just put more on. I then went back to uni and got myself a “thesis belly”. My second is now 8 months old and I am back to where I was before no 1 and looking to lose another 10kg or so (that will make me 162cm and 65kg).But I have had to work – completely changed my diet and am now exercising a minimum of 3 days a week for an hour at a time. Doing walking, yoga and ballet at the moment, and I try to throw in some running (playing chasey with no 1) and jumping (playing on the trampoline with no 1).
    I did three weeks of the Tracy Anderson post-pregnancy workout and that was great but I just can’t seem to find the time to keep it up anymore (no 2 having sleep and teeth problems). It was an hour day, 6 days a week. hard work but great results.

  270. My son is now 20 months old and I haven’t lost the last few lbs yet. I fit into most of my clothes but some pants are tight. I actually didn’t gain much weight while pregnant, and most of it came off pretty fast in the early months just from breastfeeding. (I was so hungry and ate all the time, and still lost weight! Kinda creepy.)But now I’m not burning all those calories from breastfeeding and I still haven’t figured out how to make exercise part of my life again. :/ I just don’t have time like I once did, and I’m not motivated to start jogging again because I know I’ll just have to quit when I get pregnant again. I really need to find something that I have time for and that I can keep doing while pregnant…

  271. My son is now 20 months old and I haven’t lost the last few lbs yet. I fit into most of my clothes but some pants are tight. I actually didn’t gain much weight while pregnant, and most of it came off pretty fast in the early months just from breastfeeding. (I was so hungry and ate all the time, and still lost weight! Kinda creepy.)But now I’m not burning all those calories from breastfeeding and I still haven’t figured out how to make exercise part of my life again. :/ I just don’t have time like I once did, and I’m not motivated to start jogging again because I know I’ll just have to quit when I get pregnant again. I really need to find something that I have time for and that I can keep doing while pregnant…

  272. Let’s see…for baby #1 I gaind 50 lbs and lost all but around 10 lbs by 4 mos. putting me at a very normal for me weight (I had ditched 10 lbs right before I got pregnant). I pretty much stayed there until getting pregnant again at 18 mos pp. I was still nursing (still am) and pretty much refused to deal with the weight in the way that works best for me…cutting out sweets, watching calories, while nursing. I am currently nursing DS1 and 26 weeks pregnant with #2 and have gained around 20 lbs so far. What will be will be. Determined to try harder to budge that final 10 (or 20 if it ends up being that), but as it is an equilibrium point for me, it will be hard. I’ll try exercise this time…scouting programs in advance, but again, I refuse to ‘diet’ while someone else is counting on me for food 🙂

  273. Let’s see…for baby #1 I gaind 50 lbs and lost all but around 10 lbs by 4 mos. putting me at a very normal for me weight (I had ditched 10 lbs right before I got pregnant). I pretty much stayed there until getting pregnant again at 18 mos pp. I was still nursing (still am) and pretty much refused to deal with the weight in the way that works best for me…cutting out sweets, watching calories, while nursing. I am currently nursing DS1 and 26 weeks pregnant with #2 and have gained around 20 lbs so far. What will be will be. Determined to try harder to budge that final 10 (or 20 if it ends up being that), but as it is an equilibrium point for me, it will be hard. I’ll try exercise this time…scouting programs in advance, but again, I refuse to ‘diet’ while someone else is counting on me for food 🙂

  274. Age when pregnant: 39Pre-preg weight: 255 (height 5’7″)
    Weight at 9 months: 285
    Birth: c-secton (twins)
    Breastfed: BF + pumping (+ formula) for 7 months, then pumping + formula for another month or so until we went to 100% formula. Baby A self-weaned @ 7mo when she bit me and I yelped!
    Weight ~2 weeks post-partum: 245ish
    Weight ~4 weeks post-partum: 239
    Weight 2 yrs pp: 249
    Shape: mostly the same as before, but with more midsection flab
    I think I lost all the pg weight so fast because I was nursing twins (never a great milk producer, though) and probably didn’t eat too much in those early weeks. I can’t remember. I do remember snacking on wheat thins for weeks and weeks when the girls were tiny because I craved them and they tasted so good! But there wasn’t a whole lot of cooking going on at that point!

  275. Age when pregnant: 39Pre-preg weight: 255 (height 5’7″)
    Weight at 9 months: 285
    Birth: c-secton (twins)
    Breastfed: BF + pumping (+ formula) for 7 months, then pumping + formula for another month or so until we went to 100% formula. Baby A self-weaned @ 7mo when she bit me and I yelped!
    Weight ~2 weeks post-partum: 245ish
    Weight ~4 weeks post-partum: 239
    Weight 2 yrs pp: 249
    Shape: mostly the same as before, but with more midsection flab
    I think I lost all the pg weight so fast because I was nursing twins (never a great milk producer, though) and probably didn’t eat too much in those early weeks. I can’t remember. I do remember snacking on wheat thins for weeks and weeks when the girls were tiny because I craved them and they tasted so good! But there wasn’t a whole lot of cooking going on at that point!

  276. I have always been a very active and athletic person, a runner. Thanks to tons of walking and eating very healthy, I gained 28 pounds during pregnancy and it came off quickly (I nursed a lot, then started walking fairly regularly pretty early). It did take months for me to get my tone back though and feel more like my old self…so I just wanted to point out that even when you aren’t dealing with extra weight there still can be a transitional phase!

  277. I have always been a very active and athletic person, a runner. Thanks to tons of walking and eating very healthy, I gained 28 pounds during pregnancy and it came off quickly (I nursed a lot, then started walking fairly regularly pretty early). It did take months for me to get my tone back though and feel more like my old self…so I just wanted to point out that even when you aren’t dealing with extra weight there still can be a transitional phase!

  278. Baby #1Age at time of pregnancy/birth: 34
    Height: 5’4″
    Weight at beginning of pregnancy: 107 lbs.
    Weight at 37 wks: 133 lbs.
    Birth: emergency c/s
    Breastfed: Yes, 2 yrs
    Went back to pre-preg weight after about 2-3 months (but not the same shape… damn muffin top)! Gained some weight (5 lbs) when I went back to work (double damn the computer-based job and constant snacking)!!
    Relatively same pattern for baby #2, except I gained more (30 lbs), had a VBAC, and it took 4-5 months to shed down to pre-preg weight. Muffin top is even doughier now (admittedly, I only run… eh, sometimes… and never do ab work).

  279. Baby #1Age at time of pregnancy/birth: 34
    Height: 5’4″
    Weight at beginning of pregnancy: 107 lbs.
    Weight at 37 wks: 133 lbs.
    Birth: emergency c/s
    Breastfed: Yes, 2 yrs
    Went back to pre-preg weight after about 2-3 months (but not the same shape… damn muffin top)! Gained some weight (5 lbs) when I went back to work (double damn the computer-based job and constant snacking)!!
    Relatively same pattern for baby #2, except I gained more (30 lbs), had a VBAC, and it took 4-5 months to shed down to pre-preg weight. Muffin top is even doughier now (admittedly, I only run… eh, sometimes… and never do ab work).

  280. i lost all of my pregnancy weight by 3 months, through exclusive breastfeeding, babywearing & lots of outings. now i’m actually underweight (still breastfeeding at 15 months, which i think is to blame!) for my height & trying to put weight back on. also, my body did return to pre-preg shape, but i was only 24 when i had my baby, so perhaps that made a difference.

  281. i lost all of my pregnancy weight by 3 months, through exclusive breastfeeding, babywearing & lots of outings. now i’m actually underweight (still breastfeeding at 15 months, which i think is to blame!) for my height & trying to put weight back on. also, my body did return to pre-preg shape, but i was only 24 when i had my baby, so perhaps that made a difference.

  282. After the birth of my first daughter, I lost all of the weight and then some by the time she was 3 weeks old. I looked and felt like death and it’s amazing that my milk supply didn’t suffer at all. I was under an IMMENSE amount of situational stress and actually felt angry when people would compliment me on my obvious weight loss. After the birth of my second daughter, I was still carrying around all the “baby” weight 9 months later, despite tandem nursing. After visiting a nutritionist, I decided to make some major changes to my diet. I cut out all sugary soda and switched to diet and cut all hydrogenated oils from my diet on account of finding out I had high cholesterol. Just those simple changes have resulted in my losing 25 pounds, bringing my weight down to not only below what it was before my first pregnancy, but as low as it was 8 years ago when I was 18! One of the best parts about these simple dietary changes is that it was/is completely breastfeeding-safe!

  283. After the birth of my first daughter, I lost all of the weight and then some by the time she was 3 weeks old. I looked and felt like death and it’s amazing that my milk supply didn’t suffer at all. I was under an IMMENSE amount of situational stress and actually felt angry when people would compliment me on my obvious weight loss. After the birth of my second daughter, I was still carrying around all the “baby” weight 9 months later, despite tandem nursing. After visiting a nutritionist, I decided to make some major changes to my diet. I cut out all sugary soda and switched to diet and cut all hydrogenated oils from my diet on account of finding out I had high cholesterol. Just those simple changes have resulted in my losing 25 pounds, bringing my weight down to not only below what it was before my first pregnancy, but as low as it was 8 years ago when I was 18! One of the best parts about these simple dietary changes is that it was/is completely breastfeeding-safe!

  284. I gained about 30 odd pounds with my first pregnancy. I lost all of the baby weight by 5-6 months. That being said…I have been underweight my whole life. When I got pregnant, I was a size 3. Imagine my surprise when I tried on my size 3 jeans and discovered they didn’t go above my knees. I was now a size 5 (I’m sure I’ll get grief for that). I kind of wanted to keep a few of the extra pounds as I was told that I looked better with a bit of meat on my bones. When my baby was 4 months old, I had jaw surgery. My jaw was (surgically) broken in two places, and a retainer/splint was tied onto my braces. This meant there would be minimal solid food for 6 weeks. I lost the last 5-10 pounds that way. Not recommended at all! Even with going back to my pre-pregnancy weight, I wasn’t a size 3 again. The weight shifted all over. My whole body changed. No one told me that.Celebrities make it look too easy but I’m sure if we all had nannies, chefs, personal assistants and trainers, we all would look that good too.

  285. I gained about 30 odd pounds with my first pregnancy. I lost all of the baby weight by 5-6 months. That being said…I have been underweight my whole life. When I got pregnant, I was a size 3. Imagine my surprise when I tried on my size 3 jeans and discovered they didn’t go above my knees. I was now a size 5 (I’m sure I’ll get grief for that). I kind of wanted to keep a few of the extra pounds as I was told that I looked better with a bit of meat on my bones. When my baby was 4 months old, I had jaw surgery. My jaw was (surgically) broken in two places, and a retainer/splint was tied onto my braces. This meant there would be minimal solid food for 6 weeks. I lost the last 5-10 pounds that way. Not recommended at all! Even with going back to my pre-pregnancy weight, I wasn’t a size 3 again. The weight shifted all over. My whole body changed. No one told me that.Celebrities make it look too easy but I’m sure if we all had nannies, chefs, personal assistants and trainers, we all would look that good too.

  286. I wish people would include whether or not they were working in the postpartum period. I’m reading a lot of, “oh, I was down to my pre-pregnancy weight after 9 months, and I exclusively breastfed and walked a lot”. Well, it’s nice if those options fit with your work schedule (and whether or not you can breastfeed), but a lot of moms are out of luck.Where are all the moms who had no milk supply, went back to full-time work in a sedentary job 3 months postpartum, and still weigh 20 pounds more than they’d like to at 18 months post-partum? I’m guessing they’re too exhausted to type. But who cares? I can’t believe we’re so fixated on this.

  287. With my first son, I gained somewhere in the neighborhood of 45 pounds. It took me almost an entire year to get the weight off, and just as soon as I snapped on those pre-preggo pants, my son was weaned and I was pregnant again. I gained 40 with baby 2. He is 11 months old, I am still nursing, and still have 6 pounds to lose. I joined a kickboxing class twice a week to help get my shape back, but I don’t expect it to all go away until I stop nursing. Oh, and my second son STILL doesn’t sleep through the night, and I think I have too many muchies in the middle of the night. He has been a really tough baby with a lot of little issues to work on (we are doing tubes next month), and I have been eating for stress relief. But, all in all…I am impressed with myself considering the circumstances. It seems like most moms I know need to give themselves a lot more slack.

  288. With my first son, I gained somewhere in the neighborhood of 45 pounds. It took me almost an entire year to get the weight off, and just as soon as I snapped on those pre-preggo pants, my son was weaned and I was pregnant again. I gained 40 with baby 2. He is 11 months old, I am still nursing, and still have 6 pounds to lose. I joined a kickboxing class twice a week to help get my shape back, but I don’t expect it to all go away until I stop nursing. Oh, and my second son STILL doesn’t sleep through the night, and I think I have too many muchies in the middle of the night. He has been a really tough baby with a lot of little issues to work on (we are doing tubes next month), and I have been eating for stress relief. But, all in all…I am impressed with myself considering the circumstances. It seems like most moms I know need to give themselves a lot more slack.

  289. I am 7 months postpartum with my first. He has a tongue-tie and even with a release he had an awful latch, so I’ve been expressing since he was 3 days old. I have an oversupply issue, so at times I was expressing 1.5 L a day (50 oz). Even now, expressing only 3 times a day (every 9 hours) and still get over 750 mL a day.All that to say – I’ve been below my pre-pregnancy weight since 4 or so months. Now, that weight isn’t the weight I want to be at; I’d like to lose another 10 lbs or so until I get down to the weight I was when we got married 5 years ago and so my clothes fit like they used to. We’ll see…

  290. I am 7 months postpartum with my first. He has a tongue-tie and even with a release he had an awful latch, so I’ve been expressing since he was 3 days old. I have an oversupply issue, so at times I was expressing 1.5 L a day (50 oz). Even now, expressing only 3 times a day (every 9 hours) and still get over 750 mL a day.All that to say – I’ve been below my pre-pregnancy weight since 4 or so months. Now, that weight isn’t the weight I want to be at; I’d like to lose another 10 lbs or so until I get down to the weight I was when we got married 5 years ago and so my clothes fit like they used to. We’ll see…

  291. With my first, I ended up down 4lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight by 6 months. And then I found out I was pregnant again. Haha. After my second, I was down 4 lbs from my beginning weight within the first year and down another 3 from there by the time he was 2. Tandem nursing is amazing for weight loss! I’m having a hard time with this third, and I’m trying to tell myself it’s a combination of just being older and having started off with more weight. I started at a higher weight than I did with the others, thanks to a miscarriage last year, so I’ve had to constantly tell myself that No, I did NOT gain 50lbs during pregnancy. I’m finally down to my pre-pregnancy size at 7 months, but that’s still several lbs up from what I am used to being at. So I am having a hard time psychologically.

  292. With my first, I ended up down 4lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight by 6 months. And then I found out I was pregnant again. Haha. After my second, I was down 4 lbs from my beginning weight within the first year and down another 3 from there by the time he was 2. Tandem nursing is amazing for weight loss! I’m having a hard time with this third, and I’m trying to tell myself it’s a combination of just being older and having started off with more weight. I started at a higher weight than I did with the others, thanks to a miscarriage last year, so I’ve had to constantly tell myself that No, I did NOT gain 50lbs during pregnancy. I’m finally down to my pre-pregnancy size at 7 months, but that’s still several lbs up from what I am used to being at. So I am having a hard time psychologically.

  293. Very interesting! Just coming on this post now, so…Number of children: 4
    BABY #1:
    Age: 22
    Height: 4’9″
    Pre-pregnancy weight: 98 lbs.
    Weight at 9 months pregnant: 128 lbs.
    Birth: Vaginal home birth
    Breastfed: 30 months
    Weight 6wPP: 102 lbs
    Weight 12mPP: 92 lbs
    Weight 24mPP: 98 lbs
    Note: I was so concerned about my weight loss at 12mPP that I had a battery of blood tests to rule out hyperthyroid or cancer! I was healthy — doc said it was most likely EBF a 20lb toddler on a vegan diet.
    BABY #2:
    Age: 25
    Pre-pregnancy weight: 98 lbs.
    Weight at 9 months pregnant: 143 lbs.
    Birth: Vaginal home birth
    Breastfed: 18mos
    Weight 6wPP: 122 lbs.
    Weight 12mPP: 112 lbs.
    Weight 24mPP: 98 lbs.
    Note: I was lacto-ovo veg by this time and went through a divorce at 12mPP. After that, I began marathon training in order to lose the last of the baby/stress weight.
    BABY #3:
    Age: 29
    Pre-pregnancy weight: 98 lbs.
    Weight at 9 months pregnant: 150 lbs.
    Birth: Vaginal home birth
    Breastfed: 18mos
    Weight 6wPP: 133 lbs.
    Weight 12mPP: 111 lbs.
    Weight 24mPP: 105 lbs.
    Note: Remarried, I stopped exercising completely during this pregnancy and ate unhealthfully. I was so disappointed with my PP body that I started the Body for Life 12wk program at 3mPP. This helped drop a lot of the weight, but my body never fully went back to my PP weight or shape.
    BABY #4
    Age: 33
    Pre-pregnancy weight: 108lbs.
    Weight at 9 months pregnant: 140 lbs (?? – not sure, stopped weighing at 38wks/138lbs)
    Birth: Vaginal home birth
    Note: I am currently EBF at 5wPP and I weigh about 123. I’ve already started walking and cross-training. I’m crazy hungry all the time, though, so I doubt I will lose this weight any time soon. My desire is to be back down to prepreg weight by xmas and my “normal” weight of 98 lbs by 12mPP through exercise and healthy diet.

  294. Very interesting! Just coming on this post now, so…Number of children: 4
    BABY #1:
    Age: 22
    Height: 4’9″
    Pre-pregnancy weight: 98 lbs.
    Weight at 9 months pregnant: 128 lbs.
    Birth: Vaginal home birth
    Breastfed: 30 months
    Weight 6wPP: 102 lbs
    Weight 12mPP: 92 lbs
    Weight 24mPP: 98 lbs
    Note: I was so concerned about my weight loss at 12mPP that I had a battery of blood tests to rule out hyperthyroid or cancer! I was healthy — doc said it was most likely EBF a 20lb toddler on a vegan diet.
    BABY #2:
    Age: 25
    Pre-pregnancy weight: 98 lbs.
    Weight at 9 months pregnant: 143 lbs.
    Birth: Vaginal home birth
    Breastfed: 18mos
    Weight 6wPP: 122 lbs.
    Weight 12mPP: 112 lbs.
    Weight 24mPP: 98 lbs.
    Note: I was lacto-ovo veg by this time and went through a divorce at 12mPP. After that, I began marathon training in order to lose the last of the baby/stress weight.
    BABY #3:
    Age: 29
    Pre-pregnancy weight: 98 lbs.
    Weight at 9 months pregnant: 150 lbs.
    Birth: Vaginal home birth
    Breastfed: 18mos
    Weight 6wPP: 133 lbs.
    Weight 12mPP: 111 lbs.
    Weight 24mPP: 105 lbs.
    Note: Remarried, I stopped exercising completely during this pregnancy and ate unhealthfully. I was so disappointed with my PP body that I started the Body for Life 12wk program at 3mPP. This helped drop a lot of the weight, but my body never fully went back to my PP weight or shape.
    BABY #4
    Age: 33
    Pre-pregnancy weight: 108lbs.
    Weight at 9 months pregnant: 140 lbs (?? – not sure, stopped weighing at 38wks/138lbs)
    Birth: Vaginal home birth
    Note: I am currently EBF at 5wPP and I weigh about 123. I’ve already started walking and cross-training. I’m crazy hungry all the time, though, so I doubt I will lose this weight any time soon. My desire is to be back down to prepreg weight by xmas and my “normal” weight of 98 lbs by 12mPP through exercise and healthy diet.

  295. My prepregnancy weight was 119At 9 months pregnant I weighed 195
    Im 6 months post-partum now and I weigh 149 it has been really hard on me to lose this weight because I had depression really bad after I had my baby and i was suppose to get married but I found out i was pregnant and i knew by my wedding date i would be to big to fit the dress so i post ponded it and now i only have 9 more months to lose the stomach pouch and weight and really i dont have that because i have to still get a wedding dress and i really dont know what to do anyone have any suggestions?

  296. My prepregnancy weight was 119At 9 months pregnant I weighed 195
    Im 6 months post-partum now and I weigh 149 it has been really hard on me to lose this weight because I had depression really bad after I had my baby and i was suppose to get married but I found out i was pregnant and i knew by my wedding date i would be to big to fit the dress so i post ponded it and now i only have 9 more months to lose the stomach pouch and weight and really i dont have that because i have to still get a wedding dress and i really dont know what to do anyone have any suggestions?

  297. I gained 50 pounds with my first pregnancy and lost all the weight plus more at the 3 month mark.I gained 55 pounds with my second- she is now 6 weeks old tomorrow and I still have about 25 pounds to lose.
    It’s harder this time to find time to exercise daily, with a toddler and a newborn to take care of.
    I am just watching my diet and getting the workouts in as much as possible.
    The weight just fell off the first time, this time- it’s a struggle.

  298. I gained 50 pounds with my first pregnancy and lost all the weight plus more at the 3 month mark.I gained 55 pounds with my second- she is now 6 weeks old tomorrow and I still have about 25 pounds to lose.
    It’s harder this time to find time to exercise daily, with a toddler and a newborn to take care of.
    I am just watching my diet and getting the workouts in as much as possible.
    The weight just fell off the first time, this time- it’s a struggle.

  299. My baby is 3 months old and Im 10 lbs heavier than I was pre-pregnancy but I look alot heavier, because back then I was more muscular and toned. I am breast feeding, eating relativley healthy and doing light exersises. I hope to be back to my normal wieght in the next couple of months. I should be able to accomplish that goal.

  300. My baby is 3 months old and Im 10 lbs heavier than I was pre-pregnancy but I look alot heavier, because back then I was more muscular and toned. I am breast feeding, eating relativley healthy and doing light exersises. I hope to be back to my normal wieght in the next couple of months. I should be able to accomplish that goal.

  301. Baby#1Age when pregnant: 32
    Pre-preg weight: 120 (height 5’1)
    Weight at 9 months: 163
    Birth: vaginal
    Breastfed: yes and pumped at work
    Weight 2 weeks post-partum: 122 (had a lot of swelling/water weight)
    Weight 6 weeks post-partum: 118
    Weight 4 months pp: 110
    Weight 6 months pp: 105 – then my period came back & I leveled off.
    Baby#2
    Age when pregnant: 35
    Pre-preg weight: 110 (height 5’1)
    Weight at 9 months: 163
    Birth: vaginal
    Breastfed: yes
    Weight 2 weeks post-partum: 115 (had a lot of swelling/water weight)
    Weight 6 weeks post-partum: 110
    Weight 4 months pp: 105
    Weight 6 months pp: 100
    I am 7 month pp right now & STILL loosing weight. I saw a Dr about it literally today (I am 98 lbs now)& eating a ton, drinking Ensure between meals, etc. I thought my weight loss was more rapid this time as I was tandem nursing a toddler & a new baby, but the toddler weaned suddenly & the weight loss didn’t slow at all. This does tend to run in my family – but I am the only one to nurse, so maybe it is more pronounced in me because of that? I am usually thin (115lbs) but this is too thin for my frame. I feel skeletal. At this point I am not sure what else to do. Baby is gaining weight great though – so I know he is well fed, I just need to figure out how to better feed momma! I keep looking for online help & everything is about how to loose weight postpartum, I can’t find anything about excessive weight loss.

  302. Baby#1Age when pregnant: 32
    Pre-preg weight: 120 (height 5’1)
    Weight at 9 months: 163
    Birth: vaginal
    Breastfed: yes and pumped at work
    Weight 2 weeks post-partum: 122 (had a lot of swelling/water weight)
    Weight 6 weeks post-partum: 118
    Weight 4 months pp: 110
    Weight 6 months pp: 105 – then my period came back & I leveled off.
    Baby#2
    Age when pregnant: 35
    Pre-preg weight: 110 (height 5’1)
    Weight at 9 months: 163
    Birth: vaginal
    Breastfed: yes
    Weight 2 weeks post-partum: 115 (had a lot of swelling/water weight)
    Weight 6 weeks post-partum: 110
    Weight 4 months pp: 105
    Weight 6 months pp: 100
    I am 7 month pp right now & STILL loosing weight. I saw a Dr about it literally today (I am 98 lbs now)& eating a ton, drinking Ensure between meals, etc. I thought my weight loss was more rapid this time as I was tandem nursing a toddler & a new baby, but the toddler weaned suddenly & the weight loss didn’t slow at all. This does tend to run in my family – but I am the only one to nurse, so maybe it is more pronounced in me because of that? I am usually thin (115lbs) but this is too thin for my frame. I feel skeletal. At this point I am not sure what else to do. Baby is gaining weight great though – so I know he is well fed, I just need to figure out how to better feed momma! I keep looking for online help & everything is about how to loose weight postpartum, I can’t find anything about excessive weight loss.

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  304. Il suffit de dire merci ne sera pas seulement suffisante, pour que la clarté exceptionnelle à l’intérieur de votre écriture. Je pense que j’ai enregistrer votre site pour les mises à jour futures. Un grand merci.

  305. With my first son I had gained 50lbs and by my 6 week check up I was down 35 of them and by 3 months PP I was about 5lbs away from my prepreg weight and back into my old jeans. I exclusively breastfed for the first 6 weeks and then combo fed there after. However, the success was short lived and due to a failed nuva ring lol I found out I was pregnant again when my son was 4 months old. Now I am 6 weeks PP and had my check up yesterday where I’ve lost 30 of the 50 gained. However this time things definitely don’t look the same. I feel like it is going to take me forever to get any muscle tone back to my stomach.

  306. With my first son I had gained 50lbs and by my 6 week check up I was down 35 of them and by 3 months PP I was about 5lbs away from my prepreg weight and back into my old jeans. I exclusively breastfed for the first 6 weeks and then combo fed there after. However, the success was short lived and due to a failed nuva ring lol I found out I was pregnant again when my son was 4 months old. Now I am 6 weeks PP and had my check up yesterday where I’ve lost 30 of the 50 gained. However this time things definitely don’t look the same. I feel like it is going to take me forever to get any muscle tone back to my stomach.

  307. I’ve been frustrated by how much longer it’s taking with this one!prepregnancy, 120 pounds. put on 30-35 pounds with each of my 3 pregnancies. with the first two, I was back to regular weight in about 3 months (in fact with the second, I was down to about 117, felt pretty skinny, but bouncy and good, and it was nice to fit in all my jeans really well). Now, it’s 2 months since I delivered my third, and I’m still around 133. I’m breastfeeding, I’m working out; but my belly still sticks out like anything, and my pants don’t fit right. I am thinking it may be the Depo shot, which i got because 3 kids is enough… Anybody else had this issue?

  308. I’ve been frustrated by how much longer it’s taking with this one!prepregnancy, 120 pounds. put on 30-35 pounds with each of my 3 pregnancies. with the first two, I was back to regular weight in about 3 months (in fact with the second, I was down to about 117, felt pretty skinny, but bouncy and good, and it was nice to fit in all my jeans really well). Now, it’s 2 months since I delivered my third, and I’m still around 133. I’m breastfeeding, I’m working out; but my belly still sticks out like anything, and my pants don’t fit right. I am thinking it may be the Depo shot, which i got because 3 kids is enough… Anybody else had this issue?

  309. A program that I have heard of is a program actually written by a mom that had a baby then lost the weight. All she did was eat the right foods. There are certain foods that help your body burn fat, and there are foods that actuall cause you to store fat. visit http://www.tamethebulge.com for more information and a review on the program

  310. A program that I have heard of is a program actually written by a mom that had a baby then lost the weight. All she did was eat the right foods. There are certain foods that help your body burn fat, and there are foods that actuall cause you to store fat. visit http://www.tamethebulge.com for more information and a review on the program

  311. So I’m asking today for some data points. Tell how long it took you to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight and size, which baby it was, whether you were breastfeeding, and any other special circumstances.With my first I lost the weight by 9 months, and then lost another size over the next year. I was breastfeeding, and walked a ton with the baby in a carrier, and was basically trying to wil myself to perfection since I knew my life was in bad shape.
    With my second I actually put on weight after he was born to hide myself. I was breastfeeding and running after a preschooler, but eating my emotions and maintaining the protective barrier so it all stayed on. It’s coming off slowly but surely, so I’m the size I was pre-pregnancy with my first, but still have a way to go to get to my true fighting weight.

  312. So I’m asking today for some data points. Tell how long it took you to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight and size, which baby it was, whether you were breastfeeding, and any other special circumstances.With my first I lost the weight by 9 months, and then lost another size over the next year. I was breastfeeding, and walked a ton with the baby in a carrier, and was basically trying to wil myself to perfection since I knew my life was in bad shape.
    With my second I actually put on weight after he was born to hide myself. I was breastfeeding and running after a preschooler, but eating my emotions and maintaining the protective barrier so it all stayed on. It’s coming off slowly but surely, so I’m the size I was pre-pregnancy with my first, but still have a way to go to get to my true fighting weight.

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  315. I agree with Becker that it’s a silly program. Like the bailout of the auto companies, the program had dual environmental and economic-recovery goals. The environmental goal, to reduce carbon emissions, was trivial; the aggregate improvement in gas mileage from the program is certain to be minuscule. The contribution to economic recovery was probably very small as well–possibly negligible. The program was one of transfer payments, not government investment. The distinction is important to Keynesian deficit spending (what is now referred to as “stimulus”) as a method of fighting a depression.

  316. I agree with Becker that it’s a silly program. Like the bailout of the auto companies, the program had dual environmental and economic-recovery goals. The environmental goal, to reduce carbon emissions, was trivial; the aggregate improvement in gas mileage from the program is certain to be minuscule. The contribution to economic recovery was probably very small as well–possibly negligible. The program was one of transfer payments, not government investment. The distinction is important to Keynesian deficit spending (what is now referred to as “stimulus”) as a method of fighting a depression.

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  319. 2 Children1st age 20
    by 2nd week PP back to prepreg. weight
    2nd Age 32
    @ 6 weeks Pregnant weighed 131
    @ delivery weighed 163
    6 months PP 144
    and cant lose anymore no matter how well I eat, how many miles I walk a day, or how many days I’m in the Gym with Cardio and light weight. was a size 5 now an 11. Frustration is overwhelming.
    I dont know if it is all going to come off or if I have met my plateau. Im not 20 anymore I know but come on. Im not lazy, eat good and work out…. 🙁

  320. 2 Children1st age 20
    by 2nd week PP back to prepreg. weight
    2nd Age 32
    @ 6 weeks Pregnant weighed 131
    @ delivery weighed 163
    6 months PP 144
    and cant lose anymore no matter how well I eat, how many miles I walk a day, or how many days I’m in the Gym with Cardio and light weight. was a size 5 now an 11. Frustration is overwhelming.
    I dont know if it is all going to come off or if I have met my plateau. Im not 20 anymore I know but come on. Im not lazy, eat good and work out…. 🙁

  321. 1st child – age 26Pre-pregnancy weight: 138lbs
    Gained 48 lbs
    3 months PP: 163lbs
    2 years PP: 148lbs
    Breastfed and supplemented until 4 months, then all formula thereafter. Was 10 lbs up from pre-pregnancy weight but didn’t do much about it.
    2nd child – age 29
    Pre-pregnancy weight: 148lbs
    Gained 44lbs
    3 months PP now and at 162lbs.
    Exclusively breastfed and seem to be losing weight quicker than 1st baby. Will continue breast-feeding for as long as possible since it seems to aid with weight loss. Not physically active but I do plan to go swimming at least 3 times a week. Will see how that goes.

  322. 1st child – age 26Pre-pregnancy weight: 138lbs
    Gained 48 lbs
    3 months PP: 163lbs
    2 years PP: 148lbs
    Breastfed and supplemented until 4 months, then all formula thereafter. Was 10 lbs up from pre-pregnancy weight but didn’t do much about it.
    2nd child – age 29
    Pre-pregnancy weight: 148lbs
    Gained 44lbs
    3 months PP now and at 162lbs.
    Exclusively breastfed and seem to be losing weight quicker than 1st baby. Will continue breast-feeding for as long as possible since it seems to aid with weight loss. Not physically active but I do plan to go swimming at least 3 times a week. Will see how that goes.

  323. I am 34. Gained 56 lbs. Lost 25lbs in the first 6 weeks. Went back to work, breastfeed, run 3x week monitor my food and zero loss. At a stalemate. Does the weight loss stop and then restart? So sad about this but trying to pretend that I am not upset by this. Has this happened to anyone? Seriously considering stopping breastfeeding so I can starve myself. Selfish me.

  324. I am 34. Gained 56 lbs. Lost 25lbs in the first 6 weeks. Went back to work, breastfeed, run 3x week monitor my food and zero loss. At a stalemate. Does the weight loss stop and then restart? So sad about this but trying to pretend that I am not upset by this. Has this happened to anyone? Seriously considering stopping breastfeeding so I can starve myself. Selfish me.

  325. Baby #2 is just over 3 weeks old and i am down almost 30 pounds already!! didn’t expect that..i was breastfeeding but it is not going so well anymore, i havn’t slept more than 3 hours at a time in 3 weeks so that might have something to do with it.. also i am chasing around a 17 month old, and trying to resist fast food… never lost my weight from baby #1 before i was pregnant again so i am definately heavier than i ever was before the babies came along, but i seem to be dropping it pretty quick. nothing a healthy diet and exercise can’t help. check out alittlebehind.ca how to burn fat DVD learned a lot from that about how to burn fat. Don’t get down on yourself ladies, it’s not easy having babies.. but the pay off is awsome don’t you think… we are all beautiful and lucky to be able to experience childbirth and motherhood so relax… your body will come back and you will feel sexy again!! just stay positive and don’t let anyone make you feel bad… your a mommy… enjoy it. The weight will come off if you try to maintain some sort of a healthy lifestyle and keep moving. Don’t let your weight affect the joys of being a mommy. Good luck and congrats!!!

  326. Baby #2 is just over 3 weeks old and i am down almost 30 pounds already!! didn’t expect that..i was breastfeeding but it is not going so well anymore, i havn’t slept more than 3 hours at a time in 3 weeks so that might have something to do with it.. also i am chasing around a 17 month old, and trying to resist fast food… never lost my weight from baby #1 before i was pregnant again so i am definately heavier than i ever was before the babies came along, but i seem to be dropping it pretty quick. nothing a healthy diet and exercise can’t help. check out alittlebehind.ca how to burn fat DVD learned a lot from that about how to burn fat. Don’t get down on yourself ladies, it’s not easy having babies.. but the pay off is awsome don’t you think… we are all beautiful and lucky to be able to experience childbirth and motherhood so relax… your body will come back and you will feel sexy again!! just stay positive and don’t let anyone make you feel bad… your a mommy… enjoy it. The weight will come off if you try to maintain some sort of a healthy lifestyle and keep moving. Don’t let your weight affect the joys of being a mommy. Good luck and congrats!!!

  327. I am 34 this week. Pre- pregnancy weight was 163 (5’9″) and in great shape. Had this theory that the better shape I was in pre-pregnancy, the more accountable I would be to get back to it. Ran a half marathon, trained, etc. I didn’t gain any weight for the first few months of pregnancy, then gained a little and all in my hips/ thighs. By 5 months the weight started piling on although for the most part I was still eating healthy & in the elliptical/ bike 3x a week plus lifting light weights and doing yoga for tone. Then at 7 months had a few bleeding scares due to placental abruption and was put on bed rest. Biggest craving at this time was low fat canilla yogurt & strawberries! All told I ended up gaining 90 lbs!!! A lot of which was water. Baby was crooked in delivery so ended up being induced 1 week past due date & after a lot of pushing to no avail a c section. Was crazy to be active after birth and walked a few miles every other day after the first week. Was really careful to repair my diastase (abdominal space from pregnant belly) before doing any other ab work. Also nursing with formula the first few weeks since my milk took forever to come in. Then went exclusively to bf. By my 6 week appt I was down 50 lbs! In the next 6 months my shape changed a lot, but I didn’t lose a pound. I was only able to exercise and sleep sporadically due to full time work and nursing and baby sleeping with me out of survival because I am too tired to get out of bed and get him during the night. At 8 mos pp I got serious about losing the weight & went low- carb and low sugar with South Beach. Running mileage at an average if 4 miles 3x/ week and trying to mix it up with The Shred. Lost 15 lbs over about the next 6 weeks. Body changed drastically over this time. A lb or two a week, but 2 inches from everywhere per week as well. Started to feel good! And am currently 11 months pp – haven’t lost a lb in a month and inches slowing down. Feeling frustrated because I am also working out harder now and seem much stronger. Got a hair cut I didn’t intend to be so short yesterday that sent me in a tail spin!! Still nursing, still sleeping with baby. Still obsessed with my shape (very saggy boobies and lots of belly pooch and cellulate on my legs) and weight but thanks to this forum I am going to break down and buy some cute clothes that fit this new shape so maybe I can feel better about myself instead if constantly dealing with muffin top of my old jeans. I always carried weight in hips/ thighs and had a flat stomach so dressing for this shape us new to me. I still have 25 lbs to go and am very frustrated. Was planning to try and get pregnant in 4 months but am recently thinking I may need more of a break if I can’t let up on myself. Because as I write this it all seems a little intense. So I have to add that I love being a mama and my LO is an amazing joy to me. He often accompanies my runs as he loves the jogger and being outside.

  328. I am 34 this week. Pre- pregnancy weight was 163 (5’9″) and in great shape. Had this theory that the better shape I was in pre-pregnancy, the more accountable I would be to get back to it. Ran a half marathon, trained, etc. I didn’t gain any weight for the first few months of pregnancy, then gained a little and all in my hips/ thighs. By 5 months the weight started piling on although for the most part I was still eating healthy & in the elliptical/ bike 3x a week plus lifting light weights and doing yoga for tone. Then at 7 months had a few bleeding scares due to placental abruption and was put on bed rest. Biggest craving at this time was low fat canilla yogurt & strawberries! All told I ended up gaining 90 lbs!!! A lot of which was water. Baby was crooked in delivery so ended up being induced 1 week past due date & after a lot of pushing to no avail a c section. Was crazy to be active after birth and walked a few miles every other day after the first week. Was really careful to repair my diastase (abdominal space from pregnant belly) before doing any other ab work. Also nursing with formula the first few weeks since my milk took forever to come in. Then went exclusively to bf. By my 6 week appt I was down 50 lbs! In the next 6 months my shape changed a lot, but I didn’t lose a pound. I was only able to exercise and sleep sporadically due to full time work and nursing and baby sleeping with me out of survival because I am too tired to get out of bed and get him during the night. At 8 mos pp I got serious about losing the weight & went low- carb and low sugar with South Beach. Running mileage at an average if 4 miles 3x/ week and trying to mix it up with The Shred. Lost 15 lbs over about the next 6 weeks. Body changed drastically over this time. A lb or two a week, but 2 inches from everywhere per week as well. Started to feel good! And am currently 11 months pp – haven’t lost a lb in a month and inches slowing down. Feeling frustrated because I am also working out harder now and seem much stronger. Got a hair cut I didn’t intend to be so short yesterday that sent me in a tail spin!! Still nursing, still sleeping with baby. Still obsessed with my shape (very saggy boobies and lots of belly pooch and cellulate on my legs) and weight but thanks to this forum I am going to break down and buy some cute clothes that fit this new shape so maybe I can feel better about myself instead if constantly dealing with muffin top of my old jeans. I always carried weight in hips/ thighs and had a flat stomach so dressing for this shape us new to me. I still have 25 lbs to go and am very frustrated. Was planning to try and get pregnant in 4 months but am recently thinking I may need more of a break if I can’t let up on myself. Because as I write this it all seems a little intense. So I have to add that I love being a mama and my LO is an amazing joy to me. He often accompanies my runs as he loves the jogger and being outside.

  329. I lost all of my pregnancy weight by 9 weeks postpartum! Now I’m helping others do the same. Who says moms can’t look good?!www.LoseWithLeanna.com

  330. I lost all of my pregnancy weight by 9 weeks postpartum! Now I’m helping others do the same. Who says moms can’t look good?!www.LoseWithLeanna.com

  331. I was 10 lbs away from prepregnancy weight 3 yrs after I gave birth to my first child. Mind you I had gained 70 lbs with her and I didn’t actively work towards taking the weight off. Just when I was 10 lbs away from retaining my prepregnancy weight I got pregnant again and only put on 35 lbs and just gave birth 2 weeks ago. I am now ready to actively work towards retaining a healthy postpartum weight or BMI and strengthen my muscles because I don’t plan on having anymore children. Wish me luck 🙂

  332. I was 10 lbs away from prepregnancy weight 3 yrs after I gave birth to my first child. Mind you I had gained 70 lbs with her and I didn’t actively work towards taking the weight off. Just when I was 10 lbs away from retaining my prepregnancy weight I got pregnant again and only put on 35 lbs and just gave birth 2 weeks ago. I am now ready to actively work towards retaining a healthy postpartum weight or BMI and strengthen my muscles because I don’t plan on having anymore children. Wish me luck 🙂

  333. Thought I’d add my experience even tho Im only 4.5 months PP with my first…Im 24, 5’6″ and pre-preg was about 125-130. Gained about 50 lbs by 9+ months! Vaginal delivery, immediately dropped 25 lbs the 1st week(was super swollen end of pregnancy). Its been just over 4 months and I’ve lost maybe 2 lbs since then. I’ve been almost EBF this whole time. The first 2 months I tried juggling weight lifting, running, strict calorie counting and an extremely colicky baby with lots of BFing issues.
    I ended up getting burnt out and had to choose between the rigid workout schedule/diet and letting my body rest more so I could care for my suuuuper colicky(but beautiful) newborn. I eat pretty clean, not perfect but decent and I walk when I can. I’ve noticed my hips are wider which I dont really mind(more curves!) but I definitely have quite the muffin top which is really the only thing standing in the way of fitting back in my pre-preg jeans(also the extra weight on the hips)…I think our core muscles get weak and that contributes to that bloated-all-the-time look.
    I am trying to not feel bad about this and cut myself some slack… but its definitely bugging me that Im simply NOT LOSING and I dont know why! But I have to believe that if I continue eating well and staying somewhat active the weight WILL come off! P.S. I think the stomach vaccum exercises help!

  334. Thought I’d add my experience even tho Im only 4.5 months PP with my first…Im 24, 5’6″ and pre-preg was about 125-130. Gained about 50 lbs by 9+ months! Vaginal delivery, immediately dropped 25 lbs the 1st week(was super swollen end of pregnancy). Its been just over 4 months and I’ve lost maybe 2 lbs since then. I’ve been almost EBF this whole time. The first 2 months I tried juggling weight lifting, running, strict calorie counting and an extremely colicky baby with lots of BFing issues.
    I ended up getting burnt out and had to choose between the rigid workout schedule/diet and letting my body rest more so I could care for my suuuuper colicky(but beautiful) newborn. I eat pretty clean, not perfect but decent and I walk when I can. I’ve noticed my hips are wider which I dont really mind(more curves!) but I definitely have quite the muffin top which is really the only thing standing in the way of fitting back in my pre-preg jeans(also the extra weight on the hips)…I think our core muscles get weak and that contributes to that bloated-all-the-time look.
    I am trying to not feel bad about this and cut myself some slack… but its definitely bugging me that Im simply NOT LOSING and I dont know why! But I have to believe that if I continue eating well and staying somewhat active the weight WILL come off! P.S. I think the stomach vaccum exercises help!

  335. For my first child I was 23 years old at time of birth. Started out at 110lbs. Went into labor at 152lbs. Breastfed for 10 months and walked regularly, was back in my old jeans and at prepreg weight at 8 weeks post-postum.For my second child I was 26 at time of birth. Started out at 117lbs. Went into labor at 154lbs. She is now 7 months old. I am still breastfeeding and chasing a preschooler around. I have only lost about half of the pregnancy weight. I’m planning on starting an aerobics class once a week and we’ll see if that helps. Just started menstruating again this week as well (hoping maybe this will make things easier)

  336. For my first child I was 23 years old at time of birth. Started out at 110lbs. Went into labor at 152lbs. Breastfed for 10 months and walked regularly, was back in my old jeans and at prepreg weight at 8 weeks post-postum.For my second child I was 26 at time of birth. Started out at 117lbs. Went into labor at 154lbs. She is now 7 months old. I am still breastfeeding and chasing a preschooler around. I have only lost about half of the pregnancy weight. I’m planning on starting an aerobics class once a week and we’ll see if that helps. Just started menstruating again this week as well (hoping maybe this will make things easier)

  337. Have a look at the Paleo diet program that I’ve been utilizing for the past 4 months. Their site is: http://www.paleodietregimen.com I am a forty-two year old male and started out at 290 lbs. and after 30 days I’d lost approximately 50 lbs, and I now weigh about 175 and holding. This diet program truly does work as it mimics the organic diet our ancestors ate which lived disease free. It is also recognized as the caveman diet plan.

  338. Have a look at the Paleo diet program that I’ve been utilizing for the past 4 months. Their site is: http://www.paleodietregimen.com I am a forty-two year old male and started out at 290 lbs. and after 30 days I’d lost approximately 50 lbs, and I now weigh about 175 and holding. This diet program truly does work as it mimics the organic diet our ancestors ate which lived disease free. It is also recognized as the caveman diet plan.

  339. I am 35 years old and had my third baby 10 months ago. MY older two are 9 years and 7 years old so there is a big gap and I am seven years older this time so I am having a much harder time losing the weight.With the first one I gained exactly 35 lbs which was what I was supposed to gain and I barely looked pregnant and then with all of the first time mom nervousness and lots of walks with the stroller I was 5 pounds lighter than pre-pregnancy by 11 months post partum. But with the second it was a little harder. I gained 42 lbs this time and after giving birth I was tired and didnt feel like dieting and exercising at all but once i put in some effort it came off in a little over a year. The third one really threw me for a loop I gained 50 lbs. ughhhhhh. I am at 10 months post partum and have lost 35 lbs total. Still have at least 20 though just to look normal (gained a few pounds before getting preggo). I have always had trouble with weight but have been able to manage it and stay within 10 lbs of goal. This time though I really had a hell of a time getting any weight to come off. I breast fed for 5 months and lost nothing during that time. I only started to lose verrrry slowly after 6 months and still struggling. I try to do some kind of exercise every day even if just a walk or DVD at home just to keep myself up and to relieve stress. Also (and it took me a while to be able to say this) try not to focus and obsess about my weight. Its going in right direction just going to take longer than before. Out of my control (for the most part). Good luck to all you awesome moms out there.

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