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The weight hasn’t come off yet?! Why?

by Alicia in New posts

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Ok, Madelyn is 2 months old now… why am I not back to my pre-pregnancy weight of 128 pounds? Why??

I guess this is why:

  • I gained about 40 pounds.
  • I was in a car accident at 32 weeks that put me into pre-term labor and on bed rest.
  • I was in the hospital for a week with bronchitis and sinusitis at 35 weeks.
  • I basically didn’t move from 32 weeks on… so I gained too much weight and my body became used to not doing anything making it more difficult to get on a good exercise routine.

Before the pregnancy I was walking 3 miles a day, in good shape and wore a size 6.  I was happy with that.

I have been exercising for 2 weeks and have gained weight!! What sense does that make? It’s not muscle either!!
I search the Internet anytime I have a question about something so when I realized that the weight wasn’t melting off as I expected it too after giving birth (I wanted it to just come out with the placenta I guess) I searched the Internet for "post pregnancy weight loss".
Unfortunately, a lot of what I found were articles and message board posts about early twenty somethings that just had their baby 2 weeks ago and are "finally" getting back into their size 4 jeans.
That’s not what I wanted to read!

I talked to my OB/GYN and she said "Alicia, it took 9 months to put the weight on, it’s going to take longer for it to come off". I hear that all the time now!  So, what makes these early twenty something moms so different? I don’t know.

I walked 2 miles on the treadmill today and hope to get back to 3 miles by early next week.

Oh yeah.. I’m breastfeeding. Whomever started the saying that breastfeeding is the "best weight loss plan" must have been one of those early twenty something moms because that plan doesn’t seem to agree with me. I am not eating outrageously  and I am drinking a ton of water. What am I doing wrong?

At the end of the day, I look at Madelyn and know that the extra weight is worth having her and breastfeeding.. but I sure would like to hear from other moms in my (or previously) situation to learn what you did to help the weight come off.

That’s it for now.. Alicia

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