Your Questions About Losing Weight After Pregnancy

by Maricela on January 18, 2013

Ken asks…

How are new mom’s losing weight so quickly after giving birth?

I am dying to know how women who give birth look like they actually lost weight during pregnancy rather than gained it. Sure it makes me jealous, since I gained 45-ish pounds, and lost 20 so far, but I just don’t understand the women who look so skinny right after giving birth. What’s the deal?

Maricela answers:

Can we say money? Lipo, tucks, etc and some even do drugs. My personal opinion is ANOREXIA! Sure a few, and I mean FEW actually get tiny when the baby comes home, but face it, real women gain a lot of weight and the majority of us keep it. Sure shedding a few will eventually happen, but not over night – trust me. I had 4 kids, the first one, it took me about 6 months, the second one… About 3 years. The third one… Well, I got preggo for my fourth before I ever lost the weight. My fourth and last child, he was nearly 16 years old when I finally got to my original weight from when I got pregnant with the first one. Good luck and try your best but do not do anything dumb because it will only cause you to gain it all back plus some extra weight as a punishment for being stupid. Eventually you will shed most or all of it, and if for what ever reason you don’t, just learn to like yourself for who you are… A good mom not doing desperate things to be a twig!

Susan asks…

Is it okay to lose weight before pregnancy?

I’m a little overweight and want to know if it’s ok to lose weight before or even during pregnancy.

Maricela answers:

It is a good idea to lose weight BEFORE pregnancy. It can help you conceive easier and avoid health problems during your pregnancy. If you are heavy while carrying, don’t lose weight. You must work closely with the doctor so you don’t put on any weight extra weight on you and gain enough to have a healthy baby. With all this being said, it is never good to starve yourself or crash diet before conceiving. You can destroy your nutrition reserves and deprive the baby.

Donna asks…

Is it normal to lose weight early in pregnancy?

I do not have morning sickness at all and have lost about 10 pounds in the last 5.5 weeks. I sometimes feel hungry but start eating and cannot eat. Sometimes even the smell or thought of food makes me not want to eat, which I know when you are pregnant different scents can bother you, but don’t remember this with my first one….which was 9 years ago. Anyway, is it normal to lose weight in early pregnancy? Also wondering if my extreme fatigue will go away soon or not? I am 10 weeks along. Thanks!

Maricela answers:

Yes, it’s normal. I was the same way, though I only lost six pounds. I’d start to eat something and suddenly it would taste like cardboard. What I did was I switched to a lot of fruit: apples, bananas, and grapes are my favorite and they never taste like cardboard to me. I didn’t actually throw up, but I did have a lot of nausea that made it hard to eat.

The fatigue should be going away very soon, hon. I was also extremely fatigued, it lightened up during my eleventh week, and I only needed a nap once during my 12th week. I am now thirteen weeks and feeling so much better. Every woman is different, so yours may last a little longer, but most likely it’ll fade before 14 weeks.

Good luck!

Joseph asks…

Is it common to lose weight during pregnancy?

I’m in the beginning of my pregnancy and instead of gaining weight like usual women, I actually have lost weight. Could that mean theres something wrong with my baby? Is that uncommon? Has anyone else ever had this happen to them?

Maricela answers:

When I was pregnant with my 2nd child, I lost weight in the first trimester as well. I was a little overweight to begin with, was not dealing with morning sickness, and was eating. I think a couple of things had played a role in my weight loss, metabolism changes from being pregnant, craving healthy foods, ie peppers, apples, carrots and I walked a lot at work. Although women should not try to lose weight during pregnancy, in the first trimester it is not uncommon. As long as you are eating healthy, taking your prenatal vitamins, and other wise following dr.’s orders, you will start to see the scale move in the other direction.

William asks…

How did you lose weight after pregnancy?

I am exercising and eating better (water, salads etc..) but I am actually gaining weight now! (like a pound every 2 weeks!) I am 7 lbs over my pre-pregnancy weight and used to always be petite. Did anyone do something special to lose weight? (other than breastfeeding) Is this normal because it has only been 2 months since I had my son? Any similiar experiences?

Maricela answers:

First watch what you eat. Drink lots of water. Try to eat little to no junk food and sugar, choose healthy snacks instead; ie: fruits, vegetables, cheese, milk or juice. Limit your food intake when you eat, take small to medium size servings and NEVER go back for seconds, skip dessert most of the time.

Most important start a workout of some sort as soon as your doctor says its safe. Pick something you like to do running, speed walking, yoga, weight lifting, swimming, what ever you enjoy, or a combination of them. Just be sure that you do a warm up and cool down and get your heart rate up for at least 30 – 40 min. Try to work out at least 5 days out of the week ,7 if you have time, for at least an hour a day.

It can be hard to find the time with a new baby. I have found its easiest when daddy is home and can watch the baby for me while I work out and shower. I am breastfeeding which makes it even harder so i pump a bottle during the day and during work out time, I work out every night, its bottle time and daddy can feed the baby a bottle if he is hungry. You can even do some things like squats with your baby in your arms this just adds weight resistance making it more effective.

Remember it took 9 months to make a baby expect it to take 9-12 months to lose most the weight and regain the muscle tone you had before you had the baby. I have gotten back to 130 lbs with 4 of my kids, and am starting over after the newest, (6 weeks old) doing the things I mentioned above.

Good luck

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