I know I had a lot of preconceptions about this. I thought it would be really easy to lose the weight and it would come off incredibly fast from breastfeeding. I had always been in shape, ate right, and wore a small pants size for as long as I could remember. Being that size didn't require an incredible amount of effort, although I took care of myself.
When I got pregnant, I ended up gaining close to 50 pounds (many didn't believe me, but yep, 50 pounds).
9 Weeks vs. 39 Weeks
Way more than the recommended 25-35 pounds. I beat myself up over it at first. Yeah, I stayed active with doing yoga and I ate alright, but I definitely could have made more of an effort. I had an incredible appetite and indulged a little more than I should have. Part of me thinks that the appetite would have packed on those pounds anyway. My doctor made me feel better when he said some women just hold onto weight and pack on whatever weight they can and store it to feed their babies with.
I didn't let it get me down because I thought it would just be very easy to lose the weight once the baby came.
Well, that hasn't really been the case. I'm four months out, and I still have about 15 pounds to lose. I've actually been stuck at this weight for over a month (or maybe two... it seems like an eternity). Let me say I am in no way complaining because it was awesome to lose about 30 pounds pretty immediately. I just am feeling impatient. Breastfeeding isn't making this any faster, either. I am doing the right thing for my baby, so that's what matters right now. I'm just one of those women whose body holds onto that fat as maternal stores for breastfeeding. I had no idea that was even possible - I thought breastfeeding burned lots of calories and made you lose weight! I guess I am going to be living proof of the saying "9 months on, 9 months off."
Here's a decent look at me now. This was taken two weeks ago. Had to throw this picture in because I love the other girls in it! I will say what I am wearing is pre-pregnancy, thank goodness! Just a little frumpy. Definitely looked better on me last Easter (which I was definitely pregs then without knowing).
|Michelle, Me, Katie, Heather, Tara|
It got me thinking... what have other people experienced? Surely I am not alone in this!
So I turned to my trusty twitter to poll my pals!
(By the way, go follow these people!)
Thank you, everyone, for your responses!
I'm not sure if I feel better about this after all these responses, especially from the mamas who had babies after me and are back to pre-pregnancy weight/size. However, I find hope through some of the other mamas who experienced a very slow return.
I am not alone.
So, I've got to face the facts. It is not going to happen overnight. Being two pants sizes up is not ideal, but it's not the end of the world. I'll just keep doing what I'm doing - eating right and staying active.
...and complain like hell if 9 months passes and I'm still stuck.