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2short4u - January 30th, 2006 9:24 AM

I heard it takes about a year to get back to your pre-pregnancy weight. Do I really have to wait this long to get back to my original size if I am exercising? I gained about 50 lbs. which was mostly fluids that I retained due to having high blood pressure and pre-eclampsia during the pregnancy and out of that 50 lbs. I have already lost 20lbs. and I only delivered 3 weeks ago. So how long did it take for everyone else to get back into their pants?


Justine - January 30th, 2006 10:10 AM

I gave birth mid October and am pretty much back to my pre pregnancy weight and flat stomach without exercising. I was told in the first 6 weeks you loose weight naturally and after that its fat you put on but I just kept losing it. I have got PPD though - I think its the only good thing about it.


caroline - January 30th, 2006 4:15 PM

it depends on what pregnancy your on as well, with my first it was about 6 weeks naturally with the second 12 weeks 5 of which i went on walks or ran before i was back to skinny but drinking a ton of water and getting some cardio is a sure way to speed up the process! hope this helped a little.


Silvie - January 30th, 2006 4:51 PM

It is surely individual..but I they say that if you dont lose desired amount of pounds by 6 months then you are very likely to carry those extra pounds for good. Hope it is not hundred percent true...I still have to lose about 5-6 pounds and have only two months to go! I am exercising a lot, but to be honest I eat a lot too b/c my appetite is quite huge due to breastfeeding.


jg - January 31st, 2006 12:21 AM

In answer to your question, in my case, TOO LONG!! LOL. I figure 9 months to put weight on, 9 months off. My bub is 7 1/2 months, so i"ve got 1 1/2 months to lose another 4 kgs. I am on track with losing 1kg per week so hopefully I can maintain that.


JL - February 6th, 2006 10:02 PM

I did not lose all of my weight until I stopped breastfeeding. Then it took me a couple of months after that, with a lot of exercise and diet. I gained about 50 lbs during the pregnancy, lost 30 very easily, and then could not lose those last 20 until I stopped breastfeeding and worked really really hard to lose it. I breastfed for a full year, so I was chunky for awhile!


2short4u - February 7th, 2006 8:42 AM

I'm having that problem right now...i lost 20lbs. just like that, and now im just kinda stuck at 150 and the rest of the 30lbs., but then again it's only been 4 wks. and I've started to exercise again. So, hopefully I'll be able to fit in my pants again b/c I don't wanna go out and buy a whole new wardrobe!


2short4u - February 7th, 2006 8:43 AM

I'm not breastfeeding either, and I heard that makes you lose the weight.


Rochelle2006 - February 7th, 2006 3:41 PM

I gained 30 lbs with twins, they were each 5 lbs. So there was 10 gone right of the bat! Depends on if you were overweight to begin with. I breast fed...two babies for 4 months that helped get off all the extra pounds. Took about 5 months to be in shape. for me.


2short4u - February 8th, 2006 8:06 AM

No...I wasn't overweight to begin with. My pre-pregnancy weight was around 115 and I got up to 174 and then towards the end of the pregnancy I started losing weight. So, when I delivered I was 169, and now I'm down to bout 148.


jess - February 9th, 2006 10:09 PM

i had a baby 3 weeks ago and 7 days after i lost 17 pounds my pre prego weight was 115 i got up to 158 its been three weeks and im at 137 i want to at least get down to 120 when will that happen im pumping and formula feeding. please help.


nicksmommie - February 13th, 2006 7:51 PM

well im not as lucky as some of you on here...but when i was pregnant with my son (i was 16 when i had him...young yes i know)....i was 125 pre-pregnancy then full term preg. i was like 155 or 160....but after i had my son i breastfed so i kept putting on the pounds....i still weigh 165..and my son is 15 months old!!..im trying to get at..at least 135/145 somewhere around there....but right now im doing something about it...im trying to eat better and im exercising a lot so hopefully i'll loose it...so i guess it all depends on how you eat and how you exercise...and all that stuff :) oh and does anyone have good exercise tips to loose the tummy?? thanks:)


january06babyboy - February 18th, 2006 5:21 PM

I immediately lost 15 lbs after I gave birth. And then I lost 10 more lbs the following week. It's now 4weeks PP for me and I have only 15 lbs to go. I started at 125 and now I'm at 135. I stopped breastfeeding for many reasons but I found that breastfeeding makes you gain or not lose the weight. A lot of people think breastfeeding helps you to lose weight but that is false! Also, I recommend running. It'll get rid of the weight quicker and give you a flat tummy. I have my flat tummy back and my six pack abs!


Louise - February 23rd, 2006 10:59 AM

I do not think there is set answer. That one about if you do not lose it in six months you'll keep it on for good. What a load of bollocks. Everyday life offers you a new opportunity to accomplish a challenge...even if you lose excess weight 10 years later. My baby is almost six months old and I am the same weight, (30 pounds higher), than I was two weeks after the birth. It is very upsetting to me, but I have had a hard time starting exercise again. My diet was flawless for the last month and I did not lose one pound. If I would have eaten that way before the baby I would have been a beanpole. Obviously, my body has gone through a major change and I am going to have to figure it out as I go. Point being I am doing the best I can at the moment and all these emails that is comes of so fast I do not think is true for all women. The worst part of it all is others expections of what they think is right. I do not want to be compared with someone who took all the weight off in one month and says that it was easy. It's so personal for each person.


ssmith - May 14th, 2006 2:41 PM

I think thay except for a bit of loose skin around mt belly button...I am actually thinner than before I got pregnant. Even my hubby commented that my thighs & bum are smaller now. I am breastfeeding--that must be what's done it. It actually scared me a little to look in the mirror...my baby is only 2 .5 weeks. Thats a heck of a lot of weight to drop in 2 weeks! I gained about 35 lbs...almost all tummy. I guess it depends on the woman...my mom said she was the same way....skinnier than before--I didn't believe her!!


Jilloh - May 17th, 2006 4:40 PM

You'll get tired of this answer: EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT!" I only gained 9-11 pounds while pregnant........i gave birth to an 8 pound + boy and 6 weeks post partum I had lost 12 pounds from the first doctors visit at 8 weeks!


lexa - May 19th, 2006 11:58 AM

They say (as someone else also mentioned) 9 months to put on the weight and 9 months to take it off. It really depends on the woman and how her lifestyle is. If you were active and not real overweight or didn't gain a tremendous amount of weight, it will come off quicker and easier. If you gained a lot of weight and are pretty much sedentary, it will take a lot longer. With my first pg, I only gained 20 pounds and left the hospital almost at my pre-pg weight. However, stomach was bloated and no pants fit for almost a month:-( I did breastfeed which may have helped a little along the way. When you breastfeed, your body does burn a lot of extra calories (which is why they say you lose a lot of weight quicker). However what they fail to mention is that you are more hungry from that and consume more calories. They say when breastfeeding also, it contracts the uterus which helps the stomach muscles tighten back up quicker.Anyway, Its only been 3 weeks. Don't get discouraged at all. If you are exercising, it will be gone before you know it! (sorry for the long entry)


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