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post #1 of 32
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I'm almost 4 weeks PP, and am back to a few pounds within my pre-pregnant weight. : BUT, why don't any of my pants fit? How can my boobs, belly, butt, and thighs all be bigger but my weight the same? Did my body get less dense or something? When willI be able towear jeans again?!? (ok, I know no one knows the answer to that, but we're all thinking about it, right?)
post #2 of 32
It's like your body has the same weight in a stretched out version of you that takes up more space. Weird, isn't it?

I had 8lb left to lose as of last week at 2w pp but definitely won't be able to wear any of my summer clothes from last year, which I can deal wtih except I really don't have money to spend on more clothes. Our Goodwill stinks here, but I'm going to try to check out the one in the next town and see if they have anything.

And my boobs are so heavy...
post #3 of 32
I have about 10 lbs to lose but nothing is even anywhere near fitting! I could wear my favorite jeans up until I was almost 6 months pg(just couldn't button) and now my butt is too huge! what happened those last 3 months. I have all this extra skin or something now. Its like an innertube around my hips or something AAAHHH!
post #4 of 32
Yep, need to pick up the ole free weights around here too. Gotta build me up my girlie muscles again... :
post #5 of 32
First ecoteat, I am green w/envy that you are already at your prepreg. weight! I still have about 25 pounds to go. (I gained 50!)

Second, one thing I noticed w/my pregnancies is that due to loosening ligaments and my body stretching to accomodate baby that some body parts change shape, and may not go back for a while, if ever. I have noticed my ribs, hips, and feet have all gotten wider/bigger, even when at my pp weight.
post #6 of 32

You guys make me sick!

Not trying to be mean, but I gained almost 50lbs, and although people tell me I look great, this is my 5th and it takes me ONE YEAR or more to get my body back. Breast feeding makes me sooo hungry. I am eating more than I was pregnant. HOW are you guys loosing all that weight? You were excercising at 2 weeks pp? I have very low iron so I have to watch myself, but still I am caring for my house and 5 kids. : That is a lot in itself. What are you doing to help get rid of those tummies?
post #7 of 32
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Originally Posted by ~*max*~
Second, one thing I noticed w/my pregnancies is that due to loosening ligaments and my body stretching to accomodate baby that some body parts change shape, and may not go back for a while, if ever. I have noticed my ribs, hips, and feet have all gotten wider/bigger, even when at my pp weight.

Exactly! My entire bone structure changed after my first, 4 years later it still hasn't gone back, I'm not expecting it to at this point. Even my shoulders are wider.
post #8 of 32
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Originally Posted by robin4kids
Not trying to be mean, but I gained almost 50lbs, and although people tell me I look great, this is my 5th and it takes me ONE YEAR or more to get my body back. Breast feeding makes me sooo hungry. I am eating more than I was pregnant. HOW are you guys loosing all that weight? You were excercising at 2 weeks pp? I have very low iron so I have to watch myself, but still I am caring for my house and 5 kids. : That is a lot in itself. What are you doing to help get rid of those tummies?
Well, I may have only 8lb to lose to get to my pre-pg weight but that's not my ideal weight, I could stand to lose another 10lb or so beyond that. And even 5lb goes a looooong way on my petite frame.

I easily lost weight with dd but lost and then regained weight while bf'ing ds so I just don't know what my body will do this time.

I imagine my weight will continue to fluctuate until Audrey weans, I've been pregnant and/or breastfeeding for 6 years straight. I really don't know what my body will do when I'm done!
post #9 of 32
Just like with dd1, I gained 40 lbs this time, and just like with dd1, I lost about 20 just after the birth. So it's not really weight I've lost, but baby, placenta and fluids. I now have 25 to get back to where I want to be. I figure if I'm active I'll lose 10 over the next 6 months, but the last 10-15 won't come off until the baby starts solids and cuts back on nursing. That's what happened last time and the lbs just melted off.

But...my tummy is in bad shape right now. I look at least 5 months pregnant and I'm having a lot of pain. I have herniated intestines. I'm wondering if I'm going to have to have surgery. I really don't want to, ever, but certainly not until I'm done breastfeeding and that will be at least 2 years from now. I really don't want to be wearing maternity clothes for 2 years!! Someone suggested getting the DVD "Lose Your Mummy Tummy" for this. Any other recommendations?
post #10 of 32
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by robin4kids
Not trying to be mean, but I gained almost 50lbs, and although people tell me I look great, this is my 5th and it takes me ONE YEAR or more to get my body back. Breast feeding makes me sooo hungry. I am eating more than I was pregnant. HOW are you guys loosing all that weight? You were excercising at 2 weeks pp? I have very low iron so I have to watch myself, but still I am caring for my house and 5 kids. : That is a lot in itself. What are you doing to help get rid of those tummies?
I have no idea how it went away this fast! I'm as surprised as you are. I gained 28 pounds during the pregnancy. I'm not consciously exercising (a walk herre and there, but thats it). My experience with this is another aspect of pregnancy and birth that makes me marvel at how amazing the human body is.
post #11 of 32
nak...

i am slowly accepting my pp body.... i def. don't look as god asi did after my dd, tho it still took me easily 8 months or more to fit in reg. clothes. my hips totally spread out.

mantra- 9 m. on, 9m. off....
post #12 of 32
hi ladies-

i was about 25 pounds overweight when i got pregnant, was sick all 9 months so i only gained about 20 pounds or so, and it came off pretty quickly. in fact i'm 7 pounds below my ppw. now i just have to get off the original twnty pounds that shouldn't have been there in the first place!:

my main problem is my massive boobs - i just measured and i am now a F or G cup :

i can't fit any shirts over them, any ones that do fit are so fitted that you can totally see my nursing pads! i just want these huge beasts to go away! i've heard maybe around 3-6 months they go down a bit - what have others experiences been?
post #13 of 32
I can't take crdit for my weight loss-it really just came off. I didn't gain much and a lot of it was really pg related and went away on its own. I will hang on to about 10 lbs while I am nursing. my boobs stay big for about 3 months-for me its great because I am not usually very well endowed-so its sorta fun to look a little busty

I have been exercising though and I must confess I am using avons lift and tuck cream on my belly skin-it won't help stretch marks but it firms up healthy skin quite a bit and is cheaper than a lot of those tightening creams.
My exercising focuses maily on stretching-I had an aerobics instructor tell me that stretching is good for your skin and muscles. don't ask me why it works but I have followed her advice ever since about really leaning into my stretches until I feel the stretch in my skin too.
post #14 of 32
I finally looked up the reasoning...your hips spread so your pelvis can open properly during birth. Although the hips retract, they can never go back as tight as they were - so that its supposedly easier next time around (I only have one dc, so I can't say )

Same with your feet, they splay out to help you balance and can never go back to the same...sigh..

Hope that helps....
post #15 of 32
I'm back to my PP weight, but I only gained 14 pounds during pregnancy. I have no idea how that happened, since I ate very well (and heartily!) I was about 20 pounds overweight to begin with though. Nothing fits here either. I just ordered 2 pairs of drawstring shorts from LL Bean to tide me through the summer. I am so ready to get back to the YMCA, even if it's just to walk a mile around the track with Kirsten in the sling.
post #16 of 32
I've got about 13 pounds to go. I ususally loose the majority of my weight in the first 2-3 weeks, then plateau for a few months. It normally is completely off when I am done breastfeeding.
post #17 of 32
Ha ha, screw you guys, I have 35 lbs to go.
Nah, I'm really not bitter, but not even the SHOULDERS of my real shirts fit, let alone the boobs. Did my shoulders spread? Or do I just have too much back fat? In any case, my hips and waist are 6" and 8" respectively from their "real" measurements. It's gonna be a LONG time before I put on any real pants.
post #18 of 32
My advice is to buy some new clothes that fit you now, and not try to squeeze into something from another lifetime (before childbirth.) If you can't afford new clothes, then go buy some old clothes that fit you!
post #19 of 32
I got out my Zone handbook again to refresh my memory on the food combinations. Anyone used The Zone? I really like it because it's easy to follow and it's not at all about deprivation. I was surprised to find that it calls for 75 grams of protein a day for a woman, similar to what I was eating while pregnant, except for the last month. You're suppposed to eat about 15 g fat, 30 g protein and 60g carbs (1 part fat to 2 parts protein to 3 parts carbs) at each meal to get the right combo. I'm not going to stress about the individual meals yet, but see if I can get that basic ratio for the day. When you eat like that it's actually pretty easy to keep the calories lower, too, though the dr. that invented the plan doesn't care about calories, just what the food is doing to your insulin levels since you can't burn fat if you have too much insulin in your bloodstream.

Anyway, I highly recommend this plan and because it's good in protein and carbs it shouldn't have an adverse affect on your milk supply.
post #20 of 32
I am right there with most of you. A week after I had DS#1 I was zipping up my pre-preggo jeans - and was at my pre-preggo weight. DS#2 was born 12 days ago and there's no zipping up the jeans this time. I only gained 1 pound more this last pregnancy so I have no idea what's up this time. My boobs are also a full size bigger - which I don't mind too much b/c I usually don't have a whole lot. I was expecting, b/c of the amount of weight being the same, to be able to be in all of my old clothes again - but no such luck...
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