Join Date: Aug 2006
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I was lucky in the stretchmark department (none) and had 29-week preemies, so honestly the only sign that I had babies is the c-section scar tucked in my bikini line. I had gained 35 pounds at that point and dropped weight like a madwoman at first, but still found that it took 3 months or so before my hipbones and stuff went back to their normal places. I was wearing pants 3-4 sizes bigger than my usual just to accomodate that. One day everything suddenly went back into its correct spot and because of all the calories burned by breastfeeding, I was a skinny minnie until 18 months when I stopped. Now I'm around my pre-pregnancy size, maybe a few pounds more and a little softer in the belly. If I worked out ever that'd probably change.
The biggest thing I remember about my phsyical postpartum experience was the night sweats. They were horrendous. For weeks I soaked my jammies and bed every night. I started putting down bath towels under myself at bedtime and keeping extra jammies next to the bed, and then when I awoke wet I would just peel off the towel, dry myself off, and change into dry jammies. It was awful.
Betsy, mama to beautiful, strong MZ twins Lillian and Kate, born 11 weeks early on January 10, 2006.