But thankfully, the rest of the weight pretty much fell off over the next 6 months, despite me not doing anything to help it come off (ie, diet or exercise). The biggest thing that helps me weight-wise is to get OUT of maternity clothes ASAP, even if it means getting clothes in a bigger size than I'd like to wear. Then as I lose weight, I go back toward the regular clothes, if I ever get there. By wearing clothes that fit, rather than sticking in maternity clothes for several months (did that with my first), I look a LOT thinner, and it gave me more self-confidence, even though I wasn't necessarily the right number on the scale.
Mama to Tornado Boy (6/04), The Brute (11/06), and Mischief (05/09)... expecting in February '15
The biggest thing that helps me weight-wise is to get OUT of maternity clothes ASAP, even if it means getting clothes in a bigger size than I'd like to wear. Then as I lose weight, I go back toward the regular clothes, if I ever get there. By wearing clothes that fit, rather than sticking in maternity clothes for several months (did that with my first), I look a LOT thinner, and it gave me more self-confidence, even though I wasn't necessarily the right number on the scale.
No woman should hide in sweats or baggy dresses.
I'm crunchy... Like a Dorito.
Mama to Sprout 4.09 and Bruises 7.11 handfasted to 9.07
With my 2nd, I gained 40 lbs and lost about 20 of it within the first week or so, (he was 8lbs 8oz)but then I stalled for a while. I had to do WW and exercise quite a bit to lose the rest of it, and it took an extra month or so longer than the first time.
I lost 15# the first day with the first three, ant the rest over a year.
With my last baby, number 4, I lost nothing. I was older, and more sedentary.
"The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it." ~ George Orwell
3.5 years later, still haven't lost one pound of the additional 20! (But the good news is, I haven't gained one either... the scale needle seems like it's taped to 140).
Homeschooling mama to 6 year old DD.
With dd1 I lost 10 pounds at the beginning of that pregnancy, then I gained 30 by the time I gave birth, then I lost 15 of that after I had her. Then I gained 10 of that back in the months following :
With dd2 I lost 12 pounds at the beginning and then gained 15 by the end, and then lost 30 immediately following her birth. I call her my miracle child because giving birth to her effectively wiped out all of my baby weight from her and her sister.
But now that dd2 hardly nurses anymore I am gaining it back . I have to start working out again.
I was 10# over my pre-pg weight when I had Evan and that's all I lost. I had no amniotic fluid at that point though so I'm sure that had something to do w/ it. I did lose another 20# in the next year though.
I was 20# over my pre-pg weight when I had Ilana and I lost 15# by 2 wks pp. Then I gained it all back in that first year! Yikes!
FTR, the kids were 7#3oz, 7#8oz, and 7#2oz.
I'm about 9# over my pre-pg weight now and baby will be here in the next 3 wks so we'll see what happens then.
Jennifer, LPN and nursing student, Doula, CPST, and VBAC mama x3 to
AJ (5/03), Evan (12/04), Ilana (11/06), Olivia (2/09), and Unity (8/2012)
Mama to DS (6/07) , DD (6/09) , and DD (07/12) ..
After ds1, I was within 5-10 pounds of pre-pregnancy weight when I left the hospital (5 days pp) and had lost all of that within about 3 months (breastfeeding, I think).
With my others, I was within about 5 pounds of pre-pregnancy weight when I left the hospital (3 days pp, 3 days pp, and 2 days pp). I never did take off that last 5 pounds each time, so I was up a little when I got pregnant this time. I'm trying to stay on top of it this time, although Christmas didn't help, and start exercising a little more aggressively once I've recovered from the surgery.
Lisa, lucky mama of Kelly (3/93) , Emma (5/03) , Evan (7/05) , & Jenna (6/09)
Loving my amazing dh, James & forever missing Aaron Ambrose (11/07)
The weight of the baby, placenta, amniotic fluid etc. plus the fluid you retain throughout your body esp your legs/feet, which diminishes more or less fast after you give birth.
Of course this would vary for every woman, but for me that was pretty much correct.
I only put on about 20-25 lb so I was back to my pre-pg weight when I got home from hospital.
Mommy to DD born August 2008
Mama to 6.5
I am the same way! I gained 70 with my last 2, and I am at 60 lbs up right now. After each birth I lose more than 30 lbs in the first week and I always lose the rest in about 8 more months, more or less. My babies are just under 10 lbs.
Last time, I gained 35 lbs. After my 7 lb 4 oz baby was born, I was only down 10 lbs. : I'm not even sure how that's possible.
this happened to me with my first birth... I swelled so much during/after the birth and labour that I gained while I was in the hospital and had that much more to loose! ugh!
Mom of three - (2.5 yrs, 7yrs, and 11yrs). Birthing Doula, editor, and wife to my soulmate. I've had a c/s, hospital VBAC, UC and not yet decided what I'll do about this next little one
Typos+weird words=typing on my iPhone
I decided not to really monitor my weight afterward. We don't own a scale, but I did weigh a few times at other people's homes/doctors' offices. The weight came off very slowly. It took about a year and a half (hm, about the time we decided to have another! haha), but I didn't really make any serious effort. I exercised a little, ate well and figured my body would do what it wanted/needed.