YOU are why I took a picture of myself every two weeks during my pregnancy, and every few weeks post-partum, with my second pregnancy.
After my first baby, I couldn't believe how "giant" I was post-partum, and it seemed like forever 'til I was back into my regular clothes (it was actually 3 months. It took longer this time. But realize: both times IT DID HAPPEN! As it will for you, too!)
And then, at about 9 months pp, I was underweight. So over the course of a year, I was back to my ol' sized self.
So this time, my second time around, I wanted to record the data, with photos, weight, and a tape measure, because I knew the data wouldn't cause dispair for me, but rather, comedy and encouragement.
Here are some stats for you:
40 weeks pregnant, I was 42 1/2 inches around my waist, 40 1/2 inches around my hips
36 hours post-partum, I was a waifly 38 inches around my waist, 40 inches around my hips
5 days post-partum, I was 35 inches around my waist (my non-pg HIP measurement, BTW) and 39 1/2 around my hips
6 weeks post-partum, still 35 inches around my waist, still 39 1/2 around my hips
(SO...from 5 days to 42 days post-partum, no inch movement!!)
12 weeks post-partum, I was 32 1/2 inches around my waist, 38 1/2 around my hips
Now at 9 months post-partum, my waist is 27 1/2 (2 1/2 inches to go) and my hips are back to non-pg 35.
That said, my non-pg yet 35 inch hips feel wider, even though they would not appear to be, given that the numbers are the same. So Amy, I don't know if your hips moved or not (you would've had the same pg hip-widening hormones all pg women have, regardless of method of birthing) but my guess is mama, you've just got a booty! Like I did!
I hated feeling frump-tacular during my first post-partum. This time around, I was 39 weeks pregnant, at the mall, trying stuff on, so I could have a few new things that fit, just for my post-partum. It was a huge esteem-booster, to have non-maternity clothes to wear, THAT FIT.
"Give it a year", as these wise women say, and I'll add: it took 9 months to put on, it'll take 9 months to come off.
I also think it's unneccesary for a woman to 'work' at getting the weight off until a year has passed....lactation burns 500 calories a day, while sustaining a pregnancy requires a mere 300 extra calories a day.