I thought it might be different this time, but here I am again. I am now 13 wks postpartum and I feel hungry all the time. I've gained 5-6 pounds in about 1 week and now I am fighting weight loss again. This is my third pregnancy and like all the others I lost all my pregnancy weight by 4 wks postpartum (usually by 2 wks). However, each time I have gained it all back within time, so now I am stuck with an extra 30 lbs on my body and trying to lose it while I am breastfeed a newborn and my 2 yr old (25 months). I am not depressed, but I feel like eating sweets all the time and I feel ravished, so I am wondering how to counteract that. I have begun to workout, so I hope that will help. Perhaps some of you have encountered this too and have some suggestions. Thanks so much! I would really like to lose the weight. I know it is normal to retain some weight if you are breastfeeding, but 30 lbs. is ridiculous. :-)
This happened to me as well and it turned out to be thyroid disease. For a long time it was "subclinical" meaning it did not show up on bloodwork, then it got so bad it did show up. I would lose all the weight and then some right away, then by the time baby was a few months old I would be heavier than my delivery weight! Super frustrating, I hear ya!
PS: the sweets craving could be candida/yeast. Look into oil of oregano for that. HTH!!
Thanks for the link. I feel like I wrote it. People have always been surprised to hear that I didn't gain my extra weight during my prenancies, that it was always the first 30 days after. I always lost all the pregnancy weight and more in the first few days two weeks max. Then a mointh later I needed new clothes because I'd packed on so much weight. Always 30 lbs. and I don't gain any more, no matter what or how much i eat. Until the next pregnancy. I've had 5. I am so eager to explore this for myself! Thank You!
Very interesting! Thanks so much. I had no idea the cravings could be associated with candida. I have oil of oregano on hand, but I have to be sure if I can use it while breastfeeding. I'll definitely look into the thyroid, although I think it may be more of the cravings and hormonal problem. This time I am losing the weight and only a couple more to go to get back to pre-partum weight. Then to work on the other 30 lbs. I think it is going to take a huge commitment like it did to regulate my diet during the last pregnancy. Thanks so much!
I have the weight gain and sugar cravings too so I looked it up on Kelly's mom. Oil of Oregano is not recommended for nursing moms.
My midwife told me while I was pregnant that my sugar cravings meant I needed more protein. Maybe that was just because I was pregnant, but you could try boosting your protein intake and see if it helps?