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#1 of 21 Old 02-02-2007, 11:18 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I gained 50ish pounds and am down 30 already. My mw says not to expect to be back to my pre-pregnancy weight until the fall. That seems like a really long time to me, and at the rate I'm losing now (a couple of pounds a week) I'll be back to my normal weight in a few months. If I'm eating well and babe is gaining weight, is there any worry to losing weight on the quicker side?

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Not in your ddc but with my first I gained oh.. about 65lbs. I lost 30lbs within the first month. The rest was rather hard for me to take off. I was exercising, eating well, and BFing. It probably took me almost 1 year to take it all off. Everyone is different. MY best frien gained 55lbs and was back to pre-pregnancy wt within 6 months. Good luck
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It is very important to be eating a healthy diet and not worry so much about the weight. It is NOT okay to be dieting right now because of you being a lactating mother.
If you loose to much too quickly- I did- and it ended up I had a thyroid problem which is common after pregnancy.
You lose alot just by having the baby- placenta and waters leave your body.
I lost 30 in my first week also after ds.
Don't worry about it now. Eat good- exercise with reason and enjoy your new baby.
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I gained 60lbs. with DD and lost 30 in the first few weeks and the remaining 30 in about 6 months. I've read, 9 months up, 9 months down. I'm loosing it much slower this time, which I suppose reflects the fact that I swelled alot with DD and not with this pregnancy.

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DD will be a year old in 2 weeks and I still weigh what I did when I was 9 months pregnant... I lost 20/30 lb. within a month and thought I could eat whatever I wanted because I was breastfeeding. LOL I'm working out 3x/week now to start losing the weight. I'm interested to hear about what is "too fast". I've lost 5 lb in a month. (yay!)

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There is reason to lose slowly while BFing. Losing too much too fast (more than 1.5 lbs/wk after the second month according to the link below) can effect your supply and health, plus some studies show an increase in toxins in the milk as a result of rapid loss.
http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/mo...eightloss.html

With ds I gained ~60, lost 20-25 by 2 weeks PP then it took about a year to 15 mo to lose the rest. I ate ok but not great and didn't do a ton of exercise. This time I gained about the same and have already lost 30. I hope I can lose the rest in closer to 9 months than 15. We shall see

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With dd (1st baby) I gained about 35. It took almost a year and a half to get back to pre-preg weight, never did get back to a figure I liked.

This time I gained about 50, and was below pre-preg weight by 1 week postpartum.

I've decided for me there is no time frame!
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I gained the same this pregnancy as I did with my first--just over 20lbs. The weight came off quickly both times (I'm only about 5lbs up at 3wks pptm) but my body wasn't back just because the weight was off. I totally agree with the "9 up/9 down" thing. That's about when my shape was back to "normal".
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thanks for the link bleumoose. very informative!

It turns out that moderation is the key to good parenting.  Too bad we aren't allowed to talk about that here.

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Thanks for the responses--just to clarify, I'm not looking to lose weight quickly--I'm more concerned about what's safe for the baby and me. I really appreciate your experiences and insight!

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If I'm eating well and babe is gaining weight, is there any worry to losing weight on the quicker side?
i don't think there is any reason to worry if you drop it sooner than she thinks you will. every body is different. i gained 30 pounds during preg and immediately following birth, i was down 15. The other 15 came off in about 8 weeks and I was eating really healthy, drinking lots of water, and taking it easy. I am 5 months pp now and below my pre preg weight, but i think it's because I lost a lot of muscle while preg and i'm working on slowly gaining it back. your body will do what it needs to...it might store the fat, or it might burn it..
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With ds#1 I gained 25 pounds. At my 6 week pp apt I had lost 20. The last 5 didn't come off until ds weaned.

This time I gained 30. Ds#2 is now a little over 3 weeks old. So far I've lost 22 pounds. I expect I'll loose most of the rest and hold 5 again.
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I agree that it is important to hold onto a little fat, both for the toxins reasons, and as a store of energy for BF. I found (as have my friends) that when you are about 18 months PP, you are slimmer than you have ever been! At that stage, Baby is still nursing a lot, and you are at your most active. Well, that is what we found, anyway.

I haven't weighed myself yet (too scared!) but, I am just eating very well (although it is a lot -- I am also nursing my toddler), and I am going to start exercising again as soon as the bleeding stops. Like another poster, I think I have lost a great deal of muscle.

I am so eager just to fit into my old pants!

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Thanks for posting this, Meg -- I've been wondering the same thing! Like you, I gained 50 lbs and a little over a week post partum, I'm down 30. Looks like these 20 lbs will be here for a bit at 1.5/week or so.

What's bothering me a bit is that I liked to wear my maternity clothes a bit on the tighter side because I loved showing off my baby belly. Now... not so much especially because I think my uterus is still enlarged. I'm not sure though -- still a hard area surrounded by mush. I expect it'll all turn to mush soon. I'm going to ask at Anna's check-up this week (her ped is my midwife/naturopath).
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I gained 40 lbs. this time around. I have lost 23 and want to lose about 30 more. I've started working out 5-6 times a week until I go back to work and have started a low carb diet. I have lost 5 lbs in the last week - I have to slow it down b/c I am bfing.
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as my dr told me, it takes a year to put it on, it takes a year to take it off, i gained 70 w/all 3 of mine... it took almost a year w/the first two, i'm hoping it will come off quicker this time!
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If you are exercising and eating well, then still give yourself 9 months.

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I never really weighed myself after having my first dd, but I could fit in my prepreggy clothes at about 4 or 5 months pp.
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I gained about 47lbs this time and 42lbs last time. I am down 30lbs now, which is what I did last time. Took until dd1 was 14 months old before I was back down to pre-preg....then a week later I found out I was pregnant again...funny how that works.
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I gained 25 lbs with each of my pregnancies... I started out this one at 136. I weighed myself this morning (Midori is 18 days old) and I'm back at 136. Eating well... nursing keeps me hungry!

I agree this is no time for dieting... eat well, and eat good amounts if you are nursing! Your body needs the extra calories to make that wonderful milk for baby!
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You will be "postpartum" for the rest of your life....
that's what my MW says.
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