Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I lost, like crazy. I dropped back to my PP weight by 3 WEEKS postpartum (not a typo), and I'd gained a total of 27 pounds. (I was 13 lbs. down from my top weight by the time we got home from the hospital 3 days after my son was born.) And I just kept going down. Every time I got sick (flu-type stuff) and when I eliminated wheat from my diet, I dropped another 3-5 pounds that didn't come back.
Until I got a Mirena IUD at about 14 months PP. Then I started gaining. I thought it was stress at first, but then the stressors I was blaming cleared up, and I kept gaining. So I thought it was the change in my son's nursing habits, but my eating habits changed too, and I kept gaining. I finally figured out it was the da*ned IUD. I got it out 3 months before we conceived, so I didn't have much time to start going down again. I think my body is shedding excess fat storage *now* in response!
So, by the time I get home from birthing *this* baby, I may already be down 10 pounds from my PP weight, and I expect that within a few weeks I'll have dropped another 10 or so. At that weight (which would be around 170... I'm 5'2") I'll still have plenty of fat reserves for nursing ;-). Ideally, I'd love to see 150 again, or even 145 if I REALLY work at it!