Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I get depressed EVERY time I step on a scale.... not necessarily because of the number, but because the number NEVER CHANGES! How do you lose those last 5 pounds from your pregnancy?!? Where is the magic secret? HELP ME!!!!
Okay, so enough with the dramatics and I'll give you a bit of background. I am the mother of two. I gained A LOT of weight with both my pregnancies (which I'd also like to know the magic secret for not gaining a lot of weight while pregnant - I ate fruits, vegetables, and crackers while I was pregnant and I'd like to know how I gained 37 pounds in 37 weeks; but that's another post). But, I managed to lose all the baby weight within almost 3 months after I had my first baby (a few extra pounds hung on, but when she was 6 months old I was back to pre-pregnancy weight). My kids are just over two years apart, so I know that when I got pregnant for the second time my body was back in shape and I was at my target weight. So I figured that losing the weight would be easy again. It hasn't been..... Right after I had my son I was so HUGE (and I was pretty thin after my daughter was born so that was a bit of a shock) and even 3 months later I still had 15 extra pounds! He is 8 months old now and I still have 5 pounds, and have for the last 3 months.... it's starting to worry me that those last 5 pounds aren't going anywhere. I don't think I want them around for a permanent house guest.
The other problem is that I'm still nursing. I am VERY hesitant to diet because it can cut back on milk supply. In addition to that - I have extremely low blood sugar when I am pregnant or nursing, so if I don't eat every few hours I feel like I'm going to pass out. That makes cutting back on calories almost impossible.
I do exercise every day. I walk or ride my bike with my husband in the evening, and I walk for an hour almost every morning (I don't run.... that's true).
Now, don't worry I'm not anorexic! :) I don't feel like I'm fat, and all my clothes fit (except SOME of my tops.....) plus I get told quite often that I look like I've lost the weight. So, no worries - I think I'm pretty thin. The problem is that I'd like to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight because I don't want to gain 5 pounds each time I have a baby. Since I'm planning on having several more kids I don't think that a grand total of 20 extra pounds would be very exciting... for anyone. I'm really not complaining, I just need some advice. Make sense?
So help me out!
How do you lose that pregnancy weight?
How long does it usually take you to lose the weight?
Do you diet?
Do you exercise?
How is losing weight different when you are nursing?
Labels: Pregnancy and Nursing