So I just recently read somewhere that for each pregnancy you put on an extra 2-4 lbs permanently. When I got pregnant with my first I was already a little overweight and I never did get back to that weight between my other pregnancies, let alone a healthy weight. I'm wondering how true this claim is. Will I ever get to a normal weight after 5 pregnancies? According to this, that means I'll be 10-20 lbs over my original (already overweight) weight! For BTDT moms, have you been able to reach and maintain pre-pregnancy weight after your baby/babies were born?
There were quite a few moms on DS's BB who got back to pre-pregnancy weight. I got to 5 pounds above my pre-pregnancy weight (I did gain 40lbs with him ), but I am also still BFing. It's common for BFing moms to hang on to a few pounds while nursing. I still got back into my old clothes though. I really do think that the majority of moms can get back to their pre-pregnancy weight if they only gain the 25-35 pounds during pregnancy, and then eat healthy and work out after pregnancy. Also assuming there are no health conditions that have developed. I think it's unreasonable to expect to lose the weight by eating out and sitting on your butt ya know? The moms that got back down the quickest were those that got into bike riding, running, going to the gym, and don't eat processed foods often.
I did get back down to my pre-pregnancy weight after Pearl, and stayed there for over a year. But when we started really pushing to wean her (when she was about 2 years old), I immediately gained 5 lbs. That was in July of last year, and I still haven't been able to shake them.
I've also heard that it's much easier to lose the baby weight with the first baby than with subsequent ones. I have no idea if that's true or not (obviously I'm hoping it's not!), but I'm sure there's some variation between women.
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I gained the most weight with my 1st (went from 113, down to 108, then up to the 130's... at 4ft 9inches, thats probably more than I should have). In between my 1st and 2nd I only got down to 124. With my 2nd I gained around 15ish lbs, and got down to the 124 fairly quickly. There was only 9 months between my 2nd and 3rd pregnancy. With my 3rd I gained around 10 ish lbs, and was down to the 124 with in a week or 2 of having her. Then, I joined Weight Watchers. I was able to get back down to my pre any baby weight within 6 or so months. It definitely wasn't proportioned the same as before I had kids, but I did it. This time I am hoping to not gain as much as with my 1st, and then get into weight watchers right away. What I love is that you can do it even if you're Bfing (which I was after DD when I joined), you just get extra "points" per day
Women in my mom's family say that they think it's harder to lose weight after 2nd, 3rd, etc babies because you've got less time to devote to yourself and the exercise and healthy eating you need. Plus age does play a factor.
I never got back to my pre pregnancy weight after my DD, but I've always been overweight so I knew it would be a struggle to try to get back to where I was. I've had a lot of health issues too so I actually put on quite a bit of weight. But with this pregnancy I seem to be losing weight even if I do feel like I am pigging out. I'm down 14lbs so far...its weird!
I gained 47lbs with my first but lost all but 2lbs of it within 6 weeks of delivery. Gained 30 and lost it all fairly quickly after my second as well. Got within 5lbs of pre-preg weight within 2 months of having #3 (only gained 20lbs). Took longer after #4 and held on to another 3-4 lbs. Even harder after #5. I started this preg out 15-20 heavier than I was when I got preg with my 1st. Honestly I think it had more to do with getting older than anything else.
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