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Weight gain 12 weeks after birth

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SteadyFreddie Sat 16-Dec-17 09:37:38

Apologies as I know this has been done to death, but I’m feeling very down about my weight.
I gave birth 12 weeks ago and am a stone heavier now than I was pre pregnancy.
I’m breastfeeding (7 feeds per day) plus supplementing with formula as and when needed. I’m walking 2-3 miles each day.
I’m also eating healthily.

I just don’t understand why the weight is not shifting. Yes; I’m so grateful to have a beautiful son, but the flip side is I am spending all my time with him, feeling fatter and more awful in myself as time goes on. Im exhausted and I look dreadful.

I’d really hoped to get rid of most of the weight by Christmas as I didn’t want to add to the usual festive weight gain. But I’m still in my tired old maternity clothes.

I don’t want to get obsessive or lose sight of the bigger picture, but this makes me feel really down.
I’m 5ft 6 and now 10 stone vs 9 stone pre preg.

Esc2C Sat 16-Dec-17 09:41:36

It can be really hard to lose weight whilst breastfeeding. For some people it falls off but I found, as did my friends with babies of a similar age, that it didn't. My GP said your body holds on to fat reserves to ensure you have good quality milk. I did however fined it easy to lose once I stopped. Keep up the eating healthily and exercise and then when the time comes to stop you'll probably get a happy surprise! I obviously am not encouraging stopping early to lose the weight, just saying it may well happen quickly when the time comes.

scaredofthecity Sat 16-Dec-17 09:43:14

Be kind to yourself it takes a while, some lucky people loose it all straight away, but for most of us that last stone isn't that easy.
I found it a lot easier once I started weaning as my baby wasn't quite as dependant on me for calories, then the last bit dropped off without too much effort.
It's still only been a few months, it will come

NEmum Sat 16-Dec-17 09:46:48

It will take a bit of time & it's really easy to get fed up especially when you want to get back into your old clothes!

How much weight did you put on during pregnancy?

I put on 28 lbs, lost this within 5 months ( I breastfed & walked but ate whatever I wanted as was so sleep deprived...), after another 5 months I'd lost another 12lbs without trying at all. In my experience it came off really slowly but has stayed off. I am the slimmest I've been in years but hardly appreciate it as it doesn't seem that important anymore!

So I'm sure it will happen but it won't happen overnight...but do be kind to yourself x

happychange Sat 16-Dec-17 09:48:23

It took me about 9 months to get back to my pre pregnancy weight.. which I guess makes sense as it takes about the same time for you to have gained the weight

I slowly dropped about 2-3lbs a month, much slower than I would have liked but it did happen

It’s so hard and you feel like crap because you can’t wear nice clothes. sad

I think all these pictures of supermodels bouncing back to their old bodies in weeks are so unrealistic. Maybe they have good genes or maybe they had a tummy tuck, who knows

Be kind to yourself, it will happen

SteadyFreddie Sat 16-Dec-17 10:02:28

I don’t know the amount I put on as I stopped weighing myself 20 weeks in to the pregnancy. I had put on 15ib at that point.

I last weighed myself two weeks ago and was 4ib lighter than I am today.
(I don’t weigh myself often)

I’m so tired and I’m making such an effort to eat healthily and get out for long walks. I just feel so frustrated and ugly in myself.

NEmum Sat 16-Dec-17 10:22:10

@SteadyFreddie it's really hard when you want to feel like yourself again, so I can totally empathise...I do think it just takes time. I was getting frustrated as I felt like I wasn't losing/was stagnating so I stopped weighing myself. I left it a few months then was shocked to see how much weight is actually lost!

Try to step away from the scales for now & don't punish yourself with food. Remember your hormones will still be going crazy so it's not surprising you might feel like this x

yikesanotherbooboo Sat 16-Dec-17 12:29:31

I'm sorry that you are feeling like this . To me it sounds as if you are low in your mood and that fretting about a small amount of weight gain very soon after your pregnancy is a symptom of that. Please try to enjoy these weeks and your first Christmas with your child. If you remain low, talk to your supporters. Forget the weight , it will sort itself out.

SteadyFreddie Sat 16-Dec-17 13:10:51

No, I’m not feeling low at all - just really tired and frustrated that the weight isn’t shifting. I love being a mummy, but I don’t feel comfortable with being this big. That’s all,

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