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Why won’t this baby weight come off?!?

I’ve always been very skinny with a high metabolism (pre preg was 118lbs and 5’4″), I gained about 35, and still have 11 of it to lose and I’m 5 weeks post partum. I can only do light exercise, though was given the go ahead to do some jogging as well cause I’m all healed up, so I run about 3/4 a mile a day now and occassionally go to the gym or go for a walk. I eat pretty healthy, and limit myself to maybe 1300-1400 cals. In the past 3 weeks I have only shed 1 lb. Ugh I feel like I’m killing myself and getting nowhere. And I want to hurt people that say it took 9 months to put it on it will take 9 to take it off, because I’m sorry losing just over 1 lb a month isn’t much and I felt I could do better than that. My goal was 1 lb a week (a very reasonable expectation or so I thought), but that’s not happening and I don’t know why? What is up with my body? Anyone else with the same prob? (I know the routine to loose weight as I was very active pre pregnancy, do cardio and lots of it, plus fewer calories= weight loss, not rocket science) I’m very quickly loosing my motivation as well? How can I keep myself trudging along?

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5 Responses to “Why won’t this baby weight come off?!?”

  1. Stacy D said :

    if you are nursing, your body can hold on to that last 10 pounds for baby and you shouldnt limit calories as you need it to create milk to nourish baby along with yourself!

    if you are not nursing then it will come off with time. some people can take a year or more to get it off, be relieved that you only have 11 more to go!

  2. Mrs. D Jake's Mommy 3/11/10 said :

    I know, you don’t want to here this, but it will take some time. The last few pounds are the hardest to get off. I gained 40lbs with my son…he’s 6 1/2 months, and I still have 4lbs to lose. Just keep eating healthy and exercising, it will come off.

  3. Cindy H said :

    I am 4 months post partum and was just a little heavier than you going into by pregnancy (around 128 lbs, also 5’4″). I am just now getting to the point where my pants are fitting better. Pretty much everything is back to the way it was except my breasts and belly. I don’t think it takes everyone 9 months but 5 weeks would be really fast to be losing a lot of weight. It is going to take more time than that. Plus, things have stretched and shifted and it just takes a while to get back to normal. I don’t mean to make you mad, but it seems like you are way too concerned with this. Relax a little and give it time, let yourself get rested up and be healthy. You will get your body back though!

  4. Ellen said :

    The baby weight won’t come off because you are only 5 weeks postpartum. Please give yourself a little time. Your body is still going through many hormonal fluctuations. And I am not sure that limiting yourself to only 1300-1400 calories is the best ting for you, especially if you are breastfeeding.

    if you are breastfeeding, go back to your normal pre pregnancy diet with 200-500 extra calories a day. Losing 1 pound per week is reasonable, but not more than that. The food should be high quality protein, fresh fruit and vegetables, and whole grains, as well as dairy products (or a good calcium supplement in sufficient quantity).

    Our bodies put fat pads on the arms, hips, thighs and stomach to be used up during breastfeeding. Studies show that women who breastfeed have a smaller hip circumference at 6 months than women who do not breastfeed.

    Eat well, jog or walk with the baby, and give yourself a little time, and you will be closer to your goal
    very soon. And don’t forget to enjoy your baby.

  5. Shawn Gel said :

    You don’t need to go into calorie counting because that’s not effective for the long run. Try the Diet Solution Program and see if it works out for you. As for motivation, buy a hypnosis program for that.


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