What no one ever tells you about post-pregnancy weight loss

My baby is 10 weeks old. Here’s how the weight loss is going so far: I’m in-trouble. You see, for a girl who has been up and down with her weight since the teen years, I rocked weight gain in pregnancy. I totally shocked myself. I weighed myself a couple of days before I went into labour and I had gained 23lbs during the entire pregnancy. I’ve gained more weight in other times in life without being pregnant! I was so glad that being intentional about not using pregnancy as an excuse to eat like crap + working out paid off.

But now here I sit. 10 weeks post-partum and I’m experiencing what no one ever told me about post- pregnancy weight loss. The scale is going in the opposite direction that I want it to: I’m gaining weight post-partum!

Not even a week after giving birth, I weighed myself and much to my surprise….I had lost 18 lbs! I was *only* 5 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight. Wahoo I thought! But then taking care of a newborn kicked me in the butt. I made a whole bunch of frozen dinner meals while pregnant so at least we had healthy suppers to rely on. But there’s breaksfast and lunch people. And snacking. The hunger was so strong during those early weeks. I had to eat a snack in the middle of the night to keep going. And get this – a newborn doesn’t allot you the time to prep a healthy breakfast, lunch or snacks. So I was grabbing whatever was easiest to shove down my throat to function. Now the result is: I’ve gained 5 pounds. No big deal, right? Well, when you add that to the 5lbs I already needed to loose, we are now at 10lbs. We all know that losing weight isn’t a cake-walk (pun intended!). So if I could go back in time, I would have warned myself about stress and fatigue eating. I would have prepared better with QUICK and healthy breakfasts, lunches and snacks.

What no one ever tells you is that you can very easily gain a bunch of weight while on maternity leave. You have to be prepared for the reality that taking care of a baby will make it much harder to eat balanced and healthy meals. If not careful, you can seriously pack on the pounds while home taking care of your baby.

The first step to getting help is acceptance, right? So now that I’m aware of this reality, it’s time to come up with a plan to combat it. I’d like to reach my pre-pregnancy weight (if not losing more!) before I return to work (April 2015). Even if I may never lose some stomach flabbiness, I’d like to be happy with my diet and exercise level. I want to be healthy. Wish me luck. And now you can’t say that no one ever warned you about gaining weight after the baby arrives!

6 thoughts on “What no one ever tells you about post-pregnancy weight loss”

  1. I’m convinced one of the bonuses of adopting is skipping the pregnancy weight gain – but then I realize years of miscarriages resulted in weight gain anyways. But, the great thing is that I’ve been able to start losing that weight while we work through the adoption stuff, pre-baby in my arms – basically I’m using my time now to get back to my healthier old self.
    Anyways, what I’m trying to get at is that I appreciate that you realizing and sharing the danger in being at home with baby and putting on weight when you are simply trying to find something quick to eat – I hadn’t really thought about that side of things! I think I may just have to start making some freezer meals to help us eat healthy for the first few months when we are all finding and adjusting to the new baby routine and come up with some quick snack ideas so that we can turn to things like veggies instead of chips. Thanks for sharing this!! I really do appreciate it.

    1. Thanks for your comment! Yes, it’s a trap that anyone staying home and taking care of children could fall into (eating whatever is quickest instead of what is healthy). I love that you are working on getting healthy and losing weight now in the midst of the adoption process. And being prepared with some healthy frozen meals AND snacks will go a long way when you bring baby home. I’m sooo glad that I stocked our freezer with meals for dinner time but wish I had have thought of quick and healthy things to grab when sleep deprived. Thanks again for your comment 🙂

      1. If you come up with a list of great freezer foods and quick healthy snacks, I’d love to borrow it from you! I think this is a great way to help pass the adoption waiting time productively. 🙂
        Thanks again!

  2. I can totally empathize. I had talked to my doc too because I was so discouraged and she let me know that the sleep deprivation/irregular sleep patterns really play with our metabolism as well. The power of sleep! That’s helped me stress less as well knowing that I’m not entirely to blame for the slow weight loss. It’s just part of the package right now.

  3. You cannot lose weight when sleep deprived. Tackle the calories once baby is sleeping through the night. Until then, don’t stress the weight. Typically it takes 1 year to lose excess weight from pregnancy.

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