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Post-Pregnancy Weight Loss

Friday, July 15, 2011

Although I enjoyed being pregnant, I'm quite thrilled to be back on SparkPeople and working on bettering my health. I'm excited that it has taken me just one week to lose 24.5 of the 30 pounds gained during pregnancy. I give all of the credit to breastfeeding (after what was initially lost with delivery that is!)! Just 5.5 more pounds to go to reach the weight I was when I found out I was pregnant.

Unfortunately, I was heavier than I wanted to be at that point, so I'm using this new found motivation to towards an even healthier weight and set new goals.

I'm fortunate to be breastfeeding, which burns an extra 500 calories per day, but I also need to focus on healthy nutrition to maintain my ability to feed Jaeleigh adequately. Weight loss may not be the ultimate goal as of now, but looking moreso at overall health.

I have to say that after giving birth and just sitting around for about a week, I feel pretty weak. I feel as though I'm losing my strength and muscle mass as I sit, but still have some healing to do so I'm hesitant to get moving just yet. I do plan to start walking with Jaeleigh as soon as I feel ready and hopefully I'll be able to work back up to running sooner than later!

I'm temped to train for a half-marathon this coming fall, but I'm a little unsure just yet! :) If not this summer I will be doing my first next summer!
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  • CAH-RD
    So far Im finding it really easy to lose the baby weight, which is good. I'm in no way trying to diet since as an RD I know how important good nutrition and adequate calories are for breastfeeding (you burn about 500 extra calories per day while breastfeeding!!). I'm just eating healthy and sitting around a lot (still in some pain and bleeding quite a bit so haven't even started walking again yet). :) Either way it's working. Just a few more pounds to go to reach pre-pregnancy! I'm hoping the breastfeeding will help carry me to a better weight even below what I weighed when I got pregnant. I was a "healthy weight" per BMI but I was not comfortable around 130 at all - that's just too much weight on my frame and I felt really uncomfortable.

    Glad to hear about the half marathon training! I'm considering one yet this fall, but I'm not quite sure I'd have to start a training program in about 4 weeks and I'm not sure if my body will be ready for that. I may see how it goes though. I will definitely be doing one next spring if I don't this fall. :) I was just hoping to do a half this fall, then maybe a full next summer sometime.
    2318 days ago
    Congrats on your baby girl! Good job getting back on track. I found that with breastfeeding I was ALWAYS hungry (it has only gotten a little better as she has gotten older). I found it hard not to eat (and I needed to eat) so I found that it was really important to not have ANY junk anywhere near me. Take your time with getting back on your feet.

    So glad that you are back on Spark!!
    2318 days ago
    Congratulations on the birth of your baby! emoticon
    Welcome back to SP and to the half-marathon team! I will be running my first this October. After giving birth to twins, I couldn't even think about running. Now, 18 months later, I'm training for a half. It's amazing what the body will do! You can do it! Best of luck!
    2318 days ago
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