Hang in there! Congrats and is this your first baby? I am 7 months port partum and finally getting enough sleep. I think the lack of sleep may be part of the problem I had trying to lose weight. I got down 10 pounds then messed up. Give your body time to heal! I have always been told it took your body 9 months to grow a person, give it that long to heal back if not longer.
I have had 2 sections and have a horrible floppy scar belly. When I was pregnant with my last, I had 15 pounds to lose from baby after she was born, and still knid of starting out.
First off, Congratulations! I also had a baby this past July and gained 40 lbs in the process. About 23 came off pretty rapidly and then I stalled. I know that it helps me to remember that it took me 9 months to gain the weight. Currently I am trying to focus on staying active and eating healthy. I know that given time if I do this and don't cut calories too drastically the weight will come off. Slowly, but it will come off.
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You say your aren't exclusively breast feeding, which means that you do some feeds this way. You also do a lot of hard exercise. 1400 calories isn't enough to sustain you. You will need more calories than that.
Most women take longer than that to lose their weight after giving birth, UNLESS you happen to be a celebrity who pays for kick-butt, hard-arsed trainers, who drive their clients (generally far too hard!)
One thing that I would like to add to what the others have said is the impact of lack of sleep on weight loss. You have a newborn so you it is only natural that you aren't getting enough sleep and there isn't really anything you can do about that. Add to the lack of sleep, the stress of going back to work and all that means for a new mom. Give your body time to adjust to all it has been through. Keep eating healthy, drinking plenty of water and working out when you have time. Relax and enjoy your baby and don't put pressure on yourself to lose the weight....that only adds more stress and might lead to emotional eating. Believe me, as a mom of 5 (including twins) I know how discouraging it can be to not have your body spring back. But it will happen if you keep following the SP program of setting goals, healthy eating with occasional "treats", daily exercise, drinking water, support and tracking. Be patient. It took you 9 months to gain the weight (and as all new moms learn....most of it isn't the baby)....give yourself 9 months, at least to take it off.
If you don't love your body now, you won't love it after you reach your goal!!!
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10/9/13 2:55 P
Although I'm not a doctor nor do I have children but I think it bears mentioning that pregnancy is a HUGE upheaval to your body and personal lifestyle. It has been only 3 months don't be hard on yourself if you haven't found your new normal.
Body wise I have heard it said that hormonally it takes a woman up to a full year, yes 12 months for her body to get back to how it was before she got pregnant. Take a deep breath, relax and keep going..... just enjoy that baby and doing what you need to do food and exercise wise and in a few months your body may just "reset" itself from all that pregnancy hormonal upheaval and the upheaval of returning to normal after birth!!
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10/9/13 10:26 A
What you're experiencing isn't that unusual. Many women have found it difficult to lose weight after having a baby. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there will be weeks you don't lose. There will even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. the weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. it really could take 6-8 weeks to see a change in the scale. And that too is perfectly normal.
I know you've said that you've been trying to lose weight for the past three months, but you were also breastfeeding during that time. A woman shouldn't be worrying about their weight when they breastfeed. That's because dieting can effect the quality of the milk.
Also, I know that 1400 calories might seem like a lot, but it could be the reason you're not losing yet. Eating too little and exercising too much can hinder a person's weight loss, not help it. Why ? Let's say your burn 500 calories when you exercise for an hour. If you eat 1400 calories per day, deduct that 500 calories. That means on days you exercise, your body may only be netting 900 calories. That's not enough to keep an adult woman healthy.
Eating too little may cause your body to conserve fat instead of release fat. I know this is going to sound strange, but if you want to lose weight, you need to eat. While it's true that most Americans eat too much and need to eat less, the problem is that they are eating too much of the wrong food and not enough of the right food. quality of the food you eat has a huge impact not only on your health, but your waistline too.
What to do ? It sounds like you may need to eat more on days you exercise. Do you log your food choices ? If not, start logging. You may notice some areas that might need improvement. Logging your food provides a good visual.
Be patient with yourself and your body. Most of the spark moms will tell you that it took nine months to pack on the weight, it's going to take longer than nine months to take it off. That's the rather sad truth when it comes to losing weight after pregnancy. It does take a while.
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10/9/13 10:11 A
I had a beautiful baby boy in July 2013 but gained a tremendous amount of weight - 70 pounds! I always had problems with my weight, but with diet and exercise, I was able to maintain a weight of 150 pounds. I ballooned to 221 before I delivered. Now, three months later, I am 199 and am so very frustrated. I am having an incredibly difficult time shedding the pounds. I'm no longer exclusively breastfeeding - I never made enough milk and no matter how hard I tried. I went back to work at 8 weeks (so terrible, this country and its "maternity" policy, but that's a post for another day) and my supply is drying up, so I do not breastfeed much anymore.
I work out 4 days a week with a mix of cardio and strength training and am on Zone meal delivery at 1400 calories a day. I don't know what else to do, but the scale is NOT budging. I haven't lost even a pound in a month! I need help!
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