Congrats on your new baby, SisterSparkle! I can't believe that you're back to exercising already! I didn't even feel like it until 3 months post-partum, but I think that the prolapse was part of that for me.
I just read your comments in the calorie thread too. I logged my calories here for a few days a couple of weeks ago, and I was coming in at around 1900/day. I'm guessing that may not be enough--wow! These past 2 weeks, I've gone spinning twice and gone for short walks (while carrying my LO in the Ergo) most days. He is just starting to have solids and still nurses quite a bit.
As I mentioned in my earlier post, I don't know why I am feeling so BLAH about my body. I have 3 amazing, healthy children, and with my two older ones, it did take almost a year to get back to my pre-preg weight.
I'm up for being your cyber-buddy, SisterSparkle, if you want to use the mail center on Spark or private e-mail to check in once a week--that's what I did with a Spark friend after DD #2, and it helped me to vent/stay on track.
I have a weak pelvic floor, but not a full on prolapse. I'm so sorry for you ladies who are dealing with that.
I have a 1 month baby and I'm itching to start losing weight.
I was so thrilled a couple of weeks ago because as the initial weight fell off I was only about 3 lbs away from my prepregnancy weight. Albeit I'm MUCH fatter and less strong. A lot of that weight used to be muscle and now is fat. Blah.
Then the next two weeks I've gained seven pounds back. How is that possible? I don't know. So I'm frustrated and annoyed, but just happy that I can start exercising now.
I weigh 150, my prepregnancy weight is 140, and I'd love to get down to about 130.
Self-discipline is remembering what you really want. - Pam Young
I just wanted to chime in too. :) I have not had issues with pelvic floor problems (yet) although a friend of mine did. She had surgery to correct it. It was tough on her until it was all fixed and healed up.
About the weight loss though, I've had 4 children so far and I found that losing weight after my first was *effortless* other than just staying away from desserts for awhile. After my 2nd, I had to put in a little effort, but it was not hard. After my 3rd however, wow, so different!, it took me a year before I started losing at all. Probably because with a baby and 2 other children to care for it was harder to be motivated or have the time to exercise. Eventually though, life slowed down a little and by the time my 3rd was 2 I was pretty close to my prepreg weight. After my 4th... this has been the hardest. I'm 38 and my metabolism has definitely slowed down. I would "work hard" in spurts. My working hard never yielded the same results as in my earlier years. But we get there. I had lost it all but then gained ten pounds back, which is why I'm here now.
This is a little winded, sorry, but my point is that although it might take you a little longer to lose the pregnancy weight this time, keep working at it as you can and eventually you *will* get there. Although, there's nothing wrong with weighing a little more than you did when you were in your 20's, lol, considering your are a nursing mom. After my fourth, and I was feeling soooo unattractive, I came across a documentary/movie that I watched over and over again because it reminded me of just how amazingly beautiful motherhood is. Maybe you would like to watch it to, to remind yourself that you are beautiful and feminine, no matter how much pregnancy weight you might have at the moment. The name of it is "Babies: The Movie" and I think it is still on Netflix.
Sunny--thanks for chiming in, and I'm so sorry to hear about your POP. This is not a club that I wanted to be in at all! I've had a pessary since March, and that's made life more bearable for sure. I've glanced at the website that you mentioned, and that's where I heard about the Hab-It Pelvic Floor dvd. I ordered it from Amazon, but I haven't even opened it yet. I want to try it, though. Apparently, you have to do strengthening exercises 20 min/day.
I co-sleep with my LO too... He likes to roll over and nurse, so he may be up more than 2x/night, but we are both half asleep during his nursing times, so that works for me! When I actually need to get up and go to the gym, it will probably be a different story. Maybe he can roll next to DH and stay warm until I get back, but I have to admit that he does like his little nibbles!
It's nice that you have such a long maternity leave! I also want to get into some good habits, so let's motivate each other! I am going to start logging calories again--just for the next several weeks--that's helped to keep me accountable in the past. I have to agree that adding calories is especially important while EBF. I am doing that and trying to keep up with my water too. It's been very hot this past week, so I've been guzzling my h20!
Trying to make my 40s the best decade yet!
current weight: 146.8
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Hey Ladies! I just wanted to chime in and say I just had my first baby girl on January 27th of this year and I also have POP. A little bit in all directions. And this was my first and I'm just 23! I'm hoping to get some kind of handle on it. Have you heard of wholewoman.com? I highly suggest browsing it and looking at all the info and support it has to offer. It talks about the surgery too and the success rate of that and how it is more of a hindrance than a help. I borrowed her book from a friend who is managing her prolapse through proper posturing if you can believe it! It shows that you can use proper posturing to manage and even reverse some prolapse in women. And amazingly about 70% of women these days have some type I prolapse (whether they talk about it or not) and having sex is very beneficial too *wink wink* I'm also looking into getting a Kegel Master (apparently kegelmaster without resistance do absolutely nothing). I saw a physiotherapist about my prolapse and she is getting me fitted for a pessary to hold everything a little more in place. They are practical and far less risky than surgery IMO. I'm trying to see my prolapse as a wake up call to pay closer attention to my body and what is going on with it. I'm starting a work out schedule on July 1st but I wish my baby only got up twice during the night! I have a EBF all night buffet attendant! So tiring! I am at my prepregnancy weight but I've always been overweight so to me I have a lot more work ahead I me. Still on mat leave until November so I have 5 months to get a good start on a work out plan and a healthier diet plan.
Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of those that matter the least. - Unknown
First off - Great job to all the breastfeeding mommys on here!! You are giving your child and yourself such a wonderful gift! That is definitely something to celebrate!
My 3.5 year old son recently weaned. I remember times when I thought it would never happen, but now that it has it seems so... empty. :( But I know that it will give me opportunities to love and snuggle on both my kiddos. :)
I always hear people say that breastfeeding is a wonderful aid to losing weight after baby, and I do agree that it can be. But, I also have found from personal experience and from listening to friends/family, that if you cut your food intake too much while nursing, it can often have the opposite affect and make you gain. So, I suggest getting plenty of food (300-500 calories more than if you weren't breastfeeding), but just make sure they are healthy foods. :)
Best of luck to all of you on your journey through breastfeeding and weight loss! Hugs!!
Thanks for your messages, ladies. My 4 y.o. said tonight, "Mommy, it looks like you have another baby in your tummy." Ack!
I need to figure out a routine for myself and stick to it. I am not a morning person, but I've been an early-morning exerciser in the past because it fits with my schedule best. I am going to aim for one morning/week 6 a.m. spinning class in the upcoming weeks. I am still doing my evening walks while carrying my LO (probably 18 lbs+ at this point), and I'm glad to be doing that.
Cherri--I would love to be your virtual fitness buddy! I am so sorry that you were dealing with prolapse too. Honestly, I never even considered that something like that could happen to me! I had never even heard of pelvic organ prolapse!
DH is traveling for work this week, so I cooked a bunch of things today so that I could take that off my to-do list for tomorrow and Monday. I work from home, and I need to squeeze in a few hours tomorrow if I can.
Trying to make my 40s the best decade yet!
current weight: 146.8
Fitness Minutes: (10,847) Posts: 39 6/19/13 8:18 P
I'm at work now so can't reply much now, but I just wanted to give you some hugs and let you know that you're not the only one experiencing this. I'm almost 12 months postpartum and I haven't been able to lose much weight. I didn't experience full prolapse, but I had severe pelvic floor issues and incontinence and it was awful. Really affected my mood and well being and I couldn't really exercise for months and months. Then at 5-6 months postpartum, things were finally getting better and I had to go back to work and then I couldn't and still can't find time for exercise. I'm about at my pre-pregnancy weight, but really want to lose 10 lbs and can't make it happen, but I will when I'm ready, which I think is now!!
Hang in there mama - and great job EBF your little one.
I'm about to celebrate 365 days of breastfeeding with my first!
I'm a long-time Sparker coming back to the boards after the birth of baby #3! I am ready to get back in gear.
While I am totally smitten with our new LO, my self-esteem and body image is at an all-time low. It didn't help that my OB said that my body is "never coming back." I'm 5 months postpartum, only 8 lbs over my preg weight, but feeling so BLAH! My pre-preg clothes don't really fit well--I am sporting the tummy pooch and muffin top. Let's not talk about my thighs and tush--egad. I feel stuffed into my pants and a bit dispirited!
Looking back over a private blog that I keep, it took me a year to lose my preg weight with my 2nd baby, so I don't know why I'm being so hard on myself. Part of the issue may be that I suffered pelvic prolapse @ 4 weeks postpartum, and I may need surgery to correct it. Has anyone else dealt with that?
I started taking short walks with the baby in the Ergo carrier, and I walk about 30-45 minutes most days of the week. I haven't been back to the gym yet, but I hope to get back in some sort of routine now that my older two are out of school.
Nursing is going extremely well--still EBF and will probably start solids here in the next few weeks. I'm sleeping okay (LO up 2 times overnight) too. I am eating very healthfully, though I think that I am overeating (lots of mindless eating, it seems).
Looking for advice/shared experiences/kind words--
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