It’s a common refrain among women. “I was an average size, but then I had a baby and I haven’t been able to lose my pregnancy weight.” Unfortunately, it was a joyous pregnancy that started me on my journey to obesity. I had gained weight during the first years of my marriage, but was still in the average-range. At 5’10” tall, weighing around 190 pounds wasn’t ideal, but because of my height, I was able to carry some extra weight without looking terrible.
When I got pregnant with my first daughter, I went from the 190’s to the 270’s in just 9 short months. Every month when I visited the doctor for a check-up, the scale kept moving up and up. It’s normal to gain weight during pregnancy, but according to my doctor, it was not normal to gain 75 pounds.
After my daughter was born, I didn’t lose any weight. I tried, but nothing happened. Looking back, I realize I didn’t try very hard. In fact, I tried to lose weight by just waiting for the weight to fall magically off.
Babies, number 2 and 3, came along and so did an increase in weight. After the first 3 pregnancies, I weighed over 300 pounds. It was at that point that I lost 158 pounds.
I understand that it is frustrating to have weight to lose after the birth of a baby. I remember getting annoyed that my jeans and jumpers didn’t fit and that my body was different. After I lost my 158 pounds, I gave birth 4 more times. Each time, I gained weight. Some pregnancies I stayed within the 25-35 pound recommendation, but others – I gained more. After the birth of each child, I waited until my doctor gave me the “all-clear” signal and worked on losing my weight.
I worked to get back down to my pre-pregnancy weight 4 times in a row, and you can too. Check with your doctor and follow his recommendations. Then do what works for you. For me, I went back to keeping my fat percentage under 30%, began my exercise program anew and watched my portions carefully.
The important thing for me was to never give up on myself. I knew that I would feel better, look better and have more energy if I weighed what was healthy for me. I’d encourage you to work hard at getting pregnancy weight off. It doesn’t matter if your “baby” is now 3 years old – it’s never too late to get in shape!