Thursday, December 18, 2008

Weighing In- Part 2

The female body truly is amazing. I never really realized this until I pushed out a 9 lb. 5 oz. baby out of my Hoo Ha 6 weeks ago. Being pregnant truly was awesome but labor itself, even more amazing. I know, it was so freaking painful I thought someone had started a fire in my abdomen and back, but it was still cool. But I am getting away from the point of this post (well, it's not really a point, but the Birth Story is a whole other post).

I gained 35 lbs. during pregnancy, perfectly normal for my pre-pregnancy weight. Towards the last couple of weeks I was getting very bloated and full of fluids. Once I got home from the hospital I had lost 20 lbs. A couple more days and 5 more were off and I have slowly but surely been losing the weight since. I weighed myself this a.m. and I am only three lbs. away from my pre-pregnancy weight which I figured was pretty much the same since my milk jug boobs have probably added 3 lbs. Anyhoo, I have not been dieting and probably am eating more now than when I was pregnant. I ate extremely healthy and rarely splurged on ice cream, etc. when preggers so maybe that had something to do with it.

So basically I am almost back to normal except for my hips which might be a bit wider now, which I am totally okay with. I also need to tone my abs too but have been kind of waiting (also using as an excuse) until I got the "go ahead" on exercise from my OBGYN at the 6 week post appt., which she now has done. So that is that! I am very lucky that I lost the weight so quickly. But I also was very diligent when pregnant not to eat whatever I wanted and really focused on healthy things. Plus I exercised which I know had something to do with it. Oh yeah, I believe breast feeding is a big part of it too since you are burning tons of calories.

So at my family's Christmas party this weekend I plan on celebrating the bounce back (in my pre-preggers jeans) by putting down the carrot sticks and drinking a glass of bubbly and nibbling on not just one or two stuffed mushrooms and cookies, but heck I might even get crazy and have three....or four.


Multi-tasking Mama said...

Hmmm, 35 pounds. Thats the same I gained...... x 2. I have never gotten back to pre-prego weight, I have held a consistent 10 pounds. I did get back into my old jeans though, which is weird.

This time, I am not going to be a jolly prego eating machine. So that I can also bounce back and enjoy my skinny jeans.

Christy said...

With Porgie, I bounced right back to my pre-pregnancy weight too. And then 6 months later, I had gained nearly 30 pounds. Ugh. I think I was suffering from a little bout of depression, and I ate my way through it. Two months later, I found out I was pregnant with Izzy. But a year after Izzy's birth, I am only 5 pounds away from my weight before I had Porgie. Honestly, it has been really tough losing all the weight. I wish I had been smart about it - like you!

MarvelousMOM said...

How amazing. There is hope. While I haven't been exercising, I have been very active. I don't eat ice cream all the time, but have been giving into some of my chocolate cravings which I should probably stop. All I know is this makes me feel good! I hope this is the same for me.

Jiff said...

I gained 17 lbs, which was good considering I was overweight to begin with. I lost all of it plus 10 lbs by my 6 week checkup. That was nice. I did indulge in whatever I wanted while prego and have lost a few more lbs. Still overweight, but it's a process, right? And now I just don't care because I have a beautiful baby!! :) Seriously, though, you look amazing. The body IS an incredible thing!

Lindz said...

So I didn't have a baby but I am jumping on your holiday band wagon because I have been naughty of late. Good for you chica, you should be so proud of yourself!

Jeninacide said...

You're awesome! I gained about 37 pounds but I totally ate WHATEVER I WANTED. I ate all day long and even in the middle of the night. I ate more than my husband and I cleaned my plate no matter how huge the portions.

So, yeah, for me it was 9 months up, 9 months down... but still glad to have THAT behind me! Whew!

Oh- and have recently learned that a GREAT way to lose an EXTRA 10 pounds is to contract appedicitis. Not that I am recommending that one to friends, or anything.