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Someone on one of the threads described her pregnancy as all you can eat. Now she has all of this weight to take off and she is in her 30's. That describes me to a tee, however I have 60 pounds to take off. I ate really healthy during my pregnancy. I just ate a lot. Any tips out there how to take the weight off while nursing and everything else that comes along with having a baby? I feel like I put more weight on just from staying home all the time and being tied to the sofa nursing around the clock. My daughter is going to be a year next week and I am exercising, watching how much I eat, etc. but it is taking so long to drop this weight. Help!

Mon. Jun 12, 11:46am

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Just to comment on eating everything in sight when pregant....I've seen people who think that they have a pass to eat anything they want b/c they are eating for two. That is not true! Your developing baby needs so much nutrition, you should not be eating junk food and other crap, you need to fill up on the most nutritious food you can find. Eating lots of lots of veggies and fruit is great. A pregant woman should think to herself....would I feed my baby chips, soda, McDonalds fries or Starbucks frapachino? No, but that is what the baby is getting when the pregant mother eats that stuff.

Monday, June 12, 2006, 1:13 PM

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Just to clarify, I didn't mean that the OP ate badly, it sounds like you ate a lot of healthy food, and that's great. I wrote the above post in case other pregnant women are reading this and are confused by "all you can eat pregnancy".

Monday, June 12, 2006, 1:14 PM

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actually, I think the baby "steals" all of the good nutrients from anything you eat, and you are stuck with the bad ones. (With the exception of caffeine) But EVERYTHING in moderation. THere were times during my pregnancy that I could only keep down chips. Everything else came up, especially veggies. Seriously.

Monday, June 12, 2006, 2:20 PM

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Yes I did only eat healthy things which is not any different from my pre and post pregnancy life. I don't consume dairy of any kind and haven't since I was 4 yrs old. I am gluten free for 10 years now and I consume no coffee, etc. My husband and I make quality food a priority in our lives. Our daughter has only received breast milk and homemade organic purees. We don't even eat our because the quality of food is so poor most places. I think it is very lame for a woman to consume junk during pregancy, but there are a lot of them out there and they see nothing wrong with it. My issue is that I did not watch my portion sizes during pregnancy and post pregnancy now I have all this weight to lose and I have never had to diet in my life. Needless to say I am extremely overwhelmed.

Monday, June 12, 2006, 2:42 PM

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been there, done that... and back again!

My weightloss advice for a nursing, post partum mommy is the same I'd give anyone - - watch your calories and get enough exercise. Because you're nursing, your allowed/required more calories than a non-nursing woman, but the philosophy is the same regardless.
Maybe rather than staying home, you could join a gym with a daycare. I did that after my last baby and it was WONDERFUL. I got the exercise I needed while getting some much appreciated "me" time. But that can get expensive if you're going often - - which you'll want to do to get results!
If you only have the one child, stick her in a stroller and go for a walk or a jog. Tracks are great because you don't have to worry about traffic or uneven sidewalks.
You say your daughter will be a year old next week, but you're nursing around the clock? Does she eat any solids or are you breastfeeding exclusively? Maybe you're not tied as tightly to that sofa as you think. : )
If the weight is hanging on stubbornly, you may have to step-up your cardio. Are you getting enough?
As someone who successfully lost some stubborn baby weight (accumulated from three pregnancies) last year, and someone who is now 50+ lbs. into my 4th pregnancy, I'll be happy to share any advice/tips I can!


Monday, June 12, 2006, 2:43 PM

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Thanks for the tips. I do belong to a gym with daycare service. I just don't feel comfortable leaving her with a stranger. I leave her home with daddy and go to the gym myself. I was tied to the sofa the first six months. That is when I started packing on more pounds. I ate a lot because I didn't want my milk supply to go down and didn't exercise that much. Now she nurses 5-6 times a day. She is eating 3-4 solid food meals. I have bumped up my cardio big time. I know it is just going to take some time, but I thought I would get some advice from those wise women who have gone through it. Congrats on your 4th pregnancy. You are a trooper. Best of luck with the birth. I had a long hard water birth, but it was worth every single minute. Take care!

Monday, June 12, 2006, 2:56 PM

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ps (from tnt)

I'm not a "junk-food-junkie" but I'm definitely guilty of enjoying more than my share of treats (in addition to healthy stuff). But when it comes to extra weight, I don't think it matters how it got there if you just want it GONE.

Monday, June 12, 2006, 2:59 PM

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join our team!

it's called "Pregnancy - Before, During, and After!"

Monday, June 12, 2006, 3:09 PM

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When I was pregnant with my first baby, I ate all the junk I could - cake, cookies. I also thought I had a free ticket. I gained 70 lbs, was put on bed-rest for pre-eclampsia, but had a healthy 7 lb baby.

With my second baby I ate really well - lots of fruits and veggies. I only gained about 50 lbs, and had an 8 lb 15 oz baby!!
I think my second baby appreciated all the good nutrition I gave her - she sure did grow a lot more, and I grew less, than during my first pregnancy.

Monday, June 12, 2006, 7:15 PM

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Getting to your favorite shape

Nursing and post-partum can definitely be a challenge! There were a couple things I did that really helped me shed post-baby weight while nursing at about a 10 pound a month clip: Drink LOTS and LOTS of water! About 1oz per pound you weigh while nursing helps you stay well-hydrated, allows your body to break down fat and keeps your milk production up. Cardio is great, but I found that I needed to add weight training as well to get the amount of momentum up to get over the hump towards the end of the process. Don't be afraid to eat less. Your body, if you're already overweight, will pull calories out of storage for milk production, that's what it's there for!

Best of luck!

Monday, June 12, 2006, 9:41 PM

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it will come off

Hi!-It sounds like you already knew how to eat healthy before and you just go back to the way you were eating before you were pregnant. Still exercise... for you... take your daughter out on walks to a park with a baby swing and push her... you can even exercise while you do this, keeping your arms raised and wait for the swing to meet your hands...push and then bring them back up... and do squats or mini plies and butt clenches at the same time.
I actually pumped for the first 5.5 months because he could not nurse and then we managed to find our way... so I was tied to a couch for at least a year. When he was about 15-16 months old I started thinking about getting the weight off... and I was not at an ideal weight before. We are still nursing 3x a day and he is just over 2... and I am down 5 or so pounds past pre-conception weight.
Keep up with the prenatal vitamin and I second the water.. add some lemon concentrate to flavor it... or a straw will help you drink it and get it down.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006, 7:37 AM

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its great to breast feed if you can- this is the body's way of naturally getting back to pre pregnancy weight because it takes up so much energy; more energy than pregnancy in fact

Saturday, January 02, 2010, 6:40 AM

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Pregnancy is not a pass to eat more! When you are pregnant you do not need to increase calories at all the first trimester and then only 200-500/day the second and third trimester. That is an extra bowl of cereal or a sandwich, definitely not a whole lot!

Saturday, January 02, 2010, 11:39 AM

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