Help me keep the baby weight off!
July 30, 2010 1:50 PM Subscribe
I'm 25 weeks pregnant, and so far in this pregnancy, I've lost
thirty-one pounds, going from 275 to 244. Help me brainstorm ways to maintain this weight loss after the baby gets here.
posted by KathrynT to health & fitness (20 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
First off, my midwife is not particularly concerned about this weight loss. I did this in my last pregnancy too, though I gained a lot of it back in the third trimester, coincidentally about when I learned that the local pizza joint would deliver ice cream. I continued to lose weight while I was exclusively nursing, down to about 55 pounds below my pre-pregnancy weight, but as soon as we started introducing solids, it allll came back on, and brought along 15 new friends.
There are some things that are different in this pregnancy. First, my hypothyroidism is finally well controlled; that got into the clinically normal range literally one month before I conceived this baby. Second, due to a grey-area glucose test, I'm on a carbohydrate-modified diet. I actually had begun restricting sugar even before the GTT, though, because I'm also off my antidepressants and I find that I can get about 70% of the way to normal just by avoiding sugar.
It's much, much easier for me to control my sugar intake for mood reasons than it is for health reasons. For whatever reason, "If I eat this, I will want to kill the whole world in three hours" is more meaningful than "If I eat this, I will be incrementally fatter for the rest of my life." And, indeed, I'm making a plan to stay off my antidepressants. . . but NOT during the immediate post-partum period, because that's not the time to be toughing anything out.
My husband and I have already come up with the idea of spending the cash on a month's worth of personal training for the month we start solids with the little one. But my worries are that during the insatiable nursing hunger, I'll slip back into old, bad habits, which will be way harder to break with a newborn around. It'll be winter, when it's always harder for me to eat well, and the inertia of getting a 4 year old and a 6 month old to the gym sounds like it might be rough.
I have only in my life ever lost significant amounts of weight while pregnant. When I'm pregnant, eating sounds like kind of a drag and a pain in the ass, and it's much easier for me to stick to healthy foods. But I have to say, I do like the idea of keeping all this weight off long-term. How can I maintain this momentum during the immediate post-partum period, where everything is all hoppitamoppita in every possible way, and beyond?