body after baby: one month postpartum

I gained 40 lb this pregnancy. I only gained 30 when I was pregnant with Ryan, but I also started 10 lb heavier with Ryan…. so basically I was the same weight at the end of pregnancy for each child = ~147 lb.

40 weeks

So far, I’ve lost about 15 lb, putting me at ~127-128lb. Right after Rebecca was born, I was at 140 and then I dropped 10 lb easily in the next week. A couple more pounds have come off since then, but I’ve been pretty steady at this point. GAH.

I don’t feel the ┬áneed to get back down to 107 lb… that was kind of low… I’d be happy at 115 ish. But hey, it took 9 months to put on the weight, it’ll take at least 9 months to take it off, right?! It definitely took longer than that after Ryan was born, haha.

I’ve got a bit of a belly… like a 4 month pregnant person? My shirts fit, but they definitely showcase the belly… my pants, on the other hand, don’t fit AT ALL. After Ryan was born, I had no problem getting on my pre-pregnancy jeans. Sure, they didn’t button, but at least they went on. Now? I can’t get them past my thighs!!! Seriously, they aren’t coming over these hips for a while. So I’ve worn nothing but yoga pants the past month (okay, I wore my maternity jeans once, but I hate them–they don’t stay up). I need some good transition pants… although it’s almost summer and I’ll be living in dresses so that helps.

I’ve never been one to really work out. I ran track and played tennis in high school andddd that was about it, haha. I did take a hardcore ROTC workout class in college–exercised with the army group–and loved it, but the only exercise I’ve had since is chasing around my toddler! I’m glad the weather is getting nicer… my plan is lots of walks/runs with the kids and back to as many sit-ups as I can handle.

Photo taken when I found out I was pregnant (THESE are my favorite jeans – that were loose when I got pregnant and now won’t move past my thighs lol):

14 comments to body after baby: one month postpartum

  • I think you look great and are doing wonderfully for having a newborn and a toddler!!

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    babydickey Reply:

    thank you!

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  • Kimberly

    You look great! I love yoga pants as transitional pants because they make it look like you either have been working out or are about to.

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    babydickey Reply:

    haha, good point! :)

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  • Rosey

    You look fantabulous!

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    babydickey Reply:

    Aw. thank you!

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  • gina

    You look amazing! I wish I looked that great now, never mind one month after my baby. I didnt have a big problem getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight, I gained about 25-30lbs but I wasnt at all thin when I got pregnant, so getting back to it wasnt really challenging. In general I need to lose about 30 additional pounds, dont know how I am going to that :)

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    babydickey Reply:

    It’s tough! My husband is working on losing weight right now too so we’re kind of doing it together. He’s eating Nutrisystem, but we really need to work on getting active! Good luck, mama! I’m sure you look great :)

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  • I don’t think that your current belly makes you look pregnant :) Maybe in your eyes for your previous 107lb body it looks like you’re 4 months pregnant – but to the regular person it looks very normal. I’d give just about anything to have that look :D

    I do the opposite. I lose weight when I’m pregnant and then gain it again when I’m done. So I get down 30+lbs (although my starting is 200lbs, so it’s not THAT shocking) and then within 3-4 months after having baby I’m back up. Even with watching my diet after pregnancy.

    Looks like you’re doing great though :) After a few months of BFing and even a few months more when you’re chasing two babies around the house – you’ll be back to your ‘normal’!

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    babydickey Reply:

    Thanks :) Yea I know my belly isn’t that big, but you’re right–it’s just different from what I’m used to–which means my clothes don’t fit either lol.

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  • Danielle Hicks

    Oh how I can totally relate. When I found out I was pregnant with my son I was 105lbs, at 28 weeks I was roughly 125lbs and went into labor 3 months early….needless to say I lost all my baby weight and got my body back after a month. Then I found out I was pregnant again when he was 5 months old, so after a full term pregnancy I was up to 153lbs at delivery, and with 2 under 2 years old I am having a heck of a time trying to lose this weight, finally had to give in and buy new jeans, size 13 YIKES, I have always been a size 0 to size 5….ugh! 13…that number haunts me in my sleep! Anyways, I try to do what I can to get out, but we live in apartments and have a flight of stairs to go though, and with a 5 month old and a 19 month old that isn’t the best walker yet it makes it tough. :) Good luck, I miss my favorite jeans too, although they were from when I was 105lbs so I don’t think I’ll be wearing those ever again!

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    babydickey Reply:

    I wouldn’t say never! It took me a loooong time to get down to 107 after Ryan was born. Actually, I started at about ~117 when I got pregnant with him so I ended up losing even more. It was definitely after a year, although I can’t remember when exactly. You’re only 5 months out! I was always a size 0-5, too and was wearing at least size 8 after Ryan was born. Now I’m just sticking to the yoga pants since I’m not working. We’ll get there!

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  • Maureen M

    You look great! Good for you! I hope to lose all this baby weight….but it took me over a year with my first baby….I expect the same this time! I plan to just enjoy the baby first….worry about me later! :)

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  • Heather

    Looking good. I’m a little worried about what my body is going to look like after baby. But I’m encouraged by the sight of you!

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