Unless you count that one time I was in Kindergarten and I was adorably petite, I have basically battled weight issues my entire life. There have been times that I’ve been comfortable enough with my weight but I’ve never been thin. I’m not sure I’ve ever even really been “normal”, if I have, I was probably just one slice of pizza away from overweight.
Given my history, as I’m sure you can imagine, getting pregnant and gaining weight was terrifying to me. I already wanted to drop a few pounds and had just started actively working on that. Controlling my weight gain was of utmost concern.
I started off great but around the middle of my third trimester I started packing on the pounds . Of course, this totally freaked me out, knowing that rapid weight gain was looming around the corner in the final weeks.
In the end, I gained 29 pounds. I know that’s not horrible but it was several pounds over what I had hoped to gain. Within a couple of weeks I had dropped 20 pounds and those last 9 pounds have been holding on for dear life!
I’ve tried listening to the common advice about baby weight, “don’t worry about it, give it up to a year” but it’s hard. Really hard. I’m tired of wearing the same three outfits (ok, maybe five) because nothing else fits.
I’m tired of feeling fat.
I get what people are saying – enjoy your baby, really I do get it. Still, I don’t think that means that I have to feel bad about the way I look and, more importantly, the way I feel. I think a mom should start losing weight when she’s ready (after doctor’s approval, of course) and I don’t think she should be made to feel bad about that if it’s sooner than others think it should be.
In December, I decided that I would actually try to lose weight instead of continuing to hold my breath on the whole breastfeeding weight loss plan. So, I cut processed sugar out of my diet. I really thought that would make a big difference.
In almost two months, I’ve lost all of 4 pounds. I’ve recently started a more strict eating plan, in hopes to get rid of those other 5 pounds this month.
I know I’m not the only mom who has gone through this. Sure there are some “lucky” ones but the majority of women struggle with losing baby weight whether that struggle is physical, emotional, or mental. It doesn’t matter if it’s 5 pounds or 50 pounds, unwanted weight can really hold a person’s spirits down. Particularly if one is hormonal and sleep deprived.
For the remainder of the month, I will be sharing a weekly post devoted to losing the baby weight. I am really excited about this because you will be able to hear, not just from me, but from other moms who’ve walked this road already. Through guest posts or interviews, we will hear what these moms did to lose the baby weight, the challenges they faced and the things that motivated them. Next week we will have a guest post from a friend of mine. And, let me tell you, it is good!
I hope you will join me and share this Real Moms Talk series with someone who may need some encouragement.
Also, “Real Moms Talk” will be a regular thing here on the blog. Each month will focus on a new topic. If you have suggestions or would like to collaborate (you don’t have to be a blogger), please comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you find it challenging to drop your baby weight? Or, if you’re pregnant, are you terrified of gaining weight like I was?