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Tell Mommy: How Did You Shed the Baby Weight?

Giving birth to a baby and becoming a mother is a monumental (or is it momumental?!) event in a women's life that often overshadows her concern with her body; however, the desire to lose the excess pounds is perfectly understandable.

Thirty percent of lilsugar readers say it only took a few months to shed the baby weight, while 22 percent say it took about a year.

The average recommended weight gain during pregnancy is generally somewhere between 25 and 35 pounds, which means many women are faced with losing more weight than they have in their lifetime. Whatever way you do it — breastfeeding, working out, dieting, naturally or meditation and prayers — it can be a frustrating challenge. How did you shed the baby weight?


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kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
Hmmm. Breastfeeding, diet and exercise. It certainly took much longer than any celeb mommies thou. Plus I gained more than most celeb mommies did (around 80 lbs extra to my weight) LOL. It's been 3 years now and 70 lbs shed :p and I still don't get rid off the extra skin/pouch despite the tummy exercise.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 8 years
Breastfeeding and Weight Watchers.
redegg redegg 8 years
I ate lots of nuts.
MaggieLei MaggieLei 8 years
Oh- I was also breastfeeding that 9lb baby- who turned into an 18lb baby very quickly! That had to help!
MaggieLei MaggieLei 8 years
It wasn't hard to get back to my pre-baby weight. I lost 20 pounds in the hospital (9lb baby) and the other 25 in 2 months. I just lived life how I've always lived it- walking everywhere, eating good food with some ice cream a few times a week. However, I never got my pre-baby shape back. I even did P90x with my husband a year and a half after the baby was born. I got strong, but I never got rid of my extra skin.
ladygrace ladygrace 8 years
Breastfeeding didn't (and hasn't yet) melted it off for me. Eating responsibly helped a lot.
mstrauss mstrauss 8 years
Within a few weeks of having my baby, most of the weight fell off of me. I have no idea why, to be honest. I was back to pre-baby weight very quickly, just with my new ugly saggy belly. My pre-baby weight is not my ideal weight, so I still have 10 pounds to go!!!
luckyme luckyme 8 years
Breastfeeding worked for me too. It kind of just melted off. I also liked my post-pregnancy body more than I did my pre-pregnancy body. I went down a size in pants and in my bra and that made me feel great! It will be interesting to see what happens after this pregnancy...
keiren63 keiren63 8 years
If you can keep your weight gain to 25-35 pounds, it's not that a healthy pregnancy, 27 pounds of that is baby, extra blood, amniotic fluid, placenta, etc. The problem is that very few of us manage such a controlled weight gain. I found it easy first time out, when I was in my 20s. It wasn't too bad when I was 31...but losing weight the last time out when I was 38--yowsa. The metabolism is not the same. Exercise, proper eating, and breast feeding. For one of my pregnancies, I weighed more at the start than I had with the others...that's a problem, too. Be healthy and prepared when you get pregnant.
MissKris02 MissKris02 8 years
Eating healthy and exercising.
katedavis katedavis 8 years
Nursing did it for me.
isabelle315 isabelle315 8 years
I gained 35. 25 just melted off without any effort within the first 8 weeks - in addition to the 10 pounds I lost in the hospital, I think a good 10 pounds of that was just water weight. By 4 months I was back to pre-pregnancy weight, and I credit that to strength training to get my metabolism going again. I went to a personal trainer to get some strength circuits I could do at home, and did them 2-3 times a week, starting at 4 weeks postpartum. I also started jogging again at that time (slowly!) but gradually built back up to running a few miles 3 times a week. Now (at 6 months) I'm in better shape and a size smaller than I was before getting pregnant - something about having a baby has made me feel better in my body; I have never felt so comfortable in my skin. I didn't breastfeed for very long because I had to go back to work, so that probably didn't really play much of a role.
erinflower erinflower 8 years
I know it doesn't work like this for everyone, but breastfeeding helped me shed it.
eggymar eggymar 8 years
Well, it isn't proving to be too difficult, but not in a good way. Picked up a virus from the pediatrician's office (welcome to that world, huh?) and lost 13 lbs only 1 week postpartum - scary! I'm hoping the remaining will be lost in a more sane manner.
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