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  • Lisamarie210 08-03-12 | 08:09 AM
  • I was my thinnest of my life at 145 5'7 before I got pregnant, strict diet of no carbs only those coming from fruits and vegetables. Dr said I needed to add carbs to my diet. I think this caused some weight gain in the beginning. Still working out and eating only whole grain carbs. She said I should gain 25-35 pounds. Is it true that this will all come off after pregnancy with the help of breast feeding? I have even heard some people say they lost more than their pre pregnancy weight gain. Any answers are appreciated! Thanks. Due december 24th. 19 weeks 4 days.
  • Dopey406 Dopey406's Avatar 08-03-12 | 02:52 PM
  • Congratulations on your pregnancy and to The Baby Corner.

    Remember when you give birth, you'll IMMEDIATELY lose the weight of the baby, fluid, placenta, etc. So you'll instantly lose 10 or so pounds. And if you are planning to nurse, that does indeed burn a lot of calories but you'll need to ensure that you're eating enough for your body to PRODUCE milk for your baby. But yes, nursing is a good way for you to get your body back in shape.

    The most important thing to focus on right now is growing a healthy baby and eating the right foods, in the right quantities, to give your baby the best start in life. Then once she/he is born, you can work with a lactation consultant to work out the best meal plan to get your back to your pre-pregnancy weight while supplying your body with enough calories to ensure that Baby has enough milk supply to grow up healthy and strong as well.

    We're glad you've decided to join us and we hope you'll stick around!
  • bandjmommy 08-04-12 | 12:15 PM
  • Nursing my babies does nothing for weight loss on me I always keep hoping though
  • MrsS1stbaby MrsS1stbaby's Avatar 08-08-12 | 04:21 PM
  • Hi LisaMarie210, welcome and congrats!

    For both my pregancies, nursing did help with shedding those pounds after I had my babies. With my 2nd, even more so. But after we stopped nursing, the weight came back on! This is my fault though- I was raveneous while nursing and ate everything in sight and was not working out. It was hard for my body to adjust when I was no longer burning the calories, but my stomach could still take in all the extra calories. I would say that while I needed more calories while nursing, I should have been more mindful of where they came from instead of eating tons of carbs and junk food. And I should have started working out again as soon as I was able.

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