6 Month Postpartum Weight Loss and Fitness Update

March 10th, 2016 | Posted by Erica House in Fitness | Health

After having my son I wasn’t sure how often I’d talk about postpartum weight loss. Given he turns 6 months old this Sunday, and this is the first official postpartum weight loss post I’ve done, it turns out I didn’t feel like talking about it too often! I definitely wanted to lose the pregnancy weight at some point, but I didn’t (and still don’t) stress about getting back down to a specific number. More than anything I just wanted to feel like myself again.

My starting weight was 120, I gained 37 pounds while pregnant, and have been back to 125 for about 5 weeks now. I started walking regularly about two weeks postpartum (I worked out 5 days a week up until the day before I went into labor) and doing body weight exercises/very light jogging 4-6 weeks postpartum.

Between my lovely second degree tear, and general tiresome life with a newborn, I’d say it took about 3 months to feel ‘normal’ again (as in, somewhat rested and not sore.) By 5 months postpartum I felt like my body was back into as good as shape as I was pre-baby.
6 months postpartumWhile I feel like my old self, in terms of energy and general fitness ability, there is one area that is definitely not the same. My stomach still has a bit of excess fat which is part of the reason why I started carb cycling two weeks ago (carb cycling is amazing for fat loss.) I also felt like I had been doing the same workouts and eating the same meals and had leveled off with my weight loss.

As you can see I lost 28 pounds in the first three months (without doing much to lose it) and then it took me about two months to lose the last 5 pounds. postpartum weight loss I know the number on a scale is FAR from the best indicator of overall health and fitness so I’m really not fixating on that, but I know I could still be in better shape in terms of strength and cardio endurance. My diet had been slowly getting worse and worse (more processed carbs and sugary treats) so I decided to commit to carb cycling for 6 weeks to see if that would be the catalyst to getting my body to the next level. So far my energy levels have improved, my pants are looser and I have been eating much more wholesome, nourishing foods.

Given how Type A I can be I’m glad I gave myself quite a bit of grace when it came to losing the baby weight. Between adjusting to motherhood, moving from Alabama to Florida to Alaska before he turned 6 weeks old, and trying to maintain working 20+ hours a week from home I certainly didn’t need another element to stress out about.

As a new mom I know how hard it can be to find the time and energy to workout. My son was waking up about 3x a night to nurse up until this week (I don’t know what’s happened but he’s suddenly only waking up once now!) I’m lucky that he seems to really enjoy playing in his Pack N Play in our office/gym while I workout so I’ll usually get at least 30-45 minutes to workout while he is in there every morning. If you are a new mom trying to get back in shape the best advice I have it to make it a routine, so you and your baby can get used to it every day, and make it a priority. I workout the first chance I get every day so that nothing else comes up during the day to prevent me from doing so, and I always feel so much better after I do!

Moms, what is the biggest challenge you face with health and fitness now that you have kids?

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9 Responses

  • First off, you look friggin’ INCREDIBLE! FRIGGIN’ incredible!! I give you so much credit because you could have easily just said, aw to heck with it, it’s baby time – but you didn’t ;)

    If I ever get pregnant, I am not going to weigh myself… And if the doc insists, well, then he/she can weigh me and I am not going to look. I haven’t weighed myself in 5 years and I don’t plan on ever doing it again because I would MUCH RATHER go with how I look in the mirror and how I fit in my clothing. I hate numbers!

  • I’ve been going more by how my clothes fit lately, and I find that a much happier indicator than anything. Weighing myself always kind of set the tone for the day. Much easier to say, “Hmm, my jeans aren’t fitting well this week. Best to stop the Nutella.”

    Good on ya for kicking butt!

  • Melissa says:

    Way to go! I love how you tracked your weight. I was doing that too but saw ZERO change in the scale from the day my daughter was born until after 4 months PP. And as soon as I did lose weight, my milk supply TANKED. I had a big issue with low supply so wanting to lose weight then was not in the cards for me. I wish I could say I “snapped back” faster than I did, but at 11 months PP now I feel even better than I did before I got pregnant. So that’s good! Everyone’s time table is definitely different.

    Joining the Y so I can leave my daughter in day care while I workout has been the best help for me getting back into shape. I love having daily gym time and that my daughter can interact with other kids her age.

    • Erica House says:

      After having him I figured I’d just try to get back into a healthy routine with working out and eating well, but not get ‘serious’ about losing weight until 6 months. I didn’t want to put pressure on myself, and I fully believe most women need 6-9 months before they can get back to ‘normal.’ I was worried about how my supply would do with carb cycling but it hadn’t dropped at all, if anything I might be producing more now because I’m eating much more fat and protein than I was before.

  • Sara says:

    You look great, Erica! I’m finally starting to lose the last 5-10 pounds of baby weight and my stomach is starting to slim down. I’m thrilled I decided to do the carb cycling program. It’s only been almost 2 weeks and I’m already seeing results. Think about how we’ll feel after 6 weeks? :)

    • Erica House says:

      So, I know we aren’t supposed to weigh ourselves but I definitely measured my waist last week and had already lost half an inch! I love it.

  • Haha I love that graph. I would totally do something like that. I’m glad things are going well!!

  • Annie says:

    You look awesome!!!

    I am actually 5 pounds below my pre-preg weight BUT I am definitely bigger than before. My pre-preg clothes are snug! I think it’s just how my body changed since having a baby. Ah, well.

    • Erica House says:

      Yes my body shape is very different now! Well, I’m just storing more fat in places that I always had issues with (stomach and thighs.) Thankfully this carb cycling has already taken half an inch off my waist in just two weeks!

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