Weight Problem After Childbirth

Dear Al:
During the pregnancy I gained quite a bit of weight and eventhough it has been 3 months since the delivery, I have not been able to shed a pound so far. I have tried aerobics, cut out on sugar and fried food, go for walks every day with our little son, but nothing is working. The problem is that my husband is not motivating me to lose the weight, he claims now that I am fat, there is more to grab!

What should I do? I want to go shopping for new clothes, but I want to lose these extra pounds first!

Thank you for your advice. And don't be rude!!
-- Cristina, Curitiba, Brazil

Dear Christina:
Sounds like your husband loves you no matter what you look like, which is great, but he could've worded it differently. You probably had this conversation with your husband, but tell him again how seriously you need his help! No more fat jokes!

If he's still not taking you serious, then tell him "If you don't help me, I'll pull a Roseanne Barr by packing on a ton of weight, and the only way you be able to grab me is with a lasso!" If he begins to laugh, stuff your face full of cake! That will show him!

Serious, right after childbirth your body needs to recover. Your iron and vitamin and mineral stores have been depleted. Seventy percent of new mothers are anemic. Therefore, you shouldn't think of dieting for two to three months after childbirth.

Immediately after the baby is born, you will lose about 11 pounds. You will then lose 9 to 11 more pounds over the next few weeks in fluids, a shrinking uterus, etc. Then your goal should be to lose no more than one to two pounds a month for the first six months. Losing more than 4 1/2 pounds a month is unsafe.

Man, I wish I was smart enough to know all of the above! Discovered this information on WebMD, you can read more half way down the page on WebMD from Brown.

I hope this helped!

20 comments:

Trudy Booty Scooty said...

AWWWWW What nice advice, Al. You make your wife proud. :)

ramblings said...

Wow, too bad I didn't know any of this after I had my daughter. I could have given myself a break. But as usual I went nuts afterward.

I think it's great advice.

Have a good weekend!

Trudy Booty Scooty said...

ok...i added a new post so you can stop eating apples now.

Dear AL said...

Trudy, thanks! About time you posted something, I'm heading right over!

Ramblings, I try. If I don't know something, I'll just look it up via Google so my readers don't have to.

Goodbye Mes Amis said...

I've heard that breastfeeding helps with the losing weight...
I kinda thought it might be Britney Spears using a pseudonym... writing you Al.
Al, you will be happy to know that you propelled me into (guilted me into) making a post.

T. said...

Hello Dear Al. Love your site. I will be back. I am glad Michele sent me.

Mr. Universe said...

Al, you did good! You kinda had me worried for her after reading the Rosanne joke, but you pulled through without insults!

Tracie B. said...

did you see heidi klum do the VS show 6 weeks after giving birth?!! i think we have finally found the root cause of post-partum depression.

lastlifeinmyuniverse said...

ive got tons of advice but to not end up writing a novel, ill just briefly mention these 3 most important ones.
1. eat significantly less @ night. one tends to be less active after dinner.
2. doing housework can be a form of exercising as well. heck, anything can help you lose calories. so, find an activity you enjoy and get moving !
3. drink plenty of water. also, if before a meal or when your feeling hungry, reach for a tall glass of water first. it helps to fill up your stomach tricking you into believing you are nearly satiated.

really, the keyword is consistency. you cant exercise and eat healthily during the first part of a week, and then do the complete opposite the rest of the week and still anticipate to lose weight. even if you do fall off the wagon and go for that big chocolate cake one day, dont despair. continue exercising and doing what you do most of the week.

take it from someone whos lost more than a
a 100 lbs, its possible. just dont end up stressing over it. focus on good thoughts about your body. feed it only what you deem will make your body proud of your food choices. and make exercising fun with a friend or an ipod. soon, the pounds will shed by itself even without you realizing it. good luck !

Rose DesRochers said...

Al, aside from the roseanne joke what wonderful advice.

Kimmy said...

Dear Al,

What do I do if I have Cheerios on my butt? I mean, I have a friend with Cheerios on her butt...

;)
Thanks for stopping by!

Vengelyne said...

A colleague of mine gave birth last year December and is really huge now -- way way way opposite of herself before she got pregnant.

And now reading Christina's problem has reinforced me not to give birth despite the fact that I absolutely love children. *sigh*

Ok, wait... perhaps I should refrain from that. I'll see how my other colleague turns out after she gives birth tomorrow morning. Caesarian delivery.

boo said...

good advice even if its not your own. thanks for visiting :)

Sherry said...

Aww...
Al, you weren't rude to her.
Hmmm...

Anyway, great advice.
All of us mommy's have gone through the weight gain and trying to loose it.
Good Luck!

Fuckkit said...

Was that a serious answer? Bugger me backwards, wonders never cease.

Lee Ann said...

Thank you for stopping by my place.
You have a nice blog over here.
You should do the HNT on a separate blog...it is fun!

Please come back over to my Castle anytime!

shawna said...

you were sounding really really really intelligent until you gave away the fact that you learned that all at a med website haha <3

Teri M. said...

Thanks for stopping by!

I'm planning on setting aside several hours to read all your archives. I've already stocked up on the freeze dried food and bottled water to sustain me.

Webmiztris said...

thanks for reminding me of Reason #412 why I don't want to have kids!

Dayngr said...

Are you kidding me? People are actually basing their decision whether or not to have kids on weight gain. WOW... Now that is shallow!