One of the things I promised myself after I had Lucy was that I wouldn’t step foot on the scale until I was at least 3 weeks postpartum. When I had Hanna (my first child, for any new readers) I had lost all the baby weight and then some when I went in for my 6 week appointment. I tipped the scales at 296 at 40 weeks, and weighed 266 post-birth. I could not have been more ecstatic.
I don’t know about any of you other mom’s out there, but it was really hard for me to not get on a scale right after I had Lucy (my saving grace was that my scale broke the week before I had my c-section, which was quite disheartening at the time, if you can imagine). The last time I weighed myself I weighed 294 and still had two more weeks until my due date.
I really thought that I had gotten lucky my first pregnancy and was going to have to get use to some lingering poundage this time around.
Imagine my surprise when I got on the scale today and it read 263.6! My weight when I started this pregnancy was 264 and I’m pretty sure that at the end my weight would have come in somewhere around 296 just like last time.
The only issue I had with my first postpartum was that I gained about 18 pounds from breast-feeding. I was so stressed about whether Hanna was getting enough to eat I just started taking in calories to see if it would help me get my milk supply up. Little did I know that Hanna was just a small baby and didn’t like to eat that much (she is still that way). This go around I am not stressing out and I am mostly using my breast pump so I know how much Lucy is eating, and I don’t get so frustrated like last time (Lucy is a hungry little thing, and will out weigh Hanna in no time).
One thing I did do this time is lots of research on how to keep my supply up without taking in empty calories. I found out some great information and it turns out the more fruits, vegetables, and lean protein you eat the better your milk comes in. I can attest to that since my eating the last couple of days has been less than stellar. I have been tracking all of my food through my Weight Watchers account but plants have been seriously lacking. Pumping today was lower than it has been this past week when I had been getting in plenty of F&V’s.
My goal is to not gain any weight (obviously) and stick to my Weight Watchers goal of 54 points per day. BTW, nursing mom’s get a crap-ton of points which makes it easy to stay on track. I almost fear for when I’m not nursing and it drops significantly.
The hardest part is that I am not in the habit of tracking my food anymore and it is going to take me a while to make it a daily thing. Also, my weight may only be up 11 pounds from my lowest recorded weight, but I am jelly everywhere (that’s what no weight lifting for 10 months will do to you). None of my clothes fit, and my stomach is crazy stretched out.
But that’s what having a baby does to you. And I am only 3 weeks out from my c-section, could be worse.