I mentioned on my last quick takes post that I seem to be stuck in a weird weight gain / loss cycle. This pattern has repeated itself with my last three babies. I start with pregnancy, which I gain very little weight (I totally acknowledge that it is not from anything I do). I just have been very blessed with good genes in that department. I usually feel great when pregnant after the first trimester morning-all day sickness passes. I tend to eat much healthier and drink more water than I do not pregnant, which is probably why I feel better. I make a great pregnant person (maybe that helps explain why I've done it five times).
After the baby is born I am usually back down to my pre-pregnancy weight by my 6 week check-up. Again, the loss is thanks to the genes, dropping water weight, and breastfeeding and not from anything I'm doing beyond that. I usually lose a bit more, maybe 5 to 10 lbs. beyond my pregnancy starting point. Then my weight stabilizes and holds at that number. About the time the baby turns a year old I start gaining weight, probably because I continue to eat like I'm nursing a newborn when I'm now nursing a one year old. Within the next 8 or 9 months I will gain back everything I lost plus 5 to 10 lbs. more than my original starting point! Yuck! Of course, I feel horrible and frumpy and finally get fed up with the extra pounds and decide to get with the program and lose weight. I start exercising more, join some gym classes and cut back on my food intake. I start to lose the extra weight, dropping 5 or 10 lbs. and putting me near my original weight. I start feeling much better, fitting into smaller clothes and I'm getting more sleep at night because the newborn is now one going on two years old and is usually not doing many nighttime feedings. Around the time the new baby turns two I find myself expecting again and the cycle continues...
|Too bad I don't live anywhere near a beach|
|Laying on ground, gasping for air and|
calling for Doug to come pick me up in the van!