So, here we are.
3 months postpartum.
As promised I did my measurements and weigh in.
I’m not going to lie to you, it was far from what I was expecting.
After 7 weeks of intense gym workouts, tracking everything I’ve been eating and even having had switched to a plant-based diet for the past 5 weeks I have only dropped 1.5 lbs.
This was a hard reality to face — that if I hadn’t gone to such extremes I surely would be gaining weight throughout this fourth trimester.
I’ve spoken to my doctor and done a lot of reading and came across some really interesting information about gaining weight in the 4th trimester.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I feel great. I know it’s not about what the scale says. But in all reality, my fitness is so important to me. I know this journey will take some time and everything I am doing is for my health first. The number on scale shouldn’t matter.
With that being said, it is important to track my weight and ensure nothing is wrong. The fact that I would surely be gaining weight had I not committed to all my efforts scares me. My knees and back hurt from the extra weight. I know I am not as energized. So it’s important for me to get to the bottom of what is going on.
What I discovered (which really in my opinion needs to be talked about more) is weight gain due to breast feeding.
Yup! You read that right.
When pregnant you are constantly told your weight will melt off, especially if you’re breast feeding. Not just by friends and family who have been pregnant, but by your doctor, nurses, OB/GYN etc. When I mentioned I had been gaining weight, my OB/GYN was shocked and assured me I should be dropping weight since I’m exclusively breast feeding.
This is why I was in such a SHOCK when I learned that weight gain in women who breast feed is actually very common. And some studies even found that women who formula feed loose more weight faster than women who breast feed. Crazy right?!
You see, prolactin (which is the hormone that makes breast milk) can actually cause your body to hold onto excess weight as a way to ensure there’s enough nutrients to create milk. Prolactin also slows down your fat metabolism also causing weight gain.
Some women end up starving while breast feeding as it does burn quite a bit of calories and then tend to over eat. There’s also adrenal fatigue which is when your adrenal gland becomes exhausted from sleepless nights and constantly producing milk and it begins to over produce cortisol which causes weight gain.
Basically there are a ton of different reasons why a woman will gain weight breastfeeding so why are we constantly putting this pressure on a new mom to loose weight?
Maybe you don’t think you’re a contributing factor to that pressure. But if you’ve told your friend or sibling that the pounds will melt off or that breastfeeding burns a ton of calories then I’m telling you, that’s adding to the pressure.
I’m sharing my experience and this information as a way of educating and not for sympathy. I have learned so much about pregnancy, my body, breast feeding, being a new mom etc. And I have found so much of it isn’t talked about.
I was looking around, chatting with friends and felt alone. I’m the only one who seems to be suffering from postpartum weight gain. WTF?! So I was (partially) happy to discover it is relatively common but also slightly annoyed that (of course) this would be my luck! 😂