Post c-sect weight loss, more difficult?

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Post c-sect weight loss, more difficult?
Wed, 07-16-2003 - 4:18pm
Hi All,

I'm new to this board, and have a question. As I've been reading some of the posts, I've seen a few times some of you saying that you "stayed fat" after the procedure. I'm supposed to have a scheduled c-section in early August (this is my first baby). I'm just wondering what that's about, since I haven't read anywhere that the procedure makes weight loss any more diffcult.

Any BTDT moms with any thoughts? Was it more difficult to lose weight? Do you every get your pre-pregnancy tummy back?!?



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Wed, 07-16-2003 - 4:29pm
I don't think there can be any intelligent comparison. Each mother is different; each birth is different. You have two things going against you with a c-section -- more physical restrictions immediately after the birth, and a bit of abuse to your stomach muscles (they aren't cut). Neither of these is insurmountable, but they could take a little more time to change than the aftermath of a vaginal birth.

Again, first time mothers, if not informed, tend to think that you go immediately back to your old size, and that doesn't happen for ANYONE. Lots of people like to say "9 months up/9 months down", and of course, there's normal variation from that, too.

And, sadly, there are also weight vs shape issues. I'm actually fitting into some prepreg#1 clothes (2 kids), but I can't lie to myself & say I've got the same shape.

Cthulu Crochet

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Wed, 07-16-2003 - 6:01pm
I have to agree with a lot of what Ca_dreamer said about this issue. For me, I lost a lot of weigh, but it didn't start happening until about 6 to 9 months after my c-section (the first time)... in fact, I lost 15 pounds more than I was before I was pregnant. Go figure!

Also, I am not my pre-pregnant shape. My weight is the exact same (and 15 pounds lighter from my first pregnancy, and went back to that same weight after my second pregnancy) but I do have some problems with some of my pants in that my hips seem bigger. Oh well!

My favorite saying is 9 months to get there, 9 months to get back to normal. Remember after your c-section not to push exercise. Overdoing it or an injury will prolong that recovery. Try to avoid exercise for the first 6 weeks at least!

Best wishes to you!


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Thu, 07-17-2003 - 10:26am
Hi Carrie - I gained A LOT of weight with #1 (85 lbs!!). I lost 70 of it by the time I went back to work (12 weeks). I'm not sure how or why it came off so easy but I really wasn't even trying. I had an enormous appetite while I was pregnant and basically ate whatever I wanted...way too much junk. I did lose a lot of that appetite and tried to eat better foods like fruit and veggies but I really didn't follow a diet or exercise plan. I think part of the problem for cs moms is the activity restrictions after surgery. I think you can be more active sooner with a vaginal delivery. Anyway I think post-baby (no matter how you give birth) weight loss really varies from mom to mom. Good luck! Melisa EDD 2/2/04
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Thu, 07-17-2003 - 11:02am
By my 6 week check up I had actually lost 10lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight, but my shape did change and I didn't get back into my pre-pregnancy jeans untill I lost an extra 20lbs. (I'm overweight to begin with). Wouldn't you know then I got pregnant again LOL

Beth and GAT EDD 9/17

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Registered: 05-15-2003
Thu, 07-17-2003 - 3:58pm
After my c-section, I lost all 50lbs I had gained with my ds within 9 weeks. With my VBAC (baby #2) it took me over a year to get back to within 10lbs of my pre-pregnancy weight. Both babies were breast fed for 7 months.

Ultimately, everyone is different.

Michelle (#1 c-section, #2 VBAC, #3 edd 10/27/03)