Hi, I'm new here, and I have to say, I'm so glad there's a blog like this available to vent on, it's helpful and comforting to know that you're not alone in feeling like your body has been taken over by pregnancy. I'm a young (25) mother of 4, a 5 year old, a 4 year old, and just had twin girls 2 months ago. I'm extremly worried that the weight gained from the last pregnancy seems to have reached a stopping point in falling off. After I had my son, the 4 year old, due to a reaction to some medication, I ended up with some major thryoid issues that took years of medication and diet to correct, and due to that I not only gained weight while I was pregnant, but kept gaining weight after he was born. It was a horrible experience, and took me years to work my way down to a reasonable weight again. In high school, and after I had my daughter (5 year old) I weighed right around 100 lbs. I was SKINNY! without ever even trying to be, so when I suddenly had weight problems after my son, I was extremly depressed. When we decided last year that we wanted ONE more baby (haha, God's got a great sense of humor!) I was worried about losing the weight again. Since having my son, my weight was around 130, I only gained about 55 lbs during my twin pregnancy, and since I breastfed for the first month, I lost about 30 lbs almost immediatly. What's getting to me now is that even though I'm trying to fit in working out as much as I can....we take walks almost every day, and I try to fit in some aerobics at least twice a week, my weight seems to be stuck....it's been between 155 and 160 for the last month, and doesn't seem to be going anywhere. I know I can't expect it to all fall off at once, but I feel like it should at least be slowly going down, and it's been extremly depressing that it seems to be bent on sticking around for now.
Wow twins two months ago. Give yourself some great credit for fitting walks and workouts in! Its always harder to take the weight off with each child, but you have to consider at least giving yourself the 9 months it took your body to get to that point. Try not to focus strickly on weight, but how clothes are fitting. Try food journaling and adding some weight training if you have time. I have a friend who also has two children, 4 and 2 and just had twins and she is struggling alittle more this time around. Stay focussed continue to workout and think about doing some crosstraining workouts to see some changes in your body.
You're doing GREAT! Most twin moms I know don't even get out of the house for the first 6 months. Take one day at a time, try to mix in the weight or resistance training of some sort if you can. Babytalk online here has some great ones to fit in.
It's probably a good idea given your past experience to keep connected with your physician as well.
Best wishes, keep moving mama!
WOW! that is so awesome that you are getting out and exercising - walking, aerobics, etc. - already...I have to echo what Beth and Wendy have said, that is amazing! Also, as they both mentioned, adding some resistance training in would be ideal to help you move forward with that weight loss. I would recommend going to www.strollerfit.com and getting the 'mommymuscle sculpt' and 'restore the core DVD's'. These are all you need to help you get started strengthening your body, toning and taking that weight off. And you can do them from home - and your kids can participate too! When they see you do those fun exercises, and how happy and energetic you will be, you will probably see them start to mimick you. :O) You are already setting a great example by getting out to walk and taking time to go to aerobics classes, they are watching your every move! Teaching our kids from a young age about the importance of movement and the great feelings that result from it is SO important.
Keep up the great work, you are well on your way...with a positive attitude and dedication you can do anything! And you definitely have both :O)