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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Baby Fat

My current goal is to convert my postpartum fat reserves into baby growth via milk fat production.

In true graduate student fashion, I have plotted my weight gain and weight loss for this pregnancy. I haven't started exercising with the express purpose of losing my baby weight yet so the loss has slowed down quite a bit since the birth and the retained water loss. The gain and loss slopes are VERY different so far...but that's good because weight loss that is too rapid--especially while breastfeeding--is never good. The slope for the green part of the plot is so steep probably because of losing all the water weight in my very swollen hands and feet. Together they were apparently harboring almost 2 gallons of water --13 pounds!! No wonder I couldn't bend my fingers in the morning or wear any of my shoes.
As they say, "nine months up, nine months down." I still have a ways to go, but Eddie's not even 2 months old yet.


steph.kelley said...

Wow, Julie: Cool! Your chart rocks my socks. (And speaking of: 2 gals of water in your h+f??? Jeez louise!) You're so irrepressibly active I'm sure you'll be hitting your target weight every step of the way. xoxo

huntfamily said...

i gained 50 and lost 70 with iva, then gained 50 and lost 48 so far with ash. i've noticed that around 4 months all the sudden you drop a bunch over night....time is all it takes.

mu rye uh said...

oh goodness you totally have time! I didn't start really losing inches until andrew was 9 months old and then...I got pregnant again.
Sorry Kaitlin but you are so not typical with your weight must have you!

Elizabeth M said...

it took me almost 8 years to get back to my pre-wedding weight. of course there were a few fat gaining meds and a few pregnancies involved, but i think all the fat producing hormones are finally dissipating!