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6 Months Postpartum & Still Looking 6 Months Pregnant (Bry)

I first want to say that I love this site. I visit everyday to read new stories and get encouragement, thank you all!

I am 25 years old and gave birth to my daughter on Oct 30, 2008. I hated being pregnant… every bit of it. I was uncomfortable the whole time and I gained weight like it was my job. The day I found out I was pregnant I weighed 129. During my last OB appt I weighed 197! And I am only 4’11”, so I was HUGE! I was also given pitocin for 24+ hours during labor to speed things up, and retained a ton of water due to that. Most of the stretchmarks on my legs are from when I was in labor. Within a week of giving birth I had already lost more than 30 lbs. So I thought the weight was going to come off so easily, boy was I wrong! I am now 6 months postpartum and I am still weighing 165, only 5 lbs less then I was 1 week postpartum. I now were a size 16 (I was a size 6 pre-baby), which makes me feel so awful. Large shirts in the womens section do not fit me, so I am still wearing my maternity shirts, which is just sad. Summer is right around the corner and I do not own one article of summer clothing that fits me. I cannot believe I have let myself go on like this for so long. The whole time I was pregnant I kept saying, ‘I can’t wait to be able to diet again’ or ‘as soon as I can I will be exercising my butt off to lose this weight…’ and so on and so fourth. I don’t know why I haven’t. I need to get serious. I hate the way I look and I hate the way I feel about myself. In my title I say I still look 6 months pregnant, but now that I think about it, I probably looked better when I was 6 months pregnant than I do now. I hope to submit and update in a few months and will have made some weight loss progress by then. Wish me luck!

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62 comments… add one

  • Nicole Friday, August 16, 2013, 7:10 pm

    I cant thank all of you enough and especially the initial writer for posting this. I’m 5 months PP and look 4-5 months pregnant..it has been very depressing and a huge shot to any ego I had left! lol! I actually got asked when I was due the other day…got in the car and cried! I’m trying different things now and WHEN i find soemthing that works, I will share. Thanks all, this helped a lot.

  • maddy Friday, August 16, 2013, 8:54 pm

    hey my daughter is almost 2 years old and i look like im skinny but when i dont suck in i look six months prego and it is hard and i am wondering if that is normal?

  • Vivianne Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 4:49 pm

    My son is 5 months now and I still look 5 months pregnant. I am so upset and I am considering hitting the gym. I now have to buy new clothes to fit my new body

  • Simi Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 1:45 pm

    I’m so upset after my kidos birth,it pass 5 month now.but yet I look 6 month pregnant..

  • Ashleigh Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 5:08 pm

    My daughter is five months old but i look five months pregnant. The worst part is that i cant wear shorts or pants because it will show how my lower tummy is sticking out and when i team them with shirts, it sucks because, the clothes will be loose fitting elsewhere but tight at the lower tummy area. I really hate it. I usually have camel toes when i wear pants too so i only wear long, tightish cotton dresses and throw over loose tops long enough to cover my bulging belly.

  • Amanda Sunday, November 9, 2014, 10:49 am

    I just recently had a baby 6 months ago and am at work this very second and I had a customer come in and say “girl when are u due” I froze, didn’t know what to say. I’ve tried dieting, diet pills, tried to be motivated to exercise, but just so down on myself and depressed that I don’t even know where to begin. Any suggestions on what I should try, I do have a membership at the gym but where do I start???

  • Leesa Marie Thursday, December 4, 2014, 1:32 am

    ok, so I was 118 pre pregnancy and 160 at labor. im now 131 and it won’t shake off. im fine with THAT … BUT my stomach still looks like I’m 5 months pregnant. I can’t tell you if this is going to work but this is what im doing … TRYING to eat healthy meals, I cut out all sweets and fried foods (foods that go straight to your belly) DRINK LOTS OF WATEEERRRRRR LOTS OF IT. I know for a fact that is key. I have a gym membership i work out as often as I can AT LEAST 4 times a week. I do 30-45 min cardio (good for shedding pounds) then I lift weights (im trying to build muscle so I don’t get too skinny) and I work my abs and legs. NOTE: working your abs TOO much before losing the fat will make your stomach protrude making it look even bigger so be sure to eat healthy foods and do more cardio than sit ups. that’s all I have right now. I haven’t lost the belly but I have way more energy and stronger arms so far. only been at it a month so wish me luck and good luck to you all!

  • tiffany Friday, December 5, 2014, 1:18 am

    Im 26 and a mother of three so im with you girls 100%. It seemed like the older I got the harder it was. After I had my second I was 130 and my norm was 120. I just had my third baby 8 weeks ago so my body still looks crazy. But the best advice I can give you is cut the soda. I was a BIG soda drinker and just cutting that I lost 15 lbs. I got into taking a multivitamin once a day, do my 30 day shred and drink a glass of water after that and you really get motivated and energetic. Your body may or may not go back to that size 1 jean but I promise if you give it patience you will look just as good. I was a 5 before my second but after I was a 9 cause my hips were bigger but man I looked good!!

  • D Ashe Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 7:50 pm

    Thank you for this post! I’m 6.5 months postpartum after my fourth baby (all by cesarian) and I am stuck at the same weight as many of you. 130lb at 5’5 easily after every single one of my kids without trying….. Until baby # 4. Losing the weight at 30 is much harder than it was in my early twenties. My self esteem has disintegrated completely. I have a huge closet full of clothes and only 16 things that I can wear and 80% of them are maternity from my 6month range or pjs. I don’t have the money or the time for a gym membership. I just feel lost. It’s nice to hear there are others just like me with the same issue.

  • Vic Sunday, February 8, 2015, 12:34 am

    We’re all here reading this article because we have same problem going on. I’m 27y.o. Almost 28. I feel how I’m getting older. Had a baby 6 months ago. Can’t loose any weight. Probably looked better being pregnant. That makes you really depressed. Used to go to the gym every day. Had perfect body. All before marriage. Now just have no time for gym. But I dnt give up. I do short workouts from YouTube. 10 min each time baby takes nap. It might be not enough but still better than nothing. I didn’t lose weight yet but it gives me energy. I’m hoping one day I’ll have more time on myself again. Like before I started all this family life and used to look good. Not fun when your husband tells you how skinny you were when he met you and not anymore. Sure, he didn’t have to give birth, plus he’s skinny and tall all his life. Can eat all and never get fat. I have to work a lot to get any better. I really want to be perfect again. I’m tired of feeling so down all the time.

  • Alicia Friday, February 27, 2015, 1:54 pm

    I am early 30’s and had my first child 20 months ago. At first the weight seemed to cone off fairly quickly but it has not changed much since I was 5mths pop. I am 5’3″ and was 140 before being pregnant and 210 the day I went into labor. I had a cswction and retained a lot of water. At first I looked bigger coming out of the hospital than I did going in. I started using my fitness pal about 4 myths ago and lost about 15 lbs just changing the way I eat. I’m in a size 12 and weigh about 164. I feel like my stomach is still huge. My self esteem no longer exists and I have a hard time finding clothes to wear and hate going out anymore. Before my baby I was health concise and exercised a lot. Now I don’t have as much time and I feel like i lost myself even though I gained a wonderful child and should just be over the moon. It depresses me that I worry so much about how I look when all my son cares about is how much I love him and how important he is to me.
    Wow I feel like a small weight has been lifted just by writing all of this. I feel like I don’t have anybody that understands what I’m going through and everyone I talk to just brushes me off and says I just shouldn’t worry about it. Its been over 1-1/2 yrs and I’m still struggling with my weight and body image while ironically going through the best time of my life.

  • Mel Sunday, July 12, 2015, 10:13 pm

    I was in the exact same boat as you guys. At 5 months pp I was weighing more than I did at labor. I was even taking prescription diet pills and it still wasn’t working. A friend of mine told me about juicing. So I tried it. I didn’t have a juicer so I just used my blender and added 1 cup of water to whatever raw fruits and veggies I put in there. I did this three times a day. The first week I noticed I was going to the bathroom a lot like my body was detoxing. I added in an hour of walking everyday then 2 min squats, 2 min crunches 2 min push ups and 2 min jumping jacks every morning and right before bed. In two weeks I noticed a huge change not jus with my body but with how I felt. I was more energized and sleeping better at night. My appetite also changed for the better. I craved more healthier and lighter food. After 30 days of doing this I lost 20lbs. I also continued taking my prenatal vitamins everyday and my hair has grown an extra three inches. I’m going to continue doing this as a healthier way of living and staying in fit. Try it ladies it might work for you too :)

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