5 week PP, hating my body (Anonymous)

Pre-pregnancy weight: 169
Labor Weight: 210
Weight now: 200

I have been struggling with my weight since I was a kid. I was 240 in my sophmore year of high school and just last year I got down to my weight of 157. I wasn’t too happy there, but I was content and felt like I looked great. I met my husband and I gained love pounds. So when I got pregnant I was 169. I lost 20 pounds my first and second trimesters, and then gained it all back when I got to my third. I got a beautiful baby girl now, but now it just looks like I never even had a baby. I just look plain old fat. I’m having the toughest time getting back on a healthy diet and exercise plan. My husband says I’m still attractive to him, but I just hate myself and how I look. I know I have a beautiful baby girl that makes it all worth it, but I can’t help to hate myself for it.

First 3 pictures are of me 5 week PP and my last picture is of me pre-pregnancy

~Age: 19
~Number of pregnancies and births: 1/1
~The age of your children, or how far postpartum you are: 5 week PP

8 thoughts on “5 week PP, hating my body (Anonymous)

  • Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Oh sweetie, don’t be so hard on yourself. I looked the exact same way after I had my baby. At least you don’t have stretch marks! I still have mine. You’re only 5 weeks PP it’s going to take time to get back into shape. And that whole 9 months on, 9 months off is a bunch of crap. My son is 17 months old and I’m still struggling to lose the last 10 lbs of my baby weight (I gained 32 lbs). It takes a lot of work. Here are some suggestions, go for a walk with your baby, the fresh air will do you both a world of good. Eliminate soda, drink only water. I also started working out on a balance ball and the first week is tough but it’s totally worth it.

    You’ll be okay. Remember to enjoy your baby and don’t be so hard on yourself. All of the women here on this site know exactly what you’re going through and how you feel.

    Take care of yourself. :)

  • Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 11:29 am

    You are only 5 weeks PP! Please don’t be so hard on yourself. It took 9 mos. to make a baby and now its going to take that and maybe a little more to take the weight off. Take a deep breath, put away the weigh scale, eat healthy, take walks as you are able and most important: enjoy the baby. Once your energy returns and the baby is sleeping through the night, then take a look at the scale and maybe start doing some exercising.

  • Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Oh hunnie, you are only 5 weeks pp. You will be surprised at how your body is going to continue to change. Exercise, and try your best to eat healthy… I know its tough with a newborn, but you can do it – every mom who has dealt with a changing body from pregnancy has to do it… and you are no different. It will take time, but set little goals and stick to reaching them… you look beautiful.. dont be soo hard on yourself. Your body CAN change if you want it to. I say this because I have been through these same emotions and did something about it… I set little workout and exercise goals. Nothing big, I started with small changes and built on it… its amazing how much you can motivate yourself by seeing little results. I personally think you look AWESOME for 5 weeks pp… you look as though you have been through pregnancy. You DO NOT look fat… you look like a mother. Enjoy this time with your child and take a lot of pics with him/her… dont miss out on this time. When my son was a newborn, I avoided lots of pics because I was conscious about my weight and now that it has fallen off, I wished I had pictures of those first days! Dont miss out on capturing moments… you will bounce back, but it depends on how devoted you are to it. :) All the best hunnie…

  • Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    I agree give yourself time! it took me a year to get fully back to how i was.. but i do remember the first few weeks i felt terrible. just enjoy your baby for now shes so young and needs you and im sure in a few months or a year you will be happy with yourself again :) i want to congradulate you on your little girl though! its the best thing in the world! :)

  • Friday, June 25, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    I agree with everyone! You are ONLY FIVE WEEKS POSTPARTUM! That’s really NOTHING at all! It takes quite a while to recover. I read somewhere 18 months – 3 years for one’s body to heal. I was losing weight all the way into my second year postpartum without exercise. Now I’m starting to exercise and maybe I’ll lose some more. :) I wish you luck! Please ignore the mirror and worry about your baby. Breastfeeding helps you to lose weight and in a few weeks you can start an exercise routine. :)

  • Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 6:09 am

    This brought tears to my eyes. Please be patient with yourself and your body. Pregnancy might be the most natural thing in the world, but it’s also very hard on a woman’s body sometimes! I know it’s hard to do, but try to focus on getting good rest and just enjoying your new baby for now. Also…you’re probably going to be seeing your doctor for a 6 week checkup, right? Talk to him/her and let the dr. know how you’ve been feeling. You might have a touch of the baby blues and not even realize it. I suffered with that for the whole first year of my son’s life. Hugs to you and congratulations on your new baby. Be sure to take care of yourself.

  • Friday, July 16, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Aww, I don’t think you look fat. I had my little boy on July 12th and I look like that too. It makes me sad. But I do know that I’ll eventually bounce back and so will you!

  • Thursday, August 5, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    I looked exatly like you after I had mY daughter. I was 110 lbs before her and 236 lbs after… don’t worry keep your chin up your body is going to go trhough alot and change alot.. trust em I’ll show you keep an eye out for my post about wow our bodies go through alot! Hun 5 weels post pardon is nothing.. some women it takes 3-9 months.. me it actually took 3 years. everyoen is different btu trust me 5 weeks is nuthin, most women look teh exact same before tehy went in the hospital at that time

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