July 8, 2013 at 12:38 pm #7699aprilParticipant
Hi all! I am currently 29 weeks pregnant with my 3rd child. A little background: after giving birth to my first, I found that I was absolutely ravenous while nursing. I ate a ton to appetite and the pregnancy weight fell off of me very quickly. I had an oversupply of milk with him. My husband list his job and I started restricting (nit majorely) purely out of financial reasons. Well, I started to put weight on again, which freaked me out, so I started counting calories and stressing about weight. I gained even more weight, a big portion of it being bloating and retention in my belly making me look pregnant again. I also became extremely fatigued and sluggish. Some of my research suggested symptoms for thyroid issues. Eventually I got tired of all that and stopped counting and just started eating and exercising again. I slowly started to lose some of the weight and feel normally. When I weaned the rest of the weight came off almost immediately and I felt normal again.
After the birth of my daughter, I lost some weight rather quickly and then started gaining again. I had oversupply, fatigue and sluggishness again. I found Matt shortly after she was born, and started implementing his principles. After I weaned, I lost all of the weight I had gained while nursing, but not all of he preg weight. BUT, I was at least an inch taller, and not only did I fit into my pre pregnancy clothes, most of them were too big.
Now looking forward to giving birth, and nursing, I am a little nervous. I don’t want to experience the extreme fatigue and swelling again. I know both times I probably wasn’t eating enough, so I will definitely focus on getting enough food, and focus less on exercise. Anything else I can do to prevent this cycle.
Any help or tips are greatly appreciated.July 8, 2013 at 9:30 pm #7832Hannah RansomModerator
Thyroid issues are REALLY common post-partum, so that could contribute to fatigue and sluggishness. But honestly, I would worry less about diet and make sure you have any support that you need. You are probably not feeling great due to lack of sleep and having a lot of your energy go towards a rapidly growing being :). If your oldest child is old enough start giving them chores and teaching them little things that would help you out, see if they can have a good rest/nap at some point during the day if they don’t still (or if they are even older make it a quiet reading time) and try your best to get a nap in. If you have family around ask for help, if that is hard for you find a way to make it easier (I know this is easier said than done, I have so many issues asking for help).
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