You will retain a lot of fluid during the first weeks PP, so the scale isn't going to be very accurate regarding weight loss. Give yourself a break from the scale for the next few weeks and focus on eating as healthy as possible. Avoid high sodium foods, processed foods-anything that will cause your body to retain fluid. Also, try to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to help flush out excess fluids.
Contrary to what you might think, drinking more water helps your body get rid of fluids, not add more. If you don't get enough fluids your body secretes a hormone that causes you to retain fluids, so to avoid that try drinking water throughout the day.
Don't worry, your weight will come off in time! Cathy
Catherine is the co-author of "Exercising Through Your Pregnancy" with Dr. James Clapp, and author of Fit Pregnancy For Dummies, published by Wiley Publishing in 2004. To learn more about these books or buy them online you can find them on www.amazon.com.
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1/9/07 12:12 P
i agree, i only lost 5 lbs after delivery and my son was almost 8 lbs. within the first week i had lost 20. he's two weeks old and i will weigh myself again this week.
1/9/07 10:13 A
if it makes you any happy, i didnt loose any weight after i delivered and i weight myself asap since the scale was just outside my room i weighed in at 189lbs at delivery and right after i have lost only 26 out of the 44 lbs i gained
i want to loose about 16 more lbs but have been very unsuccesful!
dont worry it probably just fluids!
Mari 25, DH 32
DD 4, DD 2 and hoping to soon have another on the way!
1/9/07 9:24 A
Hi, I just came back from the hospital. We are both healthy and happy! Baby weighs close to 8lbs, but I only lost 5lbs... Shocking! I thought at least I will lose 8 lbs plus.. fluids...? Is this normal??
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