So I started paleo (with full fat organic dairy) before I got pregnant last December. I felt terrific giving up grains and sugar, but didn't start losing weight until a few weeks into pregnancy. I was 60 lbs overweight, and have a prolactinoma which means I have too much prolactin circulating and keeping me from ever feeling full. (I need to take meds to reduce it to get pregnant.) Once pregnant, my appetite had a swift "full feeling.". So not only did I enjoy eating paleo for health of both of us and strength, I had no desire to eat very much.
Every month and then week that I went to my prenatal appointments, I lost weight. All through the first and second trimesters. It continued into the third trimester, which was upsetting the doctor, even though Babe looked great on the ultrasounds. So since it was summer, I started to add full fat organic ice cream in the late evenings to my diet.
Nope, still continued to lose a pound a week, even though a 3rd tri baby is supposed to gain 1/2 lb a week! I lost 19 lbs up to birth. Then after the birth and all the fluids left, I lost 21 more pounds. Total loss since pregnant started: 40 lbs.
But since her birth, I no longer have that quick "full" sensation. It's driving me crazy because I feel more hunger, even sugar cravings at night. I don't want to be a sugar burner but I can't resist the cravings: I eat a pear in heavy cream in the evenings. Occasionally some dark chocolate instead. And I am gaining weight every week. 8 lbs since September. I still avoid grains and sweets but I do have 2-3 fruits a day and can't stop. I ate plenty of fruit throughout the pregnancy, and chocolate, and some ice cream in the summer, and lost weight! Now I am under 50 g carbs a day and gaining!
Oh, and I stopped pumping breast milk after week 6. There wasn't enough. So I am not breastfeeding, which I don't understand because prolactinomas are supposed to cause extra lactation. But still I don't get that full sensation any more. How much of a role do the hormones play in leptin sensitivity and how can I stop gaining and lose more weight?
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Check your thyroid. A lot of women become hypothyroid after pregnancy.
Try eating a big greakfast with protein and fat but no carbs. Either 3-4 eggs and some butter. Or some meat with an egg yolk. Also have a nice big lunch low carb. Then for dinner eat a nice large dinner with some carbs. Allow your self a splurge item such as vanilla icecream at night only and only with or slightly after dinner.
Leptin reset - when leptin is working well it stops you from feeling hungry and turns on the full radar - but when its broken its broken ! Look up leptin reset but its low carb ( keto diet) for 6 wks then weights or High impact Interval training
It is very common to see progesterone levels DROP after pregnancy. It can cause a lot of adverse effects.
Please check out Wray White's web site: progesteronetherapy.org
I have been using it for months and have had great results and an increased sense of well-being.