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Post partum problems...

Answered on September 26, 2013
Created September 26, 2013 at 7:53 PM

I have a couple questions...so I just gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby boy 9 weeks ago. I am having a HARD time losing the baby weight. I am eating paleo/primal (kerrygold, full fat yogurt and grassfed cheese). Yesterday's meals for example were 3 scrambled eggs with kerrygold with bacon, peppers and onion, lunch was hamburger in a lettuce wrap with lettuce and tomatoes, dinner was grilled chicken over lettuce with avocado, bacon, eggs, tomatoes with olive oil and lemon juice.

I used to be strict paleo with occasional IF and was down to 123 lbs, prior to getting pregnant I was around 140 lbs (had fallen off wagon for a few months and started paleo up and finally got pregnant - almost immediately after changing my eating after a period of infertility). During these times I was not exercising however I am an RN in a busy ICU and I worked 60+ hours on my feet while pregnant up to the Friday before I gave birth. (My co-workers thought I was crazy at 9 months pregnant working 72 hours some weeks on my feet!) Because of terrible aversions to meat and eggs I was not paleo during pregnancy but only gained 33 lbs total.

I am exclusively breastfeeding and plan to keep doing so until the baby is at least one year old. I am also pumping. I have started exercising using the bodyrock.tv website but I am SOOO out of shape. I am also stuck around 150 lbs. I lost some weight initially and then more with going back to eating paleo/primal. Just an FYI eating like this has not had any effect on my breastmilk supply if anything I am overproducing. I am realizing that I need to stick to exercise rather than just diet (which worked in the past) because my body has changed and I should see results over time but my questions are...

1. Other than cutting out my dairy products what else can I do to speed this thing up?

2. During dinner last night I drank a 1/2 glass of red wine and was so dizzy I couldn't drive home- is this maybe because of my lack of carbs during the day?

3. Is my breastfeeding preventing me from losing the rest of the weight?

I'm trying to be patient but I WANT MY BODY BACK.

This is my blog post on my current struggle, in case you want more information...

http://nofreakingclue.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/on-motivation-or-lack-thereof/

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on September 26, 2013
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Your body never left you. It is there, recovering from pregnancy and child birth. Since you are breastfeeding, you must ensure you are consuming enough calories and nutrients to provide for yourself and your LO. Stop stepping on the scale and only go by how your clothes fit. Focus on your health and the health of your LO. Stressing over it WILL affect your milk supply and your psyche.

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