*Alternate post title: When engineers get pregnant.
After Kallisti’s birth, I shared that the adage “9 months up, 9 months down” was true for me along with this beautiful chart:
One of my goals with pregnancy 2.0 was to gain less weight, but I didn’t have a goal for how quickly I would lose it. My main health goals for the postpartum period are: 1. to maintain a healthy milk supply by eating enough and not over-exercising and 2. to be gentle on my core and focus on strengthening it and reducing any abdominal separation.
As of today, thanks to yesterday’s stomach bug, I am back at my pre-pregnancy weight. My overall gain was 24 lbs, although I did lose weight at first. After coming home from the hospital post-birth, I had already lost 2/3 of the weight. By the time we were back in the Bahamas, I was back to around 3 lbs above pre-pregnancy and stayed there until the stomach bug.
The two charts look better when graphed together. I changed the units from dates to the number of weeks pre- and post- birth for comparison.
I am so happy with this second pregnancy and the recovery that I don’t know whether I should quit while I’m ahead or keep having more babies. Ha. T would say there are more factors to choosing your family size than your ability to gain and lose pregnancy weight. Touche.
I share this data because I think it’s interesting, and it might also be encouraging to anyone who felt they gained too much with a first pregnancy. My experiences were completely different each time.
I also am not a particularly small woman, and my pre-pregnancy weight is not my goal weight. I hover just over the top end of “healthy” BMI for my height. So, this isn’t a “look how skinny I am!” post either. Please don’t take it that way.
If nothing else, I write this to invite you to celebrate with me and to marvel at how God made women’s bodies. I struggle with body image as much as the next woman, but this sweet time of carrying babies and nursing them has been the most body-positive time of my life. Sure, I have loose skin and stretch marks still on my belly, but LOOK what came from it!