Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Pregnancy weight and getting back into my work clothes

I'm a strange sort of person. I am VERY plain, don't go for anything "fashionable" and as a result, the things I buy generally last me years and years, especially work clothes.

Perfect example - this pic was taken at our Infertility Group's Bling Party. I'm on the left, R in middle (mother to twin girls) and Nat's on the right.

I wear my wedding ring and one other ring on the other hand, a set of pearl studs and that's it.

Handbags is where I have it going on. Not joking but I probably have 20 - 25. I'll count when I'm not feeling so lazy.

Tell me I'm not the only Plain Jane out there!

Back to the weight.

After the babies were born, I lost all but about 2,3 kg (around 5 pounds) of the weight very quickly (probably 3 weeks).

And then it took another 6 weeks or so to get rid of nearly 2kg.

I've had that last 0.5 kg (1 pound) for months and months and months.

It would help if I stopped eating huge slabs of Cadbury's dairy milk chocolate. And actually started going to gym. But mostly I was tired and couldn't be bothered.

Until I realised that I'm going back to work and I need to wear clothes in which I can actually see clients.

And nothing in the shops is the least bit appealing to me, being a non-fashion person. I have made a very slight effort by glancing into the clothing stores every week or so...

What do you do when you're very cross?

I clean, cook or organise furiously.

So the week when I was so stressed, my freezer was still full so it was pointless me cooking, the house was reasonably clean so I looked at my list of things to do and saw I still needed to fit on all my summer work clothes.

Which I did.

People, I don't recommend doing this when you're already in a bad mood.

It basically freaked me out a lot.

Of ALL my stuff (and I have about 12 - 15 skirt/ pants suits, 7 - 8 pairs of pants and about 3 skirts), guess what still fit?

3 pairs of pants and one skirt. And of course, my maternity pants which I'm oh so tempted to continue wearing.

It's this skirt I wore in my 14-week preggy pics and I was wearing the two pairs of pants up to 18 weeks so I don't know if they actually count.

And I was only 0.5 kg over the pre-preg weight.

On the bright side, at least I do have SOME clothes to wear. My tops were all fine though, probably because I don't wear very tight things.

I may have to stop being so cheap and actually go buy some expensive stuff that will fit well - I'll see.

But then... good news.

Last Thursday 3 Dec I jumped on the scale as I do every morning (yes, I like to torture myself) and lo and behold, I was back to pre-preg weight, 59 kg exactly.

I could hardly believe it even though I'd seen the scale going down to 59.4.... 59.3 .... so I took a pic.

I'm convinced everything moves around though because before babies, I didn't have the flabby tummy (have all the muscles inside just relaxed?) and my pants and skirts could actually zip up.

I did nothing to lose this weight, btw, I think it's all the running around after the babies at night. Seriously.

Now I need to lose another 2 kg which is all due to the fertility drugs from the IVFs. And I need to tone the flabby tummy so I can get into the rest of my clothes.

P.S. This day last year my babies were made. Here is a pic of bloated tummy with my 5 eggs just prior to egg retrieval.

P.P.S. This is my 30-minute post for the blog challenge.

P.P.P.S. Off to the gym now. Before you think I'm all virtuous, going to do a fitness assessment. Why do I persist with the torture?!


  1. This is so normal. After having our DD 9 years ago (and I was under 30 years old back then!), it took me a year to be able to fit back in my pants and skirts. Now it's 6 months after having "the boys" and I can fit into mostly everything. I think it's that they never let me sit down!!!! I'm always doing something and it takes the weight off. Now I'm starting to work out this week. I need to tone things up. Hopefully I can stick to working out at night.

    And I prefer the term "Classic" to "Plain Jane". All my clothes are classics so they last forever. And my standard jewelry is my wedding ring, watch and I have a pair of black pearl earrings, but sometimes I wear another pair of everyday earrings.

    Congrats on getting back to your pre-pregnancy weight!!!

  2. Congrats!

    I have been working on loosing the same 20 pounds or so. For 5 years. ;)

  3. Heather, I love it - classic :)

    In the back of my mind, I gave myself until going back to work to get to the pre-preg weight.... but it's a miracle I actually got there what with the no exercising and chocolate habit I have going on.

    I'm now setting new goals because I don't want to get used to the flabby tummy as I'll then keep making excuses.

    Kim, you are hilarious!

  4. I am sure my body is totally different after having the babies. I weigh less now than I did when I got pregnant, but it's all in different areas now. I try not to think about the flabby tummy (complete with stretch marks-ugh!) too much! Overall, I'm okay with the new me...I figure I will burn another couple of pounds when they start crawling/walking.

  5. Leigh- Your twins are precious! LOVED your comment on my HDYDI post. An Infertility Support Group is wonderful!! For some reason, I couldn't bring myself to go to the group at my church when I was going thru infertility... I don't think I wanted to admit it or something! But NOW I LOVE chatting with and helping other women who've been through the same thing I did. What a blessing I'm sure you are to so many you support!

  6. So after having four kids in seven years I weigh just about 3 pounds more than I did before the kiddos. Yippeee for me! However, it has absolutely all moved around on me and there is no way any of my old clothes fit anymore. Whenever I get crabby about it I try to remind myself that I at a perfectly healthy weight for my frame, am still considered thin by most women's standards, and my kids are sooo worth the extra jiggle in my mid-section. Then I go eat chocolate!

  7. I'm catching up. Sorry for the late comment.

    It's not the weight that makes the clothes fit funnily for me, but the post-pregnancy redistribution. I weigh what I did before I got pregnant, perhaps a little less, but now I have a belly and no behind, where I used to have the opposite.

    On the upside, carrying two children around for three years has given me killer arms.

  8. Reading back on your old posts - it's the way our bodies change- not the weight.


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