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Losing baby weight

My little boy is 8 months old. We had a lot of issues with breastfeeding in the first few months and I became quite depressed.

I never managed to lose my baby weight esp my belly and it hasn't really bothered me until we have booked a holiday for 4 weeks time! I also went to the docs today and when she weighed me told me I'm classed as obese!

Left there feeling absolutely rubbish bur know I need to lose weight. I don't eat unhealthy, don't snack much so not sure where to start!! Any help?

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Hi Jodie1984

Welcome to the weight loss forum.

Try not to be too hard on yourself and remember it's only a number on the scales. You have made a great step today by joining the forum and there is lots of support here to help you along the way. Why not join today weigh in to help get you started.

Take a look at the Welcome Newbie post in the Pinned post section at the right hand side or at the bottom if your on a mobile. Have a look at the nhs 12 week plan, many members have had success following this plan. Use the BMI checker to work out your daily calorie allowance.

Have a look at the Daily Diary which you can find on the Home page in Events. It is where all the members are sharing their daily plans on what they are eating and any exercise they are doing. This thread will give you some ideas on how to start.

Below the Pinned posts are the Topics where members share a range of weight related subjects.

Take your measurements at the start together with a photo so you can see the changes on the days the scales don't move.

We have daily weigh ins so why not come along and join us today. You can find the weigh ins on the Home page in the Events section on the right. Just click on the post in Events and record your start weight and any loss/gain or maintain for the week.

To get the most of the forum be active, share tips, recipes and experiences. Read some of the posts they are very motivating.

Have a good first week.



Welcome Jodie.

Try and take in as much of what Rose has mentioned as possible but at the same time try and take into account that it's not all do-able at once and it's not a race. Maybe try changing a few things at a time and get them to stick.

Staying in contact here regularly will probably be your biggest help, as the people here will help you when you're down, provide you with loads of great advice and cheer you on each time you reach one of your goals.

Good luck!

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Hi jodie1984; welcome. This is a great place to start. There is lots of great advice and support. As Tiggerr says, it is not a quick fix, but good steady progress to where you want to be. You may find that being a new mum means you are unable to do the exercise that you did or you grab what is to hand as it is quicker. I know I was like that when I was a new mum. Being tired does not help. Take it one step at a time and get involved with this site. I am pleased that I did a few weeks ago. Have a great first week.


Were you over weight before you had the baby or has this all happened since? Is this baby your first?

My little boy wouldnt breast feed either and I was over anxious about him needing to be breast fed. For many weeks I exhausted myself expressing from boobs into a bottle. If I could turn the clock back I would have bottle fed a lot sooner and I would have mixed bottle and breast for my first child who was soley breastfed. Not for convinence reasons but because I have discovered since that I am low on some essential vitamins especailly vit D and B12 and bottle feeding would have helped make up for what would have been lacking in my milk. Go easy on yourself and give yourself time, there is no hurry for you to lose this weight and you holiday is going to be very different with with a new baby. That baby is going to decide what kind of holiday you have and I would be very suprised if he lets you spend much time sunbathing in a bikini.

Also my mum was very over weight or obese but she was the best cuddle in the world and I cant imagine how a thin person could provide such a soft, squashy, yummy cuddle. There are some good reasons to lose weight but also there is some real lovelyness in just being who you are.

I think most of the bad things that happen to our health or socail circumstances are often bought on by fear of those things not by those things themselves. Whether you have a heart attack as a result of stress as been shown to be more about whether you enjoy stress or try to avoid. Those who try to avoid get ill and studies into longevity have shown that overweight people tend to live longer than those considered to be the right weight and actually much longer than underweight people so chill and relax and take your time.


Thank youbfor your reply Mandy Jane 😊 I know I need to lose weight but am a size 16 bottom (mainly because of my legs!) and size 14 top so thought I was overweight but wouldn't have classed myself as obese!

My little boy is my first, We didn't switch to bottles till 4 months and within those 4 months I had mastitis 8 times so rarely went out etc.

We only completely stopped breastfeeding about 6 weeks ago so I am still quite large in the bust so don't think that's helping (I've always been big chested!)

I need to lose a little bit from everywhere really to still look in proportion if that makes sense apart from my baby belly!


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