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Hello all...I havent posted here in about a month, but I'm back.

Here's my question: I am 31 weeks pregnant, as of today. I'm receiving regular prenatal care through a private practice OB/GYN. My problem is---I have gained 30 pounds so far and still have 9 weeks left in my pregnancy, if my son is born on his due-date. Does this seem healthy?

How likely am I to lose all the weight within a month? I've heard various accounts from women on this matter, some saying they lost as much as 20 pounds simply by giving birth. I dont know if that is truth or baloney.
*I am a former competitive military (Air Force)athlete, and regaining my figure is paramount.*

Open to any comments, suggestions, advice, etc...

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I lost about 30 pounds in the delivery room -- baby, fluid, placenta, didn't eat for quite a few days.

Breastfeeding will help you drop the weight very quickly. Breastfeeding burns an amazing amount of calories. Other than that, the best I can recommend is to eat balanced meals and exercise -- take your newborn for walks in a stroller, etcetera. Don't try to lose it all in a month, though, because you'll only end up being worse off. The 6 or so weeks postpartum off-time jobs and school are required to give you are there for a reason; your body needs those six weeks to heal.

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i just had my baby 7 weeks ago and i gained 20 pounds and lost 20 pounds in the delivery room. although i have to tone my stomach again. not everyone can lose the weight like that though.
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I gained oh, more than 40 lbs (I lost 10 in my first trimester, so I was only 30 over my prepregnancy weight). Course, I was swollen like a balloon. I suffered from preeclampsia in my last month or so, so a lot was fluid. I had put on about 25 lbs before I started to swell and get symptomatic. Once my blood pressure went back to normal (a few days after I gave birth) I was back down to my pre-pregnancy weight. However, I now weight about 15 lbs more, and I have lost weight. What did me away was the wallowing in self-pity for weeks after my son was born. I rarely ventured out far (to the mall or to get groceries). I lied on the couch most of the day feeling sorry for myself cause I was "stuck" with this screaming colicky ball of terror (at least that is how I saw it at teh time, I know realize I was suffering from a bit of post-partum depression, but never got help). It is important that you get out there and exercise and be active once you feel up to it. It was months before I did anything about it. Eating right it paramount. You can't expect to keep weight off living off of candy, chips and sandwiches all day (I tried!). With a little effort, you will get back down to your weight. I read once that the average person takes about 3 months to get back to where they started.

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