Weight Loss After Pregnancy

Kara Matuszewski Sassone

Posted By: Kara Matuszewski Sassone

First -- and second -- time mom. Her twins were born seven weeks early and spent their first three weeks in the NICU. During that time Kara navigated, with the love and support of her husband, how to pump and bring milk to her babies in the hospital.

While pregnant I was careful to not take the old “eat for two (or three, in my case)” route, but as every pregnant woman does, I put on weight while growing my babies. After they were born I was hoping the weight I put on would just fall off. A girl can dream, right?

I knew breastfeeding would help with some of the weight loss, and I can verify that yes, a lot of the weight came off quickly. And for good reason. I am feeding two babies at a time!

My day generally looks like this:

  • Awake and feed the babies
  • Get myself breakfast
  • Pump
  • Feed the babies
  • Eat a snack
  • Pump
  • Eat lunch
  • Feed the babies
  • Pump
  • Eat a snack
  • Feed the babies
  • Pump
  • Eat dinner
  • Feed the babies
  • Pump
  • Sleep

I’m exhausted just looking at it. It may be a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much. Trying to fit exercise in there isn’t easy.

What I’ve done to try to get both some “me” time and exercise in there is use the stroller and take the kiddos for some LONG walks – on average five miles.

I also recently purchased two DVDs of exercises with baby. I have yet to watch them – what do you mean I can’t lose weight just by looking at them? But I do hope to make them part of my routine soon.

I’m eating healthy, watching my portion size, and breastfeeding. I know the weight went on over time, so it will take time to take it off. And besides, the babies are growing, and that’s the important part, right?

9:00am on Tuesday March 6


2:49pm on Friday March 9

As a mom of four, the last to being twins, I can attest to the challenges of breastfeeding two. The body does some strange things after giving birth but twins seem to be the miracle that pushes the body to its very limit. I have had the luck to work with a physiotherapist who works with women to strengthen their pelvic floor, in ways that kegels will never do, and she has helped narrow a very sizable abdominal muscle separation, called diastasis. I admit that I began this routine after two years—multiples really take a lot of energy to care for and if you are breastfeeding it is even more challenging to get out of the house. But I have seen success, and even though my middle will probably always look like a wrinkle puppy, it gives me hope to run without worrying about leakage and to know that crunches are terrible for diastasis and there are better ways to strengthen your core anyway. Yes it is important that your babies are growing and you will get to grow and change with them even if it isn't on the schedule you had hoped for—don't worry it will happen. One day you will find you have "spare" time again. Maybe you could contact some local physiotherapists to inquire about their knowledge of the above conditions to help you get off to the right start.

9:32am on Friday March 9

Oh gosh, I have such admiration for anyone with twins - let alone the amazing woman who breastfeeds twins! Hang in there - you're doing the work of a superhero, here!

5:07pm on Thursday March 8

You are doing a great job - it's a real commitment to breastfeed twins and they are so lucky to have you as a mom!

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