Losing The Baby Weight: What To Expect After You Deliver

Happy Wednesday friends! If you are just joining the Losing The Baby Weight series welcome! Every Wednesday for the next several weeks I will be posting on this topic.

Here are the topics for the next 4 weeks:

Wednesday, June 12: Pregnancy & Exercise

Wednesday, June 19: What To Expect After You Deliver

Wednesday, June 26: The First Six Weeks

Wednesday, July 3: Nutrition

Losing The Baby Weight

This week I wanted to be sure to include information on vaginal deliveries and c-sections and what you could expect after each. Since I have no experience with c-sections my friend Jess, from Jason, Me, and Baby T, and I have teamed up to write this weeks post. Yay! I promise that Jess and I have not spared a detail or picture from this post. You are going to get everything. Are you ready? Without anymore introduction here it is…

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Caden’s birth was profoundly amazing and life changing. My water broke, I labored unmedicated for 16 hours , had a small tear, and pushed for a total of 6 minutes. Want to read more about my birth story? Click HERE.

After Caden was born and I had a chance to snuggle him, he was handed off to the nurse to get cleaned up. Warm blankets were placed over my shivering body as my amazing doctor proceeded to stitch me up.  Another nurse came over and massaged my swollen belly to stimulate my uterus to contract and assists in the release of excess fluid, blood, and of course the placenta. As she massaged my belly I imagined it reducing in size as I studied the hospital menu. I was so hungry and was looking forward to my first meal in 24 hours.

Contractions & Caden

To be honest I thought as soon as Caden was born my stomach would just deflate back down instantaneously. I was in for a rude awakening.

Why Did I Still Look Pregnant?

My stomach did not magically deflateAfter pushing out my 6 pound baby and delivering the placenta I imagined that there would be nothing left to make me look pregnant. I laugh at myself now. My uterus had been growing a person for the last 9 months, so naturally it was going to remain swollen even after delivery. I am sharing this next picture so other first time mama’s can know what to expect.

48 Hours Post Delivery

This is me 48 hours after Caden’s birth. I promise the swelling does go down, but it takes a few weeks. More on this next week.

Going To The Bathroom

The first time I went to the bathroom shortly after delivery I felt like my insides were going to fall out into the toilet. I was so afraid to contract any of my muscles that it took forever. Thank goodness for an amazing food selection and laxatives.

Trying to poop was a nightmare! Seriously, a nightmare. I can not even begin to explain the anxiety I had when trying to have a bowel movement. I felt like any kind of pushing directed in that region of my body would split my stitches open. Peeing was no walk in the park either. My skin was already irritated and raw leaving me wincing each time I needed to go to the bathroom.

My advice: take the laxatives when they are offered and order prunes with every meal. It will make going to the bathroom slightly easier. Do not wipe yourself with toilet paper. There will be a wash bottle in the bathroom that you can fill with warm water to rinse yourself. The wash bottle is amazing!

Sitz Baths

A sitz bath may be created simply by filling a bathtub with some water and sitting in it for a few minutes. There are also special devices that fit into toilet bowls. It is used to relieve discomfort and pain in the lower part of the body.

For some reason my nurse was not a fan of sitz baths and while she was amazing, I should have followed my doctors advice and done several of these before I left the hospital. Showering with warm water will leave you feeling amazing and clean but it does not have the same healing benefits as a sitz bath. Do these often if you have hemorrhoids or stitches.

Hemorrhoids, Tearing, & Stitches (oh my)

I have always been super fascinated by the human body so of course after Caden was born I wanted to take a peek to see my stitches. Ladies, I am not sure why I did this. I beg you. Resist the urge to look down there. It is not pretty. I was beyond traumatized. I feared I would remain in the gauze panties the hospital had put me in for the remainder of my life. That being said, stock up on those gauze panties for when you leave the hospital. Ask for extra’s so you can take them home with you.

Along with the granny panties provided by the hospital I used several witch hazel pads topped with medicated foam and ointment to soothe my stitched skin and hemorrhoids. All of this and more will be provided to you by the hospital.

Vaginal Soreness & Discharge

I did not have any clue how sore I would be after pushing out a baby. I was so sore. It was the best and hardest workout of my life. I took Advil every 4 hours for the first 48 hours after Caden was born. It helped that I had a nurse handing them to me with a cup of water while I was in the hospital. Staying on top of the pain is so important. It will be easy to forget to take your medicine once you are home and settling into your new routine.

Ice packs, chilled witch hazel pads, sitz baths, and wash bottles are all wonderful ways to ease the discomfort after a vaginal delivery. I used all of these natural remedies and highly recommend them.

As awkward as wearing a big bulky pad is, they are necessary immediately after giving birth. Your body will be removing excess fluid and blood that is no longer needed. My bleeding continued for several weeks after Caden was born. Drink plenty of water during this time. It is important to stay hydrated. I was super thirsty and felt like I could not get enough water.

Body Odor

Ok, this one may just be me and probably has nothing to do with a vaginal delivery. I am slightly embarrassed to even write this, but….I had horrible body odor after Caden was born. I mean awful. Showering and deodorant would barely make a dent. I imagine it has to do with the hormones that are being released and the increased rate at which a mama’s metabolism is working but yikes! I would love to hear if you noticed this too. It could also be I that am extra smelly but I would love to believe this has happened to others.

Weight Loss After Delivery

So here it is, the big question! How much weight did I lose after delivery? I actually didn’t weigh myself for a week. But when I did was shocked to find out I had lost 15 pounds and was only 5 lbs away from my pre-preganacy weight. Check back next week as I highlight the first six weeks after my delivery.

Now I am handing it over to Jess! You are all in for a treat. This sweet girl is sharing all of the details about her c-section recovery with you. I learned so much by reading this and I am so grateful to have become friends with this other fit mama.

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I have to start by saying how excited I am to be guest-posting on The Workout Mama! I’ve been following Tamara for a while now and always enjoy her insightful posts, fitness tips and motivating words. Oh, and who can forget the pictures of her sweet little boy! I’m sure I also speak for others when I say what a huge inspiration she is in so many ways!

I had my first baby a year ago this month and am going to share my c-section experience with you. Before delivering, I had read up on all sorts of labor scenarios but I never came across much detailed information on what exactly to expect DURING a c-section, or how I could expect to feel afterward. It seemed like everyone who had a great experience just said, “Oh, it wasn’t bad at all!” while anyone with a c-section horror story was eager to share every frightening detail. It left me scared about things that could go wrong but most likely wouldn’t and wondering about the details of what a good surgery and recovery was like. I hope that sharing my experience gives some mama’s-to-be a little more peace of mind about the whole process, should they end up in a similar situation.

I quite possibly had the easiest and most enjoyable pregnancy in the history of all pregnancies (please, don’t hate me!) and a labor that started off and progressed really well. Nobody, myself and the doctors and nurses included, expected me to end up needing a c-section. You can read my full, detailed birth story HERE, but long story short, I was wheeled to the OR for an emergency c-section about 11 hours after being admitted to L&D.

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My contractions had been coming fast and furious when I arrived to the hospital 3-4 cm dilated, but as the night went on, they started to fizzle out and lose intensity. I did end up fully dilated, but Sadie wasn’t able to drop down. Turns out she was stuck and in a posterior (face up) position, so a vaginal delivery just wasn’t in the cards for us. Looking back, I’m actually very thankful for the c-section because I know how difficult the delivery can be when the baby is “sunny side up” and the surgery allowed her to be born safely.

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Cramping Through My Shoulders & Chest

After Sadie was born and the doctor began working to close me up, the anesthesiologist warned me that I would probably have some residual pain/cramping across my shoulders and chest as my uterus was manipulated and stitched up. Totally weird, right? Well, right he was because I experienced exactly what he described. Again, you can refer to my birth story that’s linked above for the full details on this, just know that it is possibly something you could experience. I had never heard or read about it before, so I was surprised!

Shivering

As we headed to our post partum room, I begin to shiver and shake uncontrollably. Not like “Oh, it’s a little chilly in here!” but rather my upper body was full out convulsing and super tense. This is also a fairly common reaction from the epidural and meds. I’ve heard of some woman experiencing the shivering soon after it’s administered, but I was totally fine for the 11 or so hours that I had mine and didn’t experience that side effect until a few minutes after surgery.

I was asked if I wanted to try breastfeeding, and although I was doubtful we would have any success because I just couldn’t keep my arms still, I wanted to give it a shot. As soon as my baby was placed back in my arms, the shaking immediately subsided. It was one of the most amazing things I have every experienced! Sadie latched right on and we were off to a great start with nursing within that first hour of her being born.

Several Hours of Bed Rest

Once we were settled into our room around 8:00am, I had to stay in bed the rest of the day. Not that I really minded all that much. I was soooo tired from having been awake about 30 hours and obviously I had just been through a pretty major surgery! I did lots of snuggling and breastfeeding with my sweet girl, her daddy took care of all of the diaper changes and we tried to rest in between people popping in to say congrats. My Foley catheter was removed (thank-you-so-much!) but my IV remained in place. My nurse came in later that night to remove my IV and help get me get up to use the restroom.

Getting Up For The First Time

I honestly wasn’t in any major pain during the recovery process because I stayed on top of my meds (more on that in a bit), but getting up out of bed that first time took some major effort! I needed the help of my husband and nurse to support my back/shoulders in getting me sitting fully upright and to swing my legs over and off the side of the bed. Again, I wasn’t in pain, it was just very difficult to move.

I felt a lot of tightness and sort of a pulling sensation through my abdomen. The nurse held on to me as a baby-stepped/shuffled my way to the restroom and I did ok as long as I kept myself sort of bent forward, if that makes sense. There was definitely no way that I could stand up straight. It makes you realize just how much you use your core without even thinking about it! Walking, sitting up, reaching for things, etc and all of those actions that are normally effortless suddenly take some concentration! That first time getting up was definitely the toughest, but it really wasn’t all that bad. After that, I was able to do it with just a little bit of assistance.

Constipation

Despite being starving, I was only given foods like broth, jello, etc. until later in the day to be sure everything was back up and running as it should be. Expect your nurse to ask you several times if you are passing gas and/or had a bowel movement. I was good in the gas department (sorry folks, just trying to keep it real here!) but it was actually almost a week until I had my first post-delivery poop! Turns out that the combination of the surgery and pain meds usually results in things getting backed up. Take stool softeners and/or whatever your doctor recommends until things are back to normal.

Incision Care

When I came out of surgery, I had some gauze lightly taped over the incision area which my nurse removed a few hours later. After that I just had steri strips over the incision…no stitches or staples. I was instructed to just leave them in place until they started to loosen up on their own. After about 4-5 days I was able to pull the last ones off.

I was able to take normal showers, I just had to take care to make sure water and soap didn’t directly hit the incision. Instead, to clean the area, I just let soap and water run down over it. They told me to use a clean, fresh towel to gently pat the area dry after showers.

You won’t be able to wear anything low rise, including undies, for the first few weeks. Yes, that’s right, get ready to rock the granny panties for a little while! I was back in my pre-pregnancy jeans by my 2 week checkup with my OB, but those and my normal low-rise underwear still bothered me a bit when I would sit down.

Speaking of check-ups, my doctor came to see me and check my incision right before I was discharged and then had me go in for a checkup at 2 weeks and 8 weeks post delivery. Each visit was short and sweet since I was healing really well. He just took a look at the incision site each time and we discussed birth control options at the 8 week mark.

Get Up & Start Walking ASAP

This is important! My nurse encouraged me to start walking the halls the following morning, so about 24 hours after the surgery. Even though I totally didn’t feel like doing it, I listened. A lot of it was just that I was still super tired, and a little bit because it took some effort to get around. We put Sadie in her rolling bassinet and I sort of leaned on that for a little bit of support and we began making our laps. I would go in spurts of maybe 15-20 minutes at a time, a few times a day. By our last day there (she was born Friday morning and we were discharged Monday afternoon), we were cruising those hallways like a boss….and by “cruising” I mean we were walking at a grandma pace, but I was able to do it pretty easily and enjoyed being up! Making myself get up and walk as soon as I was cleared to do so definitely helped me feel a lot better and jump started my recovery. I think it also really helped to ease that feeling of tightness/pulling in my abdomen that I described earlier.

Stay On Top Of  Your Pain Medication

Your doctor will likely prescribe you a few different things. I am not the type who likes to take medicine of any kind, but I had been given the advice to take what I was prescribed and at the suggest times, and that’s what I did. Let me tell you, I needed it. Especially that first week or so!

Rather than waiting to “see” if I needed it, I just went ahead and took them at their scheduled times. My nurses were great at coming around to give them to me while I was in the hospital and once we were home, my husband helped me stay on top of it.

I recommend having your spouse or someone else help you keep track of when you’re due for it because time is bound to get away from you as you adjust to home life with your new little one! There were a few times in those first couple days that I forgot and went a good 30-45 minutes past when I would have normally taken a dose…and every single time it dawned on me that I missed it because I was barely able to get around. I wasn’t in horrible pain, mind you….I just caught myself walking around half bent over or wouldn’t be able to get in bed by myself. That really tight/stiff feeling would be back in full force and any kind of movement would remind me of it. As long as I stayed on top of everything and took it easy, I was able to get around the house pretty well and didn’t have any major discomfort.

Go Easy On Yourself

Remember that you just had a pretty major surgery and that your body needs time to recover from. You hear over and over about how you should sleep when the baby sleeps, not worry about housework, cooking, etc and this is especially true after a c-section! Let your body rest and heal. This is a selfie I took 24 hours after my c-section.

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While I don’t have anything else to compare my delivery to since it was my first go-round, overall I consider it to be a good experience. There were definitely a few unpleasant aspects but overall, it is one that I wouldn’t mind going through again. Looking back over the whole picture….the time I actually spent in labor, the c-section surgery itself and the recovery process, if I had to pick what the worst/most unpleasant parts were, they would be the shoulder cramping I experienced as my doctor worked to close me up and the shivering that hit me a few minutes after the surgery. Both were probably exacerbated by the fact that I was eager to hold my baby and just be settled into our room and resting, but nevertheless, they were unpleasant.

One other thing that I stopped to take notice of was the way that my husband bonded with our daughter during that first day of her life. The get-up-and-go part of me wanted to be up out of bed changing those first diapers and walking around holding our little girl, but instead I had to stay in bed and rest. I spent so much time snuggling her in my hospital bed and breastfeeding, but it was up to her daddy to do the rest. I remember sitting in my bed and tearing up as I watched his face light up while he changed her first diaper, the way he would change her clothes so carefully and the mad swaddling skills that he seemed to be born with. (Who knew!) Watching him take care of his baby girl like that just made my heart overflow with love for both of them, not to mention the way he was so attentive to anything and everything I needed. Had I not been cooped up in bed that first day, I might not have noticed all of those small little details like I did, but they will forever be ingrained in my mind and heart…and in my book, that counts as a blessing.

If you have any questions, or would like to hear more about any aspect of about our labor/delivery/recovery, please feel free to ask! You can find a lot more details in both of our birth story posts, but we are more than happy to answer anything that might still be unclear or help ease your mind if you have any specific worries or concerns. No question or concern is silly if it helps you go into your delivery feeling more relaxed and prepared!

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  1. Great post! I have actually experienced both a C-section and a vaginal delivery (my first was an emergency C-section like Jess’ and my second was born by VBAC), and I found your experiences to be very similar to my own. I think that the actual labor process is a bit different during a VBAC as opposed to a first vaginal delivery (and I pushed almost constantly for 2 hours –hardest work I’ve ever done in my life!) , but my postpartum experience was very similar, tear and all!

    I did have just a couple of comments to add though. First, I think it’s unusual for most women to be only 5 pounds away from pre-pregnancy weight or back in their pre-pregnancy jeans by 2 weeks postpartum. With both my deliveries, I lost about 15 or so pounds of baby, water weight, etc., immediately after delivery. The rest I had to work hard to get off. I think that’s pretty typical.

    My next two comments both apply to a C-section. First, another very common effect of a C-section epidural (which is a much higher dose of Fentanyl than an epidural given during labor) is that it can cause a sudden and extreme drop in blood pressure. That happened to me when the anesthesiologist upped the dosage on the epidural for my C-section, and I immediately got really cold and couldn’t breathe. It was scary. It is a common side effect though, so just speak up and they will immediately work to manage that by giving oxygen, helping you calm down, adjusting medications, etc.

    Finally, some women have a hard time dealing with the narcotic pain medications that are given after a C-section. I was prescribed oxycodone with both my C-section and the laparotomy that I had earlier this year. I didn’t have problems after the C-section (though I found the high dose ibuprofen that I was prescribed to be more effective at pain management), but after the laparotomy, the narcotic made me really nauseous, and until I figured out that’s what was causing it, I would vomit about 30-45 minutes after taking the dose. Vomiting with a fresh abdominal incision is really, really painful!

    Again, great post, with good, real-life accounts of delivery and recovery! And thank you so much for including your postpartum pictures, it does take several weeks for that belly to shrink down (and for talking about poop — such a surprising and important thing. Take the stool softeners!). Having experienced both, I do not hesitate one second to say that I vastly preferred a vaginal delivery and I hope to VBAC again in September. Not that my C-section was a negative experience because it wasn’t, but the recovery overall was much easier and smoother after the VBAC. After my daughter was born, I wrote my birth story, along with my comparison of the C-section versus VBAC here (http://kansascitykatie.wordpress.com/2011/05/14/welcome-to-the-world/) for anyone interested!
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    • Thanks Katie! I totally appreciate all your comments! I went back and added how much weight I lost in the post too :). I am looking forawrd to reading your birth stories. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Great posts! I actually had a similar experience in both cases. I ended up having a face up vaginal delivery after two long hours of per-pushing and pushing. I arrived at the hospital at 1 and had my baby at 745. I came in at 2 cm dilated and with contractions that were not very strong. They were about to send me home and told me to go for a walk until my doctor arrived and when he did 10 minutes later I was 8 cm dilated. They frantically ran around trying to get ready but an hour passed and I still wasn’t progressing. My doctor joked and asked are you sure you are on labour, you sure don’t seem like it. Then they hooked me up to have augmentation to make the contractions stronger and for the remaining hours I was having very strong contractions 2-3 minutes apart and still had no progression. My doctor came in at around 530 all ready to take me in for a csection because she was face up and her head just wouldn’t come down. Thankfully I felt the urge to push and he let me and after nearly 2 hours of pushing my baby girl came out face up and I had no tears what so ever! I was very lucky and felt so blessed.

  3. This was some great advice! After struggling with PPD I kind of lost my weight-loss motivation and 4 years later I’m still wearing it. It’s all excuses now, but it is hard. If I could do it all over…I’d be more conscious of what I ate. I had no idea that it would be a much harder challenge to lose weight after having 3 full-term babies at ages 35, 36, and 37. Hormones and age I guess. Great post! and hi from PYHO

    • Thanks Malissa for sharing I am sure this comment will be encouraging to other mama’s. It is always nice to hear from other women and what they experienced after having a baby because there is such a wide range of what can happen.

  4. I had to take a “look” when I got home from the hospital too! I even had my husband take a picture so I could zoom in get a really good look at it. Bad bad decision. And then I looked again when I had a stitch come loose. My doctor told me never to look…just don’t do it!
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    • Oh my goodness this made me laugh so hard because I can completely relate. Josh didn’t take my picture but he caught Caden as he was being born so got a pretty good eyeful of everything and saw the tear happen. Poor guy. I wouldn’t want to watch that either. Thanks Laura for sharing!

  5. Thank you for this! I JUST had a natural birth last Wednesday. It’s nice to read your words so I know it isn’t just me! I attached my labor story, if you’re interested! I didn’t talk about the gross stuff since I know who reads my blog! And I don’t want to …. weird anyone out. The worst thing is the stitching for me… freaks me out, and I feel like it’s never going to get back to normal.

    Thanks again! (Found you through the Show Some Love blog hop)
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  6. Christa says:

    My first was an emergency C-section as well. Basically the same story, great labor until after pushing for two hours they realized she was facing my hip instead of up or down. So they turned her and tried to use the vacuum. Thanks to all the hair my daughter had the vacuum wouldn’t stick so I had to have a C-section. I didn’t get to hold or see my daughter (except for right after she was born) till four hours later. I would say longest four hours of my life but I was so doped up I really didn’t even notice how long it had been. I experienced basically everything Jess said. I never could form a good breastfeeding relationship with my daughter though and we ended up stopping after a week. For me the worst thing about the C-section was just the pain afterwards. I wanted to hop right up and enjoy my baby and it wasn’t very easy to do that after a C-section. And I felt like God had let me down because of the C-section and not being able to breastfeed. Fast forward two and half years and on Sept. 25th, 2012 I had my VBAC with my son. It was such an amazing experience. It was 9hrs from start to finish and all the glory goes to God! I never would have been able to have done it without God and my amazing supportive doctor. I torn with him but the hemorrhoids are what killed me (tmi I know lol). Thanks to having him on my chest in no time we established a good breastfeeding relationship that lasted until I was done. Birth is so fascinating to me and I love hearing other women’s stories. Thanks for really explaining what happens. I wish I would have known a lot of the stuff Jess talked about when I went through my C-section! Can’t wait to hear tips on losing the baby weight. I’m almost 9 months pp and thanks to breastfeeding I lost a lot of my baby weight….but when I stopped I gained EVERYTHING back. It’s been a little harder to work out with having two kids but I know that my motivation and determination is right around the corner!

  7. Hi Tamara! I love your website and this post was wonderful! I gained 22 pounds with my first pregnancy and lost 16 within the first week. I was SO excited!!! I thought the rest would follow suit but little did I know that last 6 pounds wouldn’t come off for another 5-6 months. I attribute all of my weight loss to nursing. Carrying that eight for those first few months was discouraging. Especially if you have a baby that is not the best sleeper and it’s hard enough to get through the day, let alone work out.

    I went into labor knowing that it was going to be hard, what I didn’t think about was how hard postpartum is. I was EXTREMELY emotional for a good 6-8 weeks which is not like me. I didn’t feel like myself mentally and didn’t know how to fix it. What eventually helped was pumping enough to have my husband do a nighttime feeding so I could get a longer stretch to sleep. Sleep deprivation really makes you crazy! I wish I would have prepared a bit more for what to expect with postpartum. Oh well! Now I know 🙂 I would take the body odor any day 🙂
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  8. Katriel says:

    I really appreciate you being open and honest about your experience!

  9. I love reading birth and recovery stories so I thought I’d some comments for other readers. I ended up having a C-Section because my baby was breech. I tried everything to turn her before that day but nothing worked. My c-section went great. Everything went perfectly and I didn’t have the “headache” a heard some people get from the spinal. I was able able to breast feed once I got into the recovery room which probably was about 30 min after birth. I didn’t have to have staples just steri strips which is awesome and something to discuss with your doc prior to the c-section if you can. I was up and out of bed the next day. I wasn’t sore it was just difficult to move. I made sure to keep up on my pain meds.
    Overall I gained 33 pounds during my pregnancy. I’m 5’4″ and weight 130 prior. Currently, at 5 months post partum I am 134. The scar looks amazing and doesn’t bother me at all. I exercise but not as much as I would like since I work full time. I am breast feeding which has helped a ton. I have some jeans I fit back into but there are two pairs that are a stretch. Actually just this week I was able to fit better in them than I did a couple weeks ago and I noticed my weight loss picking up again. So needless to say I’m not one of those people that was able to wear per-pregnancy clothes two weeks after birth. I weighed myself the day I came home from the hospital, two days after birth, and had only lost 6 pounds. I lost weight every day for at least 6 weeks. I remember at eight weeks I still have 10 pounds to lose. So the six pounds that I’ve lost since then has taken awhile but I also have gained muscle back. I’ve also heard that your body can hold onto weight while breast feeding and I wonder sometimes if that’s the case with me. I feel pretty good about myself and love my pre-prego shorts fit. My stomach looks great when I’m standing but sags a bit when I sit. No stretch marks!! I think with continued exercise I will be able to get back into my pre-pregnancy shape but I definitely had moments of tears the first few months waiting for the weight to come off.
    Body Odor – You had asked if anyone else experienced this and YES I DID. Oh my gosh. I was so worried it was a permanent thing. I would shower and put deodorant on and bam…stinky again. It was terrible and I was so embarrassed. One night after weeks of this I had a huge night sweat. I had stopped having them. The next day the stink was gone and hasn’t returned. It must be hormonal.

  10. Thanks for sharing, I agree and experianced pretty much everything you described! One thing I want to add is the swelling… depending on how long your on the IV, (I was on it for almost 48 hrs) some pretty extreme swelling can occur. I could only fit into 1 pair of old stretched out flip flops for 2 1/2 weeks. My dr told me to drink plenty of water and walk around a lot. Both seemed to be counterproductive to me, but I did them anyways. My feet were so swollen at times they felt like they were going to burst! My advice is hang in there, the swelling will go down!! Best of luck!!!

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