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Anyone else in this boat?

I was dx about 4.5 months after giving birth to my second son. I had gained 37 lbs with him (as opposed to 60+ with my first son that came off within 4 months)... and 9 months later it is still not all off. I have another 5-7ish lbs to go, which is not the end of the world, but it seems that no amount of "dieting" is really helping. I am not really eating that much either.. but the weight is def there, and has settled into my stomach, which is new for me also.

It is also a challenge to diet because I find that my blood sugar drops rapidly and I end up needing to eat immediately, so I grab something like a LaraBar (which is like 6-7 weight watchers points). The gluten-free snack foods are really a killer because they are so dense, but often I am left without much of an option if I am at work and need to eat quickly.

I am wondering if this is a Celaic thing, or if it is just that it was my second kid, I am now 30, and blah blah blah.

Anyone with a similar experience?

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I've told my story before... but I was diagnosed very quickly (only a few months of symptoms) and never experienced the unexplained weight loss many do before diagnosis. Then... being one who loved to cook and bake... I packed on 40 lbs. of weight gorging on all the foods I COULD eat to make up for the ones I could no longer eat. Finally, after suffering w/ heartburn and reflux causing me to take Protonix for a year, I cut out almost all of the obvious carbs from my diet... no (or very little) bread, no pasta, very little brown rice, etc... and dropped 20 lbs. in a few months. The heartburn disappeared. I still have that last 20 to go and need to go back to that low carb diet! I am such a carb addict!!

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Anyone else in this boat?

I was dx about 4.5 months after giving birth to my second son. I had gained 37 lbs with him (as opposed to 60+ with my first son that came off within 4 months)... and 9 months later it is still not all off. I have another 5-7ish lbs to go, which is not the end of the world, but it seems that no amount of "dieting" is really helping. I am not really eating that much either.. but the weight is def there, and has settled into my stomach, which is new for me also.

It is also a challenge to diet because I find that my blood sugar drops rapidly and I end up needing to eat immediately, so I grab something like a LaraBar (which is like 6-7 weight watchers points). The gluten-free snack foods are really a killer because they are so dense, but often I am left without much of an option if I am at work and need to eat quickly.

I am wondering if this is a Celaic thing, or if it is just that it was my second kid, I am now 30, and blah blah blah.

Anyone with a similar experience?

It sounds like you are a developing diabetic. The storage of fat in the belly area, instead of the hips, the dips in blood sugar. If you have insurance, you could get a 5 hour glucose tolerance test WITH insulin levels. or, if you want to avoid the dx as long as possible, you could get on a paleo type diet, no refined carbs, actually few carbs at all, outside of the ones in the low carb veggies and meat that you would be eating.

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It sounds like you are a developing diabetic. The storage of fat in the belly area, instead of the hips, the dips in blood sugar. If you have insurance, you could get a 5 hour glucose tolerance test WITH insulin levels. or, if you want to avoid the dx as long as possible, you could get on a paleo type diet, no refined carbs, actually few carbs at all, outside of the ones in the low carb veggies and meat that you would be eating.

Don't even say that!

I have always been like this as far as the dips in blood sugar and have never tested positive for it. I just know that I need to eat foods that are rich in proteins as opposed to carbs and keep snacks with me just in case.

As for the fat in the belly area... I am 30 now and just had my second child, along with a daignosis of Celiacs. I am sure that could have something to do with it... no?

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Of course that could have something to do with it! Are you also breast-feeding? If so, your body is going to want to hang onto as much body fat as possible to make sure you have enough of you to make food for your baby. I think people don,t really expect to get their paper-baby body back for at least a year. I sure wouldn't worry about 5- 7 pounds , especially not right after a baby.

With my first child, I lost the baby weight almost immediately, but not with the second. I also didn't ovulate for over a year after the second one was born, despite the fact that I was so much heavier. It was my body insisting that it wasn't ready to make another baby.

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Of course that could have something to do with it! Are you also breast-feeding? If so, your body is going to want to hang onto as much body fat as possible to make sure you have enough of you to make food for your baby. I think people don,t really expect to get their paper-baby body back for at least a year. I sure wouldn't worry about 5- 7 pounds , especially not right after a baby.

With my first child, I lost the baby weight almost immediately, but not with the second. I also didn't ovulate for over a year after the second one was born, despite the fact that I was so much heavier. It was my body insisting that it wasn't ready to make another baby.

No. I stopped breastfeeding after 3 months this time. I got my period back, but my body is just so so different this time. Even though I gained so much less weight, it is just not coming off...

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Anyone else in this boat?

I was dx about 4.5 months after giving birth to my second son. I had gained 37 lbs with him (as opposed to 60+ with my first son that came off within 4 months)... and 9 months later it is still not all off. I have another 5-7ish lbs to go, which is not the end of the world, but it seems that no amount of "dieting" is really helping. I am not really eating that much either.. but the weight is def there, and has settled into my stomach, which is new for me also.

It is also a challenge to diet because I find that my blood sugar drops rapidly and I end up needing to eat immediately, so I grab something like a LaraBar (which is like 6-7 weight watchers points). The gluten-free snack foods are really a killer because they are so dense, but often I am left without much of an option if I am at work and need to eat quickly.

I am wondering if this is a Celaic thing, or if it is just that it was my second kid, I am now 30, and blah blah blah.

Anyone with a similar experience?

I had a lot of trouble losing "baby weight" after my last 3 kids. The first one, not so much. Your hormones have a lot to do with weight, not just diet. Could simply be hormonal shift.

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Don't even say that!

I have always been like this as far as the dips in blood sugar and have never tested positive for it. I just know that I need to eat foods that are rich in proteins as opposed to carbs and keep snacks with me just in case.

As for the fat in the belly area... I am 30 now and just had my second child, along with a daignosis of Celiacs. I am sure that could have something to do with it... no?

The combination of Celiac and recovering from child birth most certainly can do this.

The Celiac causes your body to hord because it has not been absorbing nutrients. Once you start healing and absorbing nutrients, the weight will begin to come off &/or your tummy area will become smaller.

Some of this can be caused by the hormonal shift from pregnancy / nursing /pregnancy / nursing cycles. Don't expect the change to be quick - just eat healthful gluten-free meals - limit gluten-free processed foods, get exercise and focus on your kids, work and social activities - the weight will correct itself in time.

Having said all this...do make sure you get your thyroid checked during your next doctor's appointment to rule out problems there.

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The combination of Celiac and recovering from child birth most certainly can do this.

The Celiac causes your body to hord because it has not been absorbing nutrients. Once you start healing and absorbing nutrients, the weight will begin to come off &/or your tummy area will become smaller.

Some of this can be caused by the hormonal shift from pregnancy / nursing /pregnancy / nursing cycles. Don't expect the change to be quick - just eat healthful gluten-free meals - limit gluten-free processed foods, get exercise and focus on your kids, work and social activities - the weight will correct itself in time.

Having said all this...do make sure you get your thyroid checked during your next doctor's appointment to rule out problems there.

I am going in the next few weeks and that is def on my agenda!

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