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Weight gain after miscarriage

Has anyone had any trouble with weight gain following a miscarriage and D&C? I have actually gained more weight since the D&C than I did while I was pregnant. I'm wondering if it's a hormonal issue. It has been about 3 weeks since the procedure and I haven't started a new cycle yet. Any advice?
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It could be a depression thing.  Maybe you are eating more than you think due to being upset over the m/c.  I suffered a missed m/c in Sept of 03 but do not think I gained any more weight.  I was pg again 3 months after and actually lost weight due to being sick.  If possible stop and think about what you are eating and see if that makes sense.  I guess it could be a hormonal thing as well.  Everyone's body is different.  Good Luck to you.
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i gained a lot of weight after my 2 mc. For me i think it was a mixture of hormones, and depression eating. Also i wasnt very active, real upset and couldnt get out of bed. So i started this pregnancy ( 36 weeks now ) almost 15lbs heavier then i should have. Its going to be hell trying to get it off!!! lol
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I gained 10 lbs in 1 month after my miscarriage- but it's because I was eating like a pig!! I was so depressed. Once I made up my mind to change it (I'd lost 30 before I got pg and didn't want to gain it all back) it came off fairly easy... don't beat yourself up about it. I think miscarriage is the hardest thing to go through. I know for me it's the worst thing that has ever happened.
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I gained 11 pounds (from day one)  from my miscarriage - so some was pregnancy.  I only lost 4 of that.  I was reading that your body isn't real sure about when to know it is OK to let go of teh fat cells?  i know with me I watched every grain and calorie I ate and I ran miles and miles and miles.  But it wouldn't come off   (finally my doctor told me to stop running so much before I got pregnant again).  but best of luck to you - I really do think that your body has ideas of its own up to some point
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I am so glad to see this here.  I had a miscarriage and had to have a D&C.  Since then I have gained almost 10 pounds.  I'm sure at the beginning it was depression, lack of activity, and comfort food, but I snapped out of that after a couple of weeks and have been working very hard to lose it.  My husband has seen how hard I have been working and we are both confused on why I have not dropped any of it.  We didn't know if it was hormonal or what.  I've tried real hard to not to get discouraged and this helps to see that others have this same problem.  I would like to hear from more and their experience, and what has helped them to get back to "normal".
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I think my situation has been similar. Unfortunately, I went through a similar situation last summer. I also gained weight following the miscarriage. I agree that some of it was depression related but like you, it seemed like no matter what I did--I got no results. I think I started to lose some of the weight once I started my next cycle so that's why I think some of it must be hormonal. How long has it been since your miscarriage/D&C?
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I was almost 11 weeks in January when I had my miscarriage/d&c.  I did not have a regular cycle until this  month.  Hopefully, if it is somewhat hormonal, then maybe I should see a change since things are getting back to normal.
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I had my miscarriage on 1st Oct. I have gained 8 pounds since them. I had even hired a personal trainer and have never worked out so much in my life. But, everyday, I keep gaining more weight! It is so frustrating. Its been 10 week and I still have not had my period!!
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thank you for posting your comments!  I have been having the same issue.  It is adding more depression and stress!  But it is so nice to know that I am not crazy!  That others have experienced this also.  Have you started losing yet?  I so how long did it take?  was it okay after your flow went back to normal?  Thanks!
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Hi! I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my baby boy at 16 wks. last December and gainied alot of weight afterwards b/c I was so depressed. The only way I got it off was to get off my behind and start getting out. ( Not saying you are not getting out, etc. but in my case I did not!) I literally did not do anything (active) for probably 7-8 mos. I started playing tennis in July and that is really how the most weight came off and it really helped with my depression, I found something I enjoyed and that truly helped. Try and be patient with yourself and just start off slow and you will start to see changes and that will make you want to do more. I am now going through a m/c myself and am depressed again but am going to try my hardest to start playing tennis again as soon as I stop bleeding and get the ok. I hope this has been helpful and if you have any questions or just need me to listen I am glad to. Take care of yourself!
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Thank you so much for your comment. I was 12wks when I lost my baby. I'm on the other end of the spectrum though. I've lost weight since the m/c,due to being scared to eat(more scared to vomit than anything). I know its an irrational fear,but I'm trying to deal with it. I'm not working,which is making it worse. I'm gonna get up off my lazy butt and look for something,anything!!! I notice that when my mind is busy, I don't focus on eating. But when it's time to eat, I get nervous and panicky. For me,I think it's the fear of losing control,not the vomit. And the funny thing is that I don't vomit often. Anyway, I start school again today. Maybe that might be a start.
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Thanks so much for sharing your story. I had a D&E at 11 weeks in October following a missed miscarriage. Afterwards, I gained a pound a week for about seven weeks. I have lost two, but the last five are very stubborn. It IS hormones. I have heard that our bodies take six months to fully realize that we are not pregnant- especially with a D&C or D&E after a missed miscarriage. I think certain parts of my body still think I'm pregnant and are storing energy for the baby. I'm trying to be patient and keep up with my workout regime. I have cut out all sugar from my diet and I drink lots of water. My friend who also had a D&E only eats half of all of her food. That has seemed to help. She's back down to her original weight after five months.
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i put loads of weight on since i miscarried.its been 3 wk roughly for me.think its prob a bit of both.hormonal and been depreste.took two weeks of work and all i do at home is snack and think about getting pregnant again.
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I had a MC in my 9th week (2nd week of december) and I am a health nut and workout freak.  I have also struggled with eating disorders for several years and this past month so I have enough problems with my body image and I just cannot seem to get to my normal weight, I have even tried fasting and nothing works.  I haven't gotten my period yet, so hopefully once I do, that will tell my body that I'm not longer pregnant and let me lose the extra weight.
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I had a MC in my 9th week (2nd week of december) and I am a health nut and workout freak.  I have also struggled with eating disorders for several years and this past month so I have enough problems with my body image and I just cannot seem to get to my normal weight, I have even tried fasting and nothing works.  I haven't gotten my period yet, so hopefully once I do, that will tell my body that I'm not longer pregnant and let me lose the extra weight.
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I am in a similar situation as you are.  I had my second miscarriage the second week of December as well.  My first one was this past July.  I have always worked out regularly--weight training and running.  I, too, I am having a difficult time getting off this weight.  I gained five pounds right after my first miscarriage and with this last one, I have worked my butt off to not gain anymore--also in hopes of dropping the weight from the first.  I have yet to drop the weight.  I have also had a lot of water retention and this is something that I have never experienced at all until these miscarriages.  It is very frustrating.  I am trying to be patient.  
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I believe it may be hormones because I had a m/c in Oct (it was my 1st pg) and I have gained nearly 10 # since!  I have had normal cycles since,  did not need a d&c as I was only 7 weeks, and if anything I am eating less!  Frustrating!
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I am also having the same issue. i have had 2 miscarriages, losing both of them at 12 weeks and had a D&C with both, last one was 2 weeks agoi. i have always been on the slim side and am very frustrated with the weight i have put on this time. with the 1st pregnancy i put on about 2 kgs and lost it as soon as i had d&c. This time i have put on 3kgs or more. i have been watching what i eat, cut out sugar and caffeine, exercising 20mins a day plus my regular activity and even tried detoxing, only to put on another half kg in 2 days. I am hoping that it is hormonal and water retention and that when i have my first period i will get back to what i was. how has it all worked for yous who havent responded? will let you know the outcome.
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After i had m/c and d&c, i gained 17 lbs within 5-6 months. B'se of hormonal change and irregular periods. If u have irregular period , u definitely gain weight. Tell ur family doctor. otherwise u gain weight, if u eat lot.
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What a whammy!  A miscarriage, and then you GAIN weight?  Doesn't it seen like it should go the other way?  Well I am very reassured to read these postings. My miscarriage happened January 11, and since then I've picked up a good 7 lbs (only gained 2 in pregnancy).  I've always had a "healthy appetite" but have been able to get away with it by running 12+ miles a week.  If I gained a pound, I ran a little extra and off it came. Not the case any more!  I do think I notice that my boobs are a little more voluptuous than before, so I am hoping that hormones are the culprit.  I haven't got my period yet, so I'm going to go with that hypothesis until after that and then reevaluate the situation.  My heart goes out to everyone who is reading this string of postings--we're all here for the same reason, and its a tough spot to be in.  Take care of yourselves and think about what a miracle it is that YOU were born!
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Well! I finally did get my period after about two and a half months. After this my wait gain has stopped. It has been tough to get rid of it though. I work out everyday and have been on raw food diet for some time. I have lost 2 pounds!!! Seems like the body has gone into some crazy mode. I am hopeful though. Trying to get pregnant again is a little frustrating. I have never had very regular cycles, but it has been somewhere from 30 to 35 days. My second period came after 43 days. I started using the ovulation kit from day 12, and it is day 23 now and I seem to not be ovulating. I am not sure if this kit works well for everybody! I think I will get over my MC only after I get pregnant again! Any thoughts?
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Can't tell you how much reading this is helping me emotionally.  I had my MC 1/31 and my weight is going up, up, up!  I have never been so heavy.  My husband and I have been going to the gym consistantly and I may have been hitting the comfort food for a week, but kicked out of that quickly.  I have not yet had a period, but before the MC my cycle was pretty normal.  I did use the ovulation kits when trying to get pregnant last time and it consistently showed the hormone surge for me around the same days.  It still took us about 10 months to get pregnant.  On a positive note, I have a very good friend, who used the kit as soon as she started trying, because her period was so inconsistant.  She was able to get pregnant on the first try and she is due to have her first baby in June.
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Reading these comments has helped me to see others are in the same boat but has frustrated me as well because I am hoping for a speedy weight recovery. I had a missed m/c and had a D & E last week. I look more pregnant now than I did before the m/c, it is so irritating. I did not have to buy materninty clothes during my pregnancy but now after the m/c I look more like I am preganant and can barely fit into any of my clothes! I hope my body goes back into some semblemce of control soon! Thanks for sharing
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I got my period again! Well! I had been using the ovulation strip everyday. Went through 3 boxes of 10 strips each. Looks like I did not ovulate last month. I have heard that it is possible to not ovulate for few months after m/c. Does anybody have any experiences with this?
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