When I gave birth to my oldest son, I had plenty of energy throughout the pregnancy and my body bounced back from the experience quite quickly. I was one of those women that walked out of the hospital in her pre-pregnancy jeans, and with the extra calories I burned breastfeeding I was soon in even better shape than I’d been before getting pregnant.
At the time I thought that I was just lucky to have a body that handled pregnancy well, but when I gave birth to my youngest son I learned that wasn’t the case. Even though I hadn’t put on a huge amount of extra weight during my pregnancy, I did still have about ten or fifteen pounds to lose. And this time the weight didn’t just drop away like before. My energy wasn’t as high, my body felt much more run down physically and it literally took me years to drop that pregnancy weight after giving birth. I hadn’t realized just how much of a factor my youth had been the first time!