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Bodily perceptions [Jul. 25th, 2005|01:55 pm]
After hitting puberty when turning 15 (15 1/2), and before I began taking birth control pills, my weight hovered between 100-103, IIRC.

When I began taking birth control pills, I noticed that I was gaining weight. I didn't realize any of this until a few weeks ago. I know some people don't like that side effect, but in my case, it was probably a good thing. My weight while on them never rose above 114. It was always maintained at 114.

Immediately following delivery of Olivia, my weight dropped back to 103, and is still at 103.

I looked up my BMI, both for my pre-BCP/post-childbirth and "while using" BCP weight. Pre-BCP/post-childbirth my BMI is 18.8, nearly bordering "underweight", but not quite. My BMI while using BCP is 20.8, more within the "normal" range.

Now, in regards to body fat, pre-BCP/post-childbirth it's 9%. While using BCP, it was 17%. This website says 9% body fat is usually what an athlete would have. I'm definitely not an athlete. It also says that 17% body fat is "lean" (it goes athlete, lean, normal, etc), which nearly borders the "athlete" category.

I wonder if any of this has to do with my extremely irregular cycles before BCP (I can't say yet that they're still irregular, because i'm breastfeeding and that inhibits ovulation hormones and such)?

All I know is how pants that have fit me for the past few years are suddenly sagging off my waist. x_x;

From: lin_bai_mao
2005-07-25 12:06 pm (UTC)
Before I started taking birth control, I was at 98-103 lbs as well.

Then once I started taking.. I was between 110-115 for a long time.

Now I'm at 120. (I think the extra 5 was stress. haha!)

I wonder if I stop taking them if I'll drop that much weight... (hehe)

Don't think it's weird, because it happened to me too! (but that's a lot of weight to lose after a baby.)
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[User Picture]From: shinwachou
2005-07-25 12:36 pm (UTC)
When you compare my weight from pre-BCP to pregnancy to post-childbirth, I don't think that's a lot of weight to lose after delivering Olivia.

My pregnancy-related weight gain was something like only 13 pounds. In other words, it was *all baby*. The recommended weight gain is 20-25 pounds. And since I haven't resumed hormonal birth control yet (using a copper IUD :\), it's terribly difficult to regain that weight again.

All I hear about is women who hate the weight gain side-effect, but fuck, I loved it. :P
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[User Picture]From: xochitl
2005-07-25 01:12 pm (UTC)
I have pills, but don't want them. I would give my right arm for a copper IUD. Want to trade? XD
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[User Picture]From: shinwachou
2005-07-26 09:16 am (UTC)
I knew of the risks of an IUD before I got it, but now that I have it, I'm not willing to take those risks inherent with it anymore. I'm always freaking out that I'll get pregnant on it anyway, with either an ectopic pregnancy or a normal implantation that'll potentially result (50/50% chance) in a miscarriage. :\

I'm dangerously close to underweight, and I actually enjoyed the weight gain I got from taking the pills, considering that it's hard for me to gain any weight simply from my diet.

How tall are you? 118 should be a good weight for you. ^^;

Since I'm still breastfeeding Olivia, I couldn't trade with you even if I wanted to... estrogen in combination-hormone pills ruin the milk supply. :P
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[User Picture]From: xochitl
2005-07-26 10:26 am (UTC)
I'm only 5'2. :/ After I lost my puberty weight, I had really no "curves" at all. Now I still have very little fat on my upper body and all the birth control weight decided to gather in my thighs and ass. I guess it wouldn't bother most people, but I hate it and I'd rather go back to the way I was.

What I really want is to get sterilized using Essure, but I figure I have a better chance of convincing someone to give me the IUD. I am so sick of hormones. x_x
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[User Picture]From: xochitl
2005-07-25 01:10 pm (UTC)
You've just described me perfectly. I would give anything to be 102 again, but I can't seem to drop below 118 because of the stupid birth control pills. I'm about to just stop taking them and become celibate until I'm able to get something more permanent. I don't want kids, so I'd gladly donate my ovaries to science if I could. :p
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[User Picture]From: houkichan
2005-07-25 04:53 pm (UTC)
That happened to a friend of mine as well post baby. She lost like 10 lbs. from her prepreg weight from her first baby.

Hmm... weight loss also due to not enough calories? I think you're supposed to be at about 2,000 calories because you're breastfeeding (at least I was, according to my PT).

Ugh to BC pills. That sucker made me gain 15 lbs. Good thing I'm not allowed to take those things anymore!

BTW, what's the website you checked it out on?
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[User Picture]From: shinwachou
2005-07-26 09:29 am (UTC)
The websites I checked out for the BMI and Body Fat (Calculators) are http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/bmi/calc-bmi.htm and http://www.stevenscreek.com/goodies/pi.shtml

The body fat chart is here: http://www.nutribase.com/fwchartf.shtml

It's hard for me to consume 2000 calories a day. I definitely haven't, now or in the past, put myself on any "weight-loss" diet, but I've never eaten a lot in one sitting. I swear I have the small stomach that gastric-bypass patients envy, heh. I've never been able to eat consistently throughout the day, even though what I *do* is eat throughout the day... if that makes any sense. Just not consistently enough to consume all the calories and nutrients I need in a given day.

...I seem to be the *only* person who enjoyed the weight gain from BCPs. ^^;;
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[User Picture]From: xxevenstar
2005-07-25 07:29 pm (UTC)
you skinny little shit! <3
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[User Picture]From: shinwachou
2005-07-26 09:20 am (UTC)
Haha, i'm not skinny because I want to be. :P
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[User Picture]From: nebulosity
2005-07-25 08:20 pm (UTC)
Um, I just wanted to say that I love you and miss you terribly and that your livejournal is the only way I've been keeping up with you. =) I'd like to make a request to see recent pictures of Olivia. =)

<3 <3
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[User Picture]From: shinwachou
2005-07-26 09:31 am (UTC)
I can never catch you online! :(

Maybe I just need to call you, like I always say I will. :P

Hmm I think we just took some new pictures within the past week. I'll see about uploading them shortly, I promise. My mom says Olivia doesn't look much different from a couple months ago, just bigger, though.
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