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abortion and weight gain?


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i know this is a touchy, sensitive topic. everyone is entitled to their views, so before this veers off into a left vs. right battle, i respect everyone's opinions. i don't judge you. please, don't judge me.

i had an abortion over year ago, for medical and personal reasons, and noticed that i gained weight quickly after that. i had never had issues with weight gain prior to that and had always been at a healthy level.  has anyone else ever experienced or heard of this occurring? 

i did a google search, and came across a few forums where similiar experiences were described, so i have a feeling i'm not alone. i don't know if it has to do with hormones, or metabolism, or what, but the weight is proving highly difficult to lose!

i'm keeping within 200 cals +/- of my target, eating healthier than i ever have (no fast food, lots of veggies, only lean meats, lots of grains and fiber), and doing hand weights, leg lifts + crunches, biking for 90 min/wk, and going for 30 min walks 2-3/wk. note: i was in a car accident 11 mos ago where i broke both ankles, so strenuous activity is near impossible. not a pound has budged in 2 months. i'm 5/8" and 190 right now, and i'm starting to think i'm just trapped here...

Edited Aug 20 2009 22:05 by coach_k
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unless the procedure damaged your reproductive organs (extremely unlikely), your hormones should have returned to normal within a few weeks.  weight is virtually always a function of diet and activity.  it's unlikely that the two are related.

maybe look at what else was going on in your life at the time.  a car accident and two broken ankles?  maybe some related stress and emotional turmoil?  personally, i believe that weight gain (and unhealthy weight loss, for that matter) are usually triggered by emotions, not by physiology.

I have no information to help you, geewhiz, but I'm so, so very happy that someone's finally posted something that could possibly kill the Kill the Gays thread.

Hello!

Yes! I am 42 and suffered a disastrous and debilitating rape when I was 17. I had to have an abortion as a result of the rape.

Long story short, I had seen many therapists because of it...I believe that there are a ton of emotional difficulties associated with rape, so, hence, the depression....

My suggestion would be to seek emotional therapy as soon as you possibly can. When you soon realize that you were the victim and NOT the cause, you will be in a much better position to accept it and go on with your life.

Please send me a personal message if you need someone to talk to...I can help you through a lot of the very basic feelings you are experiencing.....You are a victim. Please PM me if you don't understand that concept..no matter what the circumstances were....

um, I don't think the OP said that she was raped.

I agree with pg's suggestion - stress and emotions (plus lack of physical activity) are probably a large source of the problem.

 

How much are you aiming to eat now?

thanks to everyone who's posted so far! i'm going for 1400/day calorie-wise, and it's all healthy stuff! i just can't seem to figure out what i'm missing. of course, i had a short period where i thought, well if that's not low enough, maybe i need to starve msyelf! that didn't do a d*mn thing either, so i'm kinda at a loss now.

when i think about how i used to eat, pre-trying to lose weight, i never even gave a second thought to a 2 a.m. binge after a night of drinking, which is a whole 'nother thing-- i've virtually cut alcohol out of my diet after going through the post-college wtf phase filled with binge drinking. i think i'm doing everything right now, so i'm just at a loss. if it makes a difference or not, i'm 25, so i didn't think losing weight would be so challenging!

At 190, you might need to be eating more than 1400 (definitely not less). Try putting your stats into www.phord.com/cc and see what that gives you.

thanks, amethystgirl. just tried that site, and according to it, my "max fat burn" would be an intake of 1398/day, so i should be right on target. i measure out the foods, too, because i know that could be a problem.

i'm sure i do need a little counseling after almost killing myself in a car accident, so the emotional thing is most likely part of it... and as soon as my insurance at my new job kicks in, i'll do that! in the meantime, i just feel like i'm on some weird plateau. i've never even owned a scale up til about a year ago, because i never really gained weight! nor did i exercise much, so it's not like i broke my ankles and quit running 10 miles a week. i'm starting to think something triggered a weird thyroid problem or something!

If you can, it can be worth it to get your thyroid checked out.

Also, on phord - I don't know exactly what results you got but if it has you losing over a pound a week (so more than a 500cal/day deficit), I'd increase calories so that you are eating only 500 less than you burn.

So if it says you are burning 2000, eat 1500, even if phord says you can eat 1400.

amethy-I never said SHE was raped. I was. And many people who were raped do not like to admit it on a public forum...Doesn't matter, the bottom line is that she went through an abortion. However it happened, for whatever reason, she had one. I was merely telling her WHAT I WENT through and from that I offered her suggestions...

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When you soon realize that you were the victim and NOT the cause, you will be in a much better position to accept it and go on with your life.

You are saying that she was a victim. I didn't see that anywhere in her post. People can have abortions without being a victim. It just seemed like you were projecting a bit.

And I mainly pointed it out because people tend to skim posts. They skim hers, then yours, and figure that they missed the part where she said it was due to rape. Then it becomes a completely different discussion, that might be of no use to the OP.

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Original Post by mypuppymylife:

When you soon realize that you were the victim and NOT the cause, you will be in a much better position to accept it and go on with your life.

You are saying that she was a victim. I didn't see that anywhere in her post. People can have abortions without being a victim. It just seemed like you were projecting a bit.

And I mainly pointed it out because people tend to skim posts. They skim hers, then yours, and figure that they missed the part where she said it was due to rape. Then it becomes a completely different discussion, that might be of no use to the OP.

I think she meant victim, as in victim of possible complications from the abortion, at least, that's how I read it (and I read all of it). 

I still stand by what I said.....

I think the only reason a pregnancy/abortion would have affected your weight is if you had a late term abortion and you gained weight due to pregnancy. But gaining weight after the abortion is likely to be due to emotional eating, as others have said.

If you were taking antidepressants after the event, some brands can affect your weight.

I've had one and did not experience weight gain, if you're just looking for various experiences. I had experienced a rapid weight gain the pregnancy - 7 weeks in I gained close to 10 pounds (I was a very underweight 15 year old - I think my body was trying to bulk me up to normal weight to carry the baby.) I carried the weight for about 4-5 weeks post-procedure, and then it sort of fell away on it's own.

I would guess that it can take several weekes to a month post-proceedure for your preggo hormones to dissipate, and maybe yours are just still a bit out of whack? I'd go to the OB/GYN and get your hormone levels tested, you might need a little adjustment one way or the other :)

Actually, I'd head to an endocrinologist. They can check your hormone levels that the ob/gyn would (endocrinology covers reproductive/sex hormones) and they can also check things such as your thyroid gland, which GREATLY affects metabolism/weight.. and even your pituitary gland/hypothalamus (it's extremely rare, but if you have low levels of vasopressin/ADH you could gain by too much intake of water as compensation). So yeah, endocrinology would allow you to test all of the possible things.. hormonal imbalances.. regarding female hormones and just general metabolic ones.

 

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