Overweight momma

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Registered: 12-19-2007
Overweight momma
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Tue, 06-26-2012 - 8:13am

This will be my first pregnancy starting out as officially "obese".  I'm only a few pounds away from the 200 mark (for the first time in my entire life--I'm fairly short), and it's kind of freaking me out.  

I know you're not supposed to go on a diet or any sort of weight loss regiment while pregnant.   BUT...at the same time they say many women lose weight during the first trimester due to morning sickness, without any complications for the baby.  I never get more than a very mild period of morning sickness (I've never actually vomited due to it).  

Is it ridiculous to assume it would be okay to lose weight during the first trimester, simply from watching my food intake?  Not RESTRICTING, but just sticking to a 2000 calorie (which would be likely MUCH less than I had been eating recently---after my last miscarriage, I sort of self medicated with food and gained nearly 30lbs).  On one hand everyone says to just eat reasonably, and include high nutrient foods while pregnant.  But honestly, if I do that, I think I'd lose weight, just because I haven't been eating reasonably lately.   KWIM?  

I'm kind of miserable in my clothes now because I'm wearing a larger size than I ever have in my life.  I know none of my previous maternity clothes will fit this time around, because they fit me NOW, at 4 weeks.  Just kind of dreading the wight gain much more this time than any of my previous pregnancies.  

Opinions?   (Obviously, I'll talk to my midwife about all of this when I go in for my first appointment).  

TRACY.....mom to: Timothy (17), Regan (12), Laurel (9), Ziggy (4), Vaughan (2)
  Breastfeeding mama for a combined 11+ years (and counting).
  Former foster mom to 18 awesome kids.
  Losses: m/c May '04, m/c July '04, ectopic March '05, m/c March '12, m/c August '12

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Registered: 12-19-2007
Re: Overweight momma
Wed, 07-25-2012 - 10:30am

Well....an update.  Only minor morning sickness.  Still eating pretty much whatever I want.  Oddly, I just don't want as much.  Mostly craving fruit (and ice cream, and steak).  Certainly not "dieting" by any means.  Not even watching my calories.  And absolutely NOT exercising, because of weird other health issues I'm having (see other posts of  mine).  I'd really like to at least get to the gym and walk or use the stationary bike, but I'm too weak right now.  Still hoping that is all due to the Prometrium I have to take for another 4-5 weeks.  Maybe after that I'll have some energy back.  

That wesome breastfeeding-while-pregnant metabolism has kicked in though, and I've lost seven pounds.  I'll take it.  Since I'm really hoping not to gain more than 20lbs, starting with a loss is great.  

TRACY.....mom to: Timothy (17), Regan (12), Laurel (9), Ziggy (4), Vaughan (2)
  Breastfeeding mama for a combined 11+ years (and counting).
  Former foster mom to 18 awesome kids.
  Losses: m/c May '04, m/c July '04, ectopic March '05, m/c March '12, m/c August '12

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Registered: 09-29-2006
Wed, 07-25-2012 - 1:51pm

I was in the obese category at the start of my last pregnancy and again with this one. The good news is that I weighed about 13 lbs less at the start of this pregnancy than I did at the start of the last one.

I had pretty bad morning sickness (all-day sickness, really) through my first pregnancy. And when I say through the pregnancy, I mean the entire pregnancy, although I'm pretty sure the second wave of it, which started mid-way through the second trimester, was acid-reflux (and Zantac helped quite a bit). Anyways, I really struggled to eat and keep food down. I didn't lose a terrible amount of weight - maybe 5 lbs - and then I started to slowly gain in back. Somewhere around the middle of the pregnancy, the midwife checked with me that I was not losing weight intentionally, and I assured her I wasn't. Even when I was very sick, I tried to eat at least some nutritious foods (including high-calorie foods like nuts), and when I was feeling well I was known to indulge in some ice cream or baguette). She suggested that I consult with a dietician, which turned out to be a very frustrating experience. The dietician was nice enough, but she wanted me to log all my food every day so that I could increase or decrease as necessary in order to gain 0.5 lbs per week. At that point, in my pregnancy I was feeling exhausted, so fed up with being pukey, and was in no mood to track my food in any formal way. For years, I had tracked my food in efforts to lose weight, and I thought it was ridiculous to have to do it during pregnancy, especially since most days I couldn't get down as much food as she was recommending. The bottom line: I ended up gaining the 11 lbs minimum recommended for obese women by around 38 or 39 weeks and then I stopped weighing myself. (This was 11 lbs over my lowest weight in pregnancy, as opposed to 11 lbs over my start weight. The dietician said it was okay to calculate it this way.) My son was born at 41 weeks, weighing 6lbs, 12oz. One week after the pregnancy I weighed in at 4lbs less than I was at the start. (Oh, and my son was 30lbs, or 80th percentile at his 2 year doctor's appt:smileyhappy:.)

Now, for this pregnancy....

I started exercising and trying to be more careful about what I eat a few months ago. At the beginning of July, I upped my exercise and got more serious about eating well - eating plenty of fruits and veggies every day, drinking lots of water, and limiting take-out food and treats. In the first two weeks of July, I lost 2.5 lbs per week. Since I got my BFP, I am basically following the same plan for eating well, but lightening up on some things (for example, I was having only water with my breakfast, and now I'll have a small glass of juice if I feel like it.) I'm still exercising, but taking it down a notch (for example, sticking to low impact aerobics.) I was down 0.4 lbs this week (my first weigh-in since discovering I was pregnant) which I think it okay. Although my goal is simply to make healthy food choices and keep my body strong, I imagine I'll lose a little more weight in early pregnancy, particularly if I have bad morning sickness again. (So far, I have had some bouts of queasiness, which have limited my portions somedays.) I think I would do well to maintain my weight for the start of my pregnancy, then have a slow gain to 11-20 extra lbs. But I'm not going to stress about it one way or another, unless I have some extreme weight loss or gain.

Sorry for the novel, but this is obviously a touchy subject for me, and one that I've given a lot of thought!

PS I'm also breastfeeding through this pregnancy, or at least for now, so that may encourage weight loss, as well.

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Registered: 09-14-2008
Sun, 07-29-2012 - 7:09pm
I dont officially 'belong' here yet... I am waiting on my BFP/or arival of AF. But popped over to see if April's EC was up and its not so I came by March... Anywho.... I wanted to add my 2cents.

I got preggo with my 1st DD and I was very heavy (over 100lbs over my ideal weight). I lost my entire pregnancy because nutrition became really important to me during that time. I even lost while breast feeding because again nutrition was VERY important to me to make my breastfeeding relationship sucessful. In all over the entire time I was preggo and up to 6weeks PP I lost close to 25lbs!! And I wasnt trying. I just ate healthy foods and took care of my body.

That being said the past 2 years since my daughter has weaned I gained it all back. But I am TTC and may possibly be in the overweight momma situation again. I didnt have any issues. Though I do believe my weight caused them to be overly cautious with me.... in the end leading to an induction for a raised BP at 36.5 weeks. (No protien in my urine or other signs pointing to pregnancy induced hypertension--- just being cautious since I was almost due anyways)

Good luck!! And H&H 9mos!

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