Need some advice! PLease!

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Need some advice! PLease!
Sat, 04-05-2003 - 7:46am
Dh and I decided to TTC, this will be our 1st baby. I have not been very good to myself lately, so I have been eating very healthy and exercising. I am not extreme, but I feel very healthy and have so much energy. I have kept this up for 2 months and I have been slowly losing 1/4-1/2 pound a week. I went to Dr. and he was very impressed with how I have turned around and began to live ahealthy lifestyle. He said I was doing everything right and he honestly couldn't think of any improvements or changes.

But....when I said that we were TTC he said I CANNOT lose any weight while pregnat or it will cause damage to the baby. He said that as soon as I found out that I am pregnat I must stop all the healthy stuff.

YOu see, I am overweight and I was eating fastfood everyday, junk food every meal, never walking more then a 100 steps a day, if I could help it. Now I eat 2 servings of fruits and veggies every meal, lots of water, lowfat cooking, reduced sugar. I eat arong 1800-2000 cal a day but I walk for about an 1 1/2 a day or I go on my elliptical trainer for 45 mins. I lift light free weights (8lbs), I started yoga, and take the occasional pilates course. I feel so good! I have no intention of stopping, but the dr. said if I continue this, he is 100% I will still lose weight, even while pregnant.

I live in Canada where there are very few Dr. (I had to go to a clininc it took me over a month to get an appointment) so getting another Dr.'s opinion is out of the question.

Does anyone have any insight?

Running Woman
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Sat, 04-05-2003 - 10:11am
Wow! You are doing so well - what a change. Please keep on exercising in moderation, eating fruits and vegetables and healthy foods. Don't worry about losing while pregnant unless you actually do continue to lose. Your appetite will probably change. You have made many improvements to your lifestyle. This will help you sustain a pregnancy. As long as you add 300 calories a day (serving of milk!) you should be ok with what you are doing.

Fit Pregnancy is an excellent publication that will help you stay healthy, both for you and the baby. This magazine covers TTC as well as pregnancy nutrition and excercise. Make sure you are taking a multi or prenatal vitamin with folic acid.

Keep up the good work! Stay informed, and don't worry losing weight while pregnant until the scale actually shows this happening.

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Sat, 04-05-2003 - 11:56am
I agree!!! You're doing fabulous and should be so pleased with your progress and determination...I envy you there!! My sister had #3, DS, three years ago and was quite overweight and exercising and lost weight her entire pregnancy and the dr just kept checking her to make sure the baby was growing strong...he did and was born a week early at just under 9 pounds!! You can still maintain a very healthy lifestyle and have a healthy pregnancy. I've heard that if you're on an exercise program before you are pg you should continue with it as drastic changes can be even harder on your body and the baby's, I don't know if I'd be in a huge hurry to get a second opinion, I'd just keep ttc and when you get pg worry about any weight loss if it appears extreme and/or if the baby's growth isn't happening right. I definitely agree that during pg you should increase your calories and take prenatal vitamins too make sure you have enough for both you and the baby! I'm even taking prenatal vitamins now while ttc, have you talked with your dr about that.....many here in the US recommend taking prenatals while ttc.

GL!!!!! Congratulations!!! I hope you get that BFP real soon!!!

((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))) LOLove, Connie

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Registered: 03-28-2003
Sat, 04-05-2003 - 12:02pm
Wow - what you are doing is fantastic! I agree that you should CONTINUE working out (in moderation - don't overheat/overexert) and maintaining a healthy diet. If you are losing weight in this healthy fashion during the first trimester, you have nothing to worry about because your baby is getting what he/she needs. Many women lose weight during this time anyway because they ... uh ... cannot keep anything down. Just take your prenatals (like you probably already are).

"What to Eat When You're Expecting" is a fantastic book that can help you determine exactly what you need to be eating for your little one. In addition, in "What to Expect When You're Expecting," the doctor RECOMMENDS beginning an exercise program ASAP and improving your eating habits ASAP.

But, you already know this and are wise to follow your intuition. Good luck!


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Sun, 04-06-2003 - 7:15am
I was in practically the same situation with my son. Although I was not as commited as you are;) was walking daily and definitly turned my eating habits around. My doctor told me straight out to atleast maintain my weight. and gave me a strict 10lbs that I could gain while pregnant..I gained 2 pound for a while every couple of weeks and just when he started to get worried I lost over 5 pounds(about half way through my preg.) The only thing that i experienced suring my preg. that may have been a factor of my weight was slightly elivated blood preasure in the last month..He was born 2 weeks early by a scheduled c-section @ 8lbs 10oz and 21 inches long!! He is hei gained a total of 34 pounds with him before I had left the hospital I had lost 16lbs just from having him and the rest soon followed. Although some of it is still hanging on..he's only 7 months..

GL, where in Canada are you? We are in Ontario.


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Sun, 04-06-2003 - 8:18am
I think your doctor is full of BULL! You don't need to stop anything you are doing but when you are pregnant you DO need to increase your calorie intake by about 300-500 calaries a day. Just add MORE healthy food when you are pregnant. Pregnancy does need more calories.

Just my thoughts :)


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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 10:53am
Congratulations, sounds like you are doing really well for yourself, and for your baby-to-be. NOOOO you don't have to stop the healthy stuff! Definatly both you and your baby will be a lot better off without junkfood, with the extra water, fruits and veggies. You may want to scale back you excercize program a little when you concieve, and you will want to make sure you are getting enough protien and calories when you are pregnant. The only reason you can't cut back too much on the calories during pregnancy is if you are low on the calories your body will use up the protein you are eating for energy instead of baby making. Also it is hard to get all the nutrients you need for pregnancy on a restricted cal. diet. I think the recomended protien intake is around 75-90 grams during pregnancy and calories is between 2000-3000. That said, as long as you are eating a healthy and adequate diet and getting all the protien/cal/nutrients you need you may still lose some of the unhealthy weight if you have made a dramatic change in diet quality and lifestyle. Even if you gain weight during pregnancy, which is normal and to be expected, both you and your baby will be a lot better off for the wonderfful changes you are making. Plus you will almost certainly have an easier pregnancy, labor and birth if you are healthy and well nourished. You are probably getting a lot more nourishment out of your diet now, even while you lose weight, than you were before! Good luck and keep up the good work!