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Old 09-19-2008, 12:31 PM   #1
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Pregnant and Overweight

Hi all,

I just found out I am pregnant (4 weeks). It's wonderful, but DH and I weren't "trying". I've been trying to lose weight for the last several months in order to better prepare my body for having a baby, but I still have a lot to go. My goal was to lose 100 lbs, and I've only lost about 40 of it (to bring me down to my doctor recommended weight).

So, is being 50+ lbs overweight really really bad while pregnant? I want to do everything possible to have a healthy baby. Should I try to continue to lose weight during the first trimester? And just so everyone knows, I've only ever tried to lose weight through healthy means - no pills, crash diets, etc. Only healthy meals and exercise.

I would really appreciate some insight! Thank you in advance!!!

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Old 09-19-2008, 12:45 PM   #2
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Wow, first let me say congratulations on losing 40lbs! That in itself is quite an accomplishment. And congrats on the pregnancy too!
I would definitely ask your doctor about any issues he has with your weight on the pregnancy, but from what I know, you should not try to lose any now that you're pregnant. Eat as healthy as you can, and continue to exercise (for now--but be careful about it), and you still may end up losing some, but I wouldn't "try". Just be as healthy as you can.
Obviously being overweight isn't necessarily ideal when you're carrying a baby, but many women have successfully carried to term while overweight, and given birth to healthy babies. One thing I do know is that your recommended weight gain during pregnancy is less than with an averaged weight woman. I think it's normally somewhere around 15-20lbs that they'd like you to gain, but again, your doctor will most likely go over that with you.
I noticed that you're a fellow Canadian! I'm not sure how differently they do things in Ontario (I'm in Alberta), but here you don't see your ob until about 12 weeks--you'll be under your GP's care until then. I would still take to him a list of questions that you have, because to me a whole trimester is a long time to not know about certain pregnancy-related things.
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Old 09-19-2008, 01:39 PM   #3
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Congrats on the weight lose and the pregnacy. I know how hard it is to loose weight I lost 40lbs as well when I started seeing a specialist to help with our infertility problems it is even harder to keep it off.
Being overweight they recommend gaining 15-25lbs is what I was told but if you're eating healthy and gain more than that then there is nothing you can do about it.
I was over weight with my first and had not problems delivered a 7lb son for some reason when I get pregnant I loose alot or weight in the first trimester and gain and loose the same few pounds the whole time so I never really gain any weight.First time it was 25lbs now I am pg with my 2nd and I was over weight then too. I lost 10lbs in the 1st trimester and have gained and lost the same 10lbs for 35 weeks now. I still weight less than I did the day I found out. I wouldn't try and loose weight now that you are pregnant. On excercising I walked not power walk just walked and drink tons of water and eat healthy. The 1st trimester eating is going to be a challenge anyway so you still could loose some weight.
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Old 09-19-2008, 01:54 PM   #4
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Congrats on your pregnancy and weight lose.I lost 30 pounds before getting pregnant myself cant say I was very over weight I was 155 so I lost 30 and got to 125 when starting my pregnancy.I had gained those 30 pounds through fertility treatments so I took a nice long break lost the 30 pounds and bam pregnant with twins so its a good thing I lost those 30 pounds anyway I know its never a good idea to lose weight while pregnant at least not trying to lose weight its another thing if you have bad nausea and cant eat and its another to purposely lose weight.Since losing weight means cutting down on your calorie intake thats a no no since you have to increase your calorie intake by 300 calories while pregnant.Anyway like the girls mentioned you can still eat healthy and drink tons of water but make sure you are getting the nutrients you and baby need.Good luck and dont worry you can continue to lose weight after having the baby.Take care.


Old 09-19-2008, 02:14 PM   #5
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Hi again!

Wow! You guys are awesome! Thank you so so much for the information and advice.

Whiskers - Go Canada! And I'm from Alberta too! I don't know why I have Ontario on my account... I'll have to change that.

Anyways, thank you guys again. I'm going to a) talk to my doctor, b) eat healthy, and don't try to limit my caloric intake. c) exercise.

I'm so thankful I found this board. It feels so great to "talk" with people about this since DH and I aren't telling anyone till much later. I feel so great now! Everyone have a super weekend!


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Sometimes eating the right foods and exercise will not make you lose more weight. The hypothalamus needs to be reset. The chemicals of the processed foods, soaps, and any medications you may take build up in the bosy and change the way the body operates not allowing you to lose that extra weight. You may want to ask your doctor how much additional weight you can lose now. I was pregnant that same time with an overweight woman last time and her doctor recommended that she not gain any weight throughout the pregnancy and in some cases maybe lose an extra couple of pounds instead of gaining the normal 25-35 pounds. You are going to have to talk to your doctor. I worked out during my entire pregnancy, including running, lifing weights and walking several miles a day. I was doing this prior to becoming pregnant and I was the most active and fit pregnant person I have known. I left great, almost like I was not pregnant at all, so I recommend that you keep moving, at least walking. Best of luck to you

Old 09-20-2008, 01:12 PM   #7
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Re: Pregnant and Overweight

I'm overweight, too, and successfully carried my first child without complications. I'm 17 weeks with my second, and so far no problems -- except finding decent maternity clothes! LOL!

We are at an increased risk for high blood pressure and gestational diabetes, so your doctor will watch those carefully.

With my first I gained 30 lbs, which seemed fine to me. So far in this one I've only gained 3 lbs by my home scale (I've not been to the doctor since I gained those three to see how it shows on hers, because I was -2 lbs at my last visit). My doctor is fine with that, too.

Congrats on losing the 40 lbs! But don't try to lose anymore while pregnant. Just eat healthy and take your prenatal vitamins.

Old 09-21-2008, 07:54 AM   #8
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I was actually about 80lbs when I found out I was pg. I've only gained about 10 lbs, and I am 30 wks. I also have a thyroid disease, so my weight has gone up and down A LOT since my thyroid meds have to go up about every 3 months. I know when I need a boost if I've gained a ton of weight in a month, then by the next month, I lost all of it. My drs were concerened, but the baby is gaining weight, and a little bigger. The biggest concern that drs have when a women is overweight, is gd. My gd test was fine, so you may not have anything to worry about. Another things drs worry about it blood pressure and preeclampsia (sp?). Just eat healthy, and keep a work out routine. Good luck with the pregnancy and dont worry too much about anything. As long as you eat healthy, and take vitamins, everything should be fine.
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