my sister in law was in the exact same postion
my sister in law was in the exact same postion
I am following a diabetic eating plan, but have been told it's appropriate for anyone who is overweight and pregnant, or overweight and not pregnant, it's a diet structure that I have followed in the past with exercise and lost 50kg. A very basic daily rundown is:
3-4serves of fruit
5-6serves of veg
100gm of protein per main meal
I have to eat carbs, they class 15gm as a serve and I have to have 3-4 serves per main meal.
I need to avoid high GI foods, and stick to a majority of Low GI with some medium GI foods thrown in there as well. Also need to avoid all the other pregnancy no-no's so no buffets, no soft cheeses, deli meats, wash salads thoroughly and no seafood from the deli department either.
Exercise is a minimum 30min a day, but they ask that we aim for two 30min sessions a day.
Plus a pregnancy multivitamin and 5mg folate
No one has specifically told me that I MUST lose weight, but when I've mentioned that I want to continue losing weight they haven't said no, and they've been supportive of that.
This is my second pregnancy, I've had a similar experience with a doctor recently.
My weight before my first pregnancy was 65kg (im fairly tall so this was a tad underweight), at 9 months pregnant I was 86kgs, when my son was 3 months old I was back to 75kgs and happy. Between my son's first and second birthday I put on 20kgs. I am now 95kgs and extremely upset about this.
Anyway, when I went to get my pregnancy bloods back the doctor asked me to get undressed and get on the scales, her scales said I was 96kgs - her response was 'oh well it looks like you'll be over the 100 mark by the time this baby is born'. This doctor knows I suffer depression and am severely upset by my weight and the thought of getting into triple digits, yet she sat there looking at me like she was disgusted, she then told me to hurry up and put my clothes back on as if she couldnt bare to look at me.
I was in tears when I left.
Before finding out I was pregnant my aim was to lose 20kgs, but now I don't see how I can healthily lose weight while I am pregnant. Is there a way to lose weight when you're pregnant and not hurt the bubba?
Can you find yourself another dr. That one was was out of line. How dare she.
As for not hitting the 100 mark of course it can be done. It hard work but you can do it. I have done it before (as only gaining 4 kgs which meant that my body had actual lost weight)eg baby 3-4 kgs, extra blood 2-3 kgs, extra boobs/milk 1 kg and all the rest of the of the pregnancy stuff.
Ask to be refer to a dietitian either at the public hospital or privately.
I wanted you to know your not alone. I started this pg at 95 kgs and hope not to get over the 100 mark. I am almost 18 weeks and I am doing ok.
I am on a high protein, low carbs healthy lifestyle, making sure i eat high folate foods.
You can definately maintain and even loose weight whilst pregnant. As mentioned before go and see a dietician so they can give you a tailored eating plan and can monitor you through out your pregnancy.
I stayed the exact same weight throughout my entire pregnancy - thus was loosing as much as I was gaining. So I am now 15kgs lighter post my DD being born than my pre-pregnancy weight. So it is possible, but you need to ensure you are doing it in consultation with your doc etc..
Hope you have a wonderful pregnancy!
I agree that you can healthily stay the same weight in pregnancy if you are overweight to start with. My ob, who I love, said to me that if I put nothing on all preg that is fine given my starting weight but that 5-9 kg would be OK as not putting anything on in the 3rd trimester is hard. So far (I'm 25 weeks) I have not put any weight on and all I have done is to eat more healthily rather than to limit my intake of anything. With my first two bubs by a week after birth I had lost 10 kg in baby, fluids, etc. So if you do go into triple digits by a few kilos just think it isn't your weight but the baby and it will go after birth.
I agree with pp though that a supportive GP, Ob, midwife or what ever medical professional/carer you have during pregnancy is important. The last thing you want is to stress about your weight when pregnant. My ob has never weighed me, just asked me what my weight was when I first saw her with all of my pregnancies and never checked on my weight again. This time as I was heavier to start with she spent more time in my first appt talking about health risks etc in pregnancy with being my weight but never have I felt she was rude or judgemental about it, just factual.
Good luck with it. Hope you have a healthy, happy pregnancy.
I just found out that I am pregnant, just over 2 weeks, and I am classed as morbidly obese, I was scared that I wouldn't be able to conceive so you can imagine how thrilled I am. I saw my GP on Friday confirming everything, and he surprised me by just recommending that I get as fit as I can in the next two to three months before the baby gets fairly big so that it will be easier for my body to cope with the pregnancy. He knows that I have struggled with my weight all my life, but also that I have lost around 15kg in the last 7 months. Normally he is the first to encourage me to lose weight, but this time he just said to move as much as possible to get my fitness up which I thought was great
Congratulations NicM!!! You must be over the moon. And so great that you have such a supportive GP!
Miggins, yes thank you, we are rapt , and yeah, very grateful that my GP is so supportive. I am very nervous and unsure of what to expect.
Congratulations NicM and thank goodness you have a supportive GP! Congrats on losing 15kg as well I can second his advice about getting fitter, moving is really hard for me in the later stages when I am heavier and being fitter definately helps.
If you did want some help with maintaining your weight, or even losing a little bit more (it really does help too) then have a look at a gestational diabetes eating plan, or Low GI eating plan, it's a very well rounded diet and a lot healthier than I was eating before pregnancy, even though I should have been eating that way , I'm hoping to just stick with the changes I'm making now and continue on losing after birth
Congratulations again and I hope that the next 9 months are smooth sailing and stress free for you!
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