I have recently found out I am pregnant with my second child.
I am very overweight and was hoping to lose some weight before falling but it didn't happen.
I've heard so many time that it is not ok to lose weight during pregnancy but I would like to know if anyone has experienced it being ok? I want to be healthy for the pregnancy and get some sort of fitness about me too.
Any experiences would be appreciated.
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15-12-2015 20:10 #1Senior Member
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Losing weight during pregnancy.
15-12-2015 20:15 #2Senior Member
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I lost weight during my last pregnancy and am currently losing weight during this pregnancy. Not on purpose though I just have lots of hormonal issues which cause me to gain weight but for some reason during pregnancy my hormones level out and the weight falls off. Given that I've been overweight at the beginning of both pregnancies my doctors have never had a problem with it. As long as you are eating healthily and the baby is developing it should be ok but it's certainly not recommended to go on any crash diet or do shakes etc.
15-12-2015 20:30 #3
I haven't personally, but a good friend of mine was overweight when she fell pregnant, and managed to not gain weight rather than losing it, as such. Technically she probably lost weight as the baby, placenta, blood, cord etc all add weight so it kind of evened out. She just stuck to a really healthy diet, cut out all junk/treats and did plenty of easy/moderate exercise like walking and swimming.
My advice would be to find a good supportive OB/GP asap, explain your situation and try to get some advice and a healthy plan of action. What changes you can make will depend on your current situation. Definitely don't go doing anything extreme.
Congratulations and all the best 😊
15-12-2015 20:39 #4
I was carrying a lot extra due to piling on weight doing IVF and I lost quite a bit during my first pregnancy but it was mainly due to me being medicated for high blood pressure/pre eclampsia and had no appetite.
My friend went on a really strict healthy diet when she had gestational diabetes and lost weight too.
It can be hard to do, if you have morning sickness you often just want carby food to quell it.
Maybe your gp or Ob could point you in the right direction?
15-12-2015 20:48 #5
Perhaps focus on eating healthier. I'd say it's probably somewhere between hard and impossible to deliberately lose weight unless you're fairly slight to begin with and you get very bad morning sickness.
Breastfeeding will take it off again at the other end so focusing on not gaining anything unnecessary would be the way to go I think.
I gained something like 30kgs and have now lost 21 so far without really trying. Just the magic of breastfeeding
15-12-2015 22:24 #6Senior Member
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I was advised during pregnancy to not gain any weight and it would be great as well as safe for the baby to lose weight. This was the advice of my gp and the hospital obstetricians. I maintained my weight with each pregnancy until 30 weeks with 1st pregnancy when i had a slow gain and 2nd pregnancy I didn't have a gain until 34 weeks.
15-12-2015 22:44 #7
Oh god, lol, I was the heaviest I have ever been in my life, pushing 100kg, never did I think I would fall pregnant but now I am 28 weeks with my third. My first priority when i have bubs will be to lose the weight to get to a healthy weight and I have Gestational Diabetes this time as well (had it with my previous two) but with the medication I take for the diabetes, I have lost three kg. I am pretty stoked about that. I am not trying to lose weight intentionally while pregnant but I also have to watch what I eat. Just talk it over with your doctors, maybe look into seeing a dietician to assist you.
16-12-2015 07:54 #8
Your plan sounds like what my plan was, mine didn't happen either. First pregnancy I was 94 kilos at the start, had gestational diabetes and pre eclampsia, the works. I didn't gain any weight and held steady until about 30ish weeks, then gained about 8 kilos in my last trimester (some was water as I swelled pretty bad with pre-e)
This pregnancy I started off at 100kgs, thought I was guaranteed to have diabetes again as if had it the first time plus put on weight but I dodged a bullet and was no where near having it this time. I've remained about the same weight up until this point, gained about 2-3 kilos in total and am coming up on 33 weeks. My hospital told me that I shouldn't gain any more than 12 kilos during my pregnancy because I am already overweight.
As soon as this bubba is out, well after a month or two, I'm going back on a diet. I wouldn't suggest going on one while pregnant, just cut out all the unhealthy foods from your diet that aren't good for Bub anyway. Of course your Dr is the best person to ask, he would know a lot more.
16-12-2015 07:56 #9
I'm hoping to gain under 5kgs this time. I only gained 5kgs last time. This time I'm starting out 21kgs lighter!
16-12-2015 08:15 #10
I had GD with my DS which caused me to lose weight during pregnancy which meant I ended up 10kg lighter post partum than my pre pregnancy starting weight. I was actively encouraged to lose weight while pregnant by the doctors via good eating and exercise. If you have excess weight and lose it healthily I don't see a problem with it.
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