Post # 1
Sorry to keep posting here but I’ve got a lot on my mind about ttc.
Reason for this post is my weight issue. I started having health issues in May 2012,causing me to go into a depressive state for quite some time and because of that I gained 35 pounds in the last year. I went from…
And I pretty much hate all my wedding pictures because my face just looks so swollen from the weight gain, and my neck.
So what does this have to do with TTC? Well I may already be getting a BFP as AF isn’t due until Monday and we plan to continue TTC but only in the last month have I started getting out and going on walks, started trying to eat healthier and such. But this past week (as is common when I get close to AF) I just get soooo hungry late at night, like stomach growling and turning hungry which isn’t helping the weight gain.
So I want to know, if done right is it ok to lose weight while PG and if so, what are some good tips as you can’t just go automatically run a marathon or do bench presses and such when it’s not even your normal. And as far as health goes, I know you don’t technically eat for 2 but would dieting effect the baby? I’d imagine it would so what’s the take on safe intake?
I do plan to bring this up with a doctor if/when we get a BFP but for now just wanting to know opinions on this as I’m afraid I’ll do something wrong.
OK this post sounds terrible. I’m not looking to do this simply to lose weight, I want to get healthy, we stopped smoking cigarettes, stopped drinking alcohol, we take vitamins, we are on the road to living healthy much like we used to but I don’t know how much change is acceptable when it comes to being PG and all
Post # 3
There’s nothing wrong and everything right with wanting to get healthier and more fit during pregnancy. You should absolutely make it a goal to improve your diet and get more exercise during/ahead of pregnancy.
You shouldn’t try to actually lose weight. Instead, think of it more in terms of limiting how much you gain. If you’re a little overweight, you would want to try to gain around 15-20 pounds, as opposed to 25 to 35 if you’re at your normal weight. (“Overweight” is defined by having a BMI of 25 to 30). Also, the majority of the weight gain should happen during the later two trimesters.
In terms of diet, the most important thing is to prioritize getting the nutrients your baby needs, so you should focus on that instead of on counting (or cutting) calories. You don’t actually need to consume very much extra while pregnant. You should eat about the same as you normally do during the first trimester, take in an extra 200 calories/day during the second trimester and about 400/day during the third. Maybe rather than thinking about “losing weight,” frame it as “shedding flab and replacing it with (healthy) baby while I tone up.” Remember, too, that muscle tissue weighs more than fat, so pay more attention to your health and overall tone than to the numbers on the scale. Also, you will be carrying more fluid around while pregnant (your blood volume increases, and you will eventually have a couple of liters of amniotic fluid), which accounts for around 10 lbs. You definitely don’t want to dehydrate yourself and short yourself of those necessary fluids because of a fear of weight gain.
Post # 4
@KCKnd2: +1 this is a very good reply!
just to put it out there I think you are beautiful! I have put on a bit of weight since our wedding 3 years ago… I am also trying to get fit and healthy whilst ttc….not so much focusing on a number on the scales, just want to be in tip top shape!
Post # 5
First of all, I think you look pretty in both pictures.
You should eat healthfully and exercise during pregnancy, but please consult with your doctor about how to gain an appropriate amount of weight during pregnancy.
Post # 6
Thank you ladies! I’ll definately bring this up with my doctor when/if I get KU. I want to be has healthy as I can be for my daughter, my husband, me and the baby I will carry when we get our BFP. I don’t mind the weight gain too terribly much and neither does my husband as it meant larger breasts lol but I want to be healthy and I am far from it right now.
I wouldn’t mind staying at my weight level, but I need to lose all the puffiness and such, I need to be able to do things without getting exhausted way too soon. Just in general I need to get more healthy. My whole lifestyle is unhealthy. Spend 2 or so hours every morning sitting in front of the computer. I get up to clean but later am back on the computer. The most exercise Iget is an hour walk with my daughter a day. I eat pancakes at 2am, I eat fried foods all the time, I eat fast food all the time, the only “veggie” I really eat is corn (I know it’s a starch and not veggie) I’m just very unhealthy and want to have a healthy pregnancy and set a good example for my daughter as well.
I’ll start looking into organic foods and such as well, I just don’t know where to start. What’s good sugar, what’s bad, what is processed and what’s not, what kind of bread to get etc. I’m also lactose intollerant and have celiacs so that will be interesting trying to go organic with that and all. We’ll see how it goes 🙂
Post # 7
Maybe a good starting point is to learn to make a basic stir-fry and start trying different vegetables with it?
You can start with a base of brown rice (nutritious and full of fiber). If you make this frequently, a rice cooker is a great investment. It’s the easiest thing in the world to use (literally, all you do is measure out the rice and the water, put the lid on, and press “start,” and it cooks the rice perfectly every time).
Then you pick a protein – you can do various kinds of meat, fish, seafood, or vegetarian protein like seitan, tofu, beans, etc. Tofu by itself is very bland, but that makes it the perfect thing for soaking up whatever sauce you want to use. Aim for something that doesn’t have too much salt, fat, sugar, etc., but there are tons of options out there to try.
And then you pair it with vegetables. You can do a mix (you can find frozen stir-fry mix in the grocery store) or use just one or two select veggies you know you like. Frozen veggies are very convenient; fresh are also delicious. You can also serve the stir fry on a bed of leafy greens along with the rice.
Here’s an article from Slate with some tips for doing a basic stir fry. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can experiment endlessly with different combinations.
Bonus: stir fry also makes for awesome leftovers!