Post # 1
Despite my recent drama 🙂 DH and I am going to start trying around Sep 1st.
I haven’t been thin my whole life (actually I was a professional dancer who was a size 6 to 8, healthy but not ideal) but two years ago I lost a lot of weight and have been able to easily maintain it. I became a size 0, 5’5 around 114 to 118 lbs.
Recently, I have gained weight. My guess is that I am now 120 – 125. Well I finally said “Nonapkns, you gotta loose it again, you like being thinner” but then I realized that we are going to try soon and my mother and mother in law were always telling me to gain so I can have a baby… I am 32.
I tried to find info online and got confused…..
Do I loose the weight or just become more confortable at this weight in preperation…….
Post # 3
@nonapkns: I vote work toward losing weight…especially since you won’t be TTC until September. The weight you are now is what you will be during your pregnancy if you lose the weight, think about it like that. =)
Post # 4
In order to conceive reliably, you need a bodyfat percentage in the low to mid twenties, with 18% or so as a minimum. If losing the weight would put you outside that range, I’d leave it be until after your baby is born.
Post # 5
At 5’5″ 120-125 is a very healthy BMI. You don’t want to lose too much because then you may have difficulty (in general you need to have a little fat in order to get pregnant/maintain pregnancy). You also don’t want to be obese when you get pregnant because that can lead to other complications. I would say this- BE HEALTHY. Do some toning so your have a good balance of muscle and fat, eat well, and remember to start prenatals. Good luck!
Post # 6
As some of the PP mentioned, you actually need some body fat for pregnancy. Most info I’ve seen recommend around 20%minimum. Basically if you fall below that point, your body thinks you are in danger of starving, and focuses on the essentials like keeping all your organs working etc. It cuts off anything that would be an extra drain on your system like pregnancy. This link is to a site that will calculate your %body fat with some basic info http://www.healthyforms.com/helpful-tools/body-fat-percentage.php
If you’re not thrilled with your weight/shape right now, I’d focus more on things like building healthy muscle mass, toning any “problem” areas and eating healthy rather then weight loss.
Post # 7
Were your cycles regular at your lowest weight? I would just recommend you be very careful about losing weight when you are already at a healthy weight. Last year I went from a healthy 130 lbs to 120 lbs and my cycle became irregular. Just something to be aware of.
Post # 8
@nonapkns: Probably at least stay the same. I don’t think losing weight would make you any healthier when TTC.
Also, aren’t you stuck on a boat/cruise line and really unhappy about it? If I remember correctly. Are you planning on both of you moving off of the boat before TTC?
I just can’t imagine it would be comfortable or healthy (from a mental health standpoint) to live in cramped quarters on a ship, trying to raise a child.
Post # 9
It sound like you are at healthy weight to conceive. I’d remain how you are for now any extra weight loss can happen after you have a baby:)
Post # 10
@maya2008: Yes we ate stuck on a boat. No matter what we do, one or two more contracts. We would be done by next March. If we start in September, odds are it will take a while to concieve. If not, then we would just end early. And we should own a home by then 🙂
Post # 11
I can relate, although I am more overweight than you. I struggle with wanting to lose weight before I see BFP/TTC and accepting my weight, which stays stable (5’0 145lbs) since H.S and I have no medical issues. I grew up with my mom “dieting” and I don’t want my children to not accept themselves.
You are at a healthy weight and unless it’s necessary I say stay the same as you are now unless it was for personal or medical reasons.
Post # 12
@nonapkns: I’d change your diet to something healthier and see if the weight comes off. If weighing less makes you happier then work for that just don’t get too wrapped up in it. When my DH was working on cruise ships he gained quite a bit of weight from the type of food he was having, well, and the drinks, too. (I went back and read your previous post.)
Post # 13
Thanks for all the info….
I am not TOO worried about gaining or loosing weight. Right now I am a size 2 maybe… 4. Clearly not overweight.
Would I like to be a size 0 again, probably. But that is because I still have crazy weird issues from when I was a performer.
It wouldnt take a lot of work for me to get there again, I just didnt know if I should bother. Since I know some people need to gain weight before they concieve.
I am going to check my weight later today and then figure out my BMI.. thnks!
Post # 14
I would just work on being healthy! Eat properly, ensure you are getting all of the nutrients you need, cut back on (or cut out completely) coffee and alcohol, stay active, that sort of thing. You are already a healthy weight, so maybe try to focus on having a really healthy body to nurture a baby in, and less on losing the pounds 🙂