Post # 1
I got married back in September and prior to my wedding I was on my weight loss journy. I lost about 15lbs and looked great in my wedding dress! However, after the wedding and honeymoon was over, I completely lost motivation and gain most (if not all) the weight I lost right back! I am also slightly over weight 🙁
I’ve been trying to get out of this funk, as I’ve always needed a “reason” to lose weight and get healthy. So I decided that I was going to start going back to the gym and just overall try to be heathier. Now the problem I’m running into is…DH and I just recently decided to start TTC. In my weird mind, I’m thinking “why should I start losing weight if I’m just going to gain (baby) weight anyway?” So I’m thinking, I will just lose the weight after the (non-existent) baby!
On top of that, my girlfriends wants to plan a girls trip to Hawaii this summer. So now this is my “reason” to really lose weight and try to get into a bikini…BUT again in my weird mind I’m thinking that is just a waste of time since we are TTC.
I guess what I am asking is, how can I get this motivation to lose weight? To me, it just seems counter-productive. Any advice/help/motivation is appreciated!!!
Post # 3
You want to be healthy ESPECIALLY if you’re TTC. It’s easier for your body to conceive when you’re at a healthy weight, so that’s one huge motivation right there. I’d also want to lose weight before getting pregnant so that you don’t have to lose as much after you have the baby! Plus, living a healthy, fit lifestyle is always a good thing, no matter what stage of life you’re in.
Post # 4
The motivation should be you are trying to conceive and want your body in the best shape it’s ever been so you can grow the healthiest tiny human possible.
Pregnancy is not an excuse to gains tons of weight and going into it thinking, “I can gain all the weight I want!” is not healthy. You stand a far better chance to conceive if your body is in tip top shape and most doctors will recommend that you get yourself in a healthy range before TTC if you aren’t already.
Post # 5
Doctors will most likely suggest you to not start up excercising after you get pregnant, unless you were already exercising before! So if you don’t start now, you might not be able to for 9+ months!
Post # 6
That’s a horrible mindset to go into being pregnant with. The weight you are expected to gain is exactly what you said “baby weight” not extra fat because you aren’t taking csare of yourself. ow is probably the best time than any other to start exercising and getting yourself into better shape health wise. Your pregnancy will go much smoother and you and baby will come out healthier in the end. Being healthy and in good physical health during pregnancy has MANY MANY benefits.
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Depending on how overweight you are your doctor will likely advise you to still lose weight or at least not gain any additional weight while pregnant. The healthier you are before TTC and labor/delivery, usually the better outcome you will have. It’s not a sin to exercise while pregnant either and baby weight can be damn near impossible to lose for some women so you may end up even heavier after the baby.
Post # 8
@Liecey84: Let’s say you want to lose 15lbs now. Let’s say that’s 20lbs when you get pregnant, and you gain 30lbs while pregnant (though I’ve gained 35lbs and work out 5 days a week… And most of the women in my birth group are up 35-40lbs)
Then you lose 20lbs of baby/fluids/stuff (yay!). But then you have 30 POUNDS to lose! While taking care of a newborn. Not fun!
As opposed to if you lost the 15lbs now, gained 30 with the pregnancy, lost 20 with the baby, and there you go! Back at your current weight after the baby is born.
Doesn’t that sound nice? No need to rush or freak out about losing weight after baby.
Post # 9
This is exactly what I needed! I know, common sense is to be healthy so I can have a healthy pregnancy, I just need to get my twisted mind set to catch on to that! As a teen and in my early 20s, I never had to think twice about my weight. I was just skinny without trying too hard, but now that I’m getting older (will be 30 soon), of course I do not have the metabolism as I did in my younger days. So I had to have a “reason” to lose weight, but I now going to start changing my lifestyle and how I eat, to start getting healthy just to be healthy!
Post # 10
@BrandNewBride Yes that makes a lot of sense!
Post # 11
@Liecey84: Getting in better shape FOR the baby is a great motivation! I knew we were going to TTC in the fall so I started to lose weight and eat healthy not becuase I wanted to be thin before I had a baby, but because I knew the sooner I developed healthy habits, the easier it would be to maintain those habits during and after baby.
I lost over 25 pounds, ended up pregnant, and because of taking care of myself and getting that engrained in my mind, I have gained minimal weight, and the weight I have gained has been all belly (baby, fluid, blood, etc).
I look forward to continuing my weight loss journey after the baby and feel I will be able to reach my goal easier because of thehabits I picked up already.