Post # 1
- Wedding: February 2009 - Small church ceremony with mountain-view log cabin reception
So we’ve been talking about TTC for a while now, but there’s a problem. I was working out and in great shape prior to our wedding and after we got married, things kind of fell apart and I gained some weight. We’ve both agreed that for my sake and for the sake of the pregnancy, it would be best for me to get back into shape before we start TTC. I know how important it is for a smooth pregnancy, but sometimes I just want to start trying! I have probably another 15 pounds to lose before I will be at my “healthy weight” again, and I can’t help but think the clock is just ticking away. Does anyone else feel the pressure to be at an ideal weight or in good shape before TTC? On a side note, any tips for getting rid of muffin tops? I’ve tried situps, but they don’t seem to be doing anything:/
Post # 3
I was thinking about it but we started TTC anyway (I never had anything remotely like your figure, BTW!)
I have NO tips for a muffin top but I do think that if you feel ready now you can still work out and get in shape while TTC. You can even work out during pregnancy…one of my closest friends hardly skipped a beat in her work out routine – she just modified it slightly and it also made for easier labor I think. Don’t feel pressure either way – to wait or to try now – just do what feels right.
Good luck with both getting back into shape and TTC when the time comes – it will all work out!
Post # 4
The majority of my friends have lost weight while pregnant. They say for whatever reason it was easier to do so and like the PP said, it makes labor a lot easier. I’d say go for it now.
Post # 5
Good for you. I am in the same boat, I want to make sure I am in good shape before TTC. I think the issue with a lot of the belly fat is sugars. Maybe try to cut that out from your diet? Also, remember if you do sit ups you also need to work out your back so that you get the most optimal workout.
Post # 6
When we started I went back to the gym religiously. I had stopped going after the wedding due to a ton of excuses (none of them really valid except for my laziness) and while I only gained a few pounds I didn’t FEEL healthy. So while it wasn’t so much a weight issue it was just a lifestyle issue.
I agree that there’s no reason why you can’t continue to shape and tone up while trying. It might make everything in your life feel not so stressed?
As for muffin tops, one word: CARDIO. You have to lose the fat underneath to get rid of the pudge. Doesn’t have to be a strong resistance setting, but you have to go at it for at least 45 minutes a few (or more) times a week. Try cutting out some sugar and salt in your diet too. Don’t have to get rid of everything but I have found that eating lean does help.
Post # 7
I think you’re doing a wonderful thing for both yourself and your child – kudos for being smart!
Do you have any yoga studios by you? I recently started going to hot vinyasa yoga classes. They’re a really intense workout, and they’re fun/varied enough that when I have time I gladly go once a day. They’re great for lowering blood pressure, stress, etc, and they offer unheated prenatal sessions that are at a much slower pace for when you are pregnant.
Post # 8
As for Muffin top, that’s my biggest issue! I have been doing cardio a few days a week, and working on obliques. I use a medicine ball, and sit like I am doing crunches. I then move the medicine ball from one side of my body to the other, resting it on the floor each time with movement from the hips (try not to move your legs). I usually try and do 2 sets of 30. I have noticed some change in this area! Hope that helps!
Post # 9
Oh good luck!! I’m not TTC, but I am determined to get into my ideal shape by age 30 because I’ve heard it’s much harder to lose weight, etc. after that. For the muffin top (which I used to have at my heaviest) I recommend a combination of running/jogging and really any kind of core excersizes, esp the ones where you stand and bend from the waist holding weights. As long as you are limiting your caloric intake in conjunction with those excersizes, the fat melts off.
Post # 10
I am a personal trainer and I can tell you that there really is no way to target your muffin top. You need to burn calories (and eat less) to reduce your overall fat and that will then reduce your muffin top. You can’t get rid of fat in just one area (it’s just unfortunate that our bodies tend to find one spot to store it in! 🙂
Basically I would recommend a combo of cardio and strength training. If you can hire a trainer they might be the kick in the pants you need to stick to a training plan.
Post # 11
Getting in shape before baby is wonderful. It was part of my plan to exercise and eat healthier while TTC, but I got pregnant quickly. I didn’t lose any weight early on, but I also don’t weigh myself, so I am just going off the first couple of dr’s apt weights. It can be common to lose weight early on if you have morning sickness or because you start cutting our junk food in order to be healthy.
Also, as long as you are somewhat active, you can continue to be active during pregnancy (but check with your own dr to be sure and to get some guidance on what to do and what not to do).
At least you have awesome motivation! My wedding wasn’t even good enough motivation for me to lose weight! The baby/TTC was, but I didn’t get time to.
Post # 12
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
Re getting rid of a muffin top: get bigger pants! I used to get so upset about my muffin top, and then I bought a pair of jeans that were one size bigger, and POOF! GONE! 😉 For what it’s worth, I still haven’t lost a single milimeter around my hips, but I feel much better.
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
@spaniel: Dude. That was my solution too 🙂
Post # 14
@spaniel: Yeah, even the skinniest gals will have muffin top in the wrong sized pants. So while it’s great to work out for health purposes, a little bit of chub is no problem if your clothes fit well!
Post # 15
I am in the same boat! I would like to lose 5-10 pounds before TTC. I have heard the better shape you are in before, the easier you will get back into shape after. Plus, I feel like if I get pregnant now, I’ll be thinking, well I am already overweight, so let me just have another piece of cake…
Post # 16
I wanted to get in stellar shape before getting pregnant but since I got pregnant right after the wedding I was decent shape but not as good as I would have wanted.
Since finding out I’ve been making sure to eat more regularly so I’ve gained about 3 lbs. I’ve always been considered “underweight” but I’m worried that I might be gaining weight too fast. I’ve kept up with my workouts pretty consistantly so I guess there’s not much I can do about it.
As for muffin top – cardio AND weight training are important. Muscle burns more energy for longer so building muscle along with regular cardio will help slim down your mid-section.