Post # 1
I’m a regular going on Anon just in case. I know this question has probably been answered a million times, but I really can’t find the answer I’m looking for, so I thought I’d ask here.
FH and I have made the exciting decision to start trying for a family. I’ve been scouring the internet (and the ttc boards) reading up on information that I will need to know for the ttc period. I just wanted to know what the average weight for someone to fall pregnant. I’m roughly 100kg, so obviously there is a bit of weight to lose, but the question is how much? I’m going to make an appointment later this week with my doctor so I can start trying to get a bit healthier – it’s definitely long overdue, but ttc has definitely put my foot in the door of getting healthy.
Any advice would be very helpful. Thank you 🙂
Post # 3
@scantobe: not sure about kg conversion but I was 190 pounds and my ob/gyn told me ideally I should get down to around 150 pounds before getting pregnant- 140 would be even better. I’m only at 185 now so I still have a ways to go too. Good luck to you!
Edit: I should mention that I’m 5’5.
Post # 4
@scantobe: Without knowing more details, I’d suggest going based on BMI….yes, BMI isn’t an accurate predictor for everyone, but unless you’re heavily muscled it will give a ballpark idea of where to aim. Ideally, a BMI of 20-25 is what I’d suggest to have the lowest risks of weight-related pregnancy complications.
Hope this helps.
Post # 5
@scantobe: Sorry, I don’t know conversion either, but I was 190 (5’2″) when I started My Fitness Pal and I got down to 162 when we got pregnant. It was my whole reason (and just being healthier in general) for losing weight. I am still considered overweight according to my BMI chart, but when the doctor looked at me she said she would classify me as normal.
I would say just do the best you can. Exercise, drink lots of water, and eat as healthy as possible. Portion everything out. If it says 1/2 cup of ice cream, eat only that helping of it.
Good luck, and if you want to give My Fitness Pal a try, come on over and you can also friend me Megz2006
Post # 6
You can get pregnant at any weight – Although sometimes being overweight is linked to infertility. Being overweight and moreso being obese increases risks for pregnancy complications for you and your baby. That’s why doctors recommend losing weight.
Here’s a chart of metric & English BMI’s
If you’re having issues getting pregnant and are obese, they say even a weight loss of 5 – 10% of your weight (even if you are still overweight after the weight loss) can kick start ovulation and fertility.
I find weight loss is much much more manageable by setting small goals. So instead of saying “My goal is to lose 30kg” have an initial goal of losing 10kg. Then have 2 more goals of losing 10 kg, and reward yourself with prizes when you reach it goal. Even if you only make your first goal, it will make you much healthier!
ETA: I hope this doesn’t sound preachy. I’m overweight and I’m trying to use this advice too!
Post # 7
@megz06: Thanks for all of your suggestions, it’s making this whole thing so much easier knowing that people are willing to answer questions and support fellow Bees.
@CityBearBride: Wow thank you for the chart! My sister weighs more than I do and has just given birth to her third baby, so I’m hoping that when we starting ttc it won’t be impossible 🙂 I suddenly don’t feel like I’m alone…we’ve made the choice not to tell anyone and I like knowing there are people out there who will help someone they don’t even know. 🙂
ETA: We haven’t actually started ttc yet, but we’re looking into options that will give us a better chance.
Post # 8
I’m also working on losing some more weight to get pregnant. I rejoined WW and recommitted to working out More.
Post # 9
When I got pregnant I was about 40 pounds heavier than my goal weight. I had already lost 60 pounds but am still overweight. I’m 21 weeks and have had no issues so far (TTC or throughout pregnancy). I will say I’ve been still trying to stick with healthy eating and I exercise regularly-I use the elliptical cycle 5 days a week.
Post # 10
@scantobe: I’m about 15lbs overweight (which is seriously a drop in the bucket I know…) and my Dr. said nothing other than take the prenatal continue to workout and eat as well as I can and learn to love water more than soda or juice. You can get pregnant at any weight it’s true but if you are concerned I really wouldnt focus on weight loss as much as I would healthier choices. So drop as much of the junk food as you can, take some walks in the evening, drink water, learn to love veggies and lean meats and fruits. Start putting yourself into a nice routine for healthy eating so when you are pregnant, you can be healthier for the baby and yourself. The weight is only one part of the equation. Its your lifestyle that will affect your fertility more than the weight itself. I’ve known women who were underweight, normal weight, overweight, obese… and fertility seemed to be more a game of roulette than a pattern of only normal weight people got pregnant and everyone else had fertility issues.
Cheers to a happy and healthy 9 months for you when the time comes 🙂
Post # 11
height will play a role in what your ideal weight is.
what does your doctor say you should weigh?
i know overweight women who get pregnant and have healthy babies.
Post # 12
We started talking about a timeline for TTC and I knew I wanted to lose some weight before we did. I weighed 166 (5’7″), and am now down to 144. I’m at a healthy weight now, but wouldn’t mind to lose a few more lbs, but I certainly feel a lot better about getting pregnant now as opposed to when I was heavier.
Post # 13
I was still working on weight loss but just took 3 tests in 2 days. We are pregnant. Now to just focus on eating healthy and continue light workouts, probably walking. I looked online and read god my height and weight I shouldn’t gain more than 20 lbs. wish me luck