Post # 1
I’ve been struggling with weight gain lately, and I wonder where you ladies were when you got pregnant. I’m just curious as we recently started to try for baby #1. This is not meant to offend anyone. So what was your BMI?
Post # 3
@candy11: As a fitness professional, I tell my clients not to go by BMI… It’s not an accurate measure of healthy body weight. Instead focus on reducing body fat by strength training and gradually cutting calories if needed 🙂 Good luck TTC 🙂
Post # 4
@MrsSweetT: Thanks for your insights. I’m a little muscular build body, so it always worries me I cannot be at the lower end of my suggested normal weight. It’s hard to know how much fat is too much fat since like you say weight varies with body type.
Post # 5
I was underweight – 5’4 and between 95-100 lbs. had no issues conceiving right away. Gained 20 lbs which my doctors had no issue with.
Post # 6
@candy11: I was right in the middle of the healthy range, BMI-wise, though I definitely could stand to have been a bit fitter. I hadn’t been working out much; I wish I’d had more muscle tone and a bit less fat beforehand.
I’m 10 weeks in now, and I’ve gained between 5 – 7 pounds which I think is kind of a lot for the first trimester. I asked my doc about it in my 8-week appointment, and she was not concerned, so I try not to be. I think some of it is bloat because some days when I weigh myself, my gain so far is only 4 pounds.
Post # 7
My BMI was right around 24. I too am muscular, have a huge chest cavity, etc. It took me a long time (and years of struggling with an ED) to realize that my body is not meant to have a low-average BMI. The lowest I ever got (at 5’7″) was 135 and I was literally starving myself, working out everyday and all my ribs and my hip bones were sticking out. BMI is NOT for everyone, so you shouldn’t even look at it that way.
I am 25 weeks right now, up about 20 pounds and for the first time in my life I am ok with myself because my little boy is healthy and that is literally ALL that matters.
Good luck TTC!
Post # 8
@candy11: It is totally possible at higher weights. I am definitely a plus size girl. I guess if you go by BMI I was considered obese and we tried for 6 months with the help of clomid.
I am 9 weeks today and so far have lost 6 lbs. Keeping my FX that you get a BFP soon!!!
Post # 9
As an adult, my BMI was its lowest at around 30 — when I was largely fitting into size 12s and size Medium/Large shirts at most retailers. I’m a bigger woman by design — a size 10/a weight around 165 – 175 pounds (normal-to-low-end-of-overweight for me) is probably ideal.
When I got pregnant, BMI was 35. I have never had any obesity-related conditions. I was on the mini-pill for a year before we started trying to conceive. Once I went off, I was getting positive ovulation tests within a week, so I bounced back immediately. Had positive ovulation tests every month, and in the two full cycles that I was using BBTs, I was showing obvious ovulation signs. I believe we took 10 months trying to conceive because of problems with my husband — his two at-home sperm count tests were obviously negative, and I got pregnant within 6 weeks of him adjusting his diet/taking multivitamins (his diet was very low where it was needed most– calcium, zinc, etc.).
Whether you are thinner or you weigh more than what’s commonly deemed “ideal,” it’s usually only a problem when you are not ovulating. That’s the biggest problem when it comes to weight. If you are showing signs of normal ovulation (i.e., positive LH tests most months…it’s normal to occasionally skip a month…your period is fairly regular…you are able to detect ovulation using BBTs), you are probably fine.
I spent so much time worrying that it was me — we’re both confident that it was actually him, and had we given him a critical eye sooner, I may have gotten pregnant sooner.
Post # 10
My BMI is on the lower side of normal at 19.5. I am 5’6 and 121 prepregnancy. I am only ten weeks now so I haven’t gained more than a pound or two. I actually lost a bit of weight before I got pregnant which is what I wanted so I could start off at a healthy weight and gain up from there. I work out a lot and have been lucky to feel great during my first tri so I’ve been keeping up with my workouts and eating mostly healthy like I always have!
Post # 11
Mine was between 15 and 16 and we got pregnant the second month (pretty sure I missed ovulation the first time).
BMI is not the best way to judge whether you are healthy or not though.