(Closed) Did your OBGYN comment if you were overweight?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I haven’t been pregnant but I don’t weigh all that much less than you, and I told my OB I wanted to lose “some weight” before we started trying. She said “that’s a good idea.” That was the extent of the convo lol. 

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’m currently 230 (ish) and that’s with losing 20lbs or so recently. I was told I wouldn’t be needing to gain weight when we get pregnant. I will be kept on my limited calorie intake and when I get to the point in my pregnancy where I need more calories they will advise me of the increase. 

The more weight you lose prior to the better. However, over weight women get pregnant and have babies all the time. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Nope. I’m a little overweight, but he didn’t mention anything other than the amount I was allowed to gain which was lower than the usual 30 lb rule.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

Commenting as I am interested in hearing the responses as well.

OP – My Darling Husband and I will be TTCing in 1-2 years and I weigh around 250 as well. I am 5’11 and I think the acceptable weight range for that is like 150-175 so I am looking to lose about 75-100 pounds as well. Although I think I would be okay with even 50.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I was overweight when I got pregnant around 170 I think? and my doctor gave me grief every time I went in. I was always “nah, it’s cool. I was already fat.” But it was annoying.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

When I got pregnant, I was 182, still about 14 or 15 lbs shy of normal weight, so sort of in the middle of the normal “overweight” category by BMI. I should add, though, that I am an avid runner and teach group fitness and I eat very well, so I’m very healthy and have great results on all tests. No one said anything about my weight other than that I should only gain 25 lbs, not 25-35. My BFF is a bit bigger than me, so she is only supposed to gain 20. In fact, the nurse I met with first who went over all the paperwork, family history, and general information about being pregnant kept telling me that such and such only applied to overeight people, so I’d be fine. There are goign to be certain health concerns if you get pregnant at, say, 250, but geting grief about it once your already pregnant won’t be any help. Your OB will just need to moniter you for certain risk factors a little more closely. I commend you for trying to lose the weight first since there is a strong correlation (though it’s just that–a correlation) between the mother’s weight and the weight of the baby, but don’t think you must lose that weight before you can become pregnant. My stepmom kept waiting and waiting because she wanted to lose weight and then it never happened. Don’t let that be your story!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

@PilotsGirl56:  LMAO @ “If so, it’s not mine”…my doctor is really serious, too and I always wish she would crack some jokes to lighten the mood.

I agree, we can totally lose the weight! My best friend lost 100 pounds when she was told she might not be able to conceive due to her weight. That was her motivation to get healthy and she did it all through healthy meal planning, portion control, and excerise. She used this website called My Fitness Pal to track her calories and I joined it, too. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Clark Gardens

My OB only brought it up because I asked about it. He looked at my weight, looked at some generic BMI chart, and then said I need to gain only 15-20 lbs during pregnancy instead of the standard 25-30. He hasn’t said anything since then. My weight has been on track to be within the 15-20 pound range. I’m 22 weeks along now. 

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Oh, and I’ve been reminded (in the beginning, because I’m actually struggling now to gain the recommended 3/4-1lb per week) that I’m not eating for 2, but more like 1.2.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I was probably 220 when I got pregnant. I only made it to one appointment, but at that appointment he told me he wanted me to gain ONLY 15 pounds! I had already gained 10 lbs from the pregnancy!! YES, crazy, I know! So he gave me a very stict diet. Never got to really follow it.

My regular doctor told me right now he’d be happy with me at 180, I’m currently 224, I’ve lost 31 total! : )  We have a weightloss TTC thread over in the TTC board if you’d like to join! I think my OB/GYN only mentioned if I lost 10% of my weight it be a little easier getting pregnant, well I’ve done that, hasn’t worked *yet. GL to you with the weight loss and futrue TTC!

I know when I finally get KU, I will try my hardest to stick to a pregancy diet plan. I do not want to gain!!! Terrified.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper

My best friend just dealt with this at a recent appointment and it was very frustrating for her. She weighs 265 pounds (5’11”) and her doctor warned her that with normal pregnancy gain she could very easily hit the 300 pound mark, which is a concern for obvious health reasons and her doctor did warn her of those risks. She is trying to get down to 225 or so before they get pregnant but they are trying WHILE she is dieting so she very well could get pregnant before losing any weight.

 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Depending on the degree of overweight, the recomendations for weight gain may be as low as 0-15 lbs.  Pregnancy requires 300 calories in addition to your healthy maintenance level, which for most women would be 1800-2000 or so.  

And yes, being overweight does put you at higher risk for many pregnancy/birth complications…..but most of the time things turn out fine.  I’ve worked with many obese (bmi 40) women and sometimes there are difficulties, but sometimes not (just like anyone else).

Overall I would recomend a woman to lose some weight before TTC but I wouldn’t give her grief about it once she is pregnant.  I would, however, be honest and clear about the risks and also why additional monitoring and testing may be advisable.

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