(Closed) Do I need to lose my stomach fat before TTC?

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
1301 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Focus on being healthy.  Having a kid will change your body.  Accept it, and make sure you’re eating a balanced diet that will nourish your child.

Post # 3
2178 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I don’t think you need to lose weight, but you will likely gain some during pregnancy.  

That being said, is it safe for you to carry a baby with your hip issue?  I’m 16.5w pregnant without a hip issue and already uncomfortable in my hips and legs at times.  Pregnancy is really stressful on your body– be careful!

Post # 4
9691 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

Well, in my experience if you have weight leftover after birth (which most women do!) then there will probably be a good portion of it in your tummy/hip area.  But I think it’s definitely possible to return to normal over time and with work.

Of course, it’s pretty impossible to tell how your body will handle pregnancy and after birth until you go through with it.  As long as you try to stay within the recommended guidelines (25-35 lbs for normal BMI) I think you will have a good shot and returning to normal quicker.

I was pretty fit pre-pregnancy and I am after birth but I’m carrying about 11-12 extra lbs (I gained 40 lbs FWIW) that pretty much do NOT want to go anywhere (9.5 weeks post partum).  Right over my lower tummy and hip area.  Even though I jumped right back in to working out they really dont’ want to budge.  That being said, I don’t have any saggy skin or anything, just extra fat ๐Ÿ™‚  So I imagine once I’m able to lose it I’ll look pretty much like normal.  I can wear my pre pregnancy jeans, they’re just tighter than I like.

Post # 6
11747 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

TogetherThroughLife:  every one is different but your body definitely changes from pregnancy. I had a flat, tight stomach pre pregnancy. I was 5-4 100 lbs, gained 20 during pregnancy And lost it all plus 5 extra lbs within a few weeks. My stomach isn’t completely flat anymore and it’s definitely softer. I haven’t really done any exercise to try and tighten my abs at all though. I’m sure if I did I could get back to “normal” Or close to. You can’t do much to change skin elasticity.

I would just focus on being as healthy as you can. Good luck!

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Post # 8
3017 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

TogetherThroughLife:  Good for you for losing 22 pounds! Eating well in general but especially during pregnancy is so important! I think exercise is a key to healthy weight gain during pregnancy, and then getting healthy again after the baby. Is there any exercise that you can do? Hand-cycling or light weight-lifting for your upper body? Any yoga moves? It doesn’t have to work your stomach to burn fat off it (“spot-treating” areas where fat accumulates doesn’t work, anyway). Just elevating your heart rate a bit and building a little more muscle would help. Don’t get me wrong- I am definitely not saying you should try to be thin! I just think physical activity is so important for health and mental well-being for both you and your baby-to-be! Best of luck to you.

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