(Closed) Getting in shape during TTC/pregnancy?

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
3697 posts
Sugar bee

There’s nothing wrong and everything right with wanting to get healthier and more fit during pregnancy. You should absolutely make it a goal to improve your diet and get more exercise during/ahead of pregnancy.


You shouldn’t try to actually lose weight. Instead, think of it more in terms of limiting how much you gain. If you’re a little overweight, you would want to try to gain around 15-20 pounds, as opposed to 25 to 35 if you’re at your normal weight. (“Overweight” is defined by having a BMI of 25 to 30). Also, the majority of the weight gain should happen during the later two trimesters.

In terms of diet, the most important thing is to prioritize getting the nutrients your baby needs, so you should focus on that instead of on counting (or cutting) calories. You don’t actually need to consume very much extra while pregnant. You should eat about the same as you normally do during the first trimester, take in an extra 200 calories/day during the second trimester and about 400/day during the third. Maybe rather than thinking about “losing weight,” frame it as “shedding flab and replacing it with (healthy) baby while I tone up.” Remember, too, that muscle tissue weighs more than fat, so pay more attention to your health and overall tone than to the numbers on the scale. Also, you will be carrying more fluid around while pregnant (your blood volume increases, and you will eventually have a couple of liters of amniotic fluid), which accounts for around 10 lbs. You definitely don’t want to dehydrate yourself and short yourself of those necessary fluids because of a fear of weight gain.

Post # 4
688 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

@KCKnd2:  +1 this is a very good reply!

just to put it out there I think you are beautiful! I have put on a bit of weight since our wedding 3 years ago… I am also trying to get fit and healthy whilst ttc….not so much focusing on a number on the scales, just want to be in tip top shape!


Post # 5
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

First of all, I think you look pretty in both pictures.

You should eat healthfully and exercise during pregnancy, but please consult with your doctor about how to gain an appropriate amount of weight during pregnancy. 

Post # 7
3697 posts
Sugar bee

Maybe a good starting point is to learn to make a basic stir-fry and start trying different vegetables with it?

You can start with a base of brown rice (nutritious and full of fiber). If you make this frequently, a rice cooker is a great investment. It’s the easiest thing in the world to use (literally, all you do is measure out the rice and the water, put the lid on, and press “start,” and it cooks the rice perfectly every time).

Then you pick a protein – you can do various kinds of meat, fish, seafood, or vegetarian protein like seitan, tofu, beans, etc. Tofu by itself is very bland, but that makes it the perfect thing for soaking up whatever sauce you want to use. Aim for something that doesn’t have too much salt, fat, sugar, etc., but there are tons of options out there to try.

And then you pair it with vegetables. You can do a mix (you can find frozen stir-fry mix in the grocery store) or use just one or two select veggies you know you like. Frozen veggies are very convenient; fresh are also delicious. You can also serve the stir fry on a bed of leafy greens along with the rice.

Here’s an article from Slate with some tips for doing a basic stir fry. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can experiment endlessly with different combinations.

Bonus: stir fry also makes for awesome leftovers!

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