(Closed) Plus sized and TTC?

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
540 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Have you tried the My Fitness Pal app?  That is what I am using to try to lose 50-75 lbs. by next May when we TTC.  My first week, I lost 3.5 lbs, and my second week I lost 2.5 lbs.  So, I am pretty happy.  It is easy, and the fact that I have been successful two weeks in a row is really motivating.  Plus, I know some other girls who were my size who have lost a ton of weight in a six month timeframe.  I will still most likely be 30-40 lbs. overweight when we TTC, but that is better than 100 lbs. overweight and obese, I figure.  When are you looking to TTC?  How much do you want to lose?

Post # 6
1309 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I am and was overweight when I had Dirty Delete. I had a great pregnancy with no complications. I was about 190 before pregnancy and gained 1 pound. Just keep eating healthy during your pregnancy and exercise moderately. You’ll do fine.

Post # 7
2605 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

How much weight are we talking about? Full disclosure: I am a stranger on the Internet. Not a doctor. So take this for what you will ๐Ÿ™‚

My take on being an “ideal weight” (or not severely over/under weight) and pregnancy is that pregnancy is something that puts stress on the body. If your body is already stressed, which excess weight tends to do, then that *can* mean complications with the pregnancy and birth. But it’s by no means a guarantee and I have known several large ladies who had had healthy babies just fine.

I was overweight when I got pregnant–and I’m even more overweight now that I’ve got a big belly! But my gains have been within the recommended range thus far and the pregnancy has been normal, knock on wood. Before getting pregnant, I was a yogi and a runner and a vegan and still needed to lose about 40-50 pounds, but other than my weight, I was–and still am–pretty healthy. My blood pressure is low (as is my cholesterol, natch), I don’t do the running or the vinyasa yoga with my belly, but I do walk about an hour a day, and I try my best to eat right (although I’m no longer vegan and baby seems to have a penchant for ice cream). I don’t have diabetes or preeclampsia. Like you, I would have preferred to have continued in my weight loss and been at a better weight when I got pregnant, but things happen.

I asked my ObGYN about this stuff and he sort of shrugged and said, “Well, we’ll let you know if you start to gain too much weight. But even then, I’ve had some patients who have gained a lot or who were overweight to begin with and the worst that usually happens is they may have a large baby, which can necessitate a c-section. But that’s not really so bad.”

I mean, yes, strive to be the healthiest you can when TTC and during your pregnancy. But remember that recommendations often stem from aiming for some sort of ideal–and hardly anyone’s pregnancy out there is ideal!


Post # 8
1040 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Well, I’m on the bigger side, and I have about 60 pounds to lose until I hit my ‘ideal’ weight. While I know that plenty of larger ladies have perfectly healthy pregnancies, I have PCOS, and the one way for me to try and control it is to get my weight down. Basically, for me, until I lose weight, there will BE no baby – because my cycles just don’t work properly.

I’m young, relatively healthy except for the PCOS, and can TOTALLY relate.

That being said, if you need a buddy, I’m here. We also have a Facebook group for Weight Loss Bees- you could definitely join.

Post # 9
6473 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia

I have around 50 pounds I’d like to lose (20kg, or so) and worst thing is, the hormones for IVF have made me gain MORE instead of going backwards.

I also have PCOS and have always struggled with my weight, which is really frustrating. Doesn’t matter how healthy I try to be, how much exercise I do, I tend to stockpile.

Post # 10
119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Yes, I am about 20 lbs. overweight. I gained most of it after I got married (which was only a few months ago) b/c I watched what I ate so much during the year I was engaged. I signed up for a half-marathon about a month ago. Now I’m going running every morning, and it’s really helping. I read that it can take longer to concieve when you are overweight, plus being pregnant you gain weight, so I really wanted to shed a few pounds before I got pregnant. So far, I’m not sure that I lost any weight but I feel better and I’ve definitely toned. My husband has started running with me too. Having a goal besides just a weight number really is helping me.

Post # 11
1778 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Just wondered if those with 100+ to lose have thought about maybe a gastric band or bypass?  It is something that could seriously help you lose weight and improve any PCOS or other issues.  I worked with support groups for these patients, so if you want any info, send me a PM, happy to talk about it with you.

Post # 12
624 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Yes I can TOTALLY relate, but Ive been charting my cycle so I know when I ovulate and I noticed any sudden diet or excrose throws me off so bad!!!

so lately Ive been just taking it easy on the excerise and eating better so I can finally get pregnant.

I plan on losing it once I have the baby, if I stress about weight now, Ill never get pregnant.

Post # 13
113 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

We are hoping to start trying next yet, but I’m hoping to drop right around 50 pounds before then. I’m sitting at about 8 pounds right now, but it’s coming off really slow! I’m staying motivated thought which is a plus…I wasn’t motivated to lose weight for the wedding so I’m glad I can do it for our future family. It’s tough, but you just need to take it one day at a time.

Post # 14
3295 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i was 60 lbs overweight when we started trying to concieve.  when i got pregnant i had lost 20 of that… so still about 40 lbs overweight… good news is i am 16 weeks and have not gained a lb. My doctor did advise me to be careful, eat right, and keep up the exercise, so i have been doing that. i know it isnt easy… but i think knowing it isnt for me but for my baby… that helps me make better healthier choices ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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