- 6 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
I just got back from my preconception appointment! I hadn’t planned on a pre-conception appointment as not on meds but decided I wanted to talk to my doc instead of Dr. Google. I wanted to make sure my vaccines were up to date (and that I’d be able to get the shots prior to tcc in december), what the next steps were once pregnant, and how to combat the higher risk factors being larger. I didn’t worry about weight loss for the wedding as everyone coming knew me and loves me for me, but its different for my baby-to-be.
Problems for my baby-to-be that have been identified with maternal obesity and pregnancy include an increased risk of neural tube defects, birth asphyxia, birth trauma and neonatal hypoglycemia
Maternal obesity has long been correlated with an increased risk of chronic hypertension and diabetes prior to pregnancy and adverse pregnancy outcomes including preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, fetal macrosomia, Cesarean deliveries, postpartum endometritis and a prolonged hospital stay.
**Note- the above statementss were from the NIH website. Were also confirmed by my doctor. But I am not a doctor, just an internet stranger- disclaimer over 🙂
About me- I’m 5’5″, 208lbs, size 14, with no major health problems, and not on any medication. My cholesterol is slightly elevated… because I eat fast food too often at work. I am considered obese with a high BMI, and my doc wants me to get down to a healthier weight before I ttc in december.
My husband has spina bifida occulta (neural tube defect), you wouldn’t know it by looking at him (he didnt even know until later in life as his parents didnt tell him til then) But he does have symptoms- some pain in his left leg, a numb patch on his thigh, and has a smaller left foot from the SBO. Plus they say 10-20% of healthy people have sbo. Plus I work with patients who are have cerebral palsy, spina bifida, etc. These facts motivate me to do everything I can to prevent this from happening to my baby.
So its time to lose the weight. For real this time 🙂 My doc wants me down to 170 at the highest. I haven’t ever been 170- maybe I have a mental block to the weight but it just seems soooo much to lose!
To combat this, she wants me to use the loseit app on my phone, hit the gym 3 days a week instead of 1-2 and to work counting calories and bringing food instead of buying it daily. Small steps, not huge changes at once. I have a follow-up in 5 weeks (can you say accountability!!!) to see how I’m doing and introduce the next steps- made me laugh when she said she wasn’t going to tell me whats next so I really am only taking the small steps.
So. wish me luck. I’ll keep you posed and let’s hope I can get my butt in gear (literally), and give my baby the best start possible.
Have you been in this position? What did you do to get healthier?