Post # 17
Glad to see this thread – no so much worried about the weight gain as I’m just excited for a baby – but I’ve always been very active and am sad if I have to cut down. Most yoga, dance, running, nothing too vigorous, I don’t lift much or run farther than 10K. I was reading yesterday that said to cut back on vigorous workouts to conceive faster…
If you go further through the study they say stop running and garden instead as a moderate activity. I’m sorry but I have way too much energy for that! I would feel awful not being active for so long – I get depressed when I don’t work out. However, I have also been around ballerinas and extreme exercisers that don’t get their period or had fertility issues. So… not really sure where to weigh in on this other than I’m glad you’re telling me you PPs exercised!
Post # 18
My best friend who is a fitness fanatic and kinesiology major just like me got pregnant at 30 and the biggest concern she had was weight gain. But she continued exercising through her entire pregnancy, although she had to cut out running and switch to elliptical for her cardio because running became uncomfortable for obvious reasons. As long as you don’t have serious complications that require bed rest you should be able to continue exercising, within reason. My friend dropped the baby weight about 1 month after giving birth.
Post # 19
@IUrebekah3RT: I am the same exact height and weight as you and very fit, and have the exact same concern. Especially since I have a friend who is similarly built who overexercised and put her baby at severe risk. My plan once I’m pregnant is to listen to my body and decrease the intensity a bit. Assuming I feel well enough to exercise! I’m terrified of the body changes, but I also know that staying active is too important to me so I am somewhat confident my body will bounce back.
That said, I know I’ll probably never have this exact body again and that sucks! But i will have a kid, so there’s no contest between the two!
Post # 20
I’m a nutritionist and personal trainer. 5-10lbs is NOT healthy weight gain unless you are overweight when you get pregnant. If you are overweight you need to gain less because you start with more. 20-25 is normal.
i model and act full tiwas so was terrified of gaining with our daughter. Don’t eat everything in sight. Work out…even if you can’t run just walk through your neighborhood and stretch. I gained 15-20lbs and by 4 months I was back to my probably weight. You are in control of your bwhen if you control what goes into it and what yododo with it. Eat right and work out.
Post # 21
To chime with everyone saying “only eat 300 extra calories”, my advice is “listen to your body”.
During my 1st trimester, I was eating WAY MORE than that. I don’t count calories, but I was probably eating 3,000-3,500 a day or more. (I was eating at 2-3 extra full-sized meals a day, and my regular meals were also bigger than I would normally eat. I would eat breakfast, lunch at 10:30am, another lunch at 2-3pm, supper at 6-7pm, another supper at 9-10pm, and snacks on top of that!) During that time, I gained ZERO pounds.
So don’t eat just to eat, and don’t eat a bunch of junk; but also don’t ignore it if your body is telling you it needs more calories than the recommended amount. Trust your body.
Post # 22
@IUrebekah3RT: You are not alone. I also worked so hard to be healthy and this is something I have discussed with my OBGYN. I am a runner and am allowed to run the weekly milage I did for the month leading up to pregnancy thoughout my pregnancy. That means that if I feel like running 5 days a week with a long run of 13 miles each week for the whole 9 months I can, because my body is used to it. The same goes for weight lifting. He actually thinks it is good to continue working out.
All my in-shape friends got back in shape within a few months of pregnancy. They kept 5 pounds on of breast feeding weight, but they looked great.
Post # 23
I want to caution that you might not be able to work out as much after giving birth. My OB said that most women start exercising again way too soon, specifically abdominal workouts. I had a c-section and she said that in order to fully heal, I shouldn’t do sit-ups or anything that targets my abs for at least 6 months. She said even women who deliver vaginally should wait 2 or 3 months, and most women don’t.
That said, I gave birth 5 weeks ago and I’m only 4 lbs above my pre-pregnancy weight, and I haven’t done anything besides take care of my baby. I was a little smaller than you and gained 32 lbs during pregnancy. Breastfeeding burns up the calories like nothing else.
Post # 24
Make sure you make time to work out after baby, that’s the hard part b/c you are taking care of baby, work and SO/DH and you foget to make self a priority.
Post # 25
It wasn’t clear in her first post but she clarified it in a follow-up post. She was never saying that 5-7 pounds is how much you should GAIN during pregnancy, but that you should only be about 5-7 pounds heaver AFTER giving birth. That seems reasonable to me, for exactly the reasons you girls are bringing up: most of the weight that you should be putting on during a pregnancy is due to increased blood volume, amniotic fluid, placenta, baby, and increased uterus size. Not fat. It’s true that you need some extra fat stores to nurse the baby but 5 to 7 pounds is quite a bit of fat! I don’t see that as extreme at all.
Post # 26
@araneidae: Oh, missed the follow-up post. That makes more sense now 🙂
Post # 27
Obviously every pregnancy is different and the main goal is a happy and healthy baby (and mom!), but I think the weight gain is way overplayed in our society. My mom gained 17 pounds with all 3 kids and was/is 105 pounds when not pregnant. If you weigh more, you need to gain even less. A friend of mine gained 13 with hers and ran 2 half marathons while pregnant. I think if you have good self-control and make fitness/health a priority while pregnant, you’ll be fine. I do, however, think that if the fear of weight gain is keeping you from having a baby, then you probably aren’t ready and/or should talk to a professional.
Post # 28
@RunnerBride13: its not keeping me from having a baby. We arent even married yet. lol. I just wanted to get some advice/experience from others. I work in a pediatric hospitla & the majority of women i work with are obese and unhealthy. It doesnt paint a very positive picture for me.
Post # 29
Thanks for all of the responses They were all very positive and I appreciate that! It is great to hear that I am not alone in my concerns. We are not ready for kids yet but we will get there within the next year or so. Its great to hear that women are still working out & eating healthy although I understamd every pregnancy is different. I feel much better about getting back to my pre-pregnancy self in a quick period of time. Im not opposed to a boob lift and or tummy tuck as a push present either 🙂 haha.
Post # 30
araneidae cleared it up, sorry for the confusion, I should of been more clear. I didn’t mean that for the whole pregnancy, I did however say AFTER pregnancy
And it, it wasn’t a typo bmo, I’m 5’7 and 105, my doctor thinks I’m a perfect weight. I eat correctly and I excercise. It would only be a problem if I starved myself I think.
Post # 31
Like you said everybody is different. Just eat healthy and stay active, it is good for both you and the baby. I gave birth a couple weeks ago and dropping weight like crazy.