Post # 1
Ive recently began eating better to lose some weight while we’re TTC. I’m about 100lbs overweight after 10 years of trying to adjust my thyroid medications (I have Hashimotos). We finally have it right and I’m starting to lose weight. I would like to continue eating the way I am and exercising as I have been (probably minus weights) even after my BFP.
I have read lots of research about how it is okay for people who are severely overweight to continue losing during pregnancy. I work in a Hospital and brought it up to an OB here. He gave me a ton of information on how losing weight during pregnancy is okay (especially for obese women) and studies show it doesn’t effect the baby as long as you are still taking in enough calories, etc. This OB isn’t my doctor, when I get my BFP I will be using a midwife. I’ve seen lots of mixed reviews about losing weight during pregnancy, but mostly it seems the general consensus is what the OB told me. It’s okay as long as you are eating enough and the baby is developing/measuring normally.
I’m looking to see what others have heard, or if anyone actually has experience with intentional weight loss during pregnancy.
Post # 2
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How many calories are you eating currently? I think that’s the main factor. Often times it is assumed that an overweight woman is taking in a large amount of calories and could cut them to lose weight while still eating enough for baby, this of course isn’t always the case. I read somewhere that you shouldn’t go under 1600 calories while pregnant but that 2000 is a better goal.
Post # 3
I am not your doctor so am in no position to give medical advice, but just a heads up that diets/eating habits/good intentions may good out the window during pregnancy. I am a vegetarian who ate mostly beans/lentils/vegetables and was running 3-4 times a week before I got pregnant… yeah, that all changed by week 5 of pregnancy! To my dismay I could only choke down bagels, instant mashed potatoes, and pasta until week 15. Now at week 18 I am starting finally to be able to eat veggies. I have been fortunate to keep up running, but have had to cut way back on that and exercise in general. I didn’t gain weight, but I could easily see how morning sickness could lean to significant weight gain if all you can eat is carbs, and if you have to eat constantly to stave off nausea.
I am learning that with both exercise and food I have to learn to let go of specific goals (miles per week, pounds lost/gained). Dieting and weight loss have pretty specific goals attached, whih may be unrealistic during pregnancy.
wish you good luck!
Post # 4
My advice is personal, not from a medical standpoint – If habits are healthy, I’m fairly certain some weight loss is acceptable in the first trimester, and even second, but by tri 3, weight should be going on, not coming off. Many women, myself included, lose weight in early pregnancy due to morning sickness. I didn’t gain any weight until week 20. I would try to lose weight before getting BFP, and just focus on doing whatever you can to be healthy once you become pregnant. If baby is growing well, that’s all that matters, so don’t focus too much on the numbers on the scale. Your OB and a nutritionist can be of better help regarding your specific case though, and you should definitely refer to him/her on that. Good luck!
Post # 5
Its ok to lose weight if you are overweight. But its NOT ok to go on crazy diets. Low carb diets can be particularly bad. I was recommended a moderate carb diet with lots of vegetables and complex carbohydrates. Also keep in mind changes in dietary requirements, like needing extra calcium and iron. I think its always best to get these from food if necessary, and just supplement iodine and folate. So I would focus on eating healthily, rather than losing weight The eating for two thing isnt true, the actual increase in calories needed is much lower than that, though it may not feel like it because hormones like leptin function differently and make you feel really hungry
Post # 6
thefuturemrsD : I have posted previously before that I knew one woman who was overweight and lost weight during pregnancy. She was not dieting, but rather eating very healthy for the baby and the weight just dissapeared! She had a healthy baby and managed to keep the weight 😉 Good luck bee!
Post # 7
peegee : I am typically eating around 1500-1800 calories a day, so nothing too crazy. The OB I work with told me that this was a good range for a pregnant woman.
indiblue : I figured that! My doctor wanted me on a mostly gluten free and reduced dairy diet (Because I told her I refuse to give up pizza and pasta, since i’m italian!) though to reduce my symptoms from Hashimotos. So I have to limit my carbs anyways. I am just hoping that I will still be able to muster up enough energy most of the week to continue my workouts. Thank you!
palchicka : altaira : Thank you! Definately don’t plan on doing anything too crazy. I just want to mostly continue my healthy eating habits and workout rituals i’ve started. I don’t want to fall off the wagon just because I am pregnant.
mrs2014 : Thank you for sharing this. This is basically what I plan on doing. Not dieting per se, just continuing to eat healthy and exercise.
Post # 8
I do not want to tell you that it is impossible … but it may not be realistic. I am/was a very healthy eater and had amazing workout 5 days a week. That all changed 6 weeks into my pregnancy. You do not know how the first trimester or your entire pregnancy is going to play out. I would just be open to, you may not lose any weight and will start gaining soon after your BFP.
For several weeks (and even now I have a limited appetite) I lived off frozen chicken nuggets and tamales.