Weightloss before TTC?

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We’re plannng to TTC #2 next year, and I’m currently trying to lose weight. Partially for htis, partially because I feel like I have “mom bod”, and I’m concerned about adding MORE weight to my frame (I’m also 5’3). I also have found losing weight to be way harder after baby, and working out to be tough with work, childcare etc.

I started seeing a nutritionist because I thought I knew how to eat healthy, but wasn’t seeing any results, and turns out I wasn’t eating enough.

Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m 5’2″ and lost around 20 pounds before TTC, although I could have stood to lose some more. After a year of TTC with no results, and then 2 losses, honestly I gained it all back just from stress and depression.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Keep in mind that weight gain during pregnancy isn’t the same as just gaining 30 lbs. by overeating or being sedentary. Your blood volume increases, you are carrying the weight of the baby and the placenta, amniotic fluid, a larger uterus, increased breast tissue, and then a small amount of stored fat for breastfeeding, etc. If you are able to continue being active and eating well throughout pregnancy, you likely won’t have to worry about appearing significantly heavier, apart from obviously looking pregnant. Your body is going to go through a lot and I don’t know that I’d recommend being at the lower end of healthy weight-wise, but that’s just my personal opinion. I am almost 10 weeks and haven’t been able to eat an actual meal in about 5 weeks, so I kind of shudder to think how I’d be holding up had I weighed just over 100 pounds to start! 

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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AORiver15 :  +1. And if you keep active and eat healthy during pregnancy you won’t have much to lose. I gained 17 pounds during my pregnancy and it was all gone one week post-partum. Breastfeeding will help melt the pounds too!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Have you discussed this with your dr? I am about your height and weight just under your goal weight, and my RE was very adamant about me not losing any weight. 5’3 and 105 lbs is just barely above a normal BMI so I would highly recommend speaking with your dr. before you lose any weight as it could affect your fertility. You are already at a normal BMI. Losing weight now won’t necessarily making losing weight after you have the baby any easier. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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redheadbride2016 :  It’s great to stay fit and active, for sure! It’s just the weight loss at this point that I wouldn’t recommend. Good luck! 🙂 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

I was healthy and active before getting pregnant. I’m currently 11 weeks pregnant. It has been hard getting the energy to go work out, but I’ve been able to go to spin class at least 2x a week, and weight train at least 2x a week. I wanted to have an active lifestyle before I got pregnant so that I could remain active during my pregnancy.

That being said, I was 12 lbs above “normal” BMI before my pregnancy (it’s usually 7 lbs, but I had a knee injury at the beginning of the year and didn’t get the chance to get the weight off). I conceived very quickly, and so far, I’ve had no morning sickness (knock on wood!). I’ve managed to gain five pounds so far, but really, I’m not too worried about it. By the way, I’m only 5’0″ and like PP said, the 25 lbs is more than just the baby itself. Check out this chart:

Seriously, at 11 weeks, my boobs are gigantic! 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Honestly, I don’t think it would make sense to lose weight before TTC if you’re already at a healthy weight for your height…like others have said the weight gain during pregnancy is not like regular weight gain and really all the weight loss would do is result in a slightly smaller end number than if you didn’t lose the weight, and by the end of pregnancy you’re really not going to care as long as your weight gain is healthy.

I’m 36 weeks right now, and I’ve put on 20-21 lbs which always sounded like a lot…but it’s all baby…my face, legs, etc all look the same as before just with a big belly in the middle. When I get weighed every week now, I really don’t even pay attention to the number, I’m just interested in the change from one appointment to the next. What I think is waaaay more important is getting into great cardio shape & doing strength training before TTC, and try to get other health markers like blood pressure and blood sugar in a healthy range (if they aren’t already) because if you’re borderline pre-pregnancy, you’re more likely to get bumped into the hypertension or GD zone than if your numbers are low to begin with.

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