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August 18th, 2009, 11:09 PM
SaucyBoss's Avatar Veteran
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Hubby and I are planning on TTC #3 shortly, but I'm also at a stage where I seriously want to start getting myself into shape and losing some weight. I am 5'9, 250+ lbs, so I definitely have a little extra that I could bear to lose. I know that when you're this overweight, they don't recommend you gain any weight at all if possible while pregnant, but is it okay to go ahead with a diet plan / excersise routine to try to LOSE weight while pregnant? I'd really like to get myself in a routine and even have a friend who will keep me on track and come to the gym with me to help me stay motivated. I feel serious about it this time, and don't really want to wait until after having another baby to get serious about losing weight.... is that possible?
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August 19th, 2009, 07:33 AM
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You should talk to your OB about it and see if he/she can send you to a dietition(sp). Loosing weight might make it easier for you to get and stay pregnant if you want to wait a few or just start now while TTC...
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August 19th, 2009, 07:39 AM
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I would just start eating healthier and getting in a lot of walking and light exercise. There are several dvd's as well that you can do that are geared towards pregnant women. I think it's perfectly fine to do light walks on the treadmill our out and about (which is what i did to avoid gaining extra weight during my 3rd pregnancy). I ate oatmeal, fruit, veggies and normal every day lunches and dinners. I was watching something last night about obese pregnancies and one of the ladies changed her eating habits and lost 20 lbs during her pregnancy but the baby measured just fine and was fine at birth. I also know that the more exercise you get now and the better your eating habits are now, the better you'll be not only during your pregnancy but after, so u can get off the rest of your weight.


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August 20th, 2009, 06:18 AM
NutMeg76's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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Absolutely start now, the more you do now, especially with exercise, the more you will be able to do while pregnant. It is not safe to start a new exercise routine while pregnant since you don't know how your body will react. So start now with the exercise, so you are able to do it once you conceive.

Generally dieting, as in specifically restricting calories during pregnancy is a bad idea. But, if you do what the PP said and get a dietician and work with your OB/midwife, it can be done safely. You might not actually lose weight, but if you gain either no extra weight, or only about 10 pounds, you will weigh less when the baby is born than you did before you got pregnant.

If you follow the Brewer's diet, which is designed for optimal nutrition during pregnancy that might help. Or just make sure you eat enough lean protein, veggies and fruits, avoid processed foods and refined suagrs/carbohydrates you will be healthy and provide the baby with proper nutrition.

But, starting now is definitely your best bet. Losing even 10 pounds before getting pregnant will make your journey so much easier, and could make getting pregnant easier.

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August 20th, 2009, 10:31 AM
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I had this question as well, so I was glad to see someone else asking it. I have started working on it, but it is always on my mind because I want to get pregnant more than anything, including losing weight, even though my OB told me I should lose weight before TTC. So I'm doing my best to lose a few pounds (5 lbs down now) before getting PG but am always thinking about what I'll do once I am PG. I know I probably have to go back up to normal calorie levels and just try not to gain much (not like the 60 lbs I put on with DS). It is definitely a worry for me, though.

Hope your journey works out well and that if you got some time before you get PG you manage to shed a few pounds! I am 5'6" and right now 204.8 lbs (have lost a little over 5 lbs since coming here, slow but steady at least). I figure I won't get very far but any pound I lose is one extra maybe I won't gain with the next baby!

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August 23rd, 2009, 08:58 AM
TrainingWithTonya's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I highly recommend getting yourself in some healthy habits now so that you can maintain them while you are pregnant. While actively dieting isn't recommended while pregnant, healthy eating and exercise are if you are already in those habits. The healthy eating is recommended even if you aren't in the habit. So, I say now is the time to get on the weightloss/healthy habits train, then when you conceive you can maintain those healthy habits for both you and your baby.
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