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October 19th, 2013, 12:47 PM
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I am counting down to TTC (about 10 months still to go) and coming up with weekly challenges to get ready. Last week, I went to see a nutritionist about healthy weight loss before TTC. I have been on a firm diet for about 2 months and have only managed to lose a couple of pounds, so I wanted to get some advice on where I was going wrong and what else I could do. Luckily for me, part of my support as a graduate student is access to various free or inexpensive health services, including a few visits with a nutritionist.

To my surprise, the nutritionist's question was why I am so worried about weight loss when I have been making good progress on getting healthier and fitter for pregnancy. That really threw me for a loop. All I know is, the books and the articles all say you should try to get to a normal BMI before TTC if possible, but I never really see a comparison of women with higher weight who have very healthy practices vs. women of a normal weight who have unhealthy behaviors. I am definitely still interested in trying to lose weight but I am trying to balance that with a greater focus on health too.

What about you? What have doctors and other people advised about weight and health before TTC? Do you know about any research that shows it is the weight specifically that matters for a healthy pregnancy, or maybe that weight isn't as important as being healthy? Any suggestions for someone who is eating less, eating healthy, and exercising but still not losing much?
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October 20th, 2013, 08:02 AM
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I think its great that you are trying be as healthy as possible before getting pregnant and I know its not always easy. IMO, I think weight kind of does factor into pregnancy for some women not all. I dont have any research just going on my own experience and from others.

However I dont agree that just because your not at your 'ideal' bmi or weight that your going to have problems during pregnancy. In fact this last pregnancy I gained the most I ever have with any of my pregnancies and Ive almost now lost it all, but I didnt get GD or anything like that thankfully, and maybe cus I was not like super overweight anyways before pregnancy.

As for your question about not losing, maybe look into the type of food you are eating. example could it be to many carbs or to much fat? are you doing any cardio ect. If you dont have a whole lot to lose of weight then I would just keep staying as healthy as you can by not eating processed, or any fast foods.

Hope it all works out for you and you get your bfp in coming months!
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October 20th, 2013, 08:14 AM
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BMI is very subjective. I have a good friend who is way over his BMI...because he has the body of a bodybuilder, but according to BMI charts he is morbidly obese. And yes, they say women who are more overweight but those might be, like you said, women with other bad habits.

You have a good number of months until you start TTC, and it seems like your medical professionals think you are on the right track. Plus, some of those pounds you lost in fat may have come back in muscle if you are doing any real exercise. Personally, I think a good measure of health is how your clothes fit - if you lose only five pounds but drop a dress size you are doing great and ignore what the digital devil says
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October 20th, 2013, 10:57 AM
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I also think it's great you are trying to get healthier!!!

I weighed 180 when I got pregnant with my first son. According to the 'average' I was overweight but I am big boned and have weighed 130 before and looked anorexic. I gained a lot of weight with him and had a hard time losing it. Not matter what I did I couldn't get it off! I got pregnant with our 2nd at 228 so of course I was considered obese according to the 'average'. Anyways, I had a healthy pregnancy with DS1, no problems whatsoever except high blood pressure at the last, but not bad enough to be induced early. With DS2 I was even more over weight and had a great pregnancy, no high blood pressure, no gestational diabetes, ect.

I know it can vary for each woman, but for me, being overweight didn't cause problems with my pregnancies.

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October 20th, 2013, 12:54 PM
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its awesome that you are trying to get healthier! Like others have mentioned BMI is so subjective, some people are naturally larger framed than others, more important than the number on the scale is that you are eating well, being active and that you feel healthy overall
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October 24th, 2013, 10:39 AM
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I think that if you're eating right and exercising like you should, then you shouldn't worry too much about BMI. If you focus on being healthy, that's what matters.
Like the others have said, BMI is subjective- which is why people should focus on being healthy, not on how much they weigh.

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November 11th, 2013, 02:52 PM
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I just had a chance to check back with this board. Thanks so much to everyone for the encouragement! Since I posted, I have managed to see a little bit of a change in the scale in addition to continuing to focus on just being healthy, so I think the advice to focus on how I feel and what the health indicators say is really the best approach for me. I also totally get everyone's statements about BMI. It is certainly not a perfect measure and I do have a generally big body so I'm not too worried about getting to the perfect weight according to the chart, but I am definitely not a body builder and I know I have more fat than I really need.

And thanks to everyone who shared about having healthy pregnancies even with a bit of extra weight. There's so much about TTC and pregnancy that can't be controlled or predicted, so all I can do is my best to have a healthy pregnancy and baby and the rest is out of my hands.
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November 11th, 2013, 03:02 PM
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You bring up a really interesting idea.(being skinny with bad habbits vs. being overweight with better habbits). and with the replies it honestly gives me a little bit of hope because lately ive become so discouraged with the whole weight loss thing. i seem to be gaining rather than losing. Im at the highest weight ive ever been in my life right now and have been eating right and working out for a couple months now. Im still going to try my darndest to get this weight off, because all i want is a baby to call my own, and its encouraging to know that other people with higher weight have had successful pregnancies.
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November 12th, 2013, 11:52 AM
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Where eating healthy is good and it is better to be at a healthy weight too if possible. BMI may be a poor indicator of if you are at a good BMI or not but research does suggest being at a healthy weight decreases your risks of la low birthweight baby, a baby which is small or large for gestational age, pregnancy induced hypertension, pre-eclamsia, and gestational diabetes. It also helps to regulate your cycle and decreases your risk of twins, and reduces your risks of "needing" a c-section due to failure to "progress". Its also more difficult to monitor a heavier mother then a thinner one (when in labor) and might give c-section antsy docs an excuse to just do a section vs allowing nature to progress. It can also make breastfeeding more difficult if you choose to breastfeed.

Now, with that said, I wouldn't stress a ton about it. You are trying your best, you are probably replacing fat with muscle (which is heavier anyway), and I think its more important if you are overweight to be more diligent about healthy habits when pregnant. Some women are just genetically heavier too, despite being "healthier". Like the rest have said, its definitely more about the whole picture then just weight loss!

Good for you! You are doing great!

(PS hope I didn't sound preachy or offensive, I was just trying to relay some info that I'm sure you already know!)
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November 14th, 2013, 10:43 AM
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Originally Posted by THE angry uterus View Post
(PS hope I didn't sound preachy or offensive, I was just trying to relay some info that I'm sure you already know!)
No offense taken here! Some of the associations with overweight and pregnancy you mentioned I had heard of and some were new to me, but the research you cited is one major reason why I want to be as healthy as I can before getting pregnant. I want to give my future little ones the best environment to grow up in, and that includes inside the womb. Thanks for the encouragement!
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