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#1 Alacritous~Andy

Posted 02 April 2012 - 01:06 PM

Before getting pregnant, I was actively losing weight.  

Bad morning sickness is doing my head in at the moment, and I am just eating whatever I can keep down.  I am looking forward to when it settles down, and am hoping that when that happens, I can get myself into some good routines and a healthy eating plan that can see me through this pregnancy without gaining massive amounts of weight like I did with DS.  

I started out this pregancy overweight, with a BMI of 27.  This is much better than the BMI of 32 that I was last year. oomg.gif I have lost 20kg in the lead up to getting pregnant, which is a great start, but still 5kg off my pre-pregnancy weight with DS!  I am determined that this time around, I will not gain so much while pregnant, or while breast-feeding.  Last time around, I let my weight get so far out of control, and I am not willing to go through this all again.  

I thought it might be nice to have a support thread for those who are trying to stay healthy/minimise excess weight gain (obviously healthy gaining is par for the course) while pregnant.

Would anyone like to join me?

#2 emnut

Posted 02 April 2012 - 02:03 PM

Awesome weight loss before getting pregnant - well done.

I will join you - a similar BMI & atm am reasonably happy with what I've been eating & have still lost a few kgs since finding out.  I haven't had continuous bad MS that has affected things every day, but more every other day type sickness.

#3 tanglez

Posted 02 April 2012 - 02:11 PM

I think it is a fantastic idea! Well done on all the weight loss too, that will no doubt make a difference to how you approach things and your pregnancy weight gain! I wasn't overweight before my pregnancy by any stretch but I was a bit bummed because I had put on 4 kilos and I am pretty sure it was due to being on Depo Provera (I had been eating really well and going to the gym 3-4 times a week yet could never shift any of it, just kept adding). I had been looking forward to stopping the Depo and getting back to my normal weight but somehow managed to conceive two days after my next shot was due original.gif Clearly losing that 4 kilos is not on the agenda now, but I do want to make sure I stay within a healthy range to make it easier at the other end to lose the baby weight! Bring on healthy bodies and minds for all of us!!!

#4 Spring Chickadee

Posted 02 April 2012 - 03:00 PM

This is brilliant, I was thinking about this today and if anyone would have an interest in doing this.

my background is, always been on the chubbier size as a child and teen despite eating normally. I always found if I let go a little I would gain weight extremely quickly (eg. 4kgs over 5 days). So it turns out I have an autoimmune Thyroid Disease. Once I got on medication for that my weight didn't shift (82kgs and BMI 29.4).

Under the guidance of a nutritionist/ naturopath with a masters in endocrinology I lost 11kgs by doing a 3 month no carbohydrate, no caffeine, no artificial sweetners or flavours, no soy, no alcohol diet. Since then I've now found the right 'balance' to maintain my weight which is a Gluten and soy free diet ( which also does wonders for my overall thyroid health). I still enjoy some naughty foods but have found cutting out a few simple things has made my weight totally maintainable. I do struggle on a daily basis to avoid the gluten and soy as I crave it terribly.

When I fell pregnant I was 73kgs, I'm now 71kgs at 8.5 weeks. so my BMI is 25.5 (just over the normal range by 2 kgs). I am hoping to gain the minimum weight during this pregnancy as I know that will be best for my health long term and if I don't I have the potential to gain weight at a crazy rate. 2 specialists have reminded me how important this is.

So I'm on board!

Just a reminder to not go overboard with artificial sweeteners. these often make you crave sugar and carbs more and has been shown to have detrimental effects on fertility and pregnancy in studies on mice.  I personally avoid them all together but a little here or there is unlikely to cause issues for you.

#5 Alacritous~Andy

Posted 02 April 2012 - 03:13 PM

I'm so glad there has been a positive response to this thread. original.gif  I was a bit worried I was going to be flamed about being vain and shallow, and that I should be focusing on the baby, etc (even though logically I know that me being the healthiest I can is the best thing I can do for both of us).  Anyway, lovely to see that I will have some companions.  

I have been posting in the "Lots to Lose" thread in the fitness section for ages, but felt a bit silly since I am the only pregnant one, and don't want to keep blabbing on there about being pregnant.

My current weight is 89.1kg, which sounds super massive, but I am just shy of 6ft, so that is why my BMI is still "overweight" not "obese".  Last pregnancy I started at 84kg, and got up to 102kg when I delivered, then went up to 106 oomg.gif while BF.  Since June last year, I have slowly lost weight, and got back down to where I am now.  Since getting pregnant, I have been hovering between 88-89 kilos.  My goal is to stay under 90 for as long as possible.  

My biggest struggle at the moment is that I usually eat a fairly low-carb diet, but with the morning sickness, I have found toast/crackers etc one of the few things that stave off the nausea.  Also, I usually only drink water and tea, but again, have found that like with DS, red cordial is the only way I can get any liquid into me (and keep it down) at the moment.  All the liquid calories really add up.  I REALLY hope the MS eases off soon.  

QUOTE (Spring Chickadee @ 02/04/2012, 03:00 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just a reminder to not go overboard with artificial sweeteners. these often make you crave sugar and carbs more and has been shown to have detrimental effects on fertility and pregnancy in studies on mice.  I personally avoid them all together but a little here or there is unlikely to cause issues for you.


I avoid artificial sweetners too.  I have IBS and find they really upset my stomach and also give me migraines.

#6 LadyMorgana

Posted 02 April 2012 - 04:38 PM

I'm on board too. This is my 1st pregnancy and I'm very over weight. Since finding out I have been eating a lot healthier, and walking every day. I've started at 20 minutes and hope to increase it slowly as I improve my fitness. I checked my heart rate while walking and it was 175 bpm which kind of freaked me out...
I use to eat nothing but junk, including at least one block of chocolate a day and no exercise at all. So eating mostly healthy and walking daily the doctor said I may lose weight and thats okay as long as its slowly.
Looking forward to hearing everyones progress!

#7 bubaburns

Posted 02 April 2012 - 04:48 PM

Firstly i just want to say thankyou, im new to all this and am currently trying to concieve my first and this is the exact topic i have been thinking about .I have been whatching what i eat and am loosing weight to try and be at my healthiest when it finally does happen but in the back of my mind i still hope im not going to end up this large person thats pregnant and doesnt even look pregnant. God that sounds horrible. Is it normal to be thinking like this?

#8 SnowbunnyNZ

Posted 02 April 2012 - 07:12 PM

Is it possible to lose weight in yr first 1 to 12 weeks? By this I mean if u were eating the amount of kilojoules in a calorie controlled diet beforehand to lose weight and stayed eating this amount when u got pregnant then would u lose a bit wouldn't you?  I'm not saying this is a good thing but just wondering.

#9 JKan

Posted 02 April 2012 - 10:15 PM

Great idea for a thread!

I've always been athletic (ate heaps of healthy stuff, but exercised my but off, literally - I'm a fitness instructor).

Since discovering my pregnancy, had shocking MS, then a planned trip overseas to Japan (which Im currently in my 2nd week of a 2 week holiday) my eating choices have been shocking.  Add to that the fatigue which set in around week 4, which means I've been exercising much much less.  guess what?  Ive already gained 5kgs!!!  (Im 9 weeks PG).

Feeling very self conscious already, hopefully my MS will subside further and upon my return home i can get into a healthy routine.  All that seems to help is high carb foods (biscuits, hot chocolate, noodles, tinned spaghetti!!)

good luck to you all!

oxox
jkan

#10 Spring Chickadee

Posted 02 April 2012 - 11:39 PM

Just thought I'd update with my starting figure. I have always carried alot of my weight in my belly and have on occasion been mistaken for pregnant. since loosing weight my stomache flattened somewhat but since being pregnant I am bloated again. Thankfully I can dress to not look as bad as the picture. Usually I have a muffin top but It's not filling out to have more of a curve at the bottom where i can feel my belly firming up. I have lost weight, reduced measurements under my bust but increased on my bust and hips. SO here is me now (with a combo of a tiny bit of baby, lots of bloating and some fat):



ETA- I am totally excited for a big beautiful bump and the normal weight gain that comes with pregnancy. I just want to ensure I stay as healthy as possible including my weight. I don't need to be super skinny, will happily gain the required amount to ensure a healthy pregnancy, but don't want pregnancy to become an excuse to go overboard and gain too much weight. I am really not a very weight focused person, but it is a part of my health and I need to stay ontop of it.

Edited by Spring Chickadee, 02 April 2012 - 11:47 PM.


#11 Alacritous~Andy

Posted 03 April 2012 - 09:47 AM

Good idea of including a starting picture, SC.  I will see if I can get one today and put it up.  original.gif

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ETA- I am totally excited for a big beautiful bump and the normal weight gain that comes with pregnancy. I just want to ensure I stay as healthy as possible including my weight. I don't need to be super skinny, will happily gain the required amount to ensure a healthy pregnancy, but don't want pregnancy to become an excuse to go overboard and gain too much weight. I am really not a very weight focused person, but it is a part of my health and I need to stay ontop of it.


This is exactly my sentiments, too. I am so glad to have someone else who "gets it".  


#12 vintage.blue

Posted 05 April 2012 - 02:54 AM

Great thread original.gif

I am NOT going to put on 30+kgs this time around. I started at a good weight with DS1 and ballooned sad.gif I didn't really lose much before falling pregnant with DS2. When he was born, I was 115kgs sad.gif I've managed to get this down to 73.5kg (yay!) and am happy with this starting weight.

I have been exercising daily (apart from the last 2 weeks due to not feeling so great) and eating well. I'm hoping to keep this up for the whole pregnancy. (fingers crossed!)


#13 franno

Posted 05 April 2012 - 09:33 AM

Eeeeek I just worked out my BMi. Last time I did this I was "healthy" now I just had to muck around with conversions to get my height into ft and in and my weight into pounds. Came out at 30.4 which is just over the overweight threshold into obsese class 1 which I am not all all surprised with.

I have the same thyroid autoimmune as Springchickadee. I have never had any dietary advice and am not on a restricted diet. I always found weight hard to lose and have considered myself on the "chubby" side but that was when I was 67 kgs and first fell pregnant with DD (already felt fat as I had gone up to 67 from being 60 6 months before) put on 17kg in pregnancy and ended up at 84kg. within 5 weeks I had lost 16 of those kgs because my thyroid went under active and wa 68kg. Then I started to gain a few back and feel like sh*t (DD was 3 months) and hey presto the thyroid is under active and there the cycle begins. It was still under active when DD was 10 months and we came to Singapore. I was then 74 or 76 kg can't remember. Since moving here in the heat and returning to work I have gone up to 82 and I can't describe how revolting I feel. My diet is ok (same as I have ever eaten) I drank wine but less than Sydney but I do NO exercise. Started getting up at 6am to run/walk but sprained my ankle in Jan.

So starting weight with this one is 82 therefore I will NOT be putting on another 17kgs. Problem at the moment with the queasiness is I feel like hot chips for lunch and I am always starving!!!!!

I will start some gentle walking at 12 weeks .....

#14 whatnamenow

Posted 05 April 2012 - 02:00 PM

Yay so glad someone started this...  I am rather overweight at 173cm tall and 117kg's.  At the moment as i live in a regional town if my BMI goes over 40 by my first antenatal appointment ( done here at 20 weeks ) i am forced to travel to brisbane several weeks before my due date and have bubs down there.  i am not keen on being away from family.  

When i first found out i was pregnant i was at 120kg's with a BMI of 39 so in the last 4 weeks i have lost 3 kilo's.  ( mostly due to healthy food cravings and some morning sickness ) While i am realistic about not loosing a tonne of weight during the pregnancy i figure if i dont gain at all then i actually have lost some of MY weight.

#15 Spring Chickadee

Posted 05 April 2012 - 04:55 PM

Well, I've lost more weight an dteh bloating eased off. I can't figure it out. I'm even sneaking in a regular Gloria jeans Iced Chocolate everyday and fun sized chocolate each night  (usually even this would balloon my weight). I think I'm around 2.5-3kgs lighter then when I started but I cant exactly remember my start weight.  maybe it's my smaller dinner sizes? or the metformin I'm on? or maybe my thyroid is behaving. whatever it is I'll enjoy it until the real weight gain begins.

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I am very interested in what you did Spring Chickadee, with your Naturopath. I believe I have thyroid issues also, but my thyroid is not diseased as such.


I see a fertility/Endo Naturopth, Endocrinologist, fertility specialist and Chiro.  I also saw a psychologist after my 3rd MC  for a few appointment to get my head back to being positive. I am a very organised and thorough person!

As for what I did with my naturopath, on top of the thyroid issues my insulin was too high, Iron/Vit D too low and i still felt exhausted despite my thyroid being officially in range. Initially in addition to my meds and suppliments I went on a diet that was no carb/sugar/artificial sugar/ preservatives/soy/goitrogins/alcohol/caffine/Iodine . I lost the weight and got a great boost of energy and mood.  I think for many that diet would be far to extreme though and I saw the naturopath/nutritionist almost weekly given how full on it was.  But the naturo was only one of the specialists that was treating me so I think the combination of everything helped.

charlottesmum04 I'm sure you can gain your own advice/research but I think your plan sounds good. staying under BMI 40 sounds like a good idea for your health and not having to go to brissy. Have you got a nutritionist or Dr you can go over it with?

Franno- It can be so easy to gain weight when you thyroid is out. I'm still in shock mine didn't pile straight back on. Hopefully your weight gain will be minimum this time around.  how is your thyroid sitting now? hypo/hyper or just right? I am craving carbs like crazy lately too. Hopefully when the MS subsides the cravings will too.
I also find drinking 2-3L of water a day makes you feel fuller.

Aqua lime- sound like you are off to a great start! I have never been able to keep up with daily exercise so my hat goes off to you.

I tend to spend half my weekend doing sorting/housework/renovating. I'm having to slow down now with the heavy lifting and using chemicals or paints. but I'm still managing to keep myself busy enough to get some decent exercise.



#16 suzy-c

Posted 05 April 2012 - 08:38 PM

I'm a bit worried, as my body isn't allowing me to eat much.
I haven't had dinner all this week, and when I had lunch, I'd eat half a sandwich and go off the idea. Today I got so upset with it, that it was like trying to eat with a lump in your throat from crying. I did a full work shift having not had breakfast or lunch, and when I made myself have a pie at 3.30pm, it made me queasy and I didn't finish it. Now I don't feel like dinner.

My life is fabulous, and I'm chuffed to bits, being pregnant. I had to say that first.

Now: when I was pregnant with DS1, I was an anorexic 18yr old, who had to force food down for the whole pregnancy. It was constantly reinforced that I had ruined my life, and I was thoroughly depressed.

Any amount of me not being able to eat during pregnancy REMINDS me of those times so long ago. DP says he feels powerless and doesn't know what to say, but even that let me know he cared. He's an angel.

I hope we can all support each other, as not gaining (excess) weight in the first place is always easier than taking it off later. What to expect when yr expecting, says 10-15kgs is enough. I'm going to try to stick to that. original.gif

#17 LCM86

Posted 09 April 2012 - 09:53 PM

I am glad that this thread is here, I really need to stay on a straight path with this pregnancy.

I am probably the heaviest person here with a BMI of 48 and I just wish I had done something about it before getting pregnant again! My baby bump isn't as noticeable as other peoples and while I would LOOOOOVE to be a part of the birth centre or home birth program with my local hosp I am immediately excluded based on my BMI which makes me really sad but at the end of the day I really have no one to blame but myself.

I did well when pregnant with my DD (the same weight as I am now). I only gained 6 kgs the entire pregnancy and actually lost 2 kgs in the first 14 weeks. I didn't do anything special to keep my weight down and didn't alter my diet so it was basically a fluke. I am hoping that this time if I can stay on track better I will have better results. I really have so much to lose that I think if I just be healthy with my eating choices, avoid the junk and walk every day that I can lose weight without combrising my or the babies health if that makes sense??

I was induced due to high BP with my DD at 39 weeks so am really hoping to avoid an induction this time because I found it to be a horrible experience. I am already on medication for my BP this time around because it has been sitting around at 130/90 the past few weeks. I think that has been a real motivator for me to really look after myself better. I would love to know what its like to go into spontaneous labour.

#18 Alacritous~Andy

Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:50 AM

Hi everyone,

Welcome to all those who have joined the thread since I last posted.  I am glad to see we seem to have created a little bit of momentum.  

I have managed to survive Easter intact.  I have lost 100g since last week (so basically am holding steady).  I have decided to make a little record of my starting weight, and weight gain to date, which I will update each week.  I am 11 weeks today (by my dates, which I will be sticking with for now, as the dating scan was only 2 days different).  

Pre-pregnancy weight: 91.3kg
10 weeks: 89.1kg
11 weeks: 89.0kg
Weekly gain: -0.1kg
Total Gain: -2.3kg

My goal is to stay under 90kg for as long as possible, and at least until the end of the 1st trimester.

#19 Alacritous~Andy

Posted 20 April 2012 - 10:52 AM

I weighed in again yesterday, at 12 weeks.  I was much heavier than last week, but I think a lot of that was because of a huge dinner on Wednesday night (was a special occasion and we went out)

Pre-pregnancy weight: 91.3kg
11 weeks: 89.0kg
12 weeks: 89.6kg
Weekly gain: 0.6kg
Total Gain: -1.7kg

My morning sickness is starting to ease off a bit, so the plan is for Monday to mark the start of a new healthy eating plan.  To start with, I am hoping to get back to oats for breakfast.  

Anyone else want to update with how they are going?

#20 sentimentalist

Posted 20 April 2012 - 11:20 AM

I was 91.8 when i first weighed about 5 weeks pregnant. I'm 8 and a half weeks and sitting on 90. Like you Andy I'm trying to stay around the 90 mark as long as possible.

This is a great thread!

#21 love*being*a*mum

Posted 20 April 2012 - 02:55 PM

Hi ,

Id like to join to please. Just before getting pg I was lap banded in hope to get my weight under control, a bit of self happiness  and more than ever  my PCOS also under control. We were also  thinking that should i Be a goal weight of 60kg in 12  months that we might, might, might  might attempt TTC again.
Well low and behold Im pg first cycle after the banding.... Holy cow!!!!
Shocked the sh*t out of us!!!!!!! and the FS.

So our goal is now to just hold steady and not lose to much during pg. Get good calories in and heathy choices a small amount of exercise and go from there. Working closely with Lap Band surgon, Dietitian and of course FS as Im high risk, lets see how we go...

So here is my time line so far:

12.02 =Pre pg weight =89.8kg lap band placed in 2ml in 10ml band.
12.03.= 4weeks= 84.1kg
03.04 =7weeks = 83.3kg
19.04= 9 weeks =82.7kg = dietitian & OB have said no more weight loss
                                        or fill has to come out of the band.  mad.gif

#22 tanglez

Posted 20 April 2012 - 05:38 PM

I think it is a great idea to keep track of our weight like this (for me especially as I am a bit shame motivated lol, when I am out doing my little walk/run thingis at the park I will keep running until I have passed someone) So hoping it might keep me focussed by tracking here in a public forum. I am ashamed to say that at 13 weeks I have actually put on three kilos sad.gif I was hoping for much less at this point but guess can only be good and healthy from now on and not be hard on myself!

Pre pregnancy weight 64kg
Week 12 - 67kg

#23 Alacritous~Andy

Posted 25 April 2012 - 03:23 PM

Tanglez - I hate to admit it, but I am very shame motivated too.  

Love being a mum - wow, what a surprise getting your bfp after the WLS.  That must be a lot to deal with.  I have heard that adjusting tomhaving a band can be quite an emotional and mental drain, just learning what/how to eat.  Adding all the preg restrictions on top must make you glad to have the advice of a dietician.

Sentimentalist - yay to having someone aroundnthe same weight.  I can be pretty competitive ninja.gif so maybe we can keep each other on track?  

As for me, weight in isn't until tomorrow, but I feel like I have been making some better choices this week, so I hope that will mean no weight gain.  I really want to get to the end of the first trimester while in the "80s".

#24 whatnamenow

Posted 25 April 2012 - 08:43 PM

weight at 5w pregnant 120.1
weight at 7 weeks pregnant 117.8
Weight as of yesterday 116.2


Very happy that it still seems to be going down even though m/s is starting to reduce.
I am thinking that i am going to have to maybe see a dietician though.  With my first pregnancy i was vegetarian until i got a sudden steak craving.  I've eaten meat since.  With this pregnancy i am completely averse to eating meat.  Just have no interest in it. So i think i need to switch back to a proper vegetarian diet until this baby decides it would like some meat...

and for those of you all in shock horror yes i know i am seriously obese.  I have PCOS and a genetic syndrome which both make loosing weight difficult. For the same genetic syndrome lapbanding/surgery of any kind is not an option either.

#25 Spring Chickadee

Posted 25 April 2012 - 08:56 PM

Hi all,

No weight gain yet, my appetite is just so small! I'm so used to watching what I eat and not going overboard with sugars and other carbs, now I think I need to change my perspective a little and try and eat more.

Perpregnancy weight: 74ish
Current weight - 70kgs

I'm not really feeling nourished and starting the feel faint again. Today I became so faint in a line for food at the pub my head spun, legs went to jelly and vision blacked out. Thank god my father was 2m away and realized what was happening to carry me out of there.

My stomache also feels like it is struggling with digestion and working really hard with each meal I eat.

I'm seeing my nutritionist tomorrow so will get her advice then.




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