To think I can improve my bmi whilst pregnant?

(30 Posts)
mameulah Fri 03-Jan-14 20:05:45

And if you have improved your general fitness and figure whilst pregnant then can you please motivate me by telling me how?

This is my third pregnancy so obviously I know that, all going well, I am going to get huge. But I also figure that if I exercise and eat well then my overweight bits might decrease a bit? Perhaps?

MorganLeFey Sat 04-Jan-14 14:40:02

I found it quite tough... had slimmed down to healthy BMI pre TTC. For the first 16 weeks or so weight stayed exactly the same - although meat/vegetables made me feel really nauseated I was mostly eating carbs but having at least 1 (usually 3 bouts of multiple vomits a day).

Then once the vomitting stopped the weight started creeping up & total gain by the time I gave birth (at 37/40!) was about (stopped weighing myself!) 60lbs/just over 4 stone. I didn't want to feel like I was 'dieting' but probably became less active, especially as I seemed really quite swollen - cankles, bilateral carpal tunnel & high levels of amniotic fluid.
Sort of fitting with this within days of having a 7lb baby I'd dropped 40lb total!

So just having 20lb/1.5stone less wouldn't have been too bad... but then managed to gain another stone - doh. Which I think was mostly due to reduced activity (sitting on sofa trying to BF sleepy newborn & being apprehensive about going out as too much screaming) & comfort food one handed as I was ravenous! Very envious of my SIL who needs to gorge on chocolate while BF-ing or she 'loses too much weight'! Since baby has started weaning/settled on a combi feeding ratio I've started dieting again.

Now thoughts are turning to TTC #2 (& possibility of a 5 week longer gestation being possible!) thoughts are:

- Get to well within healthy BMI before TTC - dieting easier without worrying about foetus.

- Weigh self regularly & try not to start carb overloading even if vomitting - not sure how to manage this one.

- Weigh weekly once vomitting stops to keep self in check. If I seem to be fluid retaining again then probably 'allow' about a 40lb gain max.

- With newborn try to be active (toddler might help with that) & think the supposed -500 calories/day BF uses up does not apply to me & so try to keep eating in check!

FourArms Sat 04-Jan-14 12:48:38

I followed SW when pg with DS1 and continued to lose weight until I started being hospitalised frequently for pre-eclampsia (hospital food did not help!).

With BFing I was back to pre-pg weight (healthy BMI) quite quickly. Same with DS2.

Follow SW - it's approved for pg women smile

Runswithsquirrels Sat 04-Jan-14 10:43:58

I ate really healthily when preg as I wanted baby to be fed well! I was overweight but didn't put much weight on for ages and it was all bump. I put on about twenty pounds in the end. After birth I was a stone lighter and within two weeks breast feeding had got rid if the rest. I didn't improve my bmi but I stopped it getting worse and now I can concentrate on getting rid of the rest that I had pre preg!
Btw I did continue with exercise but very gently and stopped completely at 28 weeks because I was tired by then. I did work up to forty weeks tho so that kept me moving.
Be sensible and healthy!

Sceptimum Fri 03-Jan-14 23:35:16

I got gestational diabetes so I had to really watch my food (not so much calorie counting as eating no sugars/carby rubbish and spreading it very carefully over 5 small meals a day) and had to go for a brisk walk immediately after each meal to help with my sugar levels. I gained a faiy small amount of weight and was below my prepregnancy weight by 2 weeks after the birth.

Actually I think the main benefit of all that walking was I stayed really mobile and comfy all the way through and - although this might not be connected - had a very easy and fast recovery. I had to have a c section and was pretty nervous but felt fine after - checked myself out of hospital after 2 days and felt pretty much normal after 10 or so.

I was obese when pg with DS2 and I just focused on eating healthily. I also suffered from chronic heartburn later on so I couldn't face eating much. I put on just over a stone in total and was back to my prepregnancy weight within a week of giving birth and down a bit more in the next few weeks.

LadyCelia Fri 03-Jan-14 23:28:17

I lost 2 stone when pregnant with DS. Apart from the obvious for me, which was cutting out the booze & junk food, I did pregnancy yoga 3 times a week, and swimming once a week. I also walked everywhere if possible as I got so travel sick on public transport or in the car! It can be done, just be sensible about it.

You could definitely see a difference OP. After she'd had the baby she carried on losing too smile

CooCooCachoo Fri 03-Jan-14 22:41:28

Reading with interest OP, I want to do the same. I'm not so fussed about BMI but keen to try not to gain more weight than I should.

My view is that the only way to achieve this is by really looking at what you eat. I'm 16 weeks now and have just got over morning sickness. I ate quite badly as all I could really face was toast, potatoes and other bland brown food. Despite regular bouts of being sick I've till gained about 7 lbs, I didn't eat a huge amount of carb pre-pregnancy and think this has been the main reason.

Now trying to reduce the amount of carbs or at least replace them with lower GI options as well as increase lean proteins and bring back some dairy that I've been avoiding. Hoping that this will hope sort out weight gained or at least slow its momentum. I've also developed a raging appetite too though so I doubt I'm in danger of becoming pregorexic!

Good luck!

Feckadeck Fri 03-Jan-14 22:24:57

Oh and to add I had no morning sickness so weight loss wasn't through throwing up at all. I was lucky that way. It's achievable but don't fixate on it. Post-birth I looked much better than pre-conception (esp in face) but I've still a long way to go of course. I am 5' 5" if that helps.

Feckadeck Fri 03-Jan-14 22:14:48

I was about 15.5st pre-pregnancy and just under 14st immediately after giving birth, 4 months later just over 13st. I didn't aim to lose weight. My aim was to not over indulge for the sake of it and tons of weight as I knew it would damage me long term and I'd never be able to shift it . I didn't eat a particularly ridged diet or do tons of exercise. Small changes helped me and I seemed to lose weight by default stopping drinking wine helped of course! I had midwife appointment every month (outside uk) and weight was taken but never commented on. No concern that I was losing not gaining. It I'd defiantly do able but dont be silly about diets or Bmi. Just eat well and do moderate exercise would be my advice.

Joysmum Fri 03-Jan-14 22:00:12

I didn't aim to lose weight, I was very particular about what I are though, I ate what you are meant to eat and only gained in my third trimester. I was at my ore-pregnancy weight 5 days after the birth. I continued to lose weight for 8 months because what I ate was what my baby ate as I was breast feeding.

So for me, I never 'dieted' to lose weight. I led the lifestyle I should always have done. I was in close contact with health professionals throughout and just concentrated on giving my baby the nutrition she needed by feeding me correctly.

BocaDeTrucha Fri 03-Jan-14 21:59:41

I lost 35lbs from my last weighing at 36 weeks to the moment I left the hospital, more or less. It literally fell off me with the birth of ds, who weighed just over 9lbs.

My bmi was verging on me being overweight before I got pregnant so I think in theory I was losing weight during my pregnancy in an odd kind of way. I didn't count calories but had very bad heat burn which affected what I could eat, and as was pregnant through a very hot summer, I only wanted to eat salad and drink water.... So it can be done! But weight loss was the last thing on my mind during my pregnancy.

hippo123 Fri 03-Jan-14 21:58:43

My friend was obese, bmi of over 40. She managed to lose a bit of weight whilst pregnant. I wouldn't recommend it unless your actually obese though, and even then only with the help of your mw, gp or sw.

frumpet Fri 03-Jan-14 21:34:55

I discovered i was pregnant with my third whilst overweight , i decided not to get huge , but to put on the amount of weight that is actually required whilst pregnant , so i carefully put on just over a stone and weighed exactely the same the day as i came out of hospital as i did the day i found out i was pregnant ( it was still a lot !)

Hoppinggreen Fri 03-Jan-14 21:23:41

I lost 2 stone while pregnant!!!!
Mainly due to constant throwing up and when I could eat only small portions and luckily I had extra weight to lose.
Sadly once I could eat again I put it back on but I did lose 1 stone in my 2nd pregnancy that I am still keeping off 5 years later.

mameulah Fri 03-Jan-14 21:22:53

Riprap I am sorry you lost your baby. We lost our first pregnancy too, it is very sad.

And I am overweight. I am horrified that I am 15 stone so I definitely have to do something.

Antoinette That is really encouraging. Could you see a big difference in your friend? Or, did she still look flabby pregnant?

I know someone who lost 2 stone while pregnant. She wasn't dieting but she was extremely obese when she got pregnant and being pregnant made her focus on eating healthily and walking as much as possible because she wanted to be fit for the birth. Quite incredible really. Because of her size she was under consultant led care and they were really supportive.

hotair Fri 03-Jan-14 21:14:13

I lost weight in both my pregnancies, by eating healthily and exercising regularly and weighed more than a stone less than my pre-pregnancy weight immediately after delivery. Best to focus on improving your fitness though, rather than improving your bmi, because that's whats really important.

Riprap63 Fri 03-Jan-14 21:10:12

Unless you are overweight I would not be bothered. When I got pregnant for the first time I got paranoid about weight, I started exercising, I lost the baby.

Next time I was so sick for 5 months I would have given anything to eat.

WooWooOwl Fri 03-Jan-14 21:08:32

YABU to think you can improve your bmi, because it just doesn't work like that, but you can definitely improve your health and fitness.

I found it much easier to do when I was pregnant thank I do now, the baby wriggling inside is a great reminder to eat healthily and not eat anything junky.

There are loads of classes that cater for pregnant women like yoga and aqua natal and they are less daunting to go to than other classes that are full of people that know the routines and have been exercising for ages.

You need to have an aim in your mind of what you want your bmi to be on your baby's first birthday rather than during or straight after your pregnancy.

Coldlightofday Fri 03-Jan-14 21:05:14

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mameulah Fri 03-Jan-14 21:00:25

This is so motivating. Thank you. Did you stick to a certain amount of calories or did you try to be much more mindful of what you were eating? And, how much exercise did you do?

Sixgeese Fri 03-Jan-14 20:54:08

I lost about a stone when I was pregnant with DS, I was very obese and weighed 113kg at the start of the pregnancy (the medication I am is given based on weight so I could see it coming off slowly over the 8 months) and 104kg at the end. But I didn't try to lose weight, while I was pregnant I just tried to eat healthily to help the baby grow healthily and found that I went off sugary and fat laden food and losing weight was just a happy side effect.

I did put it back on afterwards, but have now lost the weight (currently 80kg) on the Slimming World diet.

SimLondon Fri 03-Jan-14 20:53:55

Yes, I was overweight / borderline obese when I got pregnant. I knew that if I then put on 4 stone (as some famous person did at the same time) my health would be in trouble. I knew that if I was obese on the 3 month hospital booking-in appointment I would be high risk / consultant led care.

So I calculated exactly how many calories I needed to lose weight healthily (slimming world do a plan), had a lot of morning sickness and got obsessed about eating 5 portions of fruit/veg a day. Usually you only need extra calories for the baby in the third trimester. Your doctor should be able to refer you to a nutritionist who might be better able to judge, if your a healthy weight to begin with then its probably not a good idea, if your obese or morbidly obese then it possibly is.

NatashaBee Fri 03-Jan-14 20:51:09

I think Slimming World do a plan for pregnant women? might need your doctor to approve you joining though. I don't think its intended for weight loss as such though, just keeping your weight gain to a healthy rate.

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