to think celebrities control their pregnancy weight gain?

(52 Posts)
wonderingifiam2013 Fri 26-Apr-13 13:12:46

Because they all look bloody gorgeous! envy

I'm small in height and weight but managed to whilst living on cake for TEN months during my last pregnancy gain near on 4 stone blush

Although I did lose the weight quite quickly afterwards, I felt so out of breath by the end of my pregnancy, and so big afterwards, that I don't want to gain so much this time.

So - is it safe to 'control' your weight during pregnancy - and in control I don't mean starve/cut intake below suggested calories ... I just mean eat very healthy foods and keep an eye on the cake which I will still eat at least once a week grin

I have friends who throw away the scales for the duration of their pregnancies and eat everything in sight, and those who gain a neat bump, keep slim faces not like my balloon head! and slip back into their skinny jeans a couple of weeks after giving birth

I want to be in the skinny jeans group this time - is that so bad?

(p.s - I'm guessing a 4 stone weight gain is quite unhealthy really blush)

wonderingifiam2013 Fri 26-Apr-13 13:17:34

except Joanna Page smile now that girl loved pregnancy like I did the first time! grin

[cake] [cake] [cake]

rowtunda Fri 26-Apr-13 13:27:25

I hated my body after I had DS, threw away the scales whilst pregnant and ate alot of pork pies and sausage rolls (claiming cravings). Everyone told me breastfeeding meant the weight would fall off (its a lie) and that I would need to continue eating to keep up milk supply (which I did). It was only 4 months post birth that I realised weight was definitely not dropping off as suggested. I have never in my life struggled to lose weight but post DS it just wouldn't happen - it really got me down. In fact I only really lost some weight after 15months (13months of bf).

Then I got pregnant again! I started this pregnnacy 2kg heavier but trying to keep more of an eye on weight. I was really sick for the first trimester so healthy eating seems to go out of the window but now I'm trying to do better, currently 4 months in and not gained any weight yet, but i don't think I had in my previous pregnancy at this stage either.

One of my friends recently had a baby, measured small towards the end and apparently has a really short umbilical cord which they put it down to but she was thinner than pre pregnancy 6 days after giving birth! unbelievable envy.

Celebrities can do it because they have nannies, personal trainers and their livelihood and income depends on looking good.

I just don't want to feel so crap again after my next DC as it nearly sent me to PND

HeadFairy Fri 26-Apr-13 13:28:59

they probably use surrogates and wear neat little fake bumps

Sorry, I'm cynical about just about everything in Hollywood.

You only need an exta 200 cals during pregnancy so all this eating for 2 lark is rubbish.

Some people are controlled when pregnant and I should imagine the incentive to control yourself when you are being constantly papped is massive....and some people just see pregnancy as an excuse to pig out!

4 stone weight gain is pretty excessive - however, only you know whether that gain is down to you really over eating or just plain old genetics.

Eating healthily during pregnancy is advised, even slimming clubs such as Slimming World have plans for overweight pregnant women. If you already exercise then keep that going as well, however, I believe that embarking on a serious weight loss programme either through diet or exercise is not recommended.

Ashoething Fri 26-Apr-13 13:32:24

Celebrities live their entire lives on diets and that's includes when they are pregnant. Also many celebs deliver a few weeks early so they avoid the big weight gain at the very end. I always notice that celeb babies tend to be on the smaller size too.

I am a 14/16 so by no means thin but bizarrely I don't put a lot on when pregnant-very neat bump. But my babies have all been on the small size-6lb and under due to blood clotting issue.

LadyGoneGaga Fri 26-Apr-13 13:40:48

I gained 5 stone first pregnancy, could only control nausea with eating, craved pork pies, enjoyed lots of cake etc. It took a while but weight was all gone by 6 months. Second pregnancy, I got gestational diabetes. which I really wanted to control with diet. So I banned cake, sweets, white bread, brown bread, any flipping bread, white rice. Lived on lentils and lean meat and veggies pretty much. Guess what? I gained 5 stone. Guess what my sister gained in each of her pregnancies? That's right. 5 stone. Genetics. So don't be so flipping smug if you manage a small bump and slim arse. You got lucky. And some slebs do get massive, Milla Jovovich for one.

MoreBeta Fri 26-Apr-13 13:43:14

Many celebs disappear from public view in the last 3 months of pregancy. As soon as they know they are pregnant they also book liposuction at the same time as the planned C section at a private hospital and I do know this for a fact. From that point on their agent takes over and plans their career relaunch post baby, along with the announcement of the birth to newspapers, Hello pictures and sofa TV chats.

The planned C section and liposuction is timed to the exact day so they can appear at the appointed time for the relaunch of their career at some big event (eg Oscars). The C section may be pulled forward several weeks if that does not fit with the timetable worked out with their agent.

They are never seen with baby weight in the last 3 months of pregancy and have it sucked out on the appointed day and then they magically appear slim and trim 2 months later.

It is a quite deliberate and cynical manipulation of image that is not real. It makes other women feel inadequate but the celebs never admit what they actually did - they just pretend 'the weight really dropped off after the birth'.

MaryPoppinsBag Fri 26-Apr-13 13:46:31

I went up to 15st 10 with my first up from 11st 1 - healthy BMI (just). DS weighed 7lb 9oz
Went back to Weight watchers weighed in at 12st 10lb. (1/2 a lb less than when I first started going 2 years before trying for DS).

With no. 2 I went up to 15st 13lb from 12 stone. DS2 weighed 10lb!
I weighed 12st 10lb at around 3 weeks post partum. But weighed in at around 13st when I returned to WW.

I obviously ate too much, I had no sickness whatsoever. But I lost a lot of weight very quickly too. Nearly 3 stone just dropped off both times. If I had watched what I'd eaten whilst pregnant I would have lost the all the 'baby' weight quickly, but instead I was left with the extra food weight to lose.

Since having DS2 I have had major problems with my weight and now weigh 14st hmm
I have a thyroid problem but its no excuse! Need to sort myself out.

I think celebrities do work very hard to maintain their figures, because it is their livelihood. And like one poster has said you do only need an additional 200cals a day. And I read somewhere that is the equivalent if an apple and a glass of milk! And you only need it in the 3rd trimester.

Many slim people work hard to maintain their figures.

Pigsmummy Fri 26-Apr-13 13:48:48

Just eat normally until the last trimester when you can have a few hundred calories more? You don't need anymore calories for the first six months of pregnancy so eat as you would normally but avoid the banned foods. Healthy weight gain is about 2 stone.

lisaro Fri 26-Apr-13 13:49:20

With all three of mine I barely put on any weight, all as near as dammit full term, 8lbs, and had my totally flat stomach back within a day or so of the first, and a week or so of the subsequent ones. Naturally slim, never dieted. It is possible for people to be like this, obviously, but it does seem to happen more with famous people, I agree.

Trill Fri 26-Apr-13 13:50:54

I don't understand the question of reasonableness here?

SarahBumBarer Fri 26-Apr-13 13:53:16

I weighed exactly the same at the end of my pregnancies as I did when I started and was around a stone lighter after the babies were born than I had been prior to getting pregnant. My secret - morning sickness envy

Both DC are fine - I was a little overweight anyway so I had a bit to spare. I was quite concerned about my weight though but everything I read suggested that actually it is not right to gain lots of excess weight during pregnancy and if you are already overweight a sensible eating programme (which is what I effectively had by default) is fine.

So I don't think it is bad at all. As Betty mentioned the actual increased calorie requirement is very small (and even that only if you do not already eat more than you should)

SarahBumBarer Fri 26-Apr-13 13:54:03

Trill - is it so bad (unreasonable) for OP to want to be in the skinny jean brigage this time

Xenia Fri 26-Apr-13 13:55:58

I don't think it's about control. I think some women eat the wrong foods and more than they should in pregnancy and are damaging their own health and that of the child. They are the ones to criticise.

Most women feel very sick in the first 3 months - I did so it would be rare to put any weight on at all. That was me anyway. I didn't need to mention I was pregnant to anyone including work until I was 5 months pregnant as it didn't show. I did go from 9 to 12 stone with the twins who were born at 40 weeks but a lot of that was baby and breastfeeding helps you lose weight. I remember 7 months later after the birth at a family event being 9 stone 3.

In no sense did I watch weight in the pregnancy in terms of reducing it but I always try to eat healthy foods because I prefer them and they are best for people.

The average british woman weight 8 stone 7 in the 1950s. She now a days often weighs double that. We have lost weight of a healthy weight in the UK.

MoominmammasHandbag Fri 26-Apr-13 14:01:21

Although I had reasonable sized bumps and my babies were all 7 pounds or so, I think my actual body lost a lot of fat during pregnancy; certainly my arms and legs got noticeably thinner. But I think that was down to basically feeling sick through most of my pregnancies and feeling too full to eat a decent sized meal.
I stuffed my face when I was breast feeding and still struggled not to be underweight. When I look at old photos of that time my figure is it's best ever; massive boobs and dead skinny. No wonder I fed all four of them until they were 15 months or so. As soon as I stopped breast feeding the weight began creeping on though.

Jinty64 Fri 26-Apr-13 14:05:05

I didn't gain any weight in my first two pregnancies and was obviously lighter when each baby was born. Ds1 was 9lb 8oz and ds2 8lb 12oz so didn't do them any harm. I gained 10lbs with ds3. He was 8lb 8.5oz.

Onlyconnect Fri 26-Apr-13 14:07:38

I think most would agree its not a good idea to put on too much weight during pregnancy ( although we may disagree aout what too much is ), but it seems to me that some women find it much harder to control what they eat than others. I am one who finds it hard. Having put on a lot with Dd1, I am trying to eat less this time. Over the last couple of weeks I have been calorie counting and sticking to 2000 a day but believe it or not, that involves me being quite careful. My tastes are quite healthy but I just have an enormous apetite and I find that if I feel a bit sick eating helps- or rather I start to feel sick if I don't eat regularly. Some of my friends just eat less naturally and don't seem to get as hungry and therefore put on less weight. what celebrities do I don't w but I guess as most of them are so slim anyway they are mainly women who don't have such big appetites to start with.

peachypips Fri 26-Apr-13 14:11:27

I think there is also an element of build, luck etc. my sister and I ate the same things roughly in our pregnancies. I am shorter and an apple shape, she is taller and an hourglass. I gained 6 stone, she gained 2.5. I had a lot of water retention also. She is thinner now than she was before getting pregnant. I have lost 5 stone but am still carrying a stone extra. Interesting.

NorbertDentressangle Fri 26-Apr-13 14:12:21

Ignore anything to do with celebs and their pregnancies. Everything a celeb does is to keep them looking good in the public eye and, like morebeta said, its all helped along with careful timing, planning and cosmetic intervention.

A friend of mine is a nurse in a private hospital where plastic surgery is becoming more and more popular. One of the surgeons was telling her that the overly flat stomachs of some celebs is an indication of those that have had tummy tucks as part of their caesarian. He said that a womans stomach should have that slight roundness, even in very slim people so the ones that just have that unrealistic taut, flat stomach have had a little intervention.

rowtunda Fri 26-Apr-13 14:20:07

Xenia - breastfeeding helped YOU to lose weight and YOU lost the weight in seven months which is great but don't 'criticise' others.

I too didn't need to tell work until 5months with my first and only put on 2.5 stone which I think is about average but it didn't come off with breastfeeding at all - at all!! It didn't just drop off - it was a real struggle despite weight watchers and everything else.

wonkylegs Fri 26-Apr-13 14:24:44

I didn't look pregnant from behind, but I had a massive bump from the front but it was all baby (tiny me, big baby)
I was on steroids for the whole of pregnancy, which didn't help with weight gain but actually mostly it was on my face.

FoxyRoxy Fri 26-Apr-13 14:24:48

There is absolutely nothing wrong with eating healthily during pregnancy and its only the last trimester that extra calories are needed. I put on very little during my last pregnancy as I ate healthily and only indulged in cake at the end. Some people can only stomach McDonald's and pizza though so you do what you have to!

MrsPennyapple Fri 26-Apr-13 14:30:38

I put on 3st with first pregnancy, ate lots of cake whilst pg, and took about 9 months to get back to pre-pg weight. Now I'm 25 weeks pg and have put on 1st 7lb so far, even though I am being slightly more restrained witht he cake and ice cream.

The idea that you only need 200 calories a day extra (or whatever the figure is) is fine, but after eating the same as I normally would, I get to 9pm and am ravenously hungry. Often I wake up in the night, so hungry that I have to go and find soemthing, anything, to eat, immediately.

I suspect as a pp said, they all have dieticians, personal trainers, and their own chefs etc floating round.

landofsoapandglory Fri 26-Apr-13 14:32:47

I went from 8st to 9st4 with DS1. He was born at 41 weeks weighing 8lbs 3oz. I was back in normal clothes in less than2 weeks.

I put on 11lbs with DS2 he was8lbs and 60cms long, born at 37 weeks. I was in my jeans 2 days later.

I don't pig out on crisps, cake, pies, chocolate etc normally so didn't see pregnancy as an excuse to do so.

My sister put on over 5 stone with all of hers, they were all smaller babies than mine. She 'ate for two' all the way through, mainly crap!

TallGiraffe Fri 26-Apr-13 14:34:59

Xenia - the average weight in the 50s was also lower because of height though. I'm 5'11 and if I was 8 stone there'd be something wrong with me. Pretty sure there weren't masses of 5'11 women in the 50s grin

FWIW - I lost my baby weight in 3 weeks but I had a big and hungry baby! I'm certainly not the same shape though and I think that makes a big difference to how you feel.

HumphreyCobbler Fri 26-Apr-13 14:38:30

I can only control my nausea with carbs in the first few months. I do not eat processed carbs when I am not pregnant.

Otherwise I really am hugely HUNGRY. I am constantly starving. I think it must be hormonal, why is it that I can control my eating perfectly well when i am not pregnant but not when I am? I dislike the weight gain immensely btw, it is not something I excuse because I am secretly glad to 'allowed' to eat hmm

Some people are not hungry when pregnant, some are constantly sick, some eat a lot.... we are all different.

HumphreyCobbler Fri 26-Apr-13 14:39:59

I don't eat for two, I eat to fill up my stomach.

I hate all this smugness. I do not eat pies, sweets or crap either. Just lots of home cooked food that includes the carbs I don't normally eat. Like potatoes and rice and pasta.

Dahlen Fri 26-Apr-13 14:41:27

I suspect that the vast majority of celebrities indeed manage their weight gain quite carefully through pregnancy. Their livelihoods depend on their appearance in many cases, so it would be surprising if they didn't take steps to control their weight. That doesn't necessarily mean they are under-eating or even having cosmetic surgery, though in a lot of cases I'm sure they are.

However, I was one of those people who weighed less after birth than I did before getting pregnant, had no stretch marks and an almost immediately flat stomach again. That wasn't through deliberate control, however, it was through horrendous morning sickness initially (which caused me to lose weight in the first half of my pregnancy), followed by terrible heartburn for the remainder (which meant I ate only what I needed to in order to ensure healthy development and my own stamina). I am also a runner, and continued to exercise throughout my pregnancy, replacing running with walking as I progressed. I think that has a lot to do with it, too.

MoreBeta Fri 26-Apr-13 14:42:37

"overly flat stomachs of some celebs is an indication of those that have had tummy tucks as part of their caesarian."

Yes that too and also a little plastic surgery in other areas. Being out of the public eye for 3 months is a good opportunity to do a lot of work.

HumphreyCobbler Fri 26-Apr-13 14:42:39

oh yes, the SPD that means I can only shuffle about doesn't help the weight gain either..

Sallyingforth Fri 26-Apr-13 14:44:59

Who cares what 'celebrities' do anyway? Most of them as about as useful as a wet fart.

EmmaBemma Fri 26-Apr-13 14:45:30

Um... I controlled my pregnancy weight gain with my second daughter, having put on just over 4 stone with my first. I didn't realise that was a bad thing now. I had a healthier pregnancy and felt better afterwards for it.

Timetoask Fri 26-Apr-13 14:49:18

This idea that you should throw away the scales and eat everything in sight during pregnancy is a real shame.

When I was pregnant with DC1 I was told " you are eating for two"! I read stupid magazines talking about how they ate chocolate ice-cream without guilt "because they are pregnant"... I went with it. I put on so much weight, developed borderline diabetes, baby was huge.

Second pregancy I informed myself much better. Didn't eat any sugar at all. Looked like one of those celebrities! Put on a healthy amount of weight and baby was born much healthier as a result.

HazleNutt Fri 26-Apr-13 14:56:23

Yes, of course it's healthy to eat healthy foods and not gain excessive amounts of weight - whether pregnant or not.

Xenia Fri 26-Apr-13 15:01:21

Yes I think average height in the 1950s and weight was 5 foot 3 and 8 and a half stone. Average UK height now is mine - 5 foot 5. Not sure how much the weight has crept up by but probably disproportionate. Best to go by weights and heights and not clothes sizes as to keep women happy clothes shops keep making a size 10 bigger and bigger and bigger.

You only need about an extra 200 calories, which is not much. It's about two medium sized bananas.

I gained 3 stone altogther, and at one year post-birth could still do with losing another 8lb or so.

I found that my ribcage expanded massively.

Shanghaidiva Fri 26-Apr-13 15:13:50

Agree with previous posters that some celebs stay out of the public eye for the final 3 months.
I put on 2.5 stone with ds and a lot of that water retention. With dd I did more exercise and was concerned that being 38 I would find it harder to lose the weight. Gained 2 stone and had lost 20 pounds by the time I left hospital. However, when I hit 40 my body became a magnet for fat hmm

GetOrfMoiLand Fri 26-Apr-13 15:15:40

Is average height now only 5 foot 5? That does surprise me, I had assumed the average height was a lot taller now.

To be honest if I was in the public eye and my livelihood was dependent on my image I would be careful with my weight whilst pregnant as well. To avoid the celebrity madness of 'x embraces her new curves' (which actually mean 'look at this fat woman and her disgusting stomach')

I was very fortunate as I didn't put that much weight on (being very tall helps) and lost it all in a manner of weeks, but I think that was due to having dd young. I am sure if I had a baby in my now mid 30s it would probably be very different.

forehead Fri 26-Apr-13 15:21:24

I lost weight during all three of my pregnancies because I went off sugary
or fatty foods.
I gained weight after my children were born.

NorbertDentressangle Fri 26-Apr-13 15:21:49

A worrying (IMO) trend amongst pregnant celebs seems to be the wearing of Spanx whilst pregnant......Amanda Holden and Kim Kardashian amongst others.

Surely that can't be good for the baby or mother? (not to mention of course how sad it is that the mother wants to minimise the bump/impression of weight gain presumably for vanity reasons)

landofsoapandglory Fri 26-Apr-13 15:21:50

I'm not smug. I just don't eat a lot of crap. I eat carbs, I never said I didn't.

I, also, had horrific SPD, was unable to walk unaided from 19 weeks with DS2, was in a wheelchair and still have it 17 years later. I couldn't have got to the goodies if I had wanted too, maybe that's why I didn't put the weight on!

GetOrfMoiLand Fri 26-Apr-13 15:24:05

I remember when I was pregnant in the 90s Mothercare sold a hideous pregnancy girdle thing which looked just like a spanx.

I hate spanx at the best of times, so uncomfortable and HOT, sod that when pregnant.

HumphreyCobbler Fri 26-Apr-13 15:37:12

I wasn't saying YOU were smug landof.

I just hate the implication that we all put on weight because we are so greedy. I am not greedy, I do not eat crap (unless you count bread as crap, I never eat that normally) but I still eat rather a lot due to massive hunger when I am pregnant.

BalloonSlayer Fri 26-Apr-13 15:41:02

I don't think you can always control how much you eat when pregnant. I never gained hugely; but I ended up 10st 7 at the end of each pregnancy, with different starting weights and different size babies, so I wondered if I have a set "9 months pregnant" weight.

I remember in one pregnancy going into McDonalds at 11.30am as I just HAD to have something, I think I might have been prepared to trample over my own granny to get my gnashers into that burger and chips blush I had never been so hungry in my life.

In another pregnancy I remember insisting on having lunch at a cafe because, well, just because. When the food came, DH was sorting out the other two DCs "Do you want ketchup, DS?" sort of thing . . . I was oblivious, my knife and fork a blur, shovelling it in. blush Again, I couldn't help myself.

That sort of thing didn't happen often but if it had I would have gained stones and stones and stones and there wouldn't have been anything I could have done about it. It was amazing.

Similarly - afterwards. DS1 was a big hungry baby and as I breastfed I lost a pound a day till I was 8st 2 - which 8lb lighter than when I had got pregnant. Result! I confidently expected the same to happen when I had DD and DS2 but it didn't, bugger it.

HumphreyCobbler Fri 26-Apr-13 15:44:38

you describe it well Balloon Slayer. That kind of hunger happens to me daily <sigh>

badguider Fri 26-Apr-13 15:46:26

Of course it's 'safe' to eat healthily, exercise and avoid cake during pregnancy. In fact, it's surely unhealthy to do anything else.

However, eating healthily doesn't mean not gaining any weight. It is normal for most women to gain some maternal fat along with the baby itself and associated fluids etc. This is controlled by hormones and if your body is one of those that wants to put on some maternal fat only unhealthy starving yourself will prevent it.

I don't give a fig what celebs look like or eat, but I know that I want to balance eating when I am hungry with not getting out of shape and eating unecessary fat and calories through my pregnancy. What happens to the size of my body will happen, but I can be sure I am looking after my internal health if I eat sensibly.

woody2313 Fri 26-Apr-13 15:57:00

I just think every woman - and every pregnancy - is different. I know that my own pregnancy weight gain was partly due to the fact that I went from running and Zumba-ing every week to doing nothing, bar the occasional walk.
Kim K seems to be getting pretty big for someone constantly papped going to the gym or talking about using Tracy Anderson. Maybe there is something to the genetics idea...

HeadFairy Fri 26-Apr-13 16:13:41

I think MoreBeta got it nailed. Nothing about celebrity pregnancies is real.

Pudgy2011 Fri 26-Apr-13 16:30:30

Having been overweight in my late teens (too my pot, booze and pizza no doubt), I've always thought of myself as a fat girl in a skinny body.

When I fell pregnant with DS1, I was sick and on tablets for 13 weeks and following the return of my appetite, fully expected to become ravenously hungry and that I would have to be careful with my diet. Not so. I didn't really feel hungry and the only foods I craved were carrots and spicy hummus. And when I did fancy an ice cream, baby decided it didn't like it and made me get sick.

By the end of it I put on about 20lbs - baby arrived weighing 6lb 5oz and I'd lost all but 3lbs by my first post-natal check one week after birth. I like that it's all about weight. Sure, I wasn't far off my pre-pregnancy weight but I was still a wobbly, booby, gelatenous mass!

But I was lucky and it's genetic. My family are skinny. 3 months after birth I was 130lbs with massive boobs from breastfeeding and I loved it. Then I started breastfeeding and the weight came back.

I think I'd be more inclined to "respect" a person in the public eye, if they stepped out a week or two after birth looking like a normal person - Jessica Simpson for example.

But then if you judge yourself by celebrity standards, you need a reality check.

Squitten Fri 26-Apr-13 16:42:02

I've been very lucky with my pregnancies so far (currently pregnant with DC3).

First time around, I didn't put on too much and pretty much went back to how I was before. Second time around, I didn't out on too much either but I BF that time and it was miraculous! I lost over 30lbs purely from BF and went from a size 16 down to a 12. Now I'm doing it again and watching the weight slowly beginning to rise but so far nothing to worry about. I get small bursts of crap craving every so often, which I assume must chime with when the baby suddenly wants more stuff, but I do worry that my lovely weight loss last time will all be ruined this time around. Fingers crossed BF will work some magic again!

Celebrity lives are so far removed from normal, it's totally futile to compare them with yourself. And hey, at least if you have a few wobbly bits post-partum, you won't have some obnoxious photographer zooming in on them for a nice close-up splashed across the DM front pages!

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