To keep losing weight while pg

(40 Posts)
PeachSorbet Sun 14-Jul-13 22:58:59

I had my DS exactly a year ago but have become unexpectedly pregnant again, i am 7 weeks now

I didn't manage to lose all my baby weight from DS, but had been starting to drop an lb or so a week in the last few months from eating more healthily and salsa classes. BMI was about 26 and now down to 24.5 or something (pre DS it was 22 ish)

I was really hoping to keep the weight loss up, as it's making me feel a lot better about myself, but is this feasible in my first trimester? And is it healthy? I know I'm not overweight but I still feel 'big' for me. Has anyone else done this? I don't intend to go crazy - I've been having three good-sized meals a day (cereal+fruit, soup and sandwich, spag bol) but avoiding snacks unless hungry and that is about it.

I would really like my weigt gain this time to be mostly bump not flab!

McNewPants2013 Sun 14-Jul-13 23:02:30

I hope i am not being rude, but have you got an eating disorder as 25 is normal range.

Casmama Sun 14-Jul-13 23:04:36

I think the guidance is not to diet bu I would assume that means not to restrict our calie intake unduly. If you eat a healthy balanced diet and ont go hungry then I don't see a problem. I'm no expert though and would warn against getting too hung up on it- you are going to put on weight and need to get used to the idea.

PeachSorbet Sun 14-Jul-13 23:06:06

No eating disorder, I know 25 is normal but it is big for me and for my frame IYSWIM.

To be fair, normal range is pretty wide (I think it's almost 3 stone for me!) so extrapolating from that (and it will vary with height) OP could easily be sitting at a stone or more over her pre-pregnancy weight whilst still being healthy.

IWantToBeAtreee Sun 14-Jul-13 23:12:16

25 for me is on the line for being overweight, thats about 2 stone heavier than I am, like pp said theres a 3 stone margin. I dont think the OP has an eating disorder at all, it sounds as though you are just being sensible op.

If I were you Id find a diet suitable for pregnancy (SW?) and go with that.

Good luck, and congrats.

5madthings Sun 14-Jul-13 23:14:39

I always lost weight in the first trimester, as long as you eat healthily etc its not a problem to lose weight in early pregnancy.

Congratulations smile

RobotBananas Sun 14-Jul-13 23:17:40

I think its fine as long as you're actually eating enough and you're not cutting out four groups. I carried on doing calorie counting until I was about 15bweeks, it did slow down but I lost about half a stone in that time.

RobotBananas Sun 14-Jul-13 23:18:12

*food groups

gobbynorthernbird Sun 14-Jul-13 23:19:31

If you are bigger than you'd like to be (as long as you're a healthy weight for your height/build) then carry on. Baby doesn't need an extra meal/truckload of snacks per day. Based on what you've said, to suggest you have an eating disorder is rubbish.

Erato Sun 14-Jul-13 23:22:39

Medical advice is not to diet in pregnancy, although they also say don't eat junk so your healthy 3 meals a day and no snacks should be fine. Just make sure you're getting a lot of protein.

PeachSorbet Sun 14-Jul-13 23:24:18

Thanks I guess there will come a point where the weight loss stops and then I start to gain weight from the baby itself, I am just wondering when that point is- 12 weeks, 20 weeks?

zoraqueenofzeep Sun 14-Jul-13 23:24:34

If you're eating three good meals and exercising normally you'll be healthy even if you continue to lose weight. You'll physically be healthier and in better condition for the birth which lessens the likelihood of anything going wrong.

It will also be easier to lose the weight after the birth. There are huge psychological benefits to getting your figure back quickly, feeling like a normal person again being one!

Susiepineapple2013 Sun 14-Jul-13 23:27:15

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PeachSorbet Sun 14-Jul-13 23:28:21

zora yes exactly, I put on 3.5 stone last time shock, had a lot of complications in labour, including SD (although consultant said DS's size was not a factor, and it was more a positioning thing, I do wonder - he was quite big). I feel an obligation to do things better this time round.

PeachSorbet Sun 14-Jul-13 23:30:22

Susie, how lovely, do you have nothing useful to add? No? Then be a love and fuck off grin

Unexpectedly pregnant as had fertility issues first time round and told I couldn't conceive without clomid, is that ok with you?

5madthings Sun 14-Jul-13 23:31:13

Fgs Susie don't you have any empathy or tact?

And the op is a healthy bmi she just wants to lose a bit to be back at her pre-preg weight. Her baby is only just a year old so she has done really well.

Op I found I lost in first trimester, then stayed same weight till about twenty weeks, but its diff for everybody, what was your wright gain like in the first pregnancy!

McNewPants2013 Sun 14-Jul-13 23:32:54

reporting Susie.

Susiepineapple2013 Sun 14-Jul-13 23:35:04

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PeachSorbet Sun 14-Jul-13 23:36:18

Ah let her stay, sad little troll probably hasn't got any friends to talk to this evening

McNewPants2013 Sun 14-Jul-13 23:36:31

if there is no eating disorder ( i do tend to ask after my sister is in recovery from bulimia whic developed into Anorexia)

it is fine to diet when pregnant but as you are in the normal range i wouldn't worry to much about it

Susiepineapple2013 Sun 14-Jul-13 23:38:39

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selsigfach Sun 14-Jul-13 23:39:07

Congratulations on your pregnancy. How lovely to have a surprise bump!
If you previously eating calorific junk food but are now enjoying a healthy, balanced diet, it stands to reason you will lose some weight. If you feel up to it, could you fit in some light, pregnancy-friendly exercise like swimming?

zoraqueenofzeep Sun 14-Jul-13 23:39:37

Good on you Peach, you deserve to take good care of yourself and you'll know that you've done your best. I gained a ridiculous amount of weight and it's so easy to lose control of it after a certain stage. If only I'd known then what I was getting myself into..... Hope it all goes well for you, stay focusedsmile

selsigfach Sun 14-Jul-13 23:41:36

Oh sod off, will you!

PeachSorbet Sun 14-Jul-13 23:42:07

Thanks zora grin

Susiepineapple2013 Sun 14-Jul-13 23:43:43

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PeachSorbet Sun 14-Jul-13 23:45:02

McNewPants sorry to hear about your sister's EDs, hope she is recovering well

JennySense Sun 14-Jul-13 23:46:30

Peach I'd speak to your midwife - eat healthily and walk everywhere.
You are within a normal BMI range.

IneedAyoniNickname Sun 14-Jul-13 23:47:04

As long as you eat healthy balanced meals you'll be fine. And congrats smile

McNewPants2013 Sun 14-Jul-13 23:48:16

she is doing fine now, taking alot of work but i always ask the question now.

WilsonFrickett Sun 14-Jul-13 23:52:48

I lost loads in first and actually second trimester. apparently wine makes you fat. Who knew? so I would say stick to eating healthily and you will do fine. And congratulations!

selsigfach Sun 14-Jul-13 23:53:04

Oh I'm sorry, I missed the salsa bit (sounds far more fun than swimming)! Good luck with getting back to where you want to be and well done for giving your baby a healthy start to life inside you.

holycowwhatnow Sun 14-Jul-13 23:54:09

Peachsorbet, I'm also unexpectedly 7 weeks pregnant and have lost over 2 stone with SW since Feb and aim to keep losing for as long as I can. I think as long as you're eating a healthy, varied diet and not going hungry, it's fine. My friend ended each of her 4 pregnancies lighter than she started because she was so sick all the way through. All 5 of her children are fit and healthy.

Congratulations, by the way!

RobotBananas Mon 15-Jul-13 08:35:43

The weight loss stopped and then slowly started switching the other way at about 18 weeks. I don't think its advised to try and lose after about 20 weeks - I'm just about maintaining my weight at the moment, but I'm overweiht so just eating well is enough for me.

MortifiedAdams Mon 15-Jul-13 08:41:15

I lost weight during the first 20wks last pg and at 6wks pg am starting to lose it again. Im.not doing anything different to prepreg apart from.no booze (maybe thats it!!).

I know I will start to gain after 20wks just like last time so will watch what I eat from then (not diet but sebsoble foods).

MrsMelons Mon 15-Jul-13 08:54:31

My friend was very overweight when she fell pregnant, obese in fact, she was at weight watchers at the time and continued on a special programme. It can be done but I would recommend speaking to someone properly about it to be on the safe side.

A BMI of 25 is top end so I think some of the comments have been a bit daft. I am nearly 1.5 stone over a comfortable weight for me at a BMI of 25 and I am not that thin (size 10 at my very lowest weight)

gnittinggnome Mon 15-Jul-13 13:27:09

I'm jealous of your healthy BMI, although I hear you that it's still too heavy for you! I'm pregnant too, but oveweight, and trying to not put anything on!

My "what to expect..." book recommends putting on maybe 1kg in the first trimester, then 1/2kg a week for the second trimester, and then you'll be topping up more slowly throughout the third, but then everyone is different and will develop differently. At some point though, likely after 12 weeks, but possibly not till 20 weeks, you will have to accept that putting weight on is good and healthy and proper for the little one.

My thoughts are that if you listen to your body, eat when you are hungry, eat wholesome healthy foods and get the right stuff, and continue to exercise without knackering yourself, you'll be fine. In fact, you're probably already doing all that anyway with your weight loss regime so far, so don't fret! Enjoy not having to have the extra blood-sugar blood tests that us plumptious ladies will be subjected to :-) And congrats on the pregnancy, and I hope you can enjoy it!

TimeofChange Mon 15-Jul-13 13:56:07

Congratulations to you.
Just don't eat: crisps, biscuits, crappy chocolate bars, sugary cereals,
sugary drinks, cakes and you'll do really well.
They are all foods packed with calories and hardly any goodness.

Best wishes to you.

lillibet1 Mon 15-Jul-13 22:06:06

I lost weight the whole time (was not trying g and didn't have morning sickness) ended up weighting less the week before my DS was born than when he was conceived pretty amazing as he was a nearly 10lb baby go for it just be sensible. your midwife will love you

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