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Is it possible to lose weight while pregnant?

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Hawkmoon269 Fri 01-Feb-13 14:09:59

Aibu to think that I can lose weight while pregnant?

I have spectacularly failed to lose the 3 stones I put on while pregnant/bf my baby. Who is now a toddler.

It's mainly cake. Shameful.

I've just discovered I'm pregnant again (hurrah!) and wondered if I can lose weight during my pregnancy? Anyone managed it? Am I insane? Thing is, I'm going to have to watch myself because I can't let myself put ON any more weight.... I'm huge. Well, not enormous, but a 16/18 which feels huge because I was a 10 pre babies.

So I wondered whether I could eat VERY healthily and eat plenty of good fresh food. As much fruit and veg as I can. Protein and dairy at least twice a day. Sensible carbs (brown rice and jacket potatoes, not cake and crisps).

And lose 1 lb a week? Ish? I'm 13 stone. I'd like to be no more than 11.7 when I'm full term (pre birth).

It's party vanity but also for my own health and my unborn baby's health. And tbh I'm pretty miserable still wearing maternity clothes. Haven't worn my normal clothes for nearly 2 years now and I feel a bit lost really.

So, am I barking or can it be done?!

Xales Fri 01-Feb-13 14:12:57

It is possible. I did Rosemary Connelly diet and fitness and found out I was pregnant.

I lost a stone in the first 12 weeks.

As long as you are sensible and eat healthily I can't see any reason why you can't.

MrsMeow Fri 01-Feb-13 14:14:31

Yes it is. I did a short placement with a midwife as part of my nurse training and they were offering free slimming world membership to anyone with a BMI over a certain number.

May be worth speaking to your MW or GP?

MrsMeow Fri 01-Feb-13 14:15:15

Congratulations by the way smile

TattyDevine Fri 01-Feb-13 14:16:15

I would suggest you go to Slimming World. This is because they don't restrict the quantity of food you can eat, yet many still do very well on it. Don't focus on losing weight either, just not putting any on. See how you go doing that...but don't ignore hunger please.

TattyDevine Fri 01-Feb-13 14:17:19

I should add that slimming world is safe in pregnancy and "allowed". I'm not a massive fan of the programme at any other time personally but I did follow it loosely during pregnancy when I was afraid things were getting out of hand and I ate a lot healthier food for it.

CatsRule Fri 01-Feb-13 14:19:50


I'm a stone lighter now than I was pre pregnancy...ds is 11 months. I usually eat healthily plus a few treats but whilst pregnant I really went off sweet things and at one point all I could stomach was bland foods like potatos and broccoli especially. I lost weight without meaning to. It would do you and your baby no harm to eat healthily whether it's for weight gain or not.

LadyKatherine Fri 01-Feb-13 14:22:10

I lost 4kg between the time I booked in with my midwife and my 24 week appointment. Not intentionally either which was a nice surprise.

hellsbellsmelons Fri 01-Feb-13 14:23:49

Just eat healthily and sensibly and remember you do NOT need to eat for 2 two.
What will happen will happen and you need to just go with the flow and not stress while you are pregnant worrying about weight etc...
I lost loads in the 1st 5 months but that's because I couldn't keep a bloomin' thing down.
Enjoy your pregnancy and many congrats!

ICBINEG Fri 01-Feb-13 14:24:46

hmm well I did the HG crash diet so definitely lost weight during pregnancy. Sounds like you are planning a sensible amount of loss per week so I would think you are good to go!

Icelollycraving Fri 01-Feb-13 14:25:45

I ate very healthily when pregnant & gained about 12/13lbs for my pregnancy. Ds was 9.7 & I lost the rest v quickly.

Floggingmolly Fri 01-Feb-13 14:31:10

Check with your gp first. It used to be thought that the toxins released while losing weight were extremely bad for the baby; I don't know whether that's been debunked or not?

FryOneFatManic Fri 01-Feb-13 14:37:18

I am very overweight, and did not gain any weight at all during 2nd pregnancy and had a reasonable but not large bump. I weighed less after DS was born that I did beforehand, he was born perfectly healthy at 8lb 1oz, and I had been eating healthy food and walking to keep fit.

So I don't think you're barking OP, I just cut out the crap and the rest happened naturally, I simply didn't do it with the aim of losing weight.

pacific407 Fri 01-Feb-13 14:39:26

The food you describe shouldn't really be considered diet food. It sounds like an eminently sensible approach to eating (whether you are pregnant or not) and one that you should aim to follow regardless of a desire to lose weight.

I have recently lost a stone (taking me to below the weight I was when I was pg) following one simple mantra: eat food, not too much, mostly plants (see Michael Pollen: In Defense of Food). Eat stacks and stacks of veg, some fruit, a bit of meat, dairy and some whole grain bread etc. Because what you're eating is proper food, you will naturally eat fewer calories because you're bulking out your meals with plants.

You should find you crave cake/chocolate less after a week or so. But if you really do genuinely fancy something sweet, have it (I am writing this very worthy advice while eating a piece of brownie. No guilt because it has been ages since I really fancied one).

Many congratulations, btw.

pacific407 Fri 01-Feb-13 14:43:29

flogging what toxins are you supposed to release while losing weight? Sounds pretty unlikely to me.

PeachActiviaMinge Fri 01-Feb-13 14:49:46

I'm 28 weeks look like the side of a house and am measuring 33 weeks but I've lost 1kg since booking and everyone has been telling me how much weight I've lost all I've done is start eating better for the both of us. I still have cake and chocolate but not half as much as I used to I just don't want it anymore. Its hard to break the habit but its really worthwhile my Midwife has complimented my diet at each appointment as everything is perfect even my iron and I have a history of anemia.

Eat something sweet if you want it just maybe have a piece of fruit instead of that chocolate bar. smile

Floggingmolly Fri 01-Feb-13 14:51:51

Don't know the whole science bit... But when your body goes into fat burning mode you release ketones into your bloodstream which supposedly have an extremely adverse effect on the foetus. I wouldn't chance it without medical advice.

nefertarii Fri 01-Feb-13 15:45:04

I lost weight when I was pg with ds and weighed less when he was born than I did before I got pg.

Its not dangerous to the baby. I spoke to my go and mw and all agree its perfectly safe when done sensibly.

pacific407 Fri 01-Feb-13 15:50:40

flogging ketones only released on Atkins - i.e. they are released when you are starving yourself of carbs. Any other approach (even carb-limiting) won't lead to ketosis.

YorkshireDeb Fri 01-Feb-13 16:13:37

Why don't you just forget the dieting idea & feed your baby lots if lovely healthy food. Try to keep mobile too. I did this (I was fortunate to not have morning sickness & craved mainly fruit & veg) & only put on about 9lbs through my whole pregnancy. X

nefertarii Fri 01-Feb-13 16:25:53

Yorkshiredeb I think that is what she is planning. Its a not a diet, its eating correctly.

Hawkmoon269 Fri 01-Feb-13 17:03:19

Wow. Just got back online.

Thank you all! You're right - I'm not proposing a "diet" but eating well. I find it helpful to think of feeding the new baby. It's sad but true that its easier to motivate myself to eat well for the baby than for me!

Thank you for the encouragement grin

Theicingontop Fri 01-Feb-13 17:07:48

Congratulations!! This post is interesting for me, because me and OH have agreed to TTC. I'm overweight and am wondering the same thing. I'm hoping so, because I was the same weight now as I was before I got pregnant with DS, and I did find it hard during the last few months with the extra pounds.

Can't hurt to exercise more and eat really well can it? Good luck!

calypso2008 Fri 01-Feb-13 17:19:28

Yes, entirely possible to lose weight.

I didn't need to as I was thin, but in the wrong places (ie I had a bit of a wine belly!), but because I drank alot of wine before pregnant I went into health overdrive when I found out I was - therefore the pounds dropped off and my diet was so healthy and I looked better than I ever have and was slimmer in the right places almost immediately after birth. Your cake is my wine - so if you eat healthily and cut out the unhealthy stuff your body and baby will thank you!

I so agree, it is much easier to do it when it is not for yourself.

PS, obviously I unfortunately didn't stick to it after I had finished breastfeeding hmm

Hawkmoon269 Fri 01-Feb-13 17:19:55

To be completely honest, there is some popcorn and a mars bar in the house. And I'm going to eat them. But tomorrow - I start!! Hurrah!!

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