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to think celebrities control their pregnancy weight gain?

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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

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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.

BettySwollocksandaCrustyRack Fri 26-Apr-13 13:29:30

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.

Justforlaughs Fri 26-Apr-13 13:30:20

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.

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