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Pregnant after weight loss

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lettucelamp Fri 05-Dec-14 15:17:52

Husband and I have been TTC for four years, but not very seriously - not really tracking, etc. I have PCOS and need to lose some weight before I would be eligible for help. I've decided that come 2015, I want to take it seriously and really work to lose the weight and hopefully get pregnant.

I just wondered if anyone else had managed to get pregnant after losing weight, and if so, would mind sharing their success stories to motivate me? I'm joining Slimming World but I feel like ever getting pregnant is so far away!

purplemurple1 Fri 05-Dec-14 15:24:59

I lost 6 stone in the yr I was ttc my first child, my bmi went from 43 to 27. Like you I needed to lose weight to be eligible for help and later to be prescribed the hormone tablets I needed.
I calorie counted and exercised, this meant I could eat anything provided my portions were counted.
I'm currently pregnant with my second, weight loss hasn't helped my fertility as it wasn't the issue but I do think it has made my pregnancies easier.
Good luck

lettucelamp Fri 05-Dec-14 15:29:45

Thanks for the reply purplemurple1, and wow well done for losing so much! Congratulations on your pregnancy too.

Jodien1 Fri 05-Dec-14 16:02:08

Hi I lost 3 stone and become pregnant, I had to loose 3 and a half for ivf but become pregnant first! I did low carb high protein and cut out sugar x

Emilyrose1290 Fri 05-Dec-14 19:36:44

Hi lettuce
I wasn't TTC but joined slimming world after Christmas this year.
It was wonderful for weight loss - lots of support and choice for different foods. I would really reccomend slimming world I thought it was brilliant. I lost 1 stone 8 pounds in 6 months. only half a stone off my target as I wasn't looking to loose loads. I don't know my bmi but I weighed 11 stone 5 at my lightest. Then I actually accidentally conceived in July this year after loosing the weight - don't know if it had anything to do with it.
I actually have a question about this. I don't know whether to count my pregnancy weight gain as from 11 stone 5 (in which case I haw gained quite a lot confused). I am now a few pounds heavier than when I started loosing weight in January - do people think this is bad? Have I put loads of weight on? I am 27 weeks.

Roxie85 Fri 05-Dec-14 21:37:30

lettuce I didn't lose weight to start ttc and actually only started ttc about 2 years after reaching my target weight but I wanted to say that if you put your mind to it then it really is possible to lose weight.
It may or may not help you fall pregnant as you will have no idea if any issues you face are due to your weight or other factors.
However it is likely that losing weight will not only make pregnancy easier, it will also make labour easier too.
It's also good to lose it now as in case you do require some help it will be tough rushing to lose weight so you are eligible (added pressure) whereas now you can lose it slowly.

I lost about 4 stone over the course of a year calorie counting (using the bbc good food website which gives good nutritional info) I would weigh ingredients out and never over eat. I also ate low calorie soups and salads for lunches (again using bbc good food) and would allow treats (in moderation) on weekends.
I used home exercise DVDs in my living room which I did 3-4 times a week (I used Rosemary connolly which was cheesey but worked for me) and found that it great.

I was lucky that I had no issues in pregnancy but it was nice to think that even though I put on about 3 stone during pregnancy, I was still lighter than pre diet.
Knowing that I was capable of losing weight also spurred me on to lose the baby weight when my dd was about 6 months old. She turns 1 on xmas eve and I am 3lbs off my pre pg weight.

Be confident that you can do it and use your desire to try for a baby as your motivation and you can achieve it!!

purplemurple1 Sat 06-Dec-14 17:30:29

In my first pregnancy I was 65kgs pre pregnancy and 88kgs when I turned up at the Labour wars (think that's about 3 1/2 stone overall) within a week of the birth I was my pre preg weight. Not all baby as he was only 3kgs.
The general rule is to assume 2 stone is the baby but Unfortunately you just can't tell how much really is until you give birth.

purplemurple1 Sat 06-Dec-14 17:41:31

Wars should be ward btw

Although that has put a funny image in my head.

VainVulva Sat 06-Dec-14 19:34:06

I'm 35 weeks pregnant after ttc for over 3 yrs with pcos.

I was advised to loose weight, so lost three stone. But still didnt get pregnant or even ovulate at all.

But finally was put on clomid and metformin, which made me ovulate and get pregnant each time however I kept having chemical pregnancies.

Finally on my fourth round I got pregnant, all seemed to go well but I miscarried at ten weeks. Devastated doesn't cover it.

So with only two rounds of clomid left I decided to just leave it and take a break. I was very down during the time and put back on 2 and half was feeling even more useless. As a pick me up I decided against everyone's advice to try another round of clomid and bingo I got pregnant despite being nearly my heaviest.

Only a few weeks to go and my little girl should be here, and without even trying the weight melted off during my pregnancy, I'm at my lightest in about five years!

I don't know what advice I'm giving you but its just my story! Pcos is a bitch though, I hate it!

Best of luck x

SpreadingSmiles Sat 06-Dec-14 22:07:13


I've had pcos for over 10 years now and struggled with my weight ever since. Just like you we were not so seriously ttc for 3 yrs or so, when at the start of this year I said enough is enough and took a drastic measure to loose weight and give it a real hard try! So went on Cambridge plan for 6 months and lost over 28kgs, my doc (in India) prescribed a round of clomid with metformin which (touchwood) has worked and I'm now 20 weeks pregnant! smile

My doctor did say that the weight loss did its part in helping to prepare my body and let it function in a way so I could conceive.

Hope that helps. Goodluck smile

Dogsmom Sat 06-Dec-14 22:44:05

I was ttc for 2.5 years then lost 50lbs in 12 weeks on the Cambridge Diet and fell pregnant 3 months later.

Dogsmom Sat 06-Dec-14 22:46:04

Meant to add I maintained a healthy weight after dd1 and fell pregnant with my current one the first time we tried smile

Essexgirlupnorth Sat 06-Dec-14 22:49:16

I lost a stone and a half doing slimming world and got pregnant naturally after trying for 16 months I have PCOS too.

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