When I saw the midwife for my booking appointment at 11 weeks, my BMI came in at just under 36. Whilst she was really nice about it, she did have to give me a booklet about being overweight and pregnant, and also mentioned 'weight neutrality' to me. The idea being that you don't aim to lose weight, but you aim to be the same weight at the end of your pregnancy as at the start... does anyone know any more about this??
I can't work it out, because surely it would mean that in the second trimester I'd need to be aiming to actually lose around a stone in order to allow the baby to grow and get lots heavier in 3rd Trimester??
Any thoughts anyone?
It's all a bit annoying as if I'd had my booking appointment earlier and hadn't worn jeans, I reckon I'd have come in just under 35 on my bmi but nevermind!
My bmi is 33 and I was given the same talk as you, anything over 29 and you get the booklet etc.
The idea is you eat as healthily as possible and exercise regularly, and you'll have minimal gain, or you'll see no gain at all- and find you're in for a loss after birth as you've gotten healthier/lost weight and babies gotten bigger.
I think it's more important to concentrate on a healthy diet and excercise than to look only at the scales.
Eat a really good diet, do whatever excercise you feel works but isn't pushing it too much... That will stand you in good stead through pregnancy and beyond and if you do that I don't think you need to worry if you gain a little, or lose a little.
I know it all feels a bit overwhelming. I'm not starving or depriving myself (much of my no gain stems from morning sickness up until recent!) But I'm knuckling down now and making concious decisions to make good choices but I tell myself 'no pressure!' I'm pregnant after all. I find now I have thst motivation to eat well because of baby, and I really really don't want to be heavier than my pre pregnancy weight after birth (or for long after..) when I have my baby and 4yo dd to think of.
Wishing you a lovely smooth ride and the best of luck.
Thanks everyone, just need to get a bit of focus starting tomorrow (after tonight's roast dinner!).
That makes me sound terrible, I am still nearly a stone and a half lighter than I was at new year, so I have been being pretty healthy, but a few pounds have crept on since bfp and I need to try and stop the mentality of eating rubbish and thinking it doesn't matter because I'm pregnant!
26 and am same weight as pre pregnancy, BUT this is due to morning sickness. Not sure weight neutrality is possible without that or dieting. And despite being overweight prior to pregnancy bmi - 32 I was worried not putting enough on.