First time posting on mumsnet but I really wanted stories from women who were a few pounds overweight when they got pregnant.
I have PCOS and have spent the last 18 months losing 9 stone. Me and my partner had planned to start trying for a baby in April but I’m finding it really hard to shift the last 4lbs to get to an ideal weight (for me and according to NHS BMI chart). I did it to have a healthier life, safer pregnancy and so Doctors and nurses would stop lecturing me! Really looking to hear from women who were in a similar position, about half a stone/few lbs overweight. What I would love to know is, how were you treated? Did you get scolded by midwives? Told to lose those lbs? Was it constantly brought up? Do you feel it effected your pregnancy or the medical treatment you received?
I’ve worked so hard to get here and I don’t know if I can take anymore stern talks from medical professionals, especially losing what I already have. It’ll feel like a kick in the teeth. Trying to figure out if we should just start trying in April or if I should lose my last stubborn 4lbs first.
At only 4lbs overweight I don’t think it would even be mentioned. I had a BMI of 22 with my 1st and just over 25 with my second (small age gap and hadn’t lost the weight from my 1st) and I wasn’t treated any differently at all. I remember seeing that I was given 1 ‘point’ next to it in my notes as a risk factor but as it was my only risk factor it was never mentioned/discussed.
I'm a few lbs (maybe half a stone?) over my healthy BMI and it hasn't even been mentioned - I'm 21 weeks so have had my booking appt, couple of midwife appts, 12 week scan and it has never come up at any of these. At my booking appointment they spoke about flagging up anything that could put me at increased risk and my weight wasn't mentioned at all - I'm classed as low risk. Hope that helps!
Huge congratulations on you weight loss OP! If your BMI is under 30 (which I’m guessing it must be if you are 4lbs overweight), your midwife won’t even mention your weight because you aren’t at any increased risk of pregnancy complications. If you’re happy with how you feel now, maybe this last few lbs is hard to shift because this is how you are supposed to be? It’s not a huge amount of weight!
Oh God, don't worry about 4lbs!!! I'm about 10lbs over (haven't lost from first and couldn't seem to shift it whilst BF). When they weighed me at booking I said I didn't want to know so she kept it quiet but said it was absolutely fine. They take it into account when doing the combined screening test (put it into the calculator that gives the risk factors) and if your BMI is over 30 you have to be prescribed high dose folic acid. Other than that she said everything is the same...
I had a BMI of 26 on booking in this time round and the midwife didn't seem bothered. I'm only consultant led because I had pre eclampsia last time and the consultant didn't mention my weight at all. I think it's BMI of over 30/35 where weight becomes a significant risk factor in your notes. Saying that, I know that being overweight isn't good for me so I'm making a real effort to stay active and minimise my weight gain.
At my booking in I had a BMI of 43, meaning I was about 7.5st overweight. I wasn't scolded and it was rarely brought up except for scheduling a glucose test as I was high risk for gestational diabetes.