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m2bnumber2 Mon 06-Jun-16 15:47:47

Hi- I am very early days pregnant and am classified obese according to my bmi - all previous weight gain from 1st pregnancy and after - I am really worried i will cause harm to my baby is there anything special i should be doing?

Also I am currently at slimming world only 4th week I understand i cant actively lose weight but if i eat healthy and i lose weight is that ok?

Any advice will be appreciated.

Thanks smile

tabulahrasa Tue 07-Jun-16 11:21:41

If you lose more than your HCPs reccomend you to, then they'll probably want to see your food diaries, just to make sure you are in fact eating a healthy balanced diet, if you are and you lose weight that should be fine.

Just be guided by your doctor and midwife though.

Nuumah Tue 07-Jun-16 11:25:12

If you just eat normal healthy amounts, but healthy food and keep relatively active without too much strain (walking more, things like that) you'll be fine. I know of one or two people who actually lost weight healthily during pregnancy, they were fine, baby was fine. As long as you're getting the nutrients you need for yourself and baby.

AlbusPercival Tue 07-Jun-16 11:28:00


I am not saying this from a place of judgement, given I am 20 weeks pregnant, very overweight and losing weight, but the research all shows little benefit to baby in utero from weight loss while pregnant. It seems to be weight at conception that makes the difference.

The reason I am carrying on is to be healthier and fitter for LO once they are here.

I understand slimming world have a pregnancy appropriate plan though. My midwife said she would be happy with weight loss first two trimensters, and maintaining in the third, which of course will be a net loss once baby is here.

Good luck [smile}

m2bnumber2 Tue 07-Jun-16 11:38:12

I am mainly wanting to lose my weight or maintain it at least healthily through pregnancy so I an not in a position where I am even more overweight after birth.

It does scare me the risks it can cause though confused

Do I need to go to the doctors early on to be monitored or will it be the same as my first pregnancy? i was midwife care but of a healthy range bmi first time round!

AlbusPercival Tue 07-Jun-16 11:40:56

Only extra thing for me was at 12 weeks I had to see a consultant.

My health is generally good, so no further action.

I think I also am having the lucozade test early, and a couple of extra scans later.

There are risks, but dont forget the majority of overweight women have healthy babies

m2bnumber2 Tue 07-Jun-16 15:02:40

Thank you I know I need to remember that! I guess it is inbuilt into us to worry.

gryffindorwannabe Wed 08-Jun-16 15:36:05

Hiya, I was in a similar position to you. First pregnancy I ate everything in sight and put on 3st. I started SW and lost 1st but was still 2st heavier when I got preg second time, pushing my bmi over 30.
I had to have a glucose tolerance test at 28 weeks and they ticked the box for at risk due to bmi, but apart from that I had no extra health care during second pregnancy and was still classed as low risk overall.
I tried not to overeat during pregnancy but wasn't by any means dieting or even being particularly careful blush. I would say that if you follow SW plan and eat healthily and lots of fruit and veg you'll be fine and can allow yourself a bit of what you fancy.
I gave birth 10 days ago and currently 12lbs heavier than pre pregnancy weight. Hoping to naturally lose a few more lbs in next couple of weeks and then I will be getting on the SW wagon to try and get back to pre first pregnancy weight (and some maybe)! Wish me luck!

m2bnumber2 Wed 08-Jun-16 17:31:20

Good luck - i found it so hard to do sw after my first I dont know what it was that just kept telling me to eat bad things lol.

That fills me with hope that you have been through similar and was all fine. smile I wont deny myself some treats but mainly eat healthy is my plan - ask me again at week 30 if I still am haha!

gryffindorwannabe Wed 08-Jun-16 18:07:04

I'm feeling quite motivated so fingers crossed I stick at it long enough to lose enough weight. Although I find the home preparing and cooking from scratch the hardest part of SW and will have less time this time with a toddler and baby!
How far along are you? Have you had any nausea? Fingers crossed you go off unhealthy food and have cravings for lots of fruit and veg!
Everything was absolutely fine with me. I had a healthy 8lb 2oz baby with a straight forward pregnancy and labour. I'm sure everything will be fine for you too, try not to stress about it too much!

m2bnumber2 Wed 08-Jun-16 18:29:11

I am only 4 weeks so very early days last time I had hyperemisis from 6 weeks so hoping I dont get it again but have nausea for bad food like you said smile I find batch cooking good so making enough for a few meals which can go in the freezer for when I really cant be bothered to cook but I agree the preparing and cooking from scratch is the hardest part when you have no time. x

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