Originally Posted by lunita1
Well, statistics of course can't tell you how an individual situation will pan out -- they tell you your odds, and the odds are better for an overweight or obese woman and her baby if she limits her weight gain during pregnancy. Also, I would never advocate depriving anyone of food, pregnant or otherwise. If a person is overweight or obese at the beginning of pregnancy, this means that they are already consuming more calories than is healthy. Cutting down to a normal quantity of food (or actually eating more, higher quality food) or simply not eating the extra 300 calories needed during pregnancy isn't going to deprive *me* of food, anyway. I suspect it is the same with MOST or at least many obese women like me.
I hope you didn't think I was attacking you for what you said. I just pointed out what lead to my limited weight gain, me depriving myself, not that limiting weight gain is deprivation for others just my given situation. With no science to back me up just a general feeling, I think regardless of the amount of weight you gain it's important where the weight came from. Had my second pregnancy weight gain been from a general consumption of empty calories it would have lead to a terrible birth experience, but it was a high protein diet full of fruits and veggies
:. I think the superior diet lead to the better birth.
I know as an overweight woman I worry about my size all day every day, in a very negative way
. IMHO I don't think pregnant mamas should have these thoughts, as long as we're eating the good stuff most of the time (and keeping the indulgence to a minimum, like you said it's about eating right!) no one should worry about their weight gain(unless a problem is suspected). We're growing another human being and that sometimes means some extra weight!