Oh, good! Glad you guys found it useful (for the most part ) I've just been following that, so I know if I've been going to town on food too much that week. Hahaha. It's been a good tool for me so far.
Trimesters and Weight Gains/Losses - Page 11
That link says I'm way over where I should be...I'm at the "right" weight for 32 weeks, not 22. I came home and was moping about it, and my husband said "Who are you going to trust? The midwives we've entrusted your and our baby's health to, who say you're doing everything right, or some idiots on the internet?!" ("idiots" referring to the website, not you guys!) It's so cute when he gets all defensive of the baby
I believe it's also taking into account your BMI pre-pregnancy. So it will want you to gain less if you over the "normal" BMI pre pregnancy. I just added 20 lbs to my prepregnancy weight to put me at "overweight" according to my BMI in which case it only wanted me to gain 8 lbs by now instead of the 13 with my REAL BMI.
It's just a tool though, so whatever your Dr/MW says... obviously I'd tend to agree with them more!
Penny and Erica, it doesn't take into account muscle mass, just BMI (as erica pointed out). So you really have to know your body. According to my BMI I'm really overweight, but I deadlift over #200 and wear a size 6, so I'm not worried. Obviously, everyone needs to tailor their weight gain to their specific body type, frame, activity level, yadda yadda yadda. So no worries, Penny! We'll just be "overweight" together!
I found in general the suggested gains can be very off for me. My Doc said 20-25 lbs and I ended up gaining more like 40-45lbs with DS1. I was super fit/active the entire pregnancy, ate pretty well etc it was just what my body wanted/needed to do. ..
For some reason a twin pregnancy freaks me out a bit more-- I think I made the mistake of googling images of women at 39 or 40 weeks. and I fear for the skin on my stomach.
Totally agreed LilyTiger! I remember doing a body fat analyzer, and my legs were solid muscle then and my percentages were way off with that thing! So far the calculations from that site are working for me, but everyone knows their body best.
ithappened: I was looking at my stomach now and thinking "Ummmmmmmm, this has to stretch a a lot more and it seems so dang tight?!" Freaks me out. Good thing our bodies can withstand a lot. I had a mastectomy on my left side 16 months ago, and for reconstruction... they place an expander beneath the muscle and basically pump it up with saline solution every week until the Dr is happy with the size before he will do the actual reconstruction with an implant. Let me tell you, the size he had to "expand" me to first of all, is 3x the size of my implant now. But besides that (and I do have pics although they are terrifying looking to me, and I don't think anyone reallyyy wants to see them) but my skin was so shiny from stretching so far, it looked actually oily. I typically have a rather bony chest and to see that ONE boob stretched to the max (no joke. It was worse than Pam Anderson boobs. Not the same size, just the ridiculousness of it on my body. I looked like a cartoon character)... well that showed me just how amazing my body is and what it can withstand. And that was with a gross foreign object, not your sweet little babies. Have no fear!
you're right ericaf and for me its 100% vanity, its not a real problem as long as the babies and I end up healthy/well at the end of this.
I wish I could be enlightened enough to be above the fear of a sagging stomach or horrible stretch marks and I know there are bigger problems in this world. I'm not a model, no one cares but me.. and I just keep reminding myself of those things..
I need to mature enough to let it go, but I still find I have moments where I have serious hang ups about the aftermath of my body PP-- the upside is with #2 pregnancy: I know what to expect more and won't be so blind sided when I'm not bikini ready 6 weeks PP and most likely it will more or less go back to what it was just maybe not on my timeline..
ithappened: Awww!! I'm definitely not enlightened enough, but I just know... I don't really get a choice here. So I just go with it. Lucky for us summer ladies... we have the whole fall/winter to whip our sagging arses into shape for the next bikini season. I'm not a glass half full-er at alllllllllllllllllllllllllllll, am I? Lol. I can't help myself. My husband wants to smack me. He's the polar opposite.
ha! ericaf funny I actually already thought about how thankful I was that I had basically a year to 'recover' before I had to wear a swimsuit again. . .
I found my body went back more or less to what it was before once DS was done BFing and my period showed up, before that I still maintained some padding regardless of diet/exercise and I always wondered if it was due to BFing since the 'extra' basically went away as soon as DS finished and my period started again without changing anything else.. it was really.. odd.
I'm starting to get worried. I lost 10lbs during the first trimester and then it bounced back at the beginning of the 2nd. Both the loss and the gain were in jumps of 3-5lbs over less than a week. I've been hold steady right around my starting weigh (155) until this week and its started going back down. Just a few pounds, but it is still bothering me. I just don't know what else to eat! I'm not really having actual aversions, its just that nothing is appetizing. I guess I'll just have to force myself.
Hey - I can relate to the fears/irrational anxiety about post-baby body. And this is my 3rd! So I should technically know better than to freak out - but I'm a typical woman and pretty careful with my health/body when I'm not prego and to see it all 'go to hell in a handbasket' for 9 months and not freak out takes a lot of surrender for me.
My body's always pretty much gone back to almost totally 'normal' post-baby - and then I slim down a few more pounds when I stop BFing - to the point of being a couple pounds under my pre-baby-having body - at that time almost 5 years ago I had just finished a marathon, so I was pretty strong/slim then. I'm not quite that muscular now though - not as much time to put in the miles/do yoga. The body change I do mourn a bit: I completely lost my boobs after stopping BF with #2 - but they do look smokin' hot now that I'm prego again ;). My tummy has been resilient thus far - I do a lot of ab work and part of that is just genetic - but when I bend over, my tummy skin sags a bit... that doesn't bother me though. I have more spider veins on my legs than I would if I hadn't had kiddos - and I get more with each pregnancy.
So... you know, pregnancy is really dramatic - but our bodies are also pretty awesome. I mean, after I give birth, I still look about 5 months pregnant and then 6 months later I'm pretty much back to normal.
I'm glad too about the timing of the birth! Lots of time before another summer season!
DesertSunsets - I would talk to your doctor about this. It's not a typical pattern - but some women are just really unique and simply don't gain much. I had a friend like you and she just packed it all on in the 3rd trimester! It does sound like you may need to try to supplement your current food intake though to make sure you're getting enough nourishment. Is your fundus measuring right for the number of weeks you're at? Again, probably time to consult your doc.
Yup, I'm also dreading my "post-baby" body.... Right now, I feel the most beautiful and proud of my body during this pregnancy - better than I have in a long time, knowing that I'm supposed to be big and round and am carrying this life inside. I love, love, love my big belly! But I know that I'm not getting nearly as much exercise as I should these days, in preparation for "bouncing back". My time management is horrible, and if I've already fallen off the exercise bandwagon now then how am I going to get back on it later, when I'm a much busier, sleep deprived and overwhelmed new mama?? Fortunately, we have the "buffer" of the fall/winter months which could be my final saving grace.....!!
We're going going with the Bradley method, so I've been working on the whole protein thing. It used to be much better, but I have been putting so much focus on getting enough greens that I haven't been having as much meat. I think last week it ranged from 60-85g/day. I've also started trying to eat nuts for a snack. We have our next centering class with our midwife next Wednesday, so I'll bring it up then.
Oh, can I empathize with the pp body fears!! I was at coffee w a bunch of moms this morning and the conversation turned to breasts and getting your pre-baby body back. Wake up call! I'm really hoping that working as a yoga teacher will help me to keep fitness and wellness as routine parts of our lives. It's adorable to watch how kids mimic what they see in life (it was a coffee playdate, lots of LO's taking care of their 'babies'). I want to see my kids teaching their friends yoga and helping them have their babies. A lot of my personal identity is definitely tied into my body. That's one of my biggest fears, that I'll just disappear and become this Mom I don't recognize. Especially since the move away from the life and community that I've known. Whoa! This transition stuff can be tough. But I don't think there's anything wrong with wanting to have a healthy fit body that you're proud of. For me, its part of who I am. I want to continue to be the woman that I am, even while I become a mama. Sorry, I've obviously been thinking a lot about this.
I'm sure! You have to get one of those jogging strollers that you can load them all into. :) It'll be tough at first but later you can just make it a family value. That's my thinking, 'we are an active family'. It's kind of becoming a mantra for me. I figure that way I just expand that part of my identity to my fam and everyone is happy because mama's happy, right? Isn't that how it works? :)
It was easy with DS1 to just load him in and go.. I have a single jogging stroller which worked great until recently where he refuses to sit in anything..
Another issue is my DH isn't constantly active. I call him a 'binge exerciser' he will do one 12 mile hike a month but then nothing in between where I prefer to exercise every day for 30-60 mins instead and do that hike, which he just doesn't do (even when he says he will start daily runs/bikes/etc, he never does).
its a bit harder to run with 2 more.. Im not even sure you can get a 3 kid jogger nor do I really want to run with one?! I suppose if I run during work hours when DS1 is at preschool I could run with 'just 2' ... at the very least I hope we have help 2-3 afternoons a week so I can get a short run or swim i at the bare minimum 3 times a week.. I don't know, where there is a will there is a way. I just have to find it. I think DS is getting to that age where he is 'easy' enough for DH to take him and I can go out with the twins for a run.. just have to figure out a way to afford a damn double stroller now :)
Very true! You'll come up w a system that works for you. You could get one of those little ride along bikes that attach for DS1 and a burley for the twins when they're all a bit bigger. :) It'd be so cute! I have this mental image of you as a mama duck w her little trail of ducklings. As far as jogger's go, they might have a double w the seat in the back? or a standing board? But, you're right, that might be a bit much to run with. It'd be ideal to share the load and get out of the house w just one or two of them. Alternatively, the LA Fitness gyms in the States have free childcare. Are there any options like that close to you? I'm stalking Craigslist for a good deal on a stroller. Champagne taste, beer budget...