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post #21 of 203
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Originally Posted by amlikam View Post

This is such an interesting topic for me lately. I starts the pregnancy off in the mid 190's, I am short at 5' and this is weight my highest weight except my pregnancy with DD where I went up to 215... However my high weight isn't reflected in my bloodwork levels ever and I stay pretty active when I can. However I do sit at a desk all day for work.

 

I went to the midwife on Monday and after evaluating my intake and weighing in at 206.6 she suggested I double my caloric intake?!! I am surprised- being this big. I don't eat a lot and most of what I eat is whole foods. I have hypothyroidism which is pretty bad when not maintained. However i guess with the history of preterm labor and a bicornuate uterus, I guess she feels the nutrients don't often get to my baby as efficiently as other mama's and assures me it will be easy to get off pp. My real concern with gaining weight isn't how i will lose it, but about it being added work to the physical process of labor and not being able to labor efficently if I gain too much. IDK, I feel stuck between a rock and a hard place. However I am going to try their suggestion (really when I told someone what they wanted me to eat for a sample day, they said to me "oh so they want you to eat like a normal person?")

 

Lorienlslay I have thryroid issues too and have had serious weight gain like that too, oftem people don't understand and think I must be binging on crap when no one is looking. ugh!

This is my main concern as well - it was definitely more difficult to move around at the end of my pregnancy last time.  Although I was also huge just from the baby.  I am hoping to start a prenatal yoga class very soon that I am hoping will help me keep up my strength as my body changes. 

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This is my main concern as well - it was definitely more difficult to move around at the end of my pregnancy last time.  Although I was also huge just from the baby.  I am hoping to start a prenatal yoga class very soon that I am hoping will help me keep up my strength as my body changes. 

Oh I started a prenatal class this past Saturday. My yoga studio gave a free demo!!! I am stoked too because I had bought a package then I was unable to go bc of caring for my dad at the other side of the state. Then I got pregnant and was all worried it would be a year before I got to use it up. I was thinking I would have to foot the bill at another studio but then I said "universe I need you to manifest a prenatal yoga class I can go to with ease" and a day later I got a notice my preferred studio was starting one on Saturday mornings. Which is prefect because I can attend without missing work and I can use up the 8 classes I have prepaid! yay!

 

The class kicked my butt some, because of caring for my dad as he passed away, I missed out on all my summer exercises.... At the end I was dizzy and surpised by how out of shape I feel.

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This is interesting to me CrystalMarie as I am also a runner (although unfortunately much less since my son was born in Feb 2011!). Before my first pregnancy I had run a couple of full marathons and started the pregnancy a pretty lean 119 lbs. I also did not limit my eating just focused on healthy foods and lots of protein. I am lucky not to have any morning sickness with my pregnancies. With my first, I noticed that my body conserved the weight right from the beginning, I probably gained 12 lbs or so first trimester, and 43 lbs overall. But, I felt healthy, didn't LOOK like I gained a ton of weight (other than a giant belly!), and lost all the fat and more the first few months of breastfeeding. 

This pregnancy I started out a few lbs heavier (123) but with definitely a different body composition (not as lean and less muscle!). I gained maybe 3 lbs my first trimester and maybe up to 7 or 8 so far (at 17 weeks), although I think a couple of those lbs may even be due to a bit of indulging in home made pie over the holidays :) I feel like in general as long as I am focusing on eating healthy things, my body is doing what it needs to do!

 

Wow, so interesting. I guess it really goes to show just how different each woman and pregnancy are, even if we do all the similar things.

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Originally Posted by OSUvet View Post

This is interesting to me CrystalMarie as I am also a runner (although unfortunately much less since my son was born in Feb 2011!). Before my first pregnancy I had run a couple of full marathons and started the pregnancy a pretty lean 119 lbs. I also did not limit my eating just focused on healthy foods and lots of protein. I am lucky not to have any morning sickness with my pregnancies. With my first, I noticed that my body conserved the weight right from the beginning, I probably gained 12 lbs or so first trimester, and 43 lbs overall. But, I felt healthy, didn't LOOK like I gained a ton of weight (other than a giant belly!), and lost all the fat and more the first few months of breastfeeding. 

This pregnancy I started out a few lbs heavier (123) but with definitely a different body composition (not as lean and less muscle!). I gained maybe 3 lbs my first trimester and maybe up to 7 or 8 so far (at 17 weeks), although I think a couple of those lbs may even be due to a bit of indulging in home made pie over the holidays :) I feel like in general as long as I am focusing on eating healthy things, my body is doing what it needs to do!

 

Thanks for this post, OSUVet.  I think I'm having a very similar experience now with my first.  I was running a lot and really lean (probably 5 pounds lighter than I'd been in my adult life), and then gained weight pretty quickly at the beginning of pregnancy.  I've been telling myself that my body just needed more fat to support the pregnancy, and your experience seems consistent with this.  I'm happy to gain weight -- I just want to know that it's useful (and not just a result of my cravings for Starbucks breakfast sandwiches)!  You're right -- our bodies are doing what they need to do!

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Oh I started a prenatal class this past Saturday. My yoga studio gave a free demo!!! I am stoked too because I had bought a package then I was unable to go bc of caring for my dad at the other side of the state. Then I got pregnant and was all worried it would be a year before I got to use it up. I was thinking I would have to foot the bill at another studio but then I said "universe I need you to manifest a prenatal yoga class I can go to with ease" and a day later I got a notice my preferred studio was starting one on Saturday mornings. Which is prefect because I can attend without missing work and I can use up the 8 classes I have prepaid! yay!

 

The class kicked my butt some, because of caring for my dad as he passed away, I missed out on all my summer exercises.... At the end I was dizzy and surpised by how out of shape I feel.


I know how you feel! I have tried a couple of yoga things off of you tube, and I can't believe how hard it is to do some of the (basic) moves! I'm really hoping my DH will be around enough to watch DS...the class is on Sundays, but DH has to work a lot...but at least I should be able to talk to the grandparents about it!

post #26 of 203
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Originally Posted by amlikam View Post I was thinking I would have to foot the bill at another studio but then I said "universe I need you to manifest a prenatal yoga class I can go to with ease" and a day later I got a notice my preferred studio was starting one on Saturday mornings. Which is prefect because I can attend without missing work and I can use up the 8 classes I have prepaid! yay!

 

I love this! And I'm so happy that it WORKED OUT for you (lol, see what I did there?) Happy working out!

post #27 of 203

First pregnancy, I was eating the SAD diet and gained very fast. I'm 5'8" and started out at 170 or so and got to 185 by the end of the first trimester. I was up to 235 before the birth. Absolutely horrifying! The second pregnancy I started at 181. I had the stupid misconception that it wasn't good to "work out" during pregnancy, so I didn't, but I did eat better than the previous pregnancy and only gained 20 lbs. 

 

I got to 169 before my pregnancy with DD. I got down to 163 during the first trimester and the started gaining more. By the end I was at 213. Depressing... My biggest issue is giving into food cravings that I shouldn't. Especially sweets. But, I am thankful I have pretty much kicked that habit at this point. I don't even like sweets that much anymore.

 

So, with the current pregnancy, I started at 158 - just within a healthy weight range. I was working out regularly for 4 months prior and eating pretty healthy. I am already up to 169 at just under 14 weeks... :( Sucks. I had to eat a lot during the first trimester to keep from feeling sick, but it's started to get better now. I started working out again last week and I'm starting to eat a little better. I for some reason had difficultly stomaching healthy food in the first trimester. Dumb body. LOL Oh well, I hope to avoid gaining too much because my blood pressure will elevate to just high... around 140/90 by the end of pregnancy otherwise and that will risk me out of my homebirth. That would suck! So, that is extra motivation to stay on track. It's hard to see the numbers on the scale go up after working so hard to make them go down. 

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I think I have started all three of my pregnancies at about the same weight. I'm 5'4 and started around 125. By the 12th week I had gained 10 pounds this time and was a little nervous, but when I went in at 16 weeks, I had lost 2 and that was through the holidays! I wonder how much was bloat. I always tend to gain around 40 pounds and I lose it within four months usually. 

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Update: I just had my 16 week appointment today.  I started this pregnancy at 125 and today I weighed in at 131.  So far I have gained 6 lbs (I am short, 5'2")

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I'm actually struggling with trying to gain weight - I know, I know, insert eye roll.

 

I started this pregnancy (the first) at 168/5'8", and lost a few pounds during the first trimester due to nausea/lack of appetite.  At my second midwife appointment (just after Christmas at 13 weeks) I was down a pound according to the office scale/fully clothed - and that was after PLENTY of eating between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  

 

I'm trying to pack my meals with high quality protein and fats, and trying to be careful about eating a really good breakfast (today I had 2 eggs, half an avocado, a bit of cheese, some salsa, and a piece of cornbread), and having several snacks throughout the day (veggies and hummus, or full-fat yoghurt and fruit).  At 15 weeks now, I'm not really seeing the scale creep up - without clothes my scale says 166.  

 

In a way it's funny because I was trying to lose a few pounds with little success before pregnancy...and now I'm eating what I feel is a lot more and the scale isn't going up either.  I just want to be sure my baby is getting everything s/he needs to grow and develop!

post #31 of 203
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I'm actually struggling with trying to gain weight - I know, I know, insert eye roll.

 

I started this pregnancy (the first) at 168/5'8", and lost a few pounds during the first trimester due to nausea/lack of appetite.  At my second midwife appointment (just after Christmas at 13 weeks) I was down a pound according to the office scale/fully clothed - and that was after PLENTY of eating between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  

 

I'm trying to pack my meals with high quality protein and fats, and trying to be careful about eating a really good breakfast (today I had 2 eggs, half an avocado, a bit of cheese, some salsa, and a piece of cornbread), and having several snacks throughout the day (veggies and hummus, or full-fat yoghurt and fruit).  At 15 weeks now, I'm not really seeing the scale creep up - without clothes my scale says 166.  

 

In a way it's funny because I was trying to lose a few pounds with little success before pregnancy...and now I'm eating what I feel is a lot more and the scale isn't going up either.  I just want to be sure my baby is getting everything s/he needs to grow and develop!


I think this is a prime example of how metabolism and pregnancy needs are different for each woman.  Some women eat to hunger and use all of that energy and nutrients, some of us eat to hunger and our bodies want to hold onto more of it.  Both things are healthy, so long as we are making healthy choices, and both sides can face stigmas! Crazy! Don't feel guilty for how your body handles things. 

 

I will be 20 weeks tomorrow, and I just weighed in just under 150, which puts me at +15lbs or so since becoming pregnant.

 

I was having trouble gaining weight before becoming pregnant - I was eating at least 3000 nutrient dense calories per day, and still loosing weight.  (due to how much my huge toddler was nursing).  I started trying to gain weight when I hit a low of 125lbs, in the hopes of bringing back fertility.  It worked, and I think I ovulated as soon as I hit about 130 pounds, and was about 135 or so at my early MW appointments.  So I have put on nearly 25 pounds since I started trying to become fertile enough to sustain a pregnancy.  I had thought that my weight gain was slowing down, since DS has dramatically cut down on nursing, and my appetite has dropped drastically....but I am almost right on track to gain the same amount of weight that I did last time (50lbs). 

The first 25 of which was gone at my 2 week PP appointment.  The second 25 took a couple of months, the third 20 over the next year or so after that (I gained 50lbs and lost 70lbs).  Our bodies are pretty amazing if left to their own devices ;) 

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I woke up this morning and just felt like I shouldn't step on the scale (I weigh myself nearly every morning, after my morning pee but before I get dressed, heh.) I ignored that feeling, and was dismayed to see the scale jump by 2 lbs since yesterday! I'm sure it's just water weight/"normal" (if particularly high) fluctuation because I didn't eat enough yesterday to actually gain 2 lbs overnight. But I'm in my taper week for the half marathon so I'm not running as much as usual these past few days, and it's doing a number on my head. I HAVE been sleeping a lot more this week, so maybe baby is just going through a growth spurt? He's thumping around in there more and more each day, which I love.

 

So I'm going to try to go for a short run tonight and to drink plenty of water, and hopefully those 2 extra pounds aren't here to stay for good.

post #33 of 203

What a great thread! It REALLY emphasizes how different each of our needs (and concerns) are! And how our different bodies work with different foods!

 

Kitteh-- I wouldn't worry about 2 lbs, especially during your taper and before your big run. You are active and fit and we're also all starting to hit that growth-spurt time where we should be gaining! 

 

I have been a little hypersensitive about weight gain, too. I was not quite at my ideal weight pre-pregnancy, but more importantly --- I injured my back the same week I found out I was pregnant and excessive weight gain during pregnancy could really throw things out again in spite of all my hard work with physical therapists. I'm 17 weeks and I'm up 4-5 lbs, which I'm very happy with. Hoping I can keep this nice and controlled pace! My back has been great so far, too, so fingers crossed!

 

Along those lines, we attended our first birth class last night. We've chosen to use the Bradley Method and... to be honest--- I didn't realize how "The Bradley Diet" is such a pillar of the method, and this diet is not really my style! A typical day, supposedly, looks like this:

 

Breakfast: 2 eggs, bacon, toast with peanut butter, milk

Snack: Orange or other citrus fruit

Lunch: Romaine lettuce salad with plenty of veggies, grilled chicken breast, baked potato, milk

Snack: Toast or bagel with cottage cheese and an apple

Dinner: Pasta/meat meal such as spaghetti and milk

 

Don't get me wrong, I'm ALL about healthy food and healthy living....and I LOVE to eat.... but to me that's a LOT of food! And A LOT of calories!!!

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 A typical day, supposedly, looks like this:

 

Breakfast: 2 eggs, bacon, toast with peanut butter, milk

Snack: Orange or other citrus fruit

Lunch: Romaine lettuce salad with plenty of veggies, grilled chicken breast, baked potato, milk

Snack: Toast or bagel with cottage cheese and an apple

Dinner: Pasta/meat meal such as spaghetti and milk

 

Don't get me wrong, I'm ALL about healthy food and healthy living....and I LOVE to eat.... but to me that's a LOT of food! And A LOT of calories!!!

Lol, I was just thinking that I'm not sure that would be ENOUGH food for me! Although the choices aren't necessarily what I would make either.  I eat 3-4 eggs with bacon and fruit every morning, and sometimes that's not enough.  If I don't eat the bacon, it's not enough for me to feel full for more than 45 minutes.  That usually gives me two hours or so before I need a snack.  I've always needed a lot of food though. 

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There ya go BabySmurf, once again proving how food and bodies and calories/food needs are so different! Amazing how some people can possibly think one diet is right for everyone! I'm 5'9 and moderately active, but if I ate like that (2 eggs, bacon, peanut butter and toast, milk, etc) I would certainly be a whale!

 

Although, to consider another point, perhaps I'd be super-fueled and have more energy and it would balance itself out!

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Also, I would LOVE I burn 3000 calories a day while nursing. :)  Baby is due in mid-June-- I'd be in a bikini by July!

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At 18 weeks, up 4 pounds from pre-pregnancy weight. But, I did lose several pounds between then and now. I'd imagine I'll gain the standard pound a week from here on out, as I've done before with pregnancy.

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 Amazing how some people can possibly think one diet is right for everyone! I'm 5'9 and moderately active, but if I ate like that (2 eggs, bacon, peanut butter and toast, milk, etc) I would certainly be a whale!

 

Although, to consider another point, perhaps I'd be super-fueled and have more energy and it would balance itself out!

No kidding!!

 

All I can say that eating to hunger and eating nutritious food that your body wants is the best thing to do, IMO.  I don't think I have any more or less energy than the next person, so long as I am eating healthy foods! I get groggy when I get lazy and eat less nutritious food, as opposed to eating or not eating a particular volume.  And I will say that eating 3000 calories per day is a ton of work!! Well, if I were eating McDonalds and Frosties, maybe not as hard, but I was actually eating real food.  It was intense....DS was above 30lbs at that point though, and pretty much EBF...as he weaned, my calorie needs dropped pretty much at the same rate that he started eating.  I definitely don't need as many calories now, even pregnant. 

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I can relate.... I hadn't gained any weight for the past month (ok'd by my ob because I had already gained 15 lbs by week 13) and stepped on scale this am and am up 3.7 lbs since yesterday?!? Water retention? My bp is great (110/60) and I don't "appear" puffy, but there are the ongoing constipation issues...... :/ it's a mystery. I've started walking about 30 min a day and am eating much better, haven't had any sweets in several weeks and am closer to eliminating grains. It's kept me from piling on the pounds.
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Yeah jNajla, I think my phantom weight-gain is also related to a recent constipation issue. Back to taking a stool-softener with my prenatal, i guess!
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