Originally Posted by jenny-g
Allright. I'm going to stop replying to this when I see it, soon, because it is making me crazy. WHY on EARTH would anyone congratulate ANYONE for losing weight during this stage of pregancy?! It is BAD! She should see her doc/midwife and find out the reason! It is not healthy to lose weight in pregnancy, and I just can't wrap my mind around the fact that people on here would actually congratulate her on that. It's like.. oh, you have gestational diabetes! CONGRATS! I hope I get it too!
Are people so warped from our weight-crazy society that they can't understand what healthy weight gain is in pregancy?! Do you know you're making people who gain *normal* amounts of weight feel bad? We have threads on here titled "oh no too much weight" from people who are gaining exactly the average, normal amount of weight.
1. I'm a fat person. (No, I'm not one of those people who has 5 or 10 extra pounds, not even 20-- I'm an honest to goodness FAT person, with a BMI in the bona-fide, "morbidly obese" range.) It is very common for fat people to lose weight during pregnancy, particularly in the first trimester but it's not uncommon for weight loss to continue throughout the second and even the third trimesters. There are many contributing factors: "morning" sickness, pressure on the stomach as the baby grows causing diminished appetite, hormones slowing the digestive system down, increased metabolism, and the fact that many women eat a much healthier diet when they're pregnant than they would otherwise are just a few. It's not "bad," nor is it an attempt (on my part or anyone else's) to make people with a more traditional weight-gain-in-pregnancy pattern feel badly about it.
2. Why would I see my doctor to find out the reason? This is my *third* pregnancy, and while this isn't my usual pattern (I usually start gaining weight when I start having a somewhat normal appetite again) it's still common enough and easy enough for me to understand that I see no reason to make extra doctor's appointments just to discuss it.
3. If I had started this pregnancy at an average weight or underweight, I would probably feel differently about losing weight than I do. I mean, a woman who gets pregnant weighing 110 pounds would definately have something to be concerned about if she dropped 30, but that is so not me; even today, at my lowest weight since I was pregnant with my son, I could stand to lose about 80 pounds. My baby is growing well, as have my two previous children during pregnancy. I've got no reason to suspect that there's anything wrong, size-wise, with my baby. I am definately not diabetic (gestational or otherwise); I'm very familiar with the signs and symptoms of diabetes, as my husband is a type I diabetic and my mother is a type II diabetic. I've even checked my blood sugar a few times, when I felt uncomfortable and wanted to be sure that wasn't the reason; I'm not cool with my baby feeding on ketones and fat while he's growing inside me.
In other words, I know what's going on. It's a little strange for me, and a teensy bit uncomfortable because my clothing doesn't fit me and that sucks, but quite frankly if I had the cash for new clothing I'd be tickled pink. God knows I've got plenty of a$$ to lose, and if pregnancy hormones can do that for me, more power to them!