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post #21 of 257
Hello ladies! I'm 29 weeks with baby number 3. I weigh 270 now, which is also what I weighed when I found out I was pregnant. I've only gained 10-15 pounds with each of my other 2 and had almost 9 pound babies. My midwife thinks that my metabolism must work better when I'm pregnant. I haven't had any serious issues with being heavy and pregnant.

I totally relate to the two tummy thing! I didn't show at all with DS (my 1st) until 8 months, but I was also my heaviest non-pregnancy weight when I conceived him, so was pleasantly surprised when I looked in the mirror one day after delivery after the swelling when down and had check bones again! With this being the 3rd pregnancy in the last 4 years, I'm showing more this time. But I still have people looking at my belly and not wanting to say anything! I do miss some pregnancy sympathy, but I'm glad I don't have people asking stupid questions! The work I do is pretty odd and involves lifting 30 or so 25 pound boxes a day, and so I just told everyone I work with I was pregnant and now they are great about helping out. But with my black vest on they really gave me a once over when I told them I was 7 months!

I love this thread! And I agree that I don't have a problem going swimming with my big belly cuz that's the only way I ever go
post #22 of 257
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Originally Posted by AKmomof2+1inNov View Post
Hello ladies! I'm 29 weeks with baby number 3. I weigh 270 now, which is also what I weighed when I found out I was pregnant. I've only gained 10-15 pounds with each of my other 2 and had almost 9 pound babies. My midwife thinks that my metabolism must work better when I'm pregnant. I haven't had any serious issues with being heavy and pregnant.

I totally relate to the two tummy thing! I didn't show at all with DS (my 1st) until 8 months, but I was also my heaviest non-pregnancy weight when I conceived him, so was pleasantly surprised when I looked in the mirror one day after delivery after the swelling when down and had check bones again! With this being the 3rd pregnancy in the last 4 years, I'm showing more this time. But I still have people looking at my belly and not wanting to say anything! I do miss some pregnancy sympathy, but I'm glad I don't have people asking stupid questions! The work I do is pretty odd and involves lifting 30 or so 25 pound boxes a day, and so I just told everyone I work with I was pregnant and now they are great about helping out. But with my black vest on they really gave me a once over when I told them I was 7 months!

I love this thread! And I agree that I don't have a problem going swimming with my big belly cuz that's the only way I ever go
Yay! For us swimmers with big bellies! Pregnant, or not!


I am so glad to see so many here! It's wonderful! Welcome everymomma!

I ordered some maternity pants from motherhood.com and they arrived yesterday. I put them on, and there really doesn't seem to be much difference between them and regular clothes except that the top is all stretchy! I hope there's room for any growth, but I suppose I really won't need too too much,from what you all say. Though I do notice, without any real weight gain to speak of, I'm finding it harder to wear my regular pants without wierd things happening, like the zipper suddenly taking notice of gravity! So the maternity pants (as they are zipper free) will work nicely there!

So it seems from what everyone is saying the waist sorta sticks around instead of vanishing! Shucks, I wanted to be waist free! ha!
post #23 of 257
Hi! I'm here too. I'm newly pregnant, 4 weeks. I'm 5'5", weigh 216 right now. With my daughter I got pregnant at 266lbs, delivered at 271lbs, natural drug free birth. I had an easy pregnancy with no complications, although I was on Metformin due to PCOS. I'm not on Met right now, although I'm going to see an OB to see what my hormone levels are like and whether I should get back on it as a precaution.

Good to see all the curvy mamas-to-be!
post #24 of 257
Well, my waist certainly doesn't stick around...I had to start wearing maternity clothes at around 16 weeks (actually should have started sooner, but we hadn't told anyone about the pg yet and I didn't want my clothes to announce it, LOL!) and I definitely get a huge round tummy toward the end. But that could have a lot to do with the fact that I'm very short, and there's just nowhere for the baby to go, except out!

I love being pregnant....it's the only time I have rock-hard abs!

ETA: I guess that inspite of being overweight (okay, obese by clinical standards ), my weight doesn't tend to settle in my waist so much. Non-pregnant, I still have a (modified!) hour-glass figure....most of my weight is hips/thighs/butt and boobs! That's probably why I have a pretty pronounced shape change in pregnancy. Although most people are still too timid to ask about my pg, for fear I'm not! Can't say as I blame them.....
post #25 of 257
Hi mamas - so glad to have this thread! I'm 29 y/o and nearly 13 weeks with baby #2. I had just made it back down to my first pre-pregnancy weight of 276 when I found out I was pregnant, and so far haven't had any signifigant gain, thought with the last I was up to 312 at 40 weeks, so I'm prepared for anything.
I'm due on 2-29, and I'm not really showing yet, just looking a little more fluffy. It's funny cause in general, when someone at work wanted to tell me I looked nice (like when I got a haircut, or bought new shoes) they'd just say "oooh, it looks like you've lost weight" as if it was the ultimate compliment. I have heard this literally every week from someone for years, and all of the sudden they're not saying it. haha
I, also, am a proud owner of the two-tummy. Even though I end up in maternity clothes by about 6 months, I don't actually lose my waist and get a round belly until about 36 weeks, so no cute stretchy maternity tops for me in the near future.
Swimming is a must, though. I live in Forida, and being large and pregnant in the summer requires some serious water immersion.
Yay for us!
post #26 of 257
I definitely have two tummies but must also buy maternity clothes as I am just that much on the side of pregnant that my previous pants aren't fitting and my shirts are a bit short to put over maternity pants or unzipped pants. I am having no fun with that.

A few of my "maternity" tops are actually just extra long, empire waist or fitted boobular () tops from any store that seem to be doing well for me in maternity. I wasn't wearing these tops pre-pregnancy because they were... well I felt like a hoochie mama. But in this heat, it's all I can wear and feel comfortable! SO game on!

I figure this fall/winter I will throw a black sweater/zippered sweatshirt over the tops for warmth, but keep wearing some of them for breastfeeding and/or while I get my figure back *snort*


And that's one of my only worries about being so big and preggo. I had quite a bit of tummy before and now I wonder how bad I will sag in the front after babe is born. I am way more saggy there now while pregnant than I was before!
post #27 of 257
Hi everyone.

I guess I found my tribe.

I am 24 weeks preg with my first. So far I have gained nothing and am not yet wearing any maternity clothes. I do not look pregnant at all! My mw says I don't have to worry about not gaining any weight, as long as I am healthy.

My blood pressure is fine and so is all of my blood work. I proud to be one of those people who can carry a bit of extra weight but still maintain a healthy lifestyle.

The one change I have seen in my body is the shifting of all my weight forward, and the addition of a double belly.

I don't know what I am going to do if I ever need to move into maternity clothes. I can't find anything I like! I really dislike Lane Bryant's regular clothes (they are not cut correctly for my body shape), so I can't imagine I would have much success with their maternity line. I ordered a pair of pants from Motherhood maternity plus sized line, and I hated them, too. The cut just didn't work for me! I am naturally curvy, with heavy thighs and wide hips and a short, small waist. In order to get a waist that fits, I end up with pants that are way to tight in the hips and thighs.
post #28 of 257
Jenn, it sounds like we might be TSAB!

I end up with pants that are too big in the waist because I *refuse* to melt my thighs and butt and pour them in a smaller size, LOL! Then I have to alter the waists....not really a hard job if you know what you are doing (or know a competant seamstress) but it's a PITA, plus the extra expense if you pay someone to do it. For maternity clothes, I hate to put the effort into them when I won't be wearing them all that long, yk?

Elastic is my friend! I've not yet invested in a Bella Band or Belly Hugger, but I think that would prolly be a good thing for me. I just hate to order something like that online (plus I keep talking myself out of it, because surely I could make something like that for a lot less $$!! But I know I never will....) but I don't find anything locally.

Anyway, if I ever get on the ball, I'd like to order a couple. Maybe even spring for some truly comfortable maternity underwear, too!
post #29 of 257
I have a bella band and I love it. I used it early in my pregnancy to wear regular t-shirts longer and cover that my pants didn't quite zip and button anymore. Now I use it under that lower belly to hold up my maternities that are still falling off. My maternity pants are mostly LB and they seems to be very generous in the hip/thigh area and that's where I carry my weight too. But I haven't gained any weigh, so technically I'm loosing a bit of my butt and thighs.

But I have a great suggestion for anyone who wants a bella band and doesn't want to spend the money. Go to a used clothing store and buy a Lycra shirt (the cami-type super stretchy stuff if I have the type wrong) that is too small for you by a size or two and cut it off right under the arm pits. Then you have a nice hem that can stick out of the bottom of your regular shirts and hold your pants up for $1-$3 dollars instead of $18 and that type of fabric doesn't fray in the wash.

Oh, and I can't stand having the bella band over my belly now!
post #30 of 257
Hi I am currently 27 weeks (yay) and i weighed 258 before pregnancy and I weigh *258* still. This is my second pregnancy and I weighed about the same for that one as well though i gained 30 lbs for that one. I felt a little more ill then what I think is normal for me during this pregnancy and that and a better diet has kept my weight down. My trick to maternity clothes because i'm one of those people who just needs them by week 8 this time is that since most plus sized shirts are cut basically the same as maternity shirts, just wear my regular shirts and buy the maternity pants. I also have the double belly that is slowly starting to grow together. What really annoys me though is that since I've kind of lost fat and gained baby I have this curtain of skin that just hangs off my belly. What am I supposed to do about that? oh well. I hope that after the baby is born a combination of breastfeeding, better diet (basically the same diet I've been on for the pregnancy), and daily walks will help me lose weight. My goal is just 175, I just want to be healthy. I have long ago accepted that I will never be a small person ad I am happy with that. Its good to know that there are so many other ladies just like me out there.
post #31 of 257
I've always been hesitant to try the bella band as I'm afraid it will just roll up off of my hips into my waist since my waist stays signifigantly smaller than my hips for the first many weeks. Anyone with a serious hourglass shape ever tried them and had success?

I've had my best luck with maternity clothes from Sears, which surprised me a lot. I think it worked out because they had a decent in-store selection in my size (3x) which I could try on instead of ording mail-order and having to send it wll back when it didn't work. I also loved the Sears (I think it's Two Hearts Maternity?) maternity underwear. Cotton, good quality, and Plenty of stretch.
post #32 of 257
Hey Mamas!! I'm almost 31 weeks and I'm 5'11'' and wear a 20/22 pre-pg but get so sick with my pgs that my m/w and I joke its the only weight loss program that works for me . Since conc. I've lost about 19lbs lbs and usually 6 weeks postpartum I'm down another 30 or so, this time I plan to keep it off and continue to lose instead of gain it all back and then some .

I'm going to go back to Weight Watchers a few weeks pp, I need the organization and support and have had some success there in the past. Thats my plan and I'm sticking to it. Its time to lose the weight.

A confession~ I miss riding horses, I would rather die than get on a horse at the weight I am, it'd drop underneath me. That's my goal. To feel comfortablein the saddle again and get on without a mounting block .
So...
Any other confession goals out there in this rockin tribe??? :

Its great to see some familiar names from my ddc :!!

all around.
post #33 of 257
I'll just throw it out there...if anyone would like to keep in contact and just chit-chat sometime, i have yahoo and aim

aim/yahoo - leomommy81

Im new to fort worth texas and dont have many friends anymore. I'd love to have some preggers women to keep in contact with, even if not in texas. My old friends aren't in the same stage of life like me.

Don't be shy!

Heather
post #34 of 257
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Originally Posted by mamabearsoblessed View Post
A confession~ I miss riding horses, I would rather die than get on a horse at the weight I am, it'd drop underneath me. That's my goal. To feel comfortablein the saddle again and get on without a mounting block .
So...
Any other confession goals out there in this rockin tribe??? :

Its great to see some familiar names from my ddc :!!

all around.
Wow this is actually kind of one of my goals too. i rode for like 7 years when i was a kid and I'm missing it a lot. I too feel to heavy to ride yet and want this to be my ultimate goal.
post #35 of 257
Horses ar a goal for me too. My oldest special needs son found an affinity for horses and horse care in NY before we moved and I love them and used to ride when I was much younger. So I would like to be able to volunteer at a barn with him and go on rides with him someday to help our bond.

Mostly, my goal is to get close to the weight I was before I got pregnant with my 6 year old. I was an entire 125 pounds lighter than my pre-pregnancy weight this time.
post #36 of 257
Horses! I love horses. They are a goal for me too, although not a size goal, more like a money/nice lifestyle goal. I'd love to have one someday.
post #37 of 257
I'm hour glass shaped and haven't had too much roll problem with the bella band. I think my "normal" measurement are something like 48/42/52. My belly has been bigger lately since the whole 3 pregnancies since 2003, but still quite I bit smaller than my hips unless I'm actually pregnant.

My goal is to be fit regular tall clothes, so a 16T would be wonderful. And to be able to ride a roller coaster without fear that I will stand in line for 3 hours and the seat not fit. I'm from Ohio originally and the last time I went to Cedar Point (with my Alaskan husband who'd never been on a roller coaster since there aren't any here) I barely squeezed into the new coaster-I think it was the Millennium Force in 2002. We're going back in September for my sister's wedding and I'd love to ride some coasters!!!

So has anyone tried WW online? I live in the middle of nowhere and with 3 little one's and DH work schedule I can't commit to meetings. Or maybe we can form our own online support group?
post #38 of 257
that's next September-btw
post #39 of 257
Hi, mamas! I'm now 34 weeks along with our third - yay! I'm one of those who doesn't gain during pregnancy, either. Isn't it nice to step on a scale after a few days postpartum and see 30lbs GONE?! Of course, I haven't ever kept it all gone - I think I started this pgcy very similarly to the last one (maybe 5lbs difference). Right now, I'm pretty much spot-on for when I first saw my MW. We were actually in an exercise class at the gym for 12 of my first 18 weeks, and I lost a little weight with that, plus my own normal being sick (though I wasn't quite as sick this time).

Anyway, my goal is to eat healthily and doing that, combined with the pg metabolism, etc., keeps me from gaining. I'm trying to stay active, too, but my pelvis is KILLING me these days, despite seeing my chiro twice so far in ten days.

I am FINALLY getting to a point where strangers are noticing that I'm actually pg. It's been a little here, a little there, but I really do like feeling like I'm pg, not just big! I've noticed a few mamas here and there, though, that I have a hard time telling with, too. Of course my mind is totally on pregnancy, so I'm more likely to make a mistake and assume someone is. Thankfully I haven't done that, but I've looked long and hard trying to figure it out! At least my DH will now remark, "wow! I like that! You look cute and pregnant!"

My DSs (5.5 and nearly 3) have been telling me my tummy's getting bigger and the baby's getting bigger. From them, that's a GREAT thing. My 5.5yo said one day that one's tummy is "supposed to go straight, but now with the baby it goes straight, then up, then straight." I didn't bother to tell him my tummy has probably NEVER been "straight!"
post #40 of 257
Did anyone have a hard time finding a midwife or ob that was supportive b/c of weight? I am moving xcountry next month and loved my midwife here (she had an back injury, can't deliver babies anymore due to nerve damage, so I would have had to find a new one anyway), she was always so reassuring, telling me that there was no more chance of anything, just watch for gd, but was really able to calm me down from everything that I'd read about the horrible things that were supposed to go wrong with what turned out to be my wonderfully uneventful pregnancy and birth. I think some fat bias can be really subtle, at least for naive little me-I don't see it coming sometimes-how do you handle finding a practioner? Leigh:
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