Are there any other plus size mammas out there? I keep hoping I'm not alone.
Do you really only gain 10-15lbs? I've been eating healthy for years and I have such an aversion to sweets it's crazy. Though I have been craving carbs so it might not be good in the long run. And I used to work out an hour a day - biking 15mph or jogging 6. Now I'm walking 3.5mph and biking 12 because I just don't have it. I feel like I'm just starting to workout again when I was heavier. I might repost the workout stuff in my ddc.
I need to start walking now that it's cooler.
Anyway, I never really looked further along than I was, I just didn't show until later...if that makes sense.
Then, I gained back 45 of the 50 pounds last year, up to about 220, and became pregnant unexpectedly. I actually lost about 5 pounds in the first tri, and I had to stop exercising because of a SCH with a rupture. I just got the ok to start exercising again at 16 weeks. I still haven't gained any weight, although my appetite is picking up. I'm about 217 at 16 weeks, so still down about 3 pounds, even without exercising.
My vice is night-time eating, and the reflux and heartburn of pregnancy keep me from eating. My first pregnancy, I took medicines to control the reflux. Now, I just don't eat much in the evening, and nothing after 8 pm. It both slows the weight gain and also cures the reflux.
I'd love to only gain 10 pounds or so, but I know I don't have a lot of control over it. Morning sickness stripped the veggies from my diet in the first tri. Now we're eating healthy again, but I'm really hungry. I think that starting to exercise again will just add to that. I try to be smart about my snacks, but I have 2 little ones and realize I don't have perfect control over my time to prepare food.
I think it's important to try. I'm going to exercise and make the best choices I can, but if I'm starving, I'm going to eat. That wall of pregnancy hunger is like nothing else I've ever felt.
I wish I could tell the me who got pregnant in 2005 to cool it on all the sweets. I ate like sugar was going out of style, and I had reflux every night.
All the best to you!
I don't tend to measure ahead (though I am this time) and I tend to lose weight in the first trimester and then stay at that weight until sometime in the 3rd trimester when I may gain a few pounds back. Clearly, I'm losing body weight while baby is growing healthily, and by the time I'm a day or two postpartum, I'm about 30lbs under pre-pregnancy weight with a healthy, 7lb baby. Unfortunately, it doesn't always stay off.
I've had no pregnancy complications and am preparing for my 3rd homebirth. Make sure no one tries to tell you that you can't have a normal, healthy pregnancy just because you're heavier than some! And check out plus-size-pregnancy.org for more great tips for plus-size mamas!
HeatherB ~ mama to 3 wonderful boys: 03/02; 09/04; 09/07 - and Eliana, 11/13/10!
Founder of Houston Birth Alternatives: Be Informed, Encouraged, Supported birth support group and aspiring midwife.
+= Peanut (2004), Pumpkin (2007) and Butter Bean!! (2011)
I don't find it to be a problem with my health, but am nervous in case of running across a fat phobic practitioner. Being weighed during appointments is torture... why do they have to say it out loud!?
Mother to R- 2/09, & C- 5/11
It does suck being plus size and pregnant - no one knew I was pregnant with my DS - they probably just thought I was putting on weight. I hope this time I actually look pregnant at some point since I'm about 65 lbs less this time.
What I'm most excited about is that I'm finally being recognized as being pregnant. I was very jealous of skinny mamas and their cute bumps. I figured that I would just continue to look fat. Nope - I've got an awesome bump now and I can see that I've lost weight in my face and arms.
Anyway, I tend to lose, then gain very slowly, and then at the end (between 39-42 weeks) gain huge amounts. It's frustrating to me, the wieght gain. But it hasn't hindered my births at all. I stay active and try to eat healthy and that's all I can do.
For showing, I was surprised to find out some people weren't aware of my pregnancy until I was 7-8 months along. I guess they just thought I was getting fatter, even though my baby bump was pretty obvious. Oh well. In the long run, it doesn't really matter what other people think.
My bp is always perfect, no GD or any problems. I gain weight really weird, nothing one month and then 6 or 7 pounds the next month! Which of course prompted the nurse to ask me one month if I was eating, then accuse me of gorging on cookies and pop the next month I just gain in spurts, and I lose weight the same way. I had an easy vba2c last time and expect to have another one. I was very active my last pregnancy (working out 3-5x a weeks and walking nearly every day, also doing prenatal yoga) but I just could not find the energy this time, and spending most of my pregnancy over the summer didn't help (I can't stand the heat!)
+= Peanut (2004), Pumpkin (2007) and Butter Bean!! (2011)
I'm a size 22. I lost weight with my first pregnancy. I didn't try to I just did. This time with twins I think it is really important to gain weight so I'm eating a TON and lots of full-fat stuff like whole milk. I'm 240 right now so it is kind of scary to think I'll be closer to 300 when I deliver but I'm not going to let it get me down.
There will be a season of my life to lose weight and focus on my own body but this isn't it. This is the season to nurture my babies with my voluptuous body!
wife of 8 years to DH , mama to DD (2006) & DS (2011) (Dec. 2012) due Nov. 2013
I'm seeing on a pregnancy chart online here that it's telling me if I'm 166 to start when pregnant then I'm gonna be around 199 ending and that's healthy for baby. So, I don't know if it's off or not, but that's about 30 pounds, which is what I was told to gain with DS when I weighed 135 years ago. Doesn't really seem right, does it? I've not had any prenatal care yet they won't see me for 2 more weeks here, so I've got nothing else to go on. Except that I've gained at least 4 pounds already... roh-roh!
The way I see it is that I can lose the weight later. I was heavier all these winters and I wasn't eating for two. So long as my health is fine, I will eat as I want to and know that I'm nurturing my baby in the process. Thin is OUT when pregnant.
in the second trimester i lost weight, but baby's fine.. i'm about 242 now, after having gone down to 238. i hope to be 255 or less when baby's done but i'm not sure that's realistic. i'm just entering my 3rd trimester.
i was 220lbs when i was TTC, but i gained on the month i conceived, and when i first got a +hpt i was 230. i gained RIGHT AWAY up to 245.. but that was because i had horrible morning sickness and ironically, the only thing that could keep it at bay was to eat. not healthy stuff either. sigh.
Happily married to my best friend, and nature loving mama of one sweet boy (Feb 2011).
I'm an 18/20 prepregnancy. 5'8" 230lbs.
I've gained 0 pounds so far at 27 weeks. My belly is getting rounder, but I guess the rest of me must be getting less round. My doctor doesn't seem concerned that I haven't gained anything.
However, pg, I'm eating healthier and not drinking at all and so I know my intake is good... tracking food, watching portions etc. We'll see how it goes!
Anna, married to my soulmate, loving on DS (4)
I'm nervous she's going to ask about my weight gain at my first prenatal appt this week. I was about 15lbs lighter at my last visit with her in MAY. I keep rehearsing my story.
I had just lost that weight and it all came back on when I got injured and couldn't run 5 miles a day anymore. I also went off birth control and my blood pressure medicine (diuretic) and my Indian in laws came to visit for a month and mom- in law is a terrific cook and I just fell off track. It's all recently lost weight that unfortunately didn't stay on.
She seemed pretty ok with my weight when I was 187 and told wanted to get pregnant - I even questioned her on it and she said, "well, we recommend it because you would be more comfortable" but you should be fine.
I was basically 202 when I conceived. My OB is a tiny woman - heck so is my family doc but she has no concerns.
And I'm not puking my brains out in my first trimester. In fact, eating makes me feel better and all carby stuff. I just don't want to feel guilty.
When I was pregnant the other times I`ve never been so big to start with.
I usually not gain much, first time 16 kilos, second 9 kilos and last (twins) 12 kilos. I hope I`ll gain even less this time. Not keeping track of food, but eating quite healty (because I tend to dislike sweets when I`m pregnant)
My BP has been fantastic and my glucose tests were good, too. I think it helped that I had good health to start with, but I definitely think that bigger women can have good pregnancy outcomes!
I was a size 16 and was pretty much able to wear the same stuff throughout my pregnancy - with the help of some bella bands - because it seems that even though I gained a little, my butt got smaller. This was a good thing because I really, really, really REALLY hate maternity jeans and sweatpants. Hid-e-ous!
Here's to hoping this time around I have the same thing happen.
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