I had hoped to lose some weight before becoming pregnant again. But my DH and I found out about our little surprise about two weeks ago. My first child was born in the hospital with no complications, but I had always wanted to have my next baby at home. I haven't seen a doctor or midwife yet, but I was hoping to hear some others' experiences before I go to see someone. I would love to hear about anyone else's experiences or advice on this issue. Thanks
Christy Mom to DS 4/21/04 DD 9/20/09 DD 7/2/11
Gestational diabetes may risk you out, depending on the midwife/ state/ situation, but I never developed GD, nor high blood pressure, or any of the complications that can be more common in women who begin pregnancy overweight. I stayed active through my pregnancies, and actually lost weight at the start of my last pregnancy. This pregnancy, I just maintained for awhile. I have gained about 25 lbs at this point.
Last pregnancy, I only gained 17, probably because of the initial weight loss.
OP you very well and PROBABLY WILL go on to have a normal and healthy pregnancy. Load up on the protein, and then eat your good carbs afterwards. This will slow down the sugar in your blood. Also believe it or not, eating fat with your meals is also good (olive oil on your salad, or baking your chicken in olive oil, or a lean beef burger) because this also helps the blood sugar levels. These things along with moderate exercise will keep your risk of GD to a minimum. And your weight gain to a minimum too, since your cravings wont be to crazy.
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How much weight do you recommend I gain? If the answer is less than 20 lbs, ask what happens if you go over 20 lbs, and chances are this is not the midwife for you.
What is your opinion on GD, and do you require I take the GTT? Would you consider post-prandial glucose monitoring and a food diary sufficient to take the place of the GTT? If they require GTT and wouldn't consider glucose monitoring instead, chances are this is not the midwife for you.
Do you carry a fetascope, and are you practiced in using it? Regardless of how you feel about doppler, the answer to this question can tell you a lot. I've had several practitioners tell me I'm too fat for a fetascope to work on me. If they say anything of that sort, chances are this is not the midwife for you.
What food intake/diet do you recommend for pregnancy? Oftentimes the answer is going to be Brewer, which is good. If the answer is at all restrictive in calories or fat, chances are this is not the midwife for you.
If at any point during the interview any random comment is made that makes you feel that they are fat-phobic, do not dismiss that feeling as "pregnancy hormones". Trust your instinct on that.
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The first thing I did when I found out I was pregnant was email local midwives to ask about 'risking out'. (I am not overweight, but have asthma and mitro valve prolapse) Most MW in my area have great websites that talk about risk, and I got emails back within days. Good Luck!
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Weight ALONE is not PROVEN to increase risk of GD, PIH, pre-e, etc. However if you are genetically predisposed to any health problems THEN weight can sometimes aggravate that and cause it to develop during pregnancy. That happens in thin women too.
So bottom line, eat healthy, don't try to lose weight, stay active, and you'll do fine. And don't worry about what you gain during pregnancy. With #1 I gained 3lbs. With #2 I gained 50lbs. This time around I've lost weight. But each time I've been eating (reasonably) healthy, so that's ALL that matters.
BTW, weight was never an issue during my prenatal visits. She didn't even do weigh-ins, just measured my belly occasionally and asked about my diet (it was a struggle for me to eat enough veggies). The only time my weight came up during appointments was when I voiced concerns about gaining enough/too much.
Erika, mama to three beautiful kids (plus one gestating), and wife to one fantastic man.
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I have pretty good eating habits, but I never deliberately exercise. Since I found out I was pregnant I've been doing a walk with my husband everyday for about a half hour, and I'm enjoying it so much that I feel silly for not doing it before.
I've had really bad morning sickness this go around and I've actually lost 10 pounds since I found out I was pg
Christy Mom to DS 4/21/04 DD 9/20/09 DD 7/2/11
thanks to everyone who responded. I will be contacting a midwife in my area (there aren't many) today. I feel much better about this
And, overweight and all my births 4 HB have been at home. Concentrate on good nutrition and take care of yourself and you'll be fine!
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