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<p>I started my first pregnancy at 165 back about 5 years ago.  This is my fifth pregnancy and I now fall in the "obese" category.  I don't consider myself obese but I am definitely overweight.  Anyway, i am trying to not just pig out... trying to eat healthy and drink lots of water.  I checked out the babyfit site, which made me laugh because on today's meal plan, they included a mini snickers and a hostess cupcake.  I am all for a snack now and then but I think I would prefer a little piece of dark chocolate or something. But whatever.</p>
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<p>Anyone else overweight/obese?  Maybe we can do a "healthy eating support" thread.  For everyone, not just the overweight folks.</p>
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<p>I'm starting this pregnancy overweight. I was a size 2 with my first pregnancy (gained 75 lbs) and a size 0 with my second pregnancy (gained 80 lbs - and never lost it all!) I'm starting this pregnancy at a size 8, which doesn't sound huge - but I'm 5'3 and just lost 15 lbs over the summer, bringing my starting weight to 150. Because I have a tendency to gain <strong>so much</strong> weight with my pregnancies - I want to be really careful with this one. Because I'm already overweight for my height - I'd love to only gain 15-20 lbs. Of course, as with both prior pregnancies - I'm nauseous all the time, except when I'm eating. And I'm craving lots of breads and starchy carbs, which isn't good for my weight. I'm sort of giving into it for now, and figure I'll pick back up with regular eating once the nausea subsides! Anyway, I'm absolutely interested in a healthy eating thread!</p>
 

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<p>With my first pregnancy I was 180. Gained a lot and never lost it. 7 months ago I was at 266. I lost 51 lbs and I'm now at 214. I am much healthier than I was with my first pregnancy, even though I weigh more.</p>
 

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<p>I am definitely overweight and it really started with my first m/c. I pigged out during the short pregnancy and then just was so unhappy I kept eating. Getting Hashimoto and going untreated for the next 3 pregnancies did not help. I have been heavy during all my successful pregnancies but my goal is to not gain weight during this pregnancy by cutting out sweets and sugar completely.</p>
<p>Is this feasible? What do you think?</p>
 

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<p>I'm definitely overweight and could really use some encouragement.  I really gained a lot after each pregnancy and then I odn't typically gain much at all during the pregnancy b/c I'm so sick.  This spring I dislocated my kneecap and really picked up quite a few pounds, and it hasn't been until the last couple of months that I've finally been able to do much and start losing again.  I obviously don't need to keep losing right now, but I really want to continue to make better food choices and to keep increasing my physical activity level.</p>
 

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<p>I'm definitely in the obese category.  I was over 300 lbs this time last year, though thankfully I've lost a little since then.  I've been overweight with all my pregnancies - never had any health complications because of it.  I usually lose weight while pregnant because I get very sick and my stomach size gets restricted, but then I gain a lot in the first 6 months after the birth (despite ebfing).  This will be my last child, so I desparately hope to not gain after...and then I can continue to work on going down over the next few years back into an overweight range (rather than obese).</p>
 

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<p>I have been plus sized for both my pregnancies and managed to gain what I call just baby weight (20 pounds).  The key is PROTIEN.  Don't eat anything that does not have some protien in it and shoot for about 90 grams of it a day.</p>
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<p>My midwives are very hopeful this time around that I can actually lose weight while pregnant if I watch the sugar and the carbs.  They want me to eat very small amounts all day long.  This way the baby is nourished but I don't have a big calorie hit all at once.  Also, they want me walking/moving at 30 minutes a day. </p>
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<p>I have spent the last year trying to lose weight so I was not so heavy with this last pregnancy.  I have lost and then gained back the same 20 pounds two times and then got pregnant.  Although I am not happy about the weight I am at, I know that I can give my baby the best start by watching my diet and exercising as much as I can. </p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>star8kitten</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1279276/any-overweight-mamas-out-there#post_16045209"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I have been plus sized for both my pregnancies and managed to gain what I call just baby weight (20 pounds).  The key is PROTIEN.  Don't eat anything that does not have some protien in it and shoot for about 90 grams of it a day.</p>
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<p>My midwives are very hopeful this time around that I can actually lose weight while pregnant if I watch the sugar and the carbs. </p>
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<p>That's exactly what I was trying to do. Plenty of protein, lower carbs (100-130 a day of non-white carbs) and no sugar.</p>
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<p>But I'll be darned if once the nausea hit all I wanted was lots of starchy carbs. I'm riding it out the best I can.</p>
 

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<p>I am feeling anxious about my weight too.  With my daughter, I started out at about 165 (I'm 5'3") and gained, oh, probably 35 lbs.  I lost it all very quickly, due to the breastfeeding, because I sure didn't stop eating!!! Ha ha!  Then I got a sedentary office job and I'm 180 now.  Sigh.  I am really scared because I didn't weigh 180 during my last pregnancy until I was 25 weeks pregnant!!!!  25 WEEKS!!!! Crap.  I feel like I am so screwed!!!  I am really regretting not losing weight before getting pregnant.  But I'm also thinking maybe I gained so much the first time because I had just recently lost a lot and gotten to 160s or so.  I think during the first trimester I gained 7 lbs or so because I quit dieting.  But how can you not gain weight (if you're starting out overweight) and still have everything come out fine?  I have this fear that if I'm "on a diet" I might starve the baby?</p>
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<p>I think the small meals with protein sounds like a good plan.  And exercise.  Which I do none of right now.  Well anyway, I could use the encouragement.</p>
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<p>Thanks all.</p>
 

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New mama here. I'd love to join too. I'm super anxious about my weight because it tends to wreak havoc on my knees and back and I can't afford to be laid up with my toddler. Last pregnancy I started at 155 and ended at 187 or so. Now I'm starting at 170 which is the heaviest I've been non-pregnant. I lost most but not all the weight while breastfeeding but ballooned in the 8 months after, plus was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I need to be really careful! Glad to have the support here.
 

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<p>I am so glad I am not alone.  I seriously look maybe 5 months pregnant because my belly is so blobby.  Well, my backside and thighs are too... anyway, I stopped sweets altogether a few months back and beer as soon as I found out i was pregnant (I thought nothing of having a beer or two a few nights a week) and I have no craving for sweets at all... it is salt I want.  Naughty snacks like potato chips, salty boxed couscous, salty veggie burgers... I bet I am retaining a ton of water right now.   Why can't I crave fruits and veggies? </p>
 

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<br><br><p>I'm 5'3 too - and so at your weight (and mine!) we're already considered overweight/bordering obese for our height. When you begin a pregnancy overweight, the weight guidelines change. They recommend 15-20lbs if you are overweight and 15 if you are obese. I'm not sure how you gain less, since I don't image we'll be any less hungry! :D Plus, I thought the baby, the blood, the placenta etc . . . added up to just about 25 lbs? I guess it's assumed we won't add any weight, just baby.</p>
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<p>So I'm hoping to only gain the 20, so far I haven't gained anything, which is kind of a miracle since for the last week and half I've been eating so many starchy carbs to help with the nausea. If I gain the 20, that will bring me to 170 which is still 30 lbs less than I topped out at with my last child (I started at 120 with him, and gained 80 lbs!)</p>
 

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<p>Another new mamma here.<span><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="width:16px;height:16px;"></span> I'm very newly pregnant and also freaking out about my weight. I'm at my highest weight (don't know exactly but around 220) and I'm just starting out!! I've had 3 other kids and experienced the same as someone else mentioned...not gaining much in pregnancy, even losing, but gaining while breastfeeding.  My babes all stay put until at least 2wks past "duedate" and my last one (now 3 yrs old) was nearly 10lbs despite a pretty healthy diet during pregnancy.  I'm definitly *in* for doing whatever I can to keep my weight down and help baby not get too big - which is hard when they stay in there so long!!! <span><img alt="help.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/help.gif" style="width:23px;height:15px;"></span></p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>maisiedotes</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1279276/any-overweight-mamas-out-there#post_16046304"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>I am so glad I am not alone.  I seriously look maybe 5 months pregnant because my belly is so blobby.  Well, my backside and thighs are too... anyway, I stopped sweets altogether a few months back and beer as soon as I found out i was pregnant (I thought nothing of having a beer or two a few nights a week) and I have no craving for sweets at all... it is salt I want.  Naughty snacks like potato chips, salty boxed couscous, salty veggie burgers... I bet I am retaining a ton of water right now.   Why can't I crave fruits and veggies? </p>
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<p>salt is actually good during pregnancy, at least according to the Brewer Diet (which I think has great bones, but I'm not comfortable with the calorie count).</p>
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<p>You know what I find great for salty cravings? Baked Kale. Tear the kale into once inch pieces off the vein, drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste. Bake at 350 until it starts to brown. You want it browned but not burnt. It's really good - tastes a little like popcorn.</p>
 

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<p>salt is actually good during pregnancy, at least according to the Brewer Diet (which I think has great bones, but I'm not comfortable with the calorie count).</p>
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<p>You know what I find great for salty cravings? Baked Kale. Tear the kale into once inch pieces off the vein, drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste. Bake at 350 until it starts to brown. You want it browned but not burnt. It's really good - tastes a little like popcorn.</p>
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That sounds so yummy!  I don't even eat veggies.  Maybe the cutting out out sweets for a few months combined with this pregnancy is finally changing my tastebuds?</p>
 

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<p>I am 201.  I was 201 the day I got out of the hospital with DS, a year ago.   I have no idea what happened except I am a mostly SAHM and just ate all the wrong things.  I intended to lose 60 lbs in the past year.  HAHAHAHA  what a joke.  Anyway, I think it is time for that healthy eating support thread! </p>
 

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<p>Hi, I'm due on the 7th of July. My starting weight with this pregnancy is 203 :( It is so sad and depressing, I'm rather worried about it. With my first pregnancy I was 18, and weighed a measly 147, walked out of the hospital after having him weighing 151. That was amazing. My second pregnancy I was 20. I was in the Army and weighed 166 with only 20% body fat, shot up to 210 had her and went to 185. Now 6 years later :( I'm 203 and having our 3rd, I'm rather nervous. I try to eat healthy. My goal was to lose 40 lbs this last year, and well that didn't happen cause well I am just lazy, there I said it ha ha ha.</p>
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<p>I have all kinds of fitness programs and workout equipment, but never use it. I kick myself in the butt everyday for not doing it. The only thing I do right is eat as best as I can. Doctors say it isn't healthy to lose weight while you are pregnant, but they don't know everything, and as long as you aren't dropping 10 lbs a month it doesn't hurt the baby. A slight aerobics, yoga, and a tad bit of weight lifting (2-5 lbs weights for resistance only) doesn't hurt. I knew women in the Army who was still running 3 miles every other day while pregnant. They truly are my heroes. I have a friend who was 250 when she got pregnant, and when she had her baby she was 180! And her baby is healthy! I was like what did you do replace fat with baby? I tease her about it but she is an inspiration.</p>
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<p>If many of you are like me and are either a SAHM <me or have a job where you sit a lot. Just getting up and moving more will help you lose weight. Get a yoga video (simple yoga, don't try vinyasa it will hurt you BAD) or somethign like that it will help better than nothing at all. I plan on starting to work out tomorrow. I can't afford to gain anymore weight. I'm only 5'4". I don't have energy to play with the kids I have and I'm gonna bring another one into this world? Yeah I can't do that. I breast feed so that will help alot, but it won't fix everything.</p>
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<p>I'll join this one too. I don't know my actual weight, and am pretty happy not knowing. I guess I'll find out soon. I'm 5'9" and a ways over 200 lbs, I know that for sure. A good weight for me is 180 lbs, so I'd guess I'm around 40-50 lbs overweight. Blah.</p>
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<p>This is my first pregnancy, so I don't really know how my body is going to deal with it. I think I'll try the mltiple, small, high protein meal plan. That's what I've been doing the last few weeks anyways, so I hope it will work! I'd like to not gain too much weight this pregnancy, but I'll do whatever my midwife suggests!</p>
 

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<p>Before I had children, I weighed approximately 150. Once I started fertility treatments and things to have the first one, I was at 177  when I finally conceived her. I gained 25 pounds with the first one, which is not too terribly bad. I lost the weight within a few months and even got back down to 160, which was very comfortable and healthy for me. A few months afterwards, we decided we wanted another baby. So I started the fertility treatments again and weighed exactly 177 when I conceived DD2. I gained 87 pounds with her. I could not satisfy my hunger. It was HORRIBLE! By the time she turned one, I had lost back down to 190. After her first birthday, we started TTC baby #3. I was on fertility treatments for several months and by the time I conceived her, I weighed 221. I only gained 7 pounds during my entire pregnancy and she weighed 6 lbs, 10 oz. I weighed 221 when I left the hospital and still weigh the same. Nursing did not help me lose weight, instead it helped me gain. I ate in moderation during that pregnancy due to extreme morning sickness and will do things in moderation during this pregnancy as well. I am really hoping not to gain too much, for the sake of our health.</p>
 

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<p>I'm right there with you ladies! I'm 5'8" and was 180 when I got pregnant and 270 when I went into the hospital with DS. :eek: I started to lose weight, and made it down 20lbs, then got pregnant with this one! Breastfeeding gave me nothing in the weight loss department. I had to struggle to lose the 20. I *AM* (damnit!) going to stay on track with this pregnancy! I was reading <a href="http://www.womenfitness.net/pregnancy_obesity.htm" target="_blank">an article</a> that women with my BMI should try for 10-25 lbs. I had read other articles that 15lbs is a good goal. So I am really going to try to stay in that. I would like to gain nothing in the first tri, then 7-8 in the 2nd and 7-8 in the 3rd. we'll see. The least I can do is write down what I eat and get to the gym at least 3x a week</p>
 
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