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I've always been overweight. I've had my months and even a year or so that I've worked my butt off to lose weight. I've NEVER managed to keep the weight off. We decided to get pregnant because time was growing between our two children's ages and we didn't want them to be this far apart to begin with--but I was always struggling with my weight thinking that if I were thinner before getting pregnant it would be a more positive experience. So, we got pregnant--luckily in the first month of trying which bashed any fears that I wasn't fertile because I was fat.<br><br>
So, here I am at 16 weeks. On Jan 1 (lmp) I weighed 256 lbs. When I was 6 weeks along I weighed 252.6 lbs. I weigh myself every morning to see if I'm gaining, so it doesn't sneak up on me. For the last 10 weeks I've been 252.6 give or take six tenths of a pound. It seems so odd to me that I've remained the same weight for 2 months. I don't think there have EVER been 2 months in my adult like that I have not either gained or lost weight at a drastic weight--thinks a pound or two a week in either direction.<br><br>
I am simply not that hungry. I'm not so nauseated any more. I'm still quite tired and frequently don't have the energy to get up and get anything to eat, but I'm certainly not starving like I remember being with my last pregnancy. I keep a baggy of trail mix (M&Ms, nuts, and raisins) nearby most of the time, and just kind of munch on it to keep myself constantly eating. Otherwise, I really don't think I'd even eat at all. At dinner I'll eat 2-3 ounces of meat, less than half a cup of pasta, and veggies. All of which I'm don't have any particular feeling either way about eating or not eating.<br><br>
My food aversion has gone from meat to anything dairy--cheese, milk, yogurt. I can't eat any of it without getting horrid diarhea (just like with my last pregnancy). But, dairy just isn't that important. I've got my trusty bottle of TUMS and it gets me through on my calcium.<br><br>
At this point, though, I've gotten to the point where I'm dreading the day the scale goes up a lb, but doesn't go back down the next morning. I'm a little concerned about how my psyche is going to deal with my weight going up after staying stable for so long--something it hasn't done in my memory at all. I certainly don't think I'm not eating to keep my weight down--I mean, yesterday I consumed a 950 calorie Peanut Butter Moo'd (which might explain why I didn't really want dinner...). But, I worry that I might get to that point.<br><br>
How do you mommies--maybe particularly those of you who have always been thin--deal with just letting your body do its thing during pregnancy? I know I'm getting to the point that it's time to start putting on weight, but in the back of my head I think, "Wow, the baby can live off of my fresh veggies, protien, and carbs and I'll live off all of this storage... " And, tha'ts just not healthy.
 

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I've had a lot of food issues over the years. Mostly in my head, as opposed to realiztic body issues, but it took a long time to realize and accept that. That said, I'm not 35 weeks pregnant and talk about throwing self-perception for a loop. Sometimes I feel like I don't even know what shape my body is from one morning to the next. The good news is, I'm thrilled at the idea that I'm bringing a new life into this world. Somehow, I can be better about my eating and exercise knowing that I have to watch out for someone else. I eat when I'm hungry, and eat something healthy even if I'm not hungry if I realize it's been a while. Somehow, I've managed to get it through to my brain that, at least for these 9 months, it's not about eating for me.<br><br>
That said, I did come home and eat half a pint of Ben and Jerry's this afternoon and it was so yummy.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> Maybe baby needed that calcium? Or my prefered theory, he just needed me to eat something that made my mouth happy, followed by the rest of me being happy too.
 

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I try to eat healthy (shh don't tell anyone about the small bag of doritoes) and eat when I am hungry. I have trouble eating when I am not though. I think it has to do with my breaking bad habits from my early 20's. I used to eat when I was bored.<br><br>
it's 7:30 and I haven't had supper and don't feel like it but I will try to eat some type of protein and fruit/veggie in a bit.
 

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I am overweight too and not gaining during this pregancy. I have not been dieting at all. I just try to eat to hunger and keep plenty of water on board.
 

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I'm one to trust my body with food intake during pregnancy. I'm normal quite thin, 135 on a 5'8" frame, last pregnancy I gained 33lbs, and I don't recall eating all that much more than normal. This pregnancy I am 7lbs above my starting weight halfway through, but the baby is measuring big for dates(not huge or anything, but about a week ahead). I eat when I am hungry, and try to make sure I am getting enough protein and calcium. Beyond that, it's all up in the air. I will definitely have my cravings, and I will go for them, the latest being caeser salad, yumm!<br><br>
I think especially when you start out a pregnancy overweight, most doctors and midwifes aren't too concerned about you gaining on the same shecdule as a pregnant woman who starts her pregnancy at a smaller size. I know it's not uncommon for larger women to actually lose weight during pregnancy and still have perfectly healthy 8 and 9 lb babies.<br><br>
An additional note, I don't think that TUMS are the best source of calcium, I don't remember where I read this, probably somewhere on mothering.com. Something about it not absorbing well. I take a liquid calcium/magnesium supplement that is supposed to be very well assimilated by the body.
 
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