I'm overweight and just found out I'm pregnant- can I lose weight in a healthy way?

Joy - posted on 05/20/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hi all! I am excited to say, My hubby and I just found out we are pregnant today!! We weren't trying, but hey, we are glad it happened!! :) As of today, I weigh 252 pounds, which I was excited to hear, because last summer, I weighted 293! So, I am happy for a 40 pound loss so far. I have great blood pressure, great cholesterol, my blood sugar has always been great too... Other than being overweight and having MS, I am pretty healthy... What I really need to know is - basically.... Can I lose weight healthily while pregnant? What can or should I not do? I don't have any kids yet, know exactly what to do when they're born, but don't have a clue how to be pregnant! Please help me! I would appreciate any reccomendations or advice!!!



- Excited and JOYful!!

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Jennifer - posted on 05/20/2013

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You can lose weight but doctor's like to see you gain weight later on because that shows your baby is growing. You will have to gain weight. You will not only gain weight from the baby weight you will gain weight from all the extra fluid your body will produce while being pregnant. You can exercise ex: walking on the tread mil going for walks. I think u can run up to a certain trimester. Drink lots of water and walk a lot. You shouldn't lift weights or do a lot of bending or reaching in high areas walk a lot keep hydrated

Sarah - posted on 06/11/2013

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Do walking. A good brisk or fast walk where you are moving your arms....almost like you are running, but instead you are fast walking. You don't have to be a speed walker....just have to have a fast enough pass to get your heart rate up ( I find I walk faster when I have my headphones in and am listening to upbeat music....I like techno/dance as it has a good beat to get you moving). Moving your arms works your upper body and your abs. Walking is one of the best exercises to do and one of the best ones to do while pregnant and post postpartum. Start out simple and then add more as you get going. I started out doing just 1 mile which took me about 20 to 30 mins. at first. I walked every day and gradually over time added more miles and just because I was walking every day I became faster. I was up to doing about 3 miles in a 20 to 30 min. time period. 8 months after I had done my first 1 mile walk I did a walking marathon (2 months pregnant) and finished in 9 hours. I learned that walking in your early trimester actually helps with morning sickness and lack of energy. You feel better and have more energy when you walk. This can also help make for an easier labor.

Amy - posted on 05/30/2013

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I would advise you to speak to your doctor by losing weight you are potentially depriving your baby if essential nutrients. With that being said continue to eat healthy and start exercising if you aren't already.

Lana - posted on 08/20/2013

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hi joy how is your pregnancy going? Right now i would ask the dr to see you as high risk...its safe for you and the baby. extra dr visits might help keep the weight gain at bay! good luck!

Ashley - posted on 06/02/2013

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I was 200 lbs prior to getting pregnant. I lost a few pounds at the beginning but ended up gaining 12lbs total throughout the pregnancy. With being overweight they don't want you gaining too much and losing a little slowly is ok. Just make sure you are eating healthy and eating when you are hungry. Eat small meals 5-6 times throughout the day. That will give your baby the needed nutrients and keep you healthy too. Drink plenty if water and start walking if you don't already. Try to do some simple exercises. Good luck!!.

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