Has anyone lost weight for healthy reasons while pregnant?

Dana - posted on 01/19/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I'm very overweight and I needed to lose weight for a long time! Is now the best time. Please try to be positive.

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OK, heres my advice (based on my sister as she is a personal trainer and nutritionlist). There is nothing wrong with losing weight during preganacy if the weight loss is due to eating healthier and doing a healthy amount of excercise. In fact eating healthy and doing excersise during pregnancy is recommended. If you happen to lose fat mass due to a better life style/eating habits and excersise (that is safe), your body will be better for delivery and the demands of a new born baby. Your growing baby inside of you will still get everything he/she needs to develope and grow, and if you are providing a better diet of health rich foods (fruit/vegetables/lean meat/carbohydrates) and have cut back on fat/sugar/salt then your baby will be growing with the best nutrition you could give. The biggest myth for women is that you need to eat for 2 because thats a load of ..... Good luck for a healthier body and a healthy little baby :D

Karen - posted on 01/19/2010

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when i got pregnant i was overweight..i went immediatley to a nutritionist and she gave me a meal plan to follow. i did this and walked every day during my pregnancy. i gained only 7lbs and after i delivered i had actually lost 20lbs from my conception weight. go see your dr, i'm sure he/she will encourage you to not necessarily lose weight, but to try not to gain much weight during the pregnancy (and tell you how to do it the healthy way), which in the end will be a loss of weight

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Brandie, it IS healthy to purposly lose weight due to eating healthier and doing safe excersise if this is the way the weight was lost. It is not healthy if the weight lost is due to eating poorly and doing no excersise, it is also unhealthy for anyone to eat poorly and have no excersise, but if you become fixated on losing weight rather then being healthy then this can cause unhealthy decissions and emotional stress. Foccus on simply eating healthy and doing safe excersise rather then the amount of weight you should or shouldnt gain, and if you do this then you have done the best you can regardless.

Jen - posted on 01/19/2010

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I wound up gaining only a few pounds when I was pregnant because I found I craved healthier foods and ate them rather than more high-sugar foods. Unfortunately, as soon as baby arrived the old cravings came back, so now I'm working on curbing that!
If you're pregnant, now is not the time to intentionally lose weight; my doctors told me no more than a 10 lb weight gain over the course of the pregnancy, but they also advised that they baby needs nourishment, so intentional weight loss is not recommended.

Mary - posted on 01/19/2010

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I would not suggest trying to lose weight while being pregnant. But it does happen. I lost 45 lbs in my first 6 months but that was because all I wanted to eat was fruit and the smell of meat and fish made me sick. I did get plenty of protein by other sources like beans, nuts and veggie burgers. Talk to your doctor and see what he says.

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Jessica - posted on 01/26/2017

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After c-section I started drinking Mummy magic weight loss tea to shed some pregnancy weight. It helped losing all my pp weight within two and half months.

Dana - posted on 01/19/2010

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Thank you all for your advice. I'm going to try to be healthy as best as I can be so hopefully I can have a successful vbac. thanks again!

Jessica - posted on 01/19/2010

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If you are pregnant you should not diet. There is nothing wrong with making sure that you eat healthy; however, trying to diet while pregnant can cause you problems. I was severely overweight with both of my children; and it was difficult but doable. After you have your children you will most likely weigh the same if not less as long as your careful not to indulge every craving and lay off the cookies. I didn't do that with my son and I gained 35 lbs. With my daughter, I gained only 18lbs and she was a 10 lb baby. I did not diet, I just didn't eat everything in creation =). Good Luck, I know its hard to watch yourself gain even more weight, but 9 months is such a short time. You have the rest of your life to lose the weight. You should talk to your OB about your concerns as well.

Brandie - posted on 01/19/2010

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I was overweight before becoming pregnant for both of my children, but it is not healthy to purposly lose weight while pregnant. I was told to try to only gain 15 lbs instead of the recommended 25-30 lbs. Don't think of weight gain during pregnancy as a negative. Are you eating halfway healthy foods? Then any weight you gain should be full of nutrition for your baby. The weight you have/gain is for your baby's health. If anything try to eat very healthy foods and stay a little active, take walks everyday (nothing to strenuous).
I know it can be a bit depressing to gain weight while pregnant but it is for your babies health, and that's really the best reason isn't it.

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I'm over weight and pregnant. I watch what I eat and try to ignore my "cravings". I'm in my 4th month and I've only gained about 10lbs. The best bet is to let your OB know that your weight bothers you a bit and you want to know if losing weight during your pregnancy is alright. Many doctors of over weight women want them to lose weight during pregnancy depending on HOW over weight they are. Weight issues can cause issues with delivery (ie. c-section instead of vaginal birth) and pregnancy problems (hypertension, gestational diabetes).

Ruth - posted on 01/19/2010

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I did lose some weight when I was pregnant, but I'm not exactly sure how. In the last trimester I had both gallstone problems and gestational diabetes, so I was on a fairly strict diet. For the first two trimesters, I had bad heartburn all the time, and one thing that helped a lot at the beginning of the pregnancy was eating less--NOT eating less than I should, but not eating any more than I needed. I learned to eat until I wasn't hungry any more, not to eat until I was stuffed.

If you're pregnant, and really concerned about your weight, talk to your doctor about seeing a nutritionist, and maybe they can help you put together an eating plan.

Trasena - posted on 01/19/2010

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Are you pregant or trying to get? If you are trying.... If could be easier.... I am a little overweight also so I know where you are coming from

Katie - posted on 01/19/2010

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I don't know if now is the best time or not, but I have heard that breastfeeding helps you lose weight. Sorry I am not more help, maybe your dr. can tell you.

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