Excess weight gain during the first trimester and concerns regarding losing body fat.?
Topic: Excess weight gain during the first trimester and concerns regarding losing body fat.?
July 17, 2019 / By Xara Question:
I was 5'1" and 139 with medium build when I found out I was pregnant with our first baby. I was already about 5 lbs overweight at the time. Nausea and exhaustion kicked in at 4 weeks exactly and the smell of meat cooking was terrible. I ate alot of frozen light lunches and started to pack on the pounds. By the time I was 8.5 weeks pregnant I gained 9 lbs. This concerns me.
Now I'm 14.5 weeks pregnant and have only gained 2.5 lbs in about 5.5 weeks. Now I'm 151.5, pretty overweight for my height and the baby doesn't even weigh 1lb. I made an effort to change my eating habits and am proud of myself for keeping my weight gain down to 2.5 additional lbs in 5.5 weeks. However, I'm concerned about the 9 lbs of pure body fat I gained on an already overweight body. My midwife is not too concerned. I'm concerned because I'll have a newborn to care for and part of providing the best care is having the energy to do it, and I want to set a good example for my child.
Do you think it's okay for me to try and lose the excess 9 lbs of body fat via moderate exercise and adding more fruits and veggies and cutting back on salt? I will not be restricting my caloric intake, simply making healthier choices. My fear is that if I don't lose the 9 lbs, I'll probably have an additional 9-10 of body and that will put me at 20 lbs overweight after she's born.
My goal is not based on vanity. I *feel" sluggish and not healthy and I want to be a healthy mom.
As a note, I'm also doing an all-natural birth in a free-standing birthing center. This means no pain meds. I've been told the better physical shape I'm in at the time of delivery, the better the delivery will be.
Best Answers: Excess weight gain during the first trimester and concerns regarding losing body fat.?
Shaye | 1 day ago
No, you do not want to lose weight while pregnant. Whatever you have gained now is too late. Just start watching what you eat and exercise to help reduce the gain of excess body fat.
I have had 4 completely natural child births. With my first child I gained 60 pounds, with the second and third around 25 and with the fourth I gained 40. I did not exercise and I did perfectly fine with all of my labors and deliveries.
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Originally Answered: weight gain in first trimester?
i started off overweight and the first trimester i gained 3 lbs, the second i gained 5 and i'm 31 weeks now and i have gained another 2, making a total of 10 lbs so far. the first trimester i gained that 3 lbs really fast because of bloating, and then i lost 4, and gained it back by the end. i would suggest trying really hard to eat healthy and gain as little weight as possible at first, because, at least for me, it was much easier to control my weight in the begining than it is now. good luck!
Diet and rigorous exercise is out of the question when you are pregnant. You are going to feel sluggish and tired because you are pregnant, not because you are 9 pounds overweight....
Your goal sounds vanity oriented, worry about losing the weight after the baby. You can lightly exercise while pregnant, do not restrict your diet unless it's sugars and junk food. Eat more raw veggies and fruits. Other than that stop worrying about losing weight while you are pregnant it is dangerous for the baby. A healthy weight gain, whether overweight previously or not, is 25-35 pounds.
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I don't think that it's a good idea nor is it healthy for you to even consider losing the weight. Just changing your eating habits, making healthier choices is a start. Including exercises such as walking, yoga and swimming is fantastic for pregnant moms. It will be very beneficial for the birth as well.
I had natural births for both my daughters as well. I was forced into an epidural for my twin boys, I hated it! The Dr. was afraid that the 2nd twin Baby B who was breech, was going to cause issues..he didn't! Baby A's head was half way out by the time they checked me..he had to spend 4 days in the NICU. I was not impressed. It took me 2.5 hours to deliver them..
I strongly believe in natural births, there are ways around the pain, also difficult towards the end..you can train body into it. I wish you the very best! Blessings!
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I agree with the other answerers. Just a little more info though, just because the baby weighs less than a pound doesn't mean your body isn't adding fluids to it. You get more blood in your whole body and other fluids in the uterus when you're pregnant. If you're breastfeeding the pounds come off easily. My baby is 6 weeks old and I gained about 36 pounds. All but about 5 pounds have now come off with no diet or special excerise. Don't worry about 9 little pounds. Make good food choices now and the weight will come off later. GL
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I wouldn't worry about losing weight. Just focus on eating healthy and start walking or doing some light exercises. But don't go crazy with it, like only eating grapefruit or something silly.
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Originally Answered: What is normal weight to gain in first trimester?
It really is a case-by-case scenario. When I was pregnant with my first child, my daughter, I gained weight throughout the pregnancy, putting on much almost immediately. This pregnancy, my son, I gained almost no weight until well into the second trimester. And I ate like there was no tomorrow. I was fascinated that I could eat that much food and gain no weight. Whatever I ate, he took. If your doctor is not worried, you shouldn't be either. I've known people who gain 50+ lbs and I've known people who actually LOST weight throughout their pregnancy, all had healthy babies.