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Trying to get pregnant while fighting the battle of the bulge.

I am about 10 - 15 lbs overweight. I am thinking of joining Weight Watchers because I am finding that trying to lose weight even with the help of PT is REALLY hard for me. Here is the problem, though, my husband and I are trying for another baby (just started) and I was wondering if dieting and trying to conceive are a bad combination. I fi were to get pregnant right away this would be a moot point, but if it takes awhile......Any suggestions???

Fri. Mar 3, 2:24pm

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I believe that most OB's would tell you not to try to LOSE weight. However, I would hope that they would encourage you to take this opportunity to get more physically active and to eat healthier.

If you take steps now just to work in a healthy diet and exercise, you should not gain more than the appropriate amoung of weight during pregnancy and then it should be easier to take it off after giving birth.

But to tell you the truth, I had no energy to worry about it during my last pregnancy and most of the first year after he was born. He just turned one, and I am starting to feel like I have more energy and have finally gotten in the right frame of mind to lose the weight.

Friday, March 03, 2006, 2:34 PM

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I've read the same thing. Don't try to lose weight while trying, but try to be more healthy. Exercise is great but don't focus on the pounds.

Friday, March 03, 2006, 2:53 PM

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OP here. I exercise for 30 minutes 5 times a week with a combination of running and speedwalking. I also weight train 2 - 3 times a week. I really need help with the controlling my appetite more than anything.

Friday, March 03, 2006, 3:19 PM

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good for you exercising first off, and I just want to tell you that I know many women who exercised in the beginning stages of their pregnancy and through till the end, I know they saw a doctor, and the women that did this all felt stronger after their pregnancy and during labor. I knew a women who taught kickboxing classes at like 8 months!!
I'd say take it slow, and think about not just your health but the new babies health especailly when your bout to dive into some nachos or whatever.
My sister who is not active at all or a dieter said she was her healthiest when she was pregnant because she took the baby into concern through the whole pregnacy.

Friday, March 03, 2006, 3:32 PM

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I think that trying to lose weight in a healthy manner is okay while trying to conceive. I would definitely stay away from any diet supplements. Doing the point system should be okay, but be careful of fish products (high in mercury) and I would definitely stay away from diet products. The sacrin is VERY bad for brain and nerve development of your fetus.

Friday, March 03, 2006, 4:01 PM

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I did the above post, what I meant to say was stay away from diet sodas, cookies, etc., b/c many have sacrin in them.

Friday, March 03, 2006, 4:03 PM

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I would suppose an OB would be concerned about women trying to lose weight while trying to get pregnant because it might mean that you were eliminating vital nutrients from your diet as part of your restrictions. Also your body stores some nutrients in fat so when you lose signifigant amounts of fat you don't have those stores for your body to call upon.

However, as others have said, if you lose the weight in a healthy way and are exercising and building muscle (good for you!) then you should be fine. Plus a good strong set of core muscles will definitely help you when it comes time to deliver and heal afterwards! Also, consider some yoga for the relaxation and fliexibility benefits. I've had some friends just rave about taking mother/baby yoga classes afterwards too.

As always if in doubt ask your physician for recommendations.

Friday, March 03, 2006, 4:16 PM

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I am planning on getting pregnant in the next year and I am definitely trying to lose weight. I'm doing it in a healthy way, but I think it's a good thing to get in better shape before I get pregnant. If I get pregnant along the way, that's fine. I have seen a number of books and web sites that say you can definitely keep exercising during pregnancy and that, actually, you will have an easier delivery if you do. As long as you are being healthy and eating good foods you can't harm your chances of having a baby.

Saturday, March 04, 2006, 10:14 AM

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Also, while 10-15 pounds will not be a problem, obese women have a harder time conceiving. So for anyone who is obese, losing weight may make it easier to conceive -- and less likely that gestational diabetes will be a problem.

Sunday, March 05, 2006, 7:17 PM

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Dieting while trying to conceive or during pregnancy is not advised. Instead I would recommend you focus on eating the healthiest diet possible. Take a real look at what your demons are...portion size? Too much bread? Cheese? Sweets? Scaling back on portion sizes, that is, not having 2nd and 3rd helpings would be a start. Do you snack all day long? Substituting extra fruits and veggies instead of cookies, muffins or even things like power bars, will get YOUR body into the best shape it will be and give your developing baby a real boost! If you don't currently exercise, start slow with walking, something you can continue into your pregnancy. Ask your doctor for help in keeping on track with your weight gain in pregnancy. And enjoy the beautiful changes when they occur! Use this idea of conception as a stepping stone to a healthier lifestyle. Good luck!

Sunday, March 05, 2006, 10:33 PM

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