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I am actively trying to get pregnant and also weight ~265.

I have lost about 20 pounds on Peertrainer and would like that to continue.

I am currently following the Weight Watchers program and was thinking about just adding a few points to my daily allotment if and when I get pregnant.

Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't be trying to lose weight but trying to not gain unnecessary weight.

Any suggestions or thoughts?

Fri. Aug 25, 5:18pm

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Wow, I see your problem. I just went to the Weight Watchers website to see their guidelines on pregnancy and found this:
"Weight Watchers prohibits participation in its weight loss plan for children under the age of 10, those individuals with an active medical diagnosis of bulimia nervosa, those whose weight is less than 5 pounds above the minimum weight of the Weight Watchers Weight Ranges, and during pregnancy. " I wonder if other weight loss organizations are as strict as this. I'm sorry I don't have any solutions to offer, but now I can see your problem.

Friday, August 25, 2006, 5:49 PM

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i nursed while on WW and the rule was to add 10 additional points to your daily allotment. that might be a safe number to stick with. or, better, ask your dr. how much weight you should gain and for ever 50 cals more you need to eat, add one point.

Friday, August 25, 2006, 5:52 PM

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There is a yahoo group "pregnant and on Weight Watchers.."

Friday, August 25, 2006, 6:20 PM

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No specific recommendations on weight watchers stuff, but I was in a similar boat as you weight wise beginning my pregnancy. I'd managed to take off 30 pounds before I got pregnant, but was still in the 270's at the start. My midwife was fine with me not gaining weight as the pregnancy progressed, provided the baby was growing at an expected rate and I wasn't starving myself.

In the end, I had a healthy 8 lb. 2oz. baby girl and was 30 pounds under my pre-pregnancy weight when I went in for my two week check up! I exercised daily during my pregnancy, not hard workouts, but definitely active, mostly water aerobics, up to the day before I delivered. It made everything so much easier to come back afterward, and during delivery as well.

Also, don't discount the advantages of breast feeding, or as I came to call it the "Suck it off Diet". I lost an additional 10 pounds a month nursing until I hit my goal weight, with the help of diet and exercise. That works well if you are VERY diligent with water intake and getting healthy food in you. Again, no real dieting, just consuming great food, exercising and letting your body do the rest.

Have a great experience being pregnant and grow yourself a healthy baby!

Saturday, August 26, 2006, 1:05 AM

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There's also a pregnancy team with folks dealing with similar issues. Check it out.

Monday, August 28, 2006, 8:38 AM

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I read that pregnant women should increase their caloric intake by only 400 calories/day. Normally when you are dieting you restrict your calories by about 500 calories/day, so I'd say keep the calories steady, don't eat more or less than you are now, and you will probably lose weight, but eat lots of healthy food, this is not a free pass to eat crap. I knew one mother who thought she could eat anything she wanted just because she was prego.

Monday, August 28, 2006, 7:06 PM

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