Posts Tagged ‘pregnancy weight’

When You Haven’t Lost the Baby Weight

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

When baby comes and you find yourself still struggling with your weight, here are a few things to consider.You find out you’re expecting and it is so exciting. That moment finally comes when you can wear the stretchy, maternity pants and the loose-fitting shirts. I don’t know about you, but I love the moment when I can finally ditch the jeans with zippers. You go through your pregnancy and have your little miracle baby, and then there is this saggy belly instead of this cute, hard belly.

All of us women have different bodies. We are different sizes and shapes. According to the American Pregnancy Association, these are guidelines for weight gain during pregnancy:

  • Women with a BMI (body mass index) of 18.5-24.9 should gain 25-35 pounds.
  • Women who are considered underweight with a BMI of less than 18.5 should gain 28-40 pounds.
  • Overweight women with a BMI of 25-29 should gain 15-25 pounds.
  • Women who are considered obese should gain 11-20 pounds if their BMI is over 30.

Now we don’t always fit into this magical category. For me, my BMI was around 19 pre-pregnancy and I have gained around 40 pounds with each pregnancy. This time around, I am well on my way.

When baby comes and you find yourself still struggling with your weight, here are a few things to consider.

  1. It takes time. It took you 9 months to gain the weight, so don’t expect it to fall off automatically. With my previous pregnancies, I lost all of my weight except the last 10 pounds easily. Those last 10 pounds were a struggle. I tried Weight Watchers, exercising regularly, and tried to count calories. I can tell you that before each of my three pregnancies, my weight has been within 5 pounds of where it was before. So, don’t stress momma. It will come off.
  2. Nursing helps. If you do decide to nurse your baby, breastfeeding will help your weight come off. One study done by the Danish National Birth Cohort showed that women who breastfeed are more likely to lose all of their baby weight within the first 6 months. As a mom who has nursed both of my babies over a year, let me tell you this wasn’t true for me. It did make me more health conscious, however. I was more aware of what I was eating, since in turn my little one was also getting what I was.
  3. Embrace your new body. Postpartum bodies are beautiful bodies, but even at the same weight, they won’t be the same body you had before. So, embrace your new body. Maybe you have a bigger bust or a booty you never had? It’s okay to not be the same. Treat yourself to some new clothes if you can. Remember, it’s probably been a year or more since you bought non-pregnancy or postpartum clothing. Changing styles can make as big an impact as a changing body.

Get creative with exercise post-baby. There are classes you can take and exercises you can find online that will help you get moving, and will also help you mentally as you recover from pregnancy and birth. Even just going for stroller walks can help. Use this new little person as a reason to get yourself healthy. Try new recipes, find new kid-friendly foods.

Take care of your emotional health, too. Find mom friends, get breaks for yourself, and find a hobby you love. Even if it just means watching Netflix alone after everyone is asleep, take the time to do something that makes you happy.

The weight will eventually come off, and if you’re like me, you may be pregnant again before you know it. You are perfect just the way you are momma, and now you have a little miracle. That’s totally worth the weight!

Karyn Meyerhoff is a mom of two in Northeast Arkansas. She needs to remember her giant baby bump is a blessing, not a burden.

Pregnancy Week 30: The Weight is Worth It

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Pregnancy Week 30: The Weight is Worth itSwollen feet and fingers. Tighter shirts. Feeling chubby. As I go through my third trimester, I am starting to notice some of these side effects. Of course, during pregnancy you are going to gain weight. But how much should you gain? What can you do to keep it under control? How much is too much?

To start with, your doctor or midwife should figure out how much you weigh pre-baby and figure out your BMI or body mass index. A healthy BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9. If you fall into this bracket, then you should gain between 25-35 lbs. The question is, do many women actually stay in that weight gain range? With my daughter, I weighed 126 lbs. pre-baby. I am 5’8,” and my BMI was a 19. I gained 44 lbs. So did I gain too much weight?

Obviously women who are underweight, overweight, or who are having twins should aim to gain different amounts. Be sure to talk with your provider about what is healthy for you and your baby.

Here is exactly where the weight gain goes:

  • Baby: 8 pounds
  • Placenta: 2-3 pounds
  • Amniotic fluid: 2-3 pounds
  • Breast tissue: 2-3 pounds
  • Blood supply: 4 pounds
  • Stored fat for delivery and breastfeeding: 5-9 pounds
  • Larger uterus: 2-5 pounds
  • Total: 25-35 pounds

Throughout this pregnancy, I have noticed I am packing on the pounds much easier. Maybe the fact that it’s a boy is to blame? Maybe it’s because I am home and not working full-time this pregnancy? Whatever the reason, I am hungry all of the time! So, how can I get this weight gain under control? Here are some general tips:

  • Eat a healthy diet full of green, leafy vegetables and fruits.
  • Get plenty of exercise! (And get plenty of rest!)
  • Focus on the fact that you are growing a miracle, not on your expanding midsection.
  • Trim the fat on your foods. Opt for no butter, stay away from fried foods, and get your dressing for your salad on the side.
  • Follow the pregnancy diet if you are extra concerned about your weight gain.

Weight gain can add to the discomfort of pregnancy, so it’s important to be open and honest with yourself and your provider of your goals. Higher blood pressure, hypertension, diabetes, and even a higher risk of c-section are risks of gaining too much weight during pregnancy.

The important thing to remember is that your weight will eventually come off. Once your baby is born, you will lose much of the weight at first. With my daughter, I lost most of my weight thanks to breastfeeding. The last 10 pounds were not as easy to get rid of, but as I started my second pregnancy, I was right back at the beginning. Remember momma, weight gain is just part of the journey.

Karyn Meyerhoff is a mom of one and one on the way. She loves to eat, but she wants to stay healthy for herself and her family more than anything.