100 lb. Club - There's going to be a little goddess....




Goddess Jessica
12-30-2010, 12:07 AM
A few months ago The Cute Boyfriend and I decided maybe it was time to try to procreate. Because I'm older (34) and obese, we decided that if it didn't happen then it wasn't meant to be. What we didn't expect is to get pregnant on the first try.

I was surprised and overwhelmed. I thought for sure I would have months to prepare for the idea, lose some weight, and generally get in better shape for pregnancy. But it turns out that life had some other plans for me. I'm due July 1st.

The first trimester has been freaking terrible. Morning sickness (what a misnomer!) was terrible and I was exhausted all the time. I'm currently recovering from pneumonia! But as we move into the second trimester, it's getting better.

My OBGYN and I have discussed weight gain (I'd like to gain as little as possible) and healthy diet. I'd love to hear some stories from women who were overweight/obese and pregnant. I need to hear some support. :preg:


Quail
12-30-2010, 02:17 AM
Congratulations! Please join us at the pregnant/nursing forum: http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/pregnant-nursing-173/

I got pregnant on the first try as well. What a shocker that was! I honestly thought it would take forever. Now the "shocker" is 3.5 years old and a total joy.

Have you checked out http://www.plus-size-pregnancy.org/? A nice little site with some good information.

If you post over in the preggo/nursing forum, you'll have lots of people who can regale you with lots of really positive stories. :D

matt_H
12-30-2010, 04:15 AM
Congrats!!!


sept15lija
12-30-2010, 08:43 AM
Congrats!!! I was obese for both pregnancies. With my son who is almost 3 now, I gained about 55 pounds - I had been in weight loss mode before getting pregnant but quickly moved to eating whatever I wanted. Anyhow despite that I had a very healthy pregnancy and a beautiful baby boy to show for it! With DD, who is now 11 months, I was also obese, but only gained 30 pounds this time - with more mindful eating, although nowhere near as good as I could have been. Another wonderful pregnancy and a beautiful healthy baby girl. I'm sorry you're dealing with morning sickness - I never had much of any...must make functioning a little difficult at times! Getting pregnant with DS was difficult, it took about 2.5 years - but with DD it was first try so I know the shock! Congratulations again - if I can help you out with any questions let me know!

TXMary2
12-30-2010, 08:47 AM
With my last pregnancy I weighed 228 when I got pregnant. I only gained 22 pounds - which was all gone when I came home from the hospital. Then while nursing and not even trying I lost another 6. Then over the years put it all on and then some to balloon to 258. I only gained 22 because I knew I was fat already and didn't want to gain too much. I walked several times a week, cut out fast food and sweets. I had gestational diabetes so that motivated me too.

Just continue on the path of healthy eating and get some mild exercise. Oh, and CONGRATS!!!

ShylahEQ
12-30-2010, 09:47 AM
I was 274 when I got pregnant with my son. The day I went in for the induction I weighed 276. I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes and had to limit my carbs to 150g a day. Which is why I didn't gain much!

Other than that, I had no problems whatsoever. He was a perfect 7lb little one that has since grown into a 30lb 26 monther! hehe

Good luck and BIG grats to you :)

SCraver
12-30-2010, 09:49 AM
CONGRATS! Yay! Babies!

I had just gotten down to 210 when I found out I was knocked up in May 2008. I gained about 40 lbs, but it came off right away. The problem was after it came off, I quickly gained from being too tired to cook anything but mac 'n' cheese. Anything you can prep and freeze ahead of time is a GOOD idea.

My pregnancy went mostly smoothly. I gained 10 lbs one month and my OB freaked. I told her it was from all the bagels, donuts and mini PB cups. She said I may as well start smoking b/c that would be less harmful. Oops. So I quit doing that. Try to eat as healthy as you can.

XLMuffnTop
12-30-2010, 09:53 AM
When I got pregnant last December, I was around 240 pounds. I only gained around 15-20 and it was all gone by the time I had my postpatrum check up.

You can have a healthy pregnancy at your weight. I had no gestational diabetes, high blood pressure or any other complications. My son (1st pregnancy) was a little heavier due to the fact he was two weeks late :eek: at 8lbs 4oz; my daughter was 6lbs 8oz.

Taking care of yourself won't guarantee a complication-free pregnancy but it sure can't hurt! Enjoy the second trimester (the best IMO) and get lots of rest.

:congrat:

kellie105
12-30-2010, 10:24 AM
i also was obese with both pregnancies. I started out at 250 for my first and 275 for my second. I gained 25 pounds during my first and nothing during my second. I will say i was miserable in my last trimester and it was awful. I had some issues with my hips but other than that no high blood pressure, no gestational diabetes. I have two healthy girls! It did take us three years to concieve our first due to my weight. Congrats!!

Blairsey
12-30-2010, 10:32 AM
I started out in the 290's with all 4 of my pregnancies. I never gained much until right at the end, and that was mostly water weight. I probably averaged 15-20 pounds. By my 6 week postpartum check-up, I was in the 270's every time. I just eat better when I'm pregnant and I guess knowing that your going to be weighed at every visit is also an incentive to do right. LOL Also, breastfeeding and not sleeping much takes a lot out of a new mama. :D Congrats! :hug:

mj5
12-30-2010, 10:50 AM
Congratulations!!!!!!!

rachael
12-30-2010, 11:01 AM
Congrats!

I started and ended my pregnancy around 240. I had gestational diabetes, too. After I had the baby, I was down to about 205, so I had actually lost during the pregnancy. Sadly I didn't take advantage and keep going at that point.

SnowboundChick
12-30-2010, 11:10 AM
Aww Congrats!! I got pregnant first try with my 3rd and it was a shock because the others had taken so long. I wish I could give you tips but the best thing is walking, I was terrible eating while pregnant and gained 60lbs with my first but I wasn't' in the right place, with my last I only gained about 15lbs. Lot's of hugs and healthy baby vibes coming your way!

gumboot
12-30-2010, 11:14 AM
Congratulations!

DixC Chix
12-30-2010, 12:29 PM
Congrats!!! Yay!!!

I have no direct advice but my friend was obese and pregnant. She decided she had to get the nutrition so she had a menu of food she ate all the time - B-grapenuts banana and milk
L-salad, fruit
D-salad, veggie
She snacked and entreed what she wanted but because she had to eat the above, she said she was never really starving/craving terribly. She didn't have a net gain.

GirlyGirlSebas
12-30-2010, 12:41 PM
Jessica, that is wonderful news! Congratulations!

Gale02
12-30-2010, 12:55 PM
Congratulations!!

I started my first pregnancy at 197 and gained 65lbs. I didn't lose any (in fact, I gained 2 lbs) before I got pregnant with my second. I started that one at 264, gained 27 lbs and it was all off by the time he was 6 weeks old.

Both of my boys are healthy and happy and I had completely normal, complication free deliveries. I did have some complications with my first pregnancy that had absolutely nothing to do with my weight. I never developed GD with either one.

Keep on eating healthily and exercising, do what you do when you're not pregnant!

Ky30
12-30-2010, 01:14 PM
A few months ago The Cute Boyfriend and I decided maybe it was time to try to procreate. Because I'm older (34) and obese, we decided that if it didn't happen then it wasn't meant to be. What we didn't expect is to get pregnant on the first try.

I was surprised and overwhelmed. I thought for sure I would have months to prepare for the idea, lose some weight, and generally get in better shape for pregnancy. But it turns out that life had some other plans for me. I'm due July 1st.

The first trimester has been freaking terrible. Morning sickness (what a misnomer!) was terrible and I was exhausted all the time. I'm currently recovering from pneumonia! But as we move into the second trimester, it's getting better.

My OBGYN and I have discussed weight gain (I'd like to gain as little as possible) and healthy diet. I'd love to hear some stories from women who were overweight/obese and pregnant. I need to hear some support. :preg:

Congrats :)

I was pregant with all 3 of mine and obese never had any health problems with any of them and labor and delivery wasnt any harder on my then it would be a normal weight person actually my 3rd was easier she came out after 6 hours of labor and 2 pushes. With my first I only gained 12 pounds, with my second I gained 7 pounds, and my third I lost 15 pounds most of the time obese woman to not gain more then 20 pounds or they lose its normal. You will do great good luck.

ScarlettDrawl
12-30-2010, 01:35 PM
Congratulations! I conceived and gave birth to both my children while over 300lbs. My first I was the exact same weight the day I had him as I was the day I found out I was pregnant (lost a lot the first trimester, 20+ lbs I was so sick, then gained it back in the next two). with my second i gained ten. i had him last december and am still trying to lose those 10 plus all the rest, ha. good luck to you!

Arctic Mama
12-30-2010, 02:15 PM
I have been obese with every pregnancy, and never gained more than I did this last time (about 20 pounds, at my lowest pre pregnancy weight of 211-ish), so it all came off with delivery. I had no blood pressure issues, no gestational diabetes, nothing.

My advice is to stick to an eating plan throughout the process, paying attention to your hunger cues. With all our reserves, there is no need to go hog wild with our eating, I added in an extra 300 or so calories a day that was extra protein (the MOST important food when building a baby human!), and generally kept my calorie count to 2000-2100 through the entire thing.

My highest pregnant weight was 270-something, being obese and pregnant isn't all that different from being an average weigh and pregnant. Healthy habits are as important for both parties at either weight benchmark.

Congratulations on your baby!

Sandi
12-30-2010, 11:51 PM
Jessica!

What wonderful news!!!!

:bb: CONGRATULATIONS!!! :bb:

Tai
12-31-2010, 01:15 AM
Congratulations Jessica!

timkerbelle
12-31-2010, 06:29 AM
Congratulations! It makes me happy to think that your little goddess will grow up learning healthy sustainable food habits as opposed to so many little ones nowadays.

Jonesie
12-31-2010, 06:34 AM
Yay! Congrats to you both!

BethC
12-31-2010, 10:55 AM
Congratulations!! I'm so happy for you.

I gained 13 lbs with my son... I was somewhere in the 230s. I was below pre-pregnancy weight after he born. I think it's important to remember that you're not "eating for 2". I've had many friends gain a lot more that way.

I also had mild gestational diabetes, so while I never had to take insulin, I did have to watch sugar/carbs for the last trimester. It all worked out find.

Goddess Jessica
01-01-2011, 09:52 PM
Thanks for all the wonderful well wishes.

During December we moved (to a more family-friendly neighborhood). I lost the farmers' market that was in walking distance and (somehow) MY SCALE! ACK! LOL. I am sure it is a box that I labeled wrong but it makes me laugh nonetheless.

famograham
01-02-2011, 02:44 AM
JESSICA!!!!!

How totally awesome that the Goddess and the Cute Boyfriend have finally made such a brilliant choice! I'm so insanely excited for you!!!

I've only got 23 days left till my duedate and this pregnancy has been (mostly) absolutely wonderful (aside from all the usual discomforts, but I'll take em...I feel so lucky).
My health has been fantastic, but I did develop GD...it was really scary at first, and I was very angry at myself for a while, but I came to terms with it, realized that skinny Mommies get it to, and carried on.
I've been able to gain really good control of my sugars using diet and insulin.
I have a feeling you won't have the same problem though, because you are a MUCH fitter woman than I am! :lol:

Anyway, I have LOST 15 pounds over the nearly 37 weeks of this pregnancy.
My midwife, family doctor, and OB are all perfectly OK with that, and the baby is growing perfectly. She may be on the bigger size, but Talia was 8-10, so it's no surprise. Liam was my teeny one at 6-13.

I have adored this pregnancy, and cannot wait for this little girl to get here.

I'm sorry you've had a tough first tri!! Much smoother sailing from here!
You are seriously going to be one of the best Mommies of ALL TIME, and I'm so *over the top* excited for you guys!!!

I still check in here, obviously, please feel free to pm me about anything at ALL!
You've totally got this Mama! You have done SO many impossible sounding things...this will be CAKE!
LOVE you, Woman!!!
xoxoxoxo
:hug:
Linda

famograham
01-02-2011, 09:54 PM
Bump!

:hug:

Goddess Jessica
01-08-2011, 08:29 PM
Awww, Linda! Thank you! I'm going to PM you.

Beverlyjoy
01-08-2011, 09:00 PM
Congratulations! Wishing you the best in your pregnancy. So, exciting!