I almost didn’t write my thoughts on pregnancy and weight, because I didn’t want to seem like I was offering medical advice. So just to be clear, I’m NOT offering medical advice – just sharing my personal experiences with you.
My weight gain began when John and I married, and I steadily gained about 10 to 15 pounds each years of our marriage. But, when I got pregnant for the first time, that’s when my problems really started. I gained 75 pounds with my first pregnancy and never looked back. Literally! I lost a bit after she was born, but immediately started gaining weight. Why? Because I ate like a pig. I really thought that my weight would just “fall off” like the other people I had known, but what I didn’t know was that they worked hard to get back to their prepregnancy weight, wheras I didn’t.
The next two pregnancies had me starting at a weight that I’m embarrassed to share, but I will. With my second pregnancy, I was about 250, and with the third pregnancy, I was about 270. You see, in between each pregnancy, I gained weight rather than lost weight. It wasn’t good.
It was after the 3rd pregnancy that I lost the 150 pounds. I went from a size 28 to a size 6, and loved it! One worry that I had was the fact that we wanted more children. So when I got pregnant with our fourth child, I was concerned. But, I kept eating as I had in the maintenance portion of my weight loss, and I did well. I ate the recommended number of calories, and only gained 29 pounds. That was a huge difference for me, and guess what? It made it easy to lose the weight later!
With pregnancies, 5, 6 and 7 I gained more weight than I should have. An average of 45 pounds. Too much I know. But the good thing was that I had healthy babies! The downside was that I had to work to lose the weight. I went back to eating only 30% of my calories from fat, watching portions, and exercising. The weight came off at an appropriate rate for post pregnancy. I didn’t count calories, but instead focused on healthy eating for me, and the baby.
Fit to the Finish isn’t designed for pregnancy, or postpartum, but the principles are the same. Eat healthy amounts of good food, and you will be able to manage pregnancy weight gain, and postpartum weight loss. Every time I had a baby I knew the road that lay ahead would be full of joys, and I also knew I could get back to a healthy weight, by following what I knew worked.
So if you are considering a pregnancy at some point in the future, plan now how you will stay healthy and strong, for you and your baby. And if you are still struggling to lose the “baby weight” and the baby is now 3, well then, what are you waiting for? Get started now!