Lose Weight While Pregnant

The question on most pregnant women’s minds is can I lose weight while pregnant. Is it safe, will it harm my baby. It’s quite a controversial topic with a lot of negativity out there about trying to lose weight while pregnant.

Pregnancy without the poundsAfter my first pregnancy I put on 55 pounds (25kgs)and after I had my baby was so depressed  at how I looked and tired from being up with the baby that I just didn’t have the energy to exercise. I really struggled to lose the weight and was able to shed about 25lbs (11kgs). So, when I went into my second pregnancy I thought this time I wasn’t going to put on any more excess weight and actually wanted to still lose my additional 1st pregnancy weight. So I set about to research as much as I could and want to share with other expecting mothers what I found as there is light at the end of the tunnel.

The average weight gain of a pregnant woman is 25 – 35 pounds. Unfortunately there is not much you can do with the lower side of this (25lbs) as this is made of a full term baby, placenta, blood etc. and once you have given birth majority of this weight will come off generally in the first 3 – 4 weeks by itself. It’s the additional weight that you have put on during the pregnancy that is hard to shed.

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What I have found is that if you are skinny and below or you are at your recommended weight that you can’t lose weight as you could be depriving your baby of its required nutrients. There is not much you can do about putting on the additional weight of your baby, the placenta and the extra blood required. But if you are classified as overweight and are carrying extra weight it is possible to lose weight while pregnant and not put your baby at risk as long as you are still eating the required nutrients that your baby needs to grow and develop. As all you are doing is losing that additional weight you are carrying.

weight gain during pregnancy-chartThere are actually benefits for overweight women to lose weight while pregnant as obesity is actually associated with a number of medical conditions such as pre-eclampsia, which is a characterized by high blood pressure and increased amounts of protein in the urine and can be life threatening. There is also pre gestational diabetes which leads to higher risk of requiring a Cesarean and also a large baby, which can lead to further complications later on.

Certain studies have shown that overweight women can actually gain less weight that is recommended or actually have a weight loss without any harm to the foetus. A study in 2000 to 20007 of 700,000 women actually found overweight or obese women who underwent weight loss during pregnancy largely decreased their chances of these medical conditions, a decrease in the likelihood of a Cesarean and gave birth to a healthier baby of normal weight.

In order to lose weight while pregnant safely you just need the knowledge of what you and your baby need nutritionally, and once you are armed with this knowledge losing weight while pregnant can be easy.

Pregnancy-Without-the-Pounds-ReviewAfter researching and reviewing all the products out there in the market today I have found one product called Pregnancy without Pounds by Michelle Moss and it did help me through my second pregnancy, I just wish I had found it for my first pregnancy.

Here are what others have to say:-

” Hi Michelle,

Just wanted to say how excited I was to first find your website… I am a mother of 3 boys and expecting my fourth child so I have done a LOT of reading out there about pregnancy (I am always fascinated by the miracle of each pregnancy and the changes my body goes through), but I have got to tell you how thrilled I am with how practical and honest and helpful your material is!

After my 3rd boy (he was 11lbs at birth) I was about 25lbs overweight. It took me a long time to find a program that I could stick with in order to lose the weight. I am so glad that your books have such great nutritional and exercise information and I am optimistic about taking control of my “hot mommy” body all through this pregnancy and after. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and giving pregnant women hope that there is a great body to be found after baby!”

—Tanya Lemcke
Ontario , Canada

I just want to say thank you…THANK YOU!! I’m a physically fit person to begin with, but was nervous for my health and the health of my child. During the first 7 weeks of my pregnancy I felt tired and fat. I was depressed about the way I looked and the way I felt about myself. Just BLAH all the time. As soon as I began your exercises and stretches, I began to feel better about myself. It’s not even about feeling fat and unattractive anymore. I have more energy, I feel healthy and overall feel better about myself. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! :)

—Nikki Charriere
Virginia, USA

” ..My sister bought me your book online yesterday and I LOVE it, it is great! I wish I had known about it before because I would’ve bought it for ALL of my friends last year when they were ALL pregnant! I am on Chapter 3 about the exercises, I can’t seem to put the book down. I just wanted to say THANK YOU. I really am enjoying the book so far.

—Michelle Côté
Quebec, Canada

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Hope my webpage has helped you,

Melissa.

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Pregnancy Drinking Do’s & Don’t's

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How to excercise when pregnant

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Easy excercises to perform while pregnant

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Normal weight gain during pregnancy

Many women wonder what the normal weight gain during pregnancy is. This all depends on a variety of factors including age; your normal nutritional habits and exercise, how much your blood volume increases, how many babies you are carrying.

On average a women carrying one baby will put on approx. 25 – 35 pounds during her pregnancy.

A breakdown of weight gain during pregnancy is as follows:-

  • Full term 9 month baby 8lbs
  • Breast tissue 2 – 3 lbs
  • Extra blood volume 4 lbs
  • Additional fat stores (usually required for breastfeeding) 5 – 7 lbs
  • Placenta 2 – 3 lbs
  • Amniotic Fluid 2 – 3 lbs
  • Increase in Uterus size 2 – 4 lbs

losing weight-while-pregnantThe average weight gain during pregnancy is only a guide, as discussed it can be higher or lower than the 25 – 35 pounds. Some women put on a lot more weight and this can be due to the myth that they are eating for 2. As your body is busy growing your baby you can feel hungrier than normal and you may eat more than what you did beforehand. The trick is you can still eat more often but try to consume healthy food choices like fruit, nuts to avoid putting on excess weight.

Some women experience cravings of sugary foods, like I did, I craved ice cream every day and with my first pregnancy caved in and ate it for dessert every night, with my second pregnancy I was more conscious of this and still ate ice cream but watched portion size, tried reduced fat ones and didn’t eat it every night (more in moderation).