Topic: Plus sized and pregnant...

Is anyone else and thinking a out it? I'm 5'4" and weigh 221 so I suppose that obese  hmm I've been thinking about it today and wondering of anyone else has gone down this road with the same concerns?I'm thinking about blood pressure in particular, although mine has always been normal.

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When I got pregnant with my daughter, I weighed 164lbs which is considered obese for my height. I'm 5'1. I had no complications during pregnancy. I lost 42lbs after my daughter was born and then put back on almost 15lbs before this pregnancy. The weight just came off and I had been overweight since the 5th grade.

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I weighed a lot more than you and I carried 3. I did develop pre-eclampsia at the end, but that could have happened to anyone. The best advice I can give is to find a health care provider who is supportive. My RE hinted that "with my body" I would certainly have problems and should reduce. My first OB told me outright that I was so big that there is no way my abdomen could expand enough for babies to grow, and she suggested losing weight through the second trimester. They were both full of crap and both suggestions would have killed one or all of my babies. My Maternal Fetal Medicine specialist's jaw dropped when he heard the OB's advice and he helped me find a new OB. I carried triplets longer than average and have three perfectly healthy, gorgeous children. My body is strong and capable and those doctors can go f-ck themselves.

Anyway, yes. I did it, so can you, and please find someone supportive.

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I'm the same height and I weighed a but more when I conceived (on the second try, both times - 1 m/c and then my son). I had a ridiculously normal pregnancy - no blood pressure concerns, no gestational diabetes, nothing. I went to 41 weeks and was induced which had nothing to do with my weight smile

yes, weight can affect your fertility and pregnancy, but just because you're overweight doesn't mean you WILL have issues smile

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When I got pregnant with Bronx I was 5'3 and 225lbs. I gained around 45lbs and had horrible swelling and high BP at the end of the pregnancy. It was also middle of the summer in AL. I lost 25-30lbs within two weeks of delivering. Over the course of a year I lost down to 190. So that was 75lbs I lost. I felt great and was so ready to get pregnant again. With this pregnancy I gained a bit back while TTCing and weighed around 210 when I got pregnant this time. I have managed to only gain 10-15 lbs so far and I feel so much better this pregnancy than I did with Bronx. I know I eat healthier and I'm doing lots more activity by chasing around Bronx. Ill be honest and say it was miserable for me being pregnant that big. I have body/weight issues and I felt horrible physically and mentally. I was just so big. Hopefully this time will be better.

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I am obese too. To prepare for IVF I had a physical that checked off some of the risk factors both for age and my weight...blood pressure, EKG for heart problems, diabetes ect...I talked to my family dr. about if he thought I would have difficulty carrying a baby with my weight. He reassured me that since all the tests came out well that drs. had more concern for the underweight moms than the overweight ones. I do plan to watch what I eat...I will admit..prior to IVF with the stress I am not doing so well in that area! One of my biggest concerns though is like what Mel went through that I battled to get pregnant then run into an OB that gives me horror stories about carrying with my age and weight when I just want to be happy about the whole thing.

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I'm only 5'4 and 190 lbs which is overweight for my height as well. Just wondering what were you doctors recommendations about exercising during pregnancy?  I mean, I'm sure that if you already have a "routine" even if it's just a walk around the block, you could continue right?  But losing weight in your second trimester do they recommend more exercise or just nutritional moderation?

EDITED TO ADD: I know my godmother gained a total of 60 lbs when she was pregnant with her daughter and by the time she went to the first baby appointment, she'd already lost 50lbs of it. And the doctor was like "....WHAT?!" So, my question: is the breastfeeding thing a myth or did everyone manage to drop the post-baby pounds by breastfeeding?

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I know people who lost a lot of weight while breastfeeding and others who didn't. I gained 25 pounds while pregnant and lost 50 within 3 weeks of my children's birth. I joked that I just needed a few more sets of triplets to reach my goal weight. wink

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9 (edited by JessicaHolte 2013-06-02 13:43:31)

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I only gained 19 lbs. with my last baby so pregnancy is not what causes me to gain. I think it's antidepressants in my case.

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5'4 and was 187 when I got pregnant with Tiny.  Only gained 15 pounds with her, and then lost an additional 17, bringing me down to 170.  Gained back some over the winter, and was about 180 when I conceieved this one.  So far gained about 10 pounds.

I was only a size 2 when I got pregnant with my older 2 kids, and then an 18 or so with both the last 2, and my BP has been normal through all my pregnancies (so far!)

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I was right at 200 when I got pregnant (I had gained from stress/TTC, and I have PCOS) and gained about 17 pounds during pregnancy, I packed on a lot of water weight at the end, and was about 221 when I delivered.  I had back pain during, but I have back problems from an old car injury.  The extra weight didn't help it, but even when I was 160 I have back pain because of it.  I did get GD, but I think that had more to do with having PCOS than weight, personally. 

DP was about 240 when she got pregnant both times, and had GD issues, and swelling at the end.

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Breastfeeding is not helping me lose the weight, I went from 140 to 195 during my pregnancy and then after R was born, within a month was down to 165, then a few months later down to 160. That last 20 lbs is hanging on. I'm just so hungry ALL the time, and I think Bfing has a lot to do with that. Also our extended winter this year, that wasn't so helpful. I am not a gym rat. Now that it's nice out, we go on walks. Maybe the additional informal "exercise" that comes along with summer will melt a few lbs, but seriously: SO hungry ALL the time.

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MNmommas wrote:

Breastfeeding is not helping me lose the weight, I went from 140 to 195 during my pregnancy and then after R was born, within a month was down to 165, then a few months later down to 160. That last 20 lbs is hanging on. I'm just so hungry ALL the time, and I think Bfing has a lot to do with that. Also our extended winter this year, that wasn't so helpful. I am not a gym rat. Now that it's nice out, we go on walks. Maybe the additional informal "exercise" that comes along with summer will melt a few lbs, but seriously: SO hungry ALL the time.


When Tiny was a boobie-leech I was starving all the time too.  Really, it wasn't till she cut back (and I was nauseous 24/7 from this pregnancy) that I stopped eating all the time.  I totally hear you!

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I weighed much more than you, but I'm also taller at 5'10". I had twins my first pregnancy. Since I was blessed with HG I actually lost 60lbs. I wasn't able to BF for more than a few weeks, so I didn't have any weight loss benefit. My doc with the twins was not very supportive of my weight and didn't have much concern over my weight loss. I ended up seeing one of her partners more and switched to him after the twins were born. I was the 'poster child' for gestational diabetes and increased blood pressure but I had neither, in fact my blood pressure was awesome my entire pregnancy.

With my second pregnancy I started at about the same weight. I had HG but it resolved some around 22 weeks so I did gain weight. This time I had a very supportive doc, who while she encouraged me and never made me feel bad, she was open and honest about the risks having a pregnancy would bring. Again, my BP stayed low and I didn't have any issues with diabetes. I was able to have a near natural VBAC and had no complication related to weight at all.

With M I BF'd for 2 years and actually pumped enough to donate and feed another baby. Again, no weight loss benefit for me sad

There are definite risks going into a pregnancy being obese...but if you are educated and know how to avoid, minimize and/or recognize them it shouldn't stop you from going forward.

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Okay thank you Jamie and others. Will you reveal that info...what should I be doing to reduce the risks?

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For the most part to reduce the risks you should have good prenatal care, healthy diet, low/moderate exercise, plenty of rest...all the usual stuff wink

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