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Pregnant 5 months after baby was born and over 200 lbs

Ok. i have a 5 month old son and found out last week that I was pregnant agian. We were using protection but we found that 3% when it doesn't work (almost all types of birthcontrol are only 97% effective) and got pregnant again. My problem is that I gained over 65 lbs with my last pregnancy and still have 25 of those lbs to lose but now I have a little one inside that I have to be careful not to hurt with my workout/diet program. I don't have the money to spend on a trainer (even a gym membership) but I can't let myself gain anymore weight with this pregnancy (I'm over 200). Do any of you have any ideas or has anyone else been through this?

Wed. Jun 6, 4:30pm

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here's what not to do-

i worked with a girl who was obsessive about her weight, all the time she flat out told me i was fat. i digress- she got pregnant and continued to drink slimfast shakes and run three miles a day. although i never saw her at home, i never saw her eat any solid food. although she didn't gain much weight with her pregnancy, it was awful to watch her abuse herself and unborn peanut like that....

Wednesday, June 06, 2007, 8:03 PM

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Hopefully you are seeing an ob/gyn. If so, ask her/him what would be a healthy amount of weight for you to gain. And then ask her/him what a good game plan would be.
I, too, gained 65 pounds with my last pregnancy. And though I was able to lose most of that weight before becoming pregnant again (my son is not 11 months and I'm due in Dec.), I don't think it would be healthy for me to gain that much weight again - especially in such a short amount of time. I'm trying really hard to only gain the recommended amount of weight this time. It's tough, but I have confidence I can do it.
Please join our team - Pregnancy - Before, During, & After - there are a lot of us there with similar questions and concerns and I'm sure you'll get the support you need.


Wednesday, June 06, 2007, 10:02 PM

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Congrats!!! Just try and remember your body knows how to do this. How about merely following the food pyramid. Avoiding all processed pre-packaged foods and attempting to stay low sodium/high fiber and drink plenty of water. Plenty of calcium would be great too! Good Luck-Great Health!!!!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007, 10:21 PM

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Been there...

I was losing, but still significantly overweight (277) when I got pregnant and had to figure out a way to stay on track and healthy. Water aerobics was my preferred form of exercise and dietarily I tried for as much unprocessed food, good quality protein and produce as I could manage. As long as I wasn't losing weight and the baby was gaining weight and on track developmentally, my midwife was happy. I had a healthy 8 lb 2 oz baby girl and was 30 pounds under my prepregnancy weight at the 2 week check.

Healthy baby is first priority, but you can still work on your own health and have a better delivery as well by keeping active. I was working out up to the day before I delivered. It helped.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007, 11:04 PM

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Eat really well -

Clean up your diet - lots of fresh fruit & veges / lean protein. Cut out fries / pizza / coke / chocolate etc. Make sure you get everything your baby & you need, but no more. Walk or swim. Can you join a pregnancy yoga class? Some of these are free or don't cost much if they're run by community groups. Really helps with general well being. Congrats and good luck. Hope all goes well. It doesn't matter if you don't lose weight now - just set up healthy patterns for you and your family.

Thursday, June 07, 2007, 5:48 AM

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Eat clean. Eliminate all the junk from your diet and definately stay away from sugar. Sugar does crazy things to your metabolism and should be avoided at all costs. Your diet should basically be 40% protein 40% carbs and 20% fats. Get your protein from lean sources, carbs should be low glycemic like brown rice, sweet potatos or oats. Get your fats from good sources like nuts, fish oil, etc.

Thursday, June 07, 2007, 7:40 AM

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from OP

thanks for all the tips. I looked into the yoga classes but they are only offered at the local gym and it's way too expencive. I live in a small village in Alaska so fresh fruits and vegies isn't always easy ... you cook what you can get and be happy. I've switched from ground beef to ground turkey (my husband hasn't even noticed) and stocked the freezer with frozen vegies. I'm looking to see if I can find some pregnancy workout videos and will talk to my midwife when we get a chance to drive into anchorage to visit the native hospital . And I am a member of the pregnancy team before, durring, and after. i posted a similar ? and got no responces, thus me posting here

Thursday, June 07, 2007, 3:15 PM

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Frozen veggies are (or at least, can be) just as good for you as fresh, if you can find "flash frozen" or something to that effect. They're also great b/c you don't have to worry about them spoiling!

Frozen fruit is good too, if you get the kind that isn't in a sugary syrup, but is just frozen fruit. You can thaw some of the fruit and veggies in the fridge to have some to snack on, but the texture may be a little weird.

Thursday, June 07, 2007, 5:23 PM

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Congrats!! If you have a local library, see if they have any pregnancy videos you can borrow. Also, you can take your little one walking every day. Hopefully since you have some extra pounds from your last pregnancy, your body won't need as much this time around and you will gain less than before. Either way, I'm sure you wouldn't trade a thinner body for a healthy baby anyday. Good luck!!

Thursday, June 07, 2007, 5:32 PM

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Been there....I weight 165 after i got married three years ago and got pregnant right away and agained 80 pounds. After the baby I got down to 185 and got pregnant again. I gained about 40 with my second and I cant seem to lose the weight. I am paying for it now. I am sure you are seeing an OBGYN and being a Labor and Delivery nurse I can tell you this. If you are obese for your height and weight,which I was, you should gain 15 pounds. Remember, placenta, amniotic fluid, baby ect weighs about 26 pounds.

Thursday, June 07, 2007, 7:37 PM

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I have a five month old also and like you I was about 215 when I started the pregnancy. I did talk with my doctor about my weight concerns and she was able to send me to a nutritionist that helped me eat healthy while I was pregnant. I also exercised alot doing low impact stuff in the end like walking and swimming. At the end I only gained 20lbs with the pregnancy and I have already lost the baby weight I put on. It sucks to be back to square one and I still have weight to lose but at least it is possible to stay parr and not end up worse off than ya started

Friday, June 08, 2007, 1:59 PM

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