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Trying to stop excessive weight gain - 3rd trimester


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I didn't start out seriously overweight at 135lbs (although I guess I was on the edge), but I've managed to pack on 40 more lbs onto my 5'2" frame during my pregnancy. My OB told me I've got to start walking 40 minutes a day but I'm so heavy and uncomfortable it's hard to do anything now. I feel super lazy and tired all the time. I'm regretting every hot fudge sundae and piece of pizza I ever ate. I have 9 weeks to go until the baby is born and everyone says you gain most of your weight at the end which means I could be 200 lbs by the time she gets here and I'm afraid I won't be able to push her out! Does anyone have thoughts on how to stop excessive weight gain and still keep my baby healthy? Does anyone else feel unhealthy because of how much weight they've gained? Thanks!

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If you are eating alot of processed/canned foods you may be consuming too much salt which will cause you to retain water which equals weight gain.  Try to drink lots and lots of water throughout the day and avoid processed foods as much as possible.  Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy lean meats without any salt.  If you can't handle walking 40 minutes at a time, try doing several shorter walks throughout the day.  Try a 15 or 20 minute walk in the morning and another in the later part of the day.  Take water with you while you are walking so you don't get dehydrated.  Eating non-processed foods, drinking plenty of water, and the walks will actually give you more energy and will help you when d-day comes.  Don't focus on how many calories you are eating, just make sure each and every calorie is as nutritious as possible.  Make sure you eat 5-6 small meals a day (don't let yourself get hungry, that's when we tend to indulge in hot fudge sundaes and pizza).  An afternoon snack of unsalted almonds and an apple (or something similar) will help give you the energy you need to get through the afternoon.  Hope this helps and good luck! 

hi-   i felt like I was gaining a little too much towards the end of my 2nd trimester; so I made a few changes.  Summer melons instead of ice cream; whole wheat pasts instead of regular pasta; upping my fiber and water; and walking.  Moderate your comfort foods-  not having ice cream ever night; and maybe having a lean cuisine or south beach pizza instead of restaurant pizza.  You'll be able to track your cals better.

If you find walking is hard-  don't do it for 40 minutes right away....do it for 10 minutes; then 15, then 20 etc.  Is there a pool near you?  Swimming/wading is so helpful for cardio and it feels SO good when you're so pregnant. 

I've tapered off to gaining about .5 pound-1 pound per week-  but now that i'm past my due date; my appetite is completely gone- and I'm still gaining weight due to water retention-  which is a huge part of pregnancy weight gain.  If only I can wring myself out, LOL I'd probably loose 10 pounds!!!

Have you tried asking your doctor about doing a stationary bike instead of walking. I've also heard about  alot of benefits of swimming and doing  water aerobics (the weightlessness of being in the water should feel really good).

I have thought about joining a pool but haven't found the courage to get in a swim suit yet. I have tried a few of the pre-natal yoga videos which I like but I don't think it's the same as walking. My doctor really pushes walking. I think starting out at 15 minutes feels really doable. Sometimes, it's so easy to get overwhelmed with all the dos and don'ts that is really comforting to hear a few people say: just try this... so, thank you for your offerings.  Today was my first day writing everything I ate down and watching what I put into my mouth and I don't think I've eaten nearly enough to keep this little baby healthy even though I feel very satisfied with all of my healthy food choices today. Do you all know of a pie chart that tells you what you should be eating when you're pregnant? Like, protein vs carbs vs fats, etc? in order to compare it to the pie chart they show us on here... any thoughts?

Original Post by littlefish07:

I didn't start out seriously overweight at 135lbs (although I guess I was on the edge), but I've managed to pack on 40 more lbs onto my 5'2" frame during my pregnancy. My OB told me I've got to start walking 40 minutes a day but I'm so heavy and uncomfortable it's hard to do anything now. I feel super lazy and tired all the time. I'm regretting every hot fudge sundae and piece of pizza I ever ate. I have 9 weeks to go until the baby is born and everyone says you gain most of your weight at the end which means I could be 200 lbs by the time she gets here and I'm afraid I won't be able to push her out! Does anyone have thoughts on how to stop excessive weight gain and still keep my baby healthy? Does anyone else feel unhealthy because of how much weight they've gained? Thanks!


I'll probably get some grief for this statement- but as long as you are healthy- your blood pressure is normal, you have no unexpected or as of now- complications with your pregnancy don't worry- Your OB should not tell you, you are gaining too much weight- the weight they instruct you to gain is a "average" I have been pregnant twice- first singleton, second twins- I hit 232 with my first and 237 with my twins- So who cares, you are carrying a baby! If you are worried talk to another doctor or a midwife, my doctors always told me- the weight doesn't matter- you never know, maybe you are having twins...:)

or maybe this is just how your body reacts to being pregnant- we are all different- but if you try to do anything- DON'T walk- try to hit the pool- the walking on your small frame will hurt more than anything and could potentially do more damage than harm- i'm actually astonished your OB would rec. walking- I'd say swim- awesome maternity bikinis at OLD NAVY- and I was LARGE and still looked good in them :)

if you are uncomfortable getting into a bathing suit; you can look for a one piece and wear shorts over them.  You're pregnant-  you have the right to look maternal-  just think of everyone else at the pool not pregnant and wanting to lose weight too.  mamma is right-  old navy has cheap bathing suits that last a while and there is a selection you can choose from.

I actually bought a bathing suit for a trip we took in June so I do have one, I just don't really want to be seen in it... I guess I should get over that and join a water aerobics class, maybe. So, as for walking, I don't know if you gals have had this experience, but I get groin pain when I walk. As a realtor, I actually have to walk for my job (which is why I felt pretty satisfied with my activity level but now I'm not working so much since it's so hot) and sometimes I get like crazy pain down there. I looked it up and read that a lot of women get that pain and it's likely swelling like any other part of your body but it's certainly one of the reasons I get tired out when I walk. I think if I do something rather than nothing, that's the most important thing. Whew, it's hard to motivate but thinking of doing activity in small doses is helpful.

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My son is 10 momths old now, but when I was pregnant last summer I was put on a low glycemic diet by my OB. The dietician suggested I eat smaller meals and cut out processed and sugary foods. I still got to eat a lot, I just had to change my food choices. Fort example, wheat bread, more fruits, foods high in fiber, etc. Those types of foods keep you full longer. Make sure you eat breakfast, then a small snack about 2-3 hours later, lunch 2 hours after that, small snack 2-3 hours after lunch, dinner, and small snack about 2 hours after that ( I usually had a small bowl of cereal). I never felt hungry and I didn't gain much weight, only 27 lbs.

Are you eating a lot of processed or sugary foods? My struggle was with Coca Cola, I loved it! but I had to cut it out of my diet. Good Luck.

You know, I think I really changed my eating habits for the worse when I found out I was pregnant and my body wasn't used to it. Like, I stopped eating Splenda and starting eating real sugar and stopped eating Eggbeaters and started eating real eggs. So, I was making healthy choices prior to getting pregnant but then I suddenly freaked out and stopped eating anything that wasn't natural. And, then, it was easy to start eating whatever i wanted... like ice cream sundaes which I wouldn't have eaten before. I stopped working out because I was so tired and the heavier I got, the worse I ate and the less active I became. It's a vicious cycle. So, here I am now... re-thinking those mistakes, you know.


I don't have a coca-cola fetish though, but I do have a thing for lemonade!!! Amazingly, my sugar levels are a-okay so far and I'm seemingly healthy except for the discomfort of swelling and weight gain...


How long did it take you to lose the 27lbs?

I am 26 weeks and have gained 35 pounds so far. I am scared of what's to come in the 3rd trimester too.

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I'm 29 weeks and have gained 35 lbs so far and I'm definitely not looking forward to gaining more. I started out super overweight at 215 lbs at 5'11" (managed to gain 40 lbs in a year when I met my husband), so throwing 35 lbs of pregnancy weight on top of that is no fun at all.


I'm having the same issues you are. It seems the more weight I gain, the worse my habits get and the lazier I get. I keep telling myself "you shouldn't be eating this" or "you have plenty of time to go to the gym today", but I always eat it anyways and I never get my butt to the gym.

So, starting tomorrow morning, I'm getting my butt in gear and making some changes. Good luck to you!

it sure is nice to know we're not alone. it seems like every pregnant woman i know right now is athletic and spry with a perfect little belly bump and not one once of fat anywhere else. it's good to be motivated. i feel like counting calories helps so much. and since i can't seem to motivate myself to go to the gym, i tried going to the mall and walking for an hour... i know it's not exactly the same but shopping is still something... right? anyway, being aware of what i'm putting in my body is very helpful. i don't snack mindlessly because i am aware that i have to write it down. next monday is my next OB appt and i'm curious to see if i gained weight of maintained and let the baby grow, you know.

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