How to lose weight while pregnant?

I need to lose at least 30lbs before delivery for both mine and the baby’s benefit. Doc says its okay for a woman my size to lose weight while pregnant because I’ve got enough fat stores to fulfil the baby’s caloric needs. I’m due 11/7 so I’m 6 weeks.
Oh, also I was in the process of losing weight until I found out I’m pregnant. I was using medifast(can’t continue because ketosis harms the fetus)now, that I’ve stopped using medifast, I’ve already picked up 4lbs! How do I reverse this gain and continue going DOWN the scale?
Thanks everyone!

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13 Responses to “How to lose weight while pregnant?”

  1. mlgable said:

    Your best bet is to get some help. You can consider weight watchers, or one of those LA weight loss centers etc. Look in your yellow pages to find out what is offered in your community.

  2. Sexy Necci said:

    Well you need to start exercising more. Try going to the gym at least 3 tomes a week.

  3. gina g said:

    ask your doctor to give you a diet

  4. Lisa said:

    My friend lost weight while pregnant by eating lots of lean proteins like turkey, fish and chicken and ate few carbs. She also went on gentle walks. Nothing too strenuous and she slimmed down and was a beautiful pregnant woman.

  5. c.wamack said:

    i never heard of loosing weight while pregnant. you always gain.

  6. freyja5683 said:

    Lots of walking will help. Besides eat really healthy lots of veggies and fruit it will be good for both you and the baby. If you need something sweet try a granny smith apple sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, or with peanut butter. Just keep away from the junk food and both of these combined should help. Also drink lots of water, try and stay away from any soda even diet. You will eventually notice that you start craving water.

  7. x3ballet said:

    When my friends mom was pregnant with her, she went on a certain diet. She started yoga and gave up all foods that came out of a box (i.e. like crackers, chips, pre packaged food. ingrediants are ok). She also gave up all foods with ingrediants in them that she could not pronounce. She looked healthy, and felt healthy. She is still on the same diet and looks fabulous. She is healthy too. So, basically going all natural is a good idea. You are still getting all the vitamins and food you need, but in a healthier way. Good luck, and happy parenting.

  8. Sendy G said:

    well whenever i was pregnant i ate non fatty foods and ate like al ot of fruits and crackers and drank lots of water. Water helps you loose wait. also walk alot because that helps to loose weight and it helps to open up your hips.

  9. carlota said:

    I did a search on Google for 1200 calorie lowfat diet and this is what I got. This is similar to the diet from Curves fitness I am following now.

    http://www.stronghealth.com/services/primarycare/pdf/1200.pdf

    This gives you a lot of food to eat, only nutrient-packed and high density that digests slowly. It gives you a snack before lunch and a snack before dinner. So you actually eat 5 times a day. I love it and am doing well on it but you have to carefully shop for ingredients beforehand so you have them there to make up your meals. No substituting.

  10. Arelex said:

    It is smart however to get your body in shape. You want to be prepared for labor, to make it as easy as you possibly can. Exercise also can make you feel better about yourself and ease the aches and pains of pregnancy.

    What are the benefits of exercising during pregnancy?

    Exercising while you are pregnant will boost your energy level. Instead of wanting to constantly sleep all the time, you will have more energy to move and get going.

    Do you have aches and pains from the quick weight gain of pregnancy? Exercising can get your muscles moving around which will ease some of these aches and pains, ultimately making you feel better.

    Another benefit of exercising during pregnancy is it will help you get back to your pre pregnancy weight faster. Why not give your future diet, “Losing baby weight after the baby” a kick start?

    Can I continue my same workout I did pre pregnancy?

    If you exercised regularly before getting pregnant, then you can continue the same workout and modify it as you need. It is not safe for you or baby to continue workouts such as skiing, horseback riding or any kind of contact sport. These activities can possibly cause bodily injury if you fall or get hurt and could hurt the baby.

    What if I did not exercise at all before pregnancy?

    If you did not exercise regularly before baby, it is not too late to start.

    Take it slowly though, and let your body adjust to the new movements. Do not do anything that could jar the baby or hurt you or baby in anyway.

    What workouts are safe for me and my baby?

    You can try swimming, dancing, water aerobics, walking, biking, Pilates or yoga. Remember to take any workout slow, even if it does seem easy you do not want to harm you or baby.

    How often should I workout?

    Try working out 3 days a week. Remember to talk to your doctor and make sure it is safe for you and your baby before starting any workout.

    Things to look for during a workout:

    Stop working out if you become dizzy or have shortness of breathe. If your heart begins beating too hard, stop your workout. Any type of vaginal bleeding, call your doctor immediately and stop working out.

    Other ways to stay in shape:

    Eat 5 -6 small meals a day. Eating small meals throughout the day has been proven to speed your metabolism up and assist in losing weight.

    Also eat healthy snacks like fruit, crackers and cheese.

    Eat healthier.

    Forget about all the junk food. You wouldn’t stay in shape before your pregnancy eating them, you definitely won’t during pregnancy.

    Try eating more fruits and vegetables. Substitute fried for grilled foods.

    Try to steer clear of fast food restaurants. Most fast food restaurants now have a healthy menu. So if you have to eat at one, try eating a grilled chicken sandwich rather than a hamburger or anything fried.

    Remember to eat healthy!!!! And drink a lot of water

  11. lovednotspoiled said:

    eat mostly fruits and vegetables and exercise for at least 30 minutes a day

  12. Crazy_Vegan said:

    I’m in my fourth month of pregnancy. I don’t know my weight for certain, but I think I’ve stayed steady. My pre-pregnancy clothes still fit, and despite the baby pudge in my abdomin and my bigger breasts, I don’t notice much difference. (Well, one of my bras doesn’t fit anymore, but others do and I have some bigger ones from when I was bigger that work, too. However, my other bras still fit, especially since one has stretchy cups that I wear under tank tops which I wear under blouses.)

    Even before my pregnacny, I stuck with whole natural foods, eating them as close as to what God made them. It’s not only good for me, but good for my baby as well. I didn’t get in the habit of using the treadmill. (It broke before the 30 days return expired, so my husbnad returned it. It worked out. It’s more or less spring so I’ll start outdoor walking again and the money turned out to be needed for repairs on my husband’s car. As I told my husband when he made the comment about the money, God blesses how God sees fit. I digress.)

    I also stay away from most processed, pre-made food. Exceptions include my veggie burgers and chick’n; The whole wheat bread that’s in the fridge (I should make some more, but I was sick last week and we were out so we picked some up at the store; I buy the light kind where the corn syrup listing is lower on the list) cold cereal (that I have with vanilla soy milk) and some canned foods, like the Progresso soup. (It’s healthier than Campbell’s, no corn syrup, and it tastes better. It’s great for lunches or dinners when I have no energy or desire to cook.) I also have canisters of quick oats, but it’s just oats that are lightly processed (over regular oats) so they cook quicker. (Instant oatmeal is more processed and has stuff added to it for the flavorings an preservatives and is more expensive anyway.)

    I don’t eat meat or dairy or eggs and I generally stay away from fried foods, unless I know it’s natural, i.e., stir fry.

    If your doctor is agreeable to you losing weight, then talk with him/her. S/He will have suggestions. Also, there are some pregnancy boards (iVillage comes to mind) where you can also talk with other moms who would have suggestions. Also, post this on the pregnancy Answers section and request site links, too.

    Anyway, I hope I’ve been of some help.

  13. brettR said:

    Be careful in this situation – you don’t want to do anything that will put your baby in trouble!

    My fiancee used the program below – it should be albe to customize a routine and diet for you even though you are pregnent. please bear with me, I am just going to cut and paste their quote from the site – she has been able to keep her weight off and looks better than ever… you can always try out the free trial – good luck!

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