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I was put on a VERY STRICT BARELY ANY SALT DIET when pregnant with DD. I ened up loosing like 5lbs!! I had Pre-E though. I was like on 1 or 2grams of salt a day which was like a slice of bread!!

I would have to do some kind of diet since i still have blood pressure issues. I think just eating healthy in general is very important. I don't think that's necessarily a "diet." You probably have to maintain a certain amount of calories though. I would definitely ask a doctor...

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166 doesn't really sound "extremely overweight" to me! How tall are you? I would focus more on consuming needed calories now, not trying to lose, but not trying to gain either and work to lose the weight after the baby comes. People only need about 500 more calories daily when pregnant anyway. But hon....that doesn't sound that heavy.

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You are not extremely overweight! Yes, you're probably above the "healthy weight range" for your height, but I doubt you are too unhealthy. I don't think I'd diet per say, just eat healthy.

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I wouldn't "diet" while pregnant because you wont be getting the calories the baby needs. Just eat healthier. Eat lots of fresh or frozen veggies and fresh fruit, not the canned stuff, and eat lean meats, boneless, skinless chicken breast is a good one as well as fish and both are very very good for baby too. My DH and I almost literally live off the chicken breast and love it and have made super tasty juicy chicken and it's either grilled or cooked in a little olive oil on the stove so it is possible to get tasty and juicy chicken. My husband has recently dropped over 10 pounds and all he has done is just limited his portion a little bit. Rather than eating till he feels full, which is actually when you've eaten to much, he just eats until he is satisfied and stops there. That way he is still getting the calories his body needs without completely altering his diet. Don't use vegetable oil, butter, margarine, or any other fatty oil. Olive oil works great for everything and has the lowest amount of fat calories and also has things in it that are actually good for your body and aid in digestion. You can use olive oil in basically anything too, except baking. lol. Mixed with the right seasonings it makes a wonderful salad dressing as well. Smile

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There is a difference in "dieting" and "eating healthy" if you're not eating that great now, and gaining/maintaining, theres definately nothing wrong if you start to eat healthy, and get all of your calories/nutrition in, and happen to lose weight. I think a lot of people do that when they find out they're pregnant and change their eating habits (I did with my son)

Im dieting hardcore right now (just counting calories and watching my carbs with lots of exercise) and when I become pregnant I'm not going to just STOP, i'll just lower my exercise and still make sure I get all of my nutrients and needed calories in, just not pig out!!!

The one thing I WILL stop when I get pregnant is probably the extra vitamins, just because I dont want to take anything other then my prenatal.. (I'll probably stop my flaxseed, vitamin B, fiber pills, probiotic) and might eat a little more before bed hehe.

I think it's good to start dieting before! You start getting all that water in your system!!
Im doing the 17 day diet and it's really healthy foods and green tea and stuff (which green tea is supposed to help aid in pregnancy as well!)

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I would ask a dr, but I recall that even if (very) overweight, you're still supposed to gain 15-25 lbs over the entire pg. I agree with others, making changes to eat healthier and losing weight that way - absolutely ok. But otherwise...well, like I said, I would ask a dr. Good luck.

PS - Your weight seems ok, altho I don't know your height. But I understand the need to lose 25-40 lbs tho.....I'm 199-200, and I should lose at least 20 lbs if not more. I'm 6 ft tall, but it's still not a healthy weight at all....

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Holly,

I am a certified personal trainer (I don't do it for a living anymore), and have lots of diet and exercise plan tips too--ones that would work even while TTC. Just PM me if you want any help, ideas or support, I would be glad to help!

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OMG If 166lbs is extremely overweight then I should be hospitalized lol

I hope you're like 3ft tall or something so I don't feel so bad now!

I haven't weighed 119lbs since I was like 10 and I was not a fat kid.

Dieting during pregnancy is not good. Well dieting in general is not good - your insurance company should cover a nutritionist so long as you have a referral from the OB and they can help guide you through a healthy diet. I will warn you though that the suggested intake for pregnant women is A LOT. Your bloodwork and general health and wellbeing will be apparent to do the doctor. Sometimes weighing a little more is not necessarily less healthy.

You can always just make changes to your regular eating habits. Always remember it is not good to "SHOCK" the system while pregnant, so gradually cutting some sugar or salt is fine, but removing it suddenly is not.

I wish you good luck in your weight loss journey Smile

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Oh, I just read your height and size. I don't think you're that overweight either. I'm 5"5' and I weigh 187lbs but I'm in a size 13 - Still, I lost 12lbs in the last few months and the only thing I did was increase my intake. (I was only getting like 5-800 cal a day, not enough to keep my metabolism going) so instead of losing weight by not eating enough, I was gaining!

Also, you can go to any gym and have them test you with a Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (or body fat analyzer) which takes into account your muscle mass and body type. It is a way more accurate way of calculating your actual body fat.

You can go on Sparkpeople.com - they are free and have a nutritional tracker as well as TONS and TONS of information on healthy eating, recipe's, pretty much personalized everything. It's helped me a lot!

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Ooo I went and took a look at your pics. You're a beautiful woman Smile
I would not say you are extremely overweight either, so you carry your extra well!

I have no hips, I am totally top heavy and I hate it lol I would do anything to rock hips like yours!

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Holly: Don't get too hung up on the BMI, okay? There is an issue I have (well, a lo of people have) with BMI--which is it represents body MASS. But, it doesn't take into account what that mass is. I'm 5'7" and weigh 140 (or just under). If I put that into the formula, I am pretty sure it spits out a BMI of almost 24, which would be on the high range of normal. BUT....I work out 6 days a week and do a lot of weights. Muscle weighs more than fat. My body fat % is 19%, but my BMI has me approaching "overweight" status. So....don't worry too too much about the BMI b/c it doesn't consider all factors in play.

Here's my suggestion while TTC (for what it's worth): Keep your calories between 1400 and 1700 per day, eat lean meets, complex carbs (fruits, veggies, and whole grains--stay away from white anything--rice, potatos, breads), the occasional treat is fine. Get moving 30-45 minutes a day. Even if it is just a brisk walk. I think you'll be amazed how quickly you will start to feel better!