Just to jump in on this topic with a little "story" for you...
With my first, I gained 35 lbs. I stopped working out completely during my 2ww and barely did a thing my whole pregnancy in complete paranoia of causing a m/c or something. I ate a lot of fast food because of work too. I'll mention that I started off at 116 (I'm 5'3) so I was in the high range of "normal" with gain but honestly, my OB gave me some crap about it because he didn't think I needed to gain THAT much with how short/small I am. I also developed pre-e at 40 weeks which may or may not have been related to my lack of exercise. Anyway, it mostly came off with a LOT of working out (mainly running with DD in a jogger) within about 6 months, then I lost the rest plus another 5 lbs after I stopped BFing (I'm one of those who has a hard time dropping weight while BFing...lame!)
My second pregnancy, I was determined to gain closer to 25 because it was so hard to lose previously. So I kept running up until 35 weeks (yeah I'm sure I was a riot to watch!) and ate a ton better aside from my horrible donut craving that I occasionally gave into. I started that pregnancy out at 113 and guess how much I gained?? 38! I was basically the same delivering weight! GRR! But aside from the actual gain, I mostly felt great right up until delivering, had a ton more energy, found labor much less exhausting, didn't develop pre-e (again could be totally unrelated) and the baby weight came off SOOOOOOOO much easier. I mean, I still had to work, but nowhere near as hard as the first time.
SO moral to my story is that I'm super pro-exercise during pregnancy because holy cow I cannot TELL YOU how big of a difference it made for me, but it did NOT help me prevent weight gain. Sometimes I think your body is going to gain what it needs to. Not that we can't *try* our hardest to prevent what we think are unnecessary pounds, but just don't get frustrated if it doesn't seem to slow the gain because I swear in the long run it'll be hugely beneficial.
Climbing off my soap box now...
With DS, my starting weight was 120lbs and the day I delivered I was 147lbs so I gained 27lbs but with breastfeeding, I went way under my pre-pregnancy weight and have struggled to put it back on.
This time I plan to gain a little extra to save for breastfeeding. My starting weight was 117lbs and I'm currently 124lbs at almost 19 weeks (gained 7lbs, not bad considering how sick I was). Typically I live on vegetable soups and salads, fish and shrimp but my blood pressure is really low so my doc said I should increase my sodium intake a little. I'm moving over to the chips n dip post now....
Lara~ DS Deondre 14/03/2007
Ashley, you're awesome.. a fellow runner hehe. I haven't ran/jogged since September though.. scared to now.. I know I'll be so pitiful LOL But I need to try!
Lara, please eat some chips and dip girlie hehe.. that's what I need to avoid for sure and eat more veggies and low sodium foods. My BP is crazy when I'm pregnant. I thought if I was in better shape this time it'd be better.. but it doesn't seem to be the case. Sigh.
So I'm up 10 lbs at the 16 week mark. I thought that was decent but the stupid weight calculator says I'm 3 lbs over the HIGH end. It says I should be between 158 and 160 lbs this week and I'm 163 lbs. Poo Poo to you weight calculator!
This is the stupid tool I used. :P
Pregnancy Weight Gain Calculator at Baby Corner
That calculator can bite me. It says my total gain should be 15-20 lbs. BWHAHAHAAHAH!!!!!! Sha right! LOL!! My Dr said 25-35.. Just proves you can't fit everyone into the same mold. Heather - You look PERFECTLY fine and healthy!!! Stupid calculator lying to you!
LOL, I think that the calculator is on crack. It says at full term (40 weeks pregnant) I should weigh between:
178 and 188 lbs
Total Target Weight Gain: 25 to 35 lbs.
Ok, while I'd LOVE it if that were true, I don't think it's realistic. I'm going to try to stay under 200 lbs. That's a good goal, right? :P That gives me 37 lbs more to gain. :P
Ladies - if you have the energy to workout - DO IT! I didn't work out at all while pgn with DD, but I was in good shape going in to it, then just got too sick. However, your body remembers, and although I gained *net* 27 (down 6, up 33) I was back to my pre-pgn weight at 2 weeks postpartum. And then a couple more months to actually look like it again I'm very excited this time around because I have been slowly gaining energy, and although I've certainly had horrible days, I don't really have much m/s anymore - so I think that I will be able to start working out again soon, even if slowly. Helps the delivery, helps the recovery. I'm 17 weeks now, and I'm pretty sure I'm still about 2 pounds under pre-pgn.... but with the complete stoppage of working out, I tend to lose muscle and water weight in the muscles, so I'm not surprised. DH even said at a couple points I looked malnourished. I got back up to my weight with DD at 20 weeks, so looks like I'm on track for that again. And yes - eating healthy is always a good thing (as I sit here eating candy, but in general, I eat quite healthy). So lots of veggies, and get those butts moving - since some of us are desperate to have that kind of energy!