Getting Pregnant While Overweight

Kimberly A. Tessmer's picture

QUESTION

Dear Nutritionist,
I recently started an exercise program, because I am a little overweight. I am 5'7" and I weigh 179, but I am still pretty muscular from being very active most of my life.

My husband and I want a baby very badly, but my stomach is getting in the way. When I sit down, I have a couple of big rolls. I just want to know if I should work harder to get my stomach into better shape before we conceive, or just don't worry about it and lose the weight afterwards. I plan on exercising and eating healthy throughout my pregnancy.

I am 30 now, so I am worried about putting it off any longer. I've never been a vain person, I am just worried that if I get pregnant while I am overweight, I will never lose the weight!

I appreciate your help!
Mistelle

ANSWER

Mistelle,
What a wonderful time in your life as you begin your family! Start on a healthy eating and exercise plan now! Don't wait until you get pregnant. The healthier you are once you become pregnant the less risk of problems there will be. Starting now will ensure that once you do get pregnant your health and body as well as your nutrition stores will be in better shape for a healthy pregnancy. In addition, taking care of yourself now by eating healthier, watching portion sizes and exercising regularly will help give you a better chance conceiving!

You don't need to do anything drastic. You need to make some positive changes in what and how much you are eating. Start exercising slowly and work your way up from there. Just walking 3-5 times a week can make a big difference. If you are unsure on how to begin to lose weight I highly recommend you seek out a dietitian in your area that you can work with one-on-one! If you haven't done already, you should also make an appointment with your OB/GYN to discuss your plans to conceive so your doctor can start you on prenatal vitamins and can talk to you about any other concerns you may have! Good Luck!

-- Kimberly, RD LD