Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Alright mamas,

It’s Fit Friday and I want to take a minute to chat about weight gain during pregnancy.

So something I hate to admit but is something that affects how I feel about gaining weight during pregnancy is my starting weight. It’s not a number I’m proud of, in fact I’ve never weighed so much in my life. It’s embarrassing to admit, but over the past 10 years, I’ve gained 65 pounds, 40 of those in the last 3 years alone.

I started this pregnancy off at 5’6″ and 230 lbs. For those of you keeping count out there, this puts me at a BMI of 37.1, or Obese. Very obese. It’s hard to talk about, but I can only see this as an opportunity to improve for myself, my husband, and this baby.

20 week bump

I’m 20 weeks this week (halfway!) and the above is a picture of my baby bump so far (and my pasty pasty legs). I weighed myself this morning and am clocking in at an even 235, which means I’ve put on 5 pounds in 20 weeks and I’m feeling pretty good about that.

Keeping my weight gain in check has been a huge priority for me while pregnant. I know this isn’t the time to actively try and lose weight, so I’m really trying to focus on making smart food choices and getting in some activity on a daily basis.

I found this nifty chart from Modern Women World that serves as a handy guide for how much weight to gain during pregnancy based on your height and weight:

pregnancy-weight-gain-chart

So I’m sitting at needing to gain 15 pounds. This means I have 10 more pounds to gain very slowly over the next 20-22 weeks.

If you’re out there reading this and are thinking about having a baby – my PSA to you is to take some time to take care of yourself before getting pregnant if possible. It will make things a lot easier on your body, your baby, and your self-image.

If you’re already pregnant and in the same boat as me – not to worry, this doesn’t have to be a time to gain a ton of weight. We’ll do it the fit way, together.

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