What are you doing for exercise? My BMI places me in the overweight, almost obese category, which stinks because I'm normally a size 14, but I have gained 25 pounds since my last pregnancy, so I'm 10 pounds away from the weight I delivered my last child at. Doh.
Now, my husband says I'm not fat...I'm large and fit. I exercise a lot (run, and ran a marathon last year), but definitely DEFINITELY have way, way too much fat. I think, when not pregnant, I could stand to lose 40 pounds.
I talked to my doctor about this and he said the rules of pregnancy weight gain have changed. The ole addage of 30 pounds is okay IS true if you are a normal weight. If you are overweight the suggestion is no more than 20ish and if you are pushing the HOLY-MOLY-SUPER-OVERWEIGHT category then gaining minimal weight, even no more than 10 pounds is sufficient SO LONG AS it is done carefully with healthy eating and not with the intent to LOSE weight.
This is a relief to me as I so DO NOT want to gain 35 pounds with this pregnancy. My doctor (a high risk specialist) said that keeping weight gain down will actually be very good as it will help with circulation, energy and the risks of high blood pressure and gestational diabetes.
SO...my long-winded questions for you all:
1) What fairly high-intensity cardio activities have you been doing that feel good? As I said, I'm a runner and I can't see that running is going to work long term. Elliptical? Spin classes? Swimming (although not good in winter)
2) Anyone else out there in the reduced-weight-gain-during-pregnancy category? What have you been doing food-wise that's helped? I'm trying to manage the eating-healthy thing, in lots of small portions, but from a nausea perspective all my stomach really wants is loads of comfort carb food.
3) Anyone else out there actually kept pregnancy weight gain HEALTHFULLY under 20 pounds? I'm not interested in any pregnancy dieters...totally not going there, but if you've eaten healthfully for two, kept your vitamins and nutrients intake at appropriate levels and STILL kept weight gain down, please give me advice!!!
And for anyone that is really curious, I have no embarrasment in my figures:
Pregnancies 1 and 2: pre-pregnancy weight = 173 (exactly, with both, and size 10-12); weight at birth = 208
Pregnancy 3 weight (at 7.4 weeks) 196 and size ~14
BMI 30 or 31
I would like to give birth (God willing, of course) at no more than my previous 208 #.