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2/6/13 5:24 P

I got pregnant at 180 lbs, and it was pure #ell... I only gained 30 lbs, but it was all in front and I had horrible sciatic pain, knee pain, breathless, winded, sleepless (more than what I would have been had I been thinner), you name it. I swore I would never get pregnant at that weight again, and to this day, it is why I am not pregnant with my second. I will only get pregnant when I am at a healthy weight... I am not trying to dissuade you in any way, but I just wanted to share that being pregnant when very overweight is no picnic.

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2/6/13 4:06 P

First, you may get pregnant out of the box, you might not. I've been pregnant 3 times, my first was not planned, my third was while I was nursing and on the pill (that resulted in a miscarriage) and my middle pregnancy, 2nd child, was actively conceived, but not until my 4th cycle of trying. That's relatively quick. I have friends who've gotten knocked up every time as soon as they decide to start trying, and I have friends who tried to conceive for years before getting pregnant.

You should start to change your dietary habits now. I wouldn't recommend crash dieting to lose or anything. Get your diet in check, eat at a caloric deficit and see what happens. You can add calories back in once you become pregnant. As for strengthening your back, things like planks and supermans will help with core strength. If you want to lift heavy, most of the big compound movements engage the core for balance, and specifically the deadlift will strengthen your back. Just be sure to learn proper form before attempting to go too heavy.

Edited by: JENMC14 at: 2/6/2013 (16:07)

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2/6/13 4:03 P

Gaining strength is a process that takes months, generally; not weeks. Your best person to talk to about this would be your doctor. A month is not much time to make big changes in your body. It can take as much as 6-8 weeks for healthy lifestyle changes to show up on the scale.

That doesn't mean you shouldn't try; strength training and regular exercise, as well as a healthy diet, are important for a healthy pregnancy, and a healthy lifestyle in general.

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2/6/13 3:48 P

I currently weigh 159lbs, and am 5'2" tall. According to the BMI index, I am overweight.

I'm worried about this as I venture into pregnancy planning. I know that being overweight is bad as it is, but getting pregnant makes it even more of a challenge.

I'm more worried about the nerve problems I have in my back, the sciatica and mild scoliosis that I suffer from. The added weight of pregnancy will probably be a problem.

I need some suggestions on how to quickly strengthen my back and stomach muscles before I get pregnant. I'm hoping to get pregnant in the next month or so. I also need to lose a bit of weight as well before this time.

I find that if my weight is below 160lbs, my back problems don't bother me as much.

Any suggestions?

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