Great article to point people in the right direction...I actually just had the meeting they suggested with my doctor last week. Glad I did because apparently she prefer women to take a multivitamin with folic acid for a year prior to conception and there are some genetics tests I need to have done. I also let her know I was planning on losing weight to be at a healthy weight for pregnancy...I am concerned about gestational diabetes; but she said that any size of woman potentially could get gestational diabetes and that heavier women are just a higher risk factor.
For those that wanted a eating plan for while pregnant Spark has a baby fit branch of their website: http://babyfit.sparkpeople.com/ I haven't looked at it yet to see if it has suggestions for pre-conception or not.
Interesting article, there is too much push to meet a certian weight using the BMI chart. Losing 10% of your current weight is a great way to start this process. According to the BMI chart I should be under 140... With my body structure that is not healthy for me. Use extreme caution when looking at these charts! My GP and OB have told me that 140 is too low for me to have a healthy pregnancy and too low in general for me.
I like this article, I just wish there was more information on eating right while pregnant. It seems like there should be a lifestyle center for that. I don't plan on 'dieting' while pregnant but I know I am supposed to add extra of several foods to my diet. It would help me if my nutrition tracker was set up for my changing dietary needs. Just a thought =)
8/29/2010 4:05:35 AM
It's good to hear that I'm on the right track. Part of why I have been trying to lose weight has been for this very purpose. My husband and I have been trying to concieve for 2 years, and I have been using SparkPeople to a) keep my mind off the GETTING pregnant, and b) to find myself at a more comfortable weight before becoming pregnant. Nice positive reinforcement! :) Wish me luck! I've lost 12 pounds, and have a pregnancy test (by blood test) on Tuesday...!
Very good article that just reinforces what I've been trying to tell all of those folks who are rushing my husband and I into parenthood. When I tell people I need to lose weight first, their response is, "Why? To gain it back?!". They don't get it. I wish I could forward this to all of them.
I recently reached my "healthy weight" category, and it was a great feeling!
I'm just now starting to consider motherhood, but it's something that I need to maintain my health for in the future. I didn't lose weight for that reason in particular, but I would feel much better if I could feel my fittest during pregnancy!
12/21/2008 6:15:53 PM
I agree, this is a great article!! My husband and I want to try to have a baby next year, so I have a great motivator (a baby) to help me lose some weight!!
This was a really good article. I also am trying to lose weight to be healthy and because my husband and I want to have a baby. I am still in the obese section and am down to a weight loss of 11 pounds I have a couple more pounds to go to be in the underweight.
10/6/2008 7:15:39 PM
THIS IS A VERY GOOD ARTICLE. I SHARED THIS WITH FAMILY MEMBERS THAT ARE CONSIDERING HAVING A CHILD. THANKS!
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