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1/8/15 2:18 P

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I am in the same boat. I want baby #2 and I am 37 now. My son is 2 yrs old. I had a tough pregnancy last time and I gained 60lbs with it, so I know how you feel. I am determined to be at a healthy weight, take my vitamins for at least 3 months, and have a good exercise regime before TTC. Then I plan to eat well and manage a healthy gain during pregnancy. I really want another, but I want to be a good mom and do it right.

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1/5/15 12:04 A

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This is kind of a late reply but thought I'd tell you what I've been told by my doctors. I too had preeclampsia with my first pregnancy and was very nervous about trying to conceive baby #2 with my weight. I should also mention that at the beginning of my first pregnancy I ate anything I wanted and did not exercise....bad idea! I also have struggled with the fact that the longer I wait (I'm 32, will be 33 at the end of the month) the higher the chances of having a baby with Down syndrome will be. I know the chances aren't terribly high at 33, but I'd actually like to have possibly 1-2 more babes after #2 and the longer I wait the higher my chances during those pregnancies. Sorry for the long winded rant here! Needless the say, I talked to my PCP and had a prepregnancy screen with my OBGYN; they both have stated that women who have preeclampsia with the first pregnancy will NOT typically have it with the second! They also gave me their blessing to TTC at this time. Obviously, some women will get preeclampsia with their first and second but from what I understand its rare. I'm also hopeful that d/t my weight loss and my plan to continue healthy eating and exercise with #2 that I won't develop it again. At this point I'm not actively TTC but if it happens, it happens. Good luck and best wishes for a healthy second pregnancy!!

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1/4/15 9:04 P

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Yes, definitely understand that struggle! I am turning 32 at the end of this month, just married this past summer, and my husband and I feel like this year is the right time to start trying for our first (and probably only) child. Everything else in our life is lined up really well for having a baby and starting a family... except for my weight. We are not going to TTC until this summer at the earliest, to give me a chance to lose weight, but I know I won't lose it all... and I do worry about the very real impact of being obese or overweight on pregnancy. But I don't want to wait too long either... because what if we have trouble conceiving? What if it takes a while, or something happens? Those are big questions. I am going to try not to stress out and just do the best I can with losing weight and being healthy.

Take care and keep up the good work!
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12/30/14 1:39 P

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Yes, I think many of us struggle with this! With my first I did get down to one of my lowest adult weights, but now knowing how much I gained with that pregnancy I'm really nervous to get pregnant again if I'm not at least back down to that weight, if not more. I thought I would be a lot closer to that goal by now :/

I don't want to put off having another child just because I think I can lose more weight, especially if it might not even really happen. But I'm not sure what I can do to make sure it does, either. I know that seems ridiculous, but at any point in the day losing weight might seem like the most important thing...like last night, I got all my workout clothes ready, set my alarm for 5:30 a.m. so I could go to spin class...and then my son was up almost all night with congestion and I got nearly no sleep...so I just couldn't go to class. And now I'm so tired today I'm eating whatever to stay awake. Sorry to sidetrack, but you know what I'm saying! The kid you have now takes a lot of precedence :) Anyways, I think being a second time pregnant lady we might be better equipped to not think all the weight we gain will fall off immediately so maybe not eat tons of ice cream every night? haha. I think if you know you're ready, then you're ready girl!

And tell me how it goes so I can try to get ready ;)

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12/30/14 1:11 P

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I'm 29, definitely starting to get baby fever. I've been married to my husband for almost 2 years, and we've been together for almost 7. I also have concerns surrounding TTC. I've been on BC for the last 10 years-ish. Before I started BC, I had really bad cramps, migraines, mood swings, and sometimes even got physically sick (almost like morning sickness) every time I would get close to AF time. Since I've been on BC, none of this has happened. I'm scared that all these things will come back in full force once I go off the pill. It's definitely something I'll talk to my OBGYN about when I go in for my annual, which I want to schedule a little earlier this year so I can maybe switch to a non-hormonal IUD before we start TTC so I can see how my body reacts to not having its hormones regulated with the pill's help. I'm in the process of losing weight (goal is to drop 30-40 lbs before TTC, hopefully at the end of summer 2015). Has anyone dealt with this before?

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12/29/14 8:24 P

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Yes, definitely not a vanity thing. I worry about preeclampsia. I definitely feel more aware approaching the idea of a second pregnancy. I hope not too put on as much weight and stay healthy to the best of my abilities. I had horrible morning sickness with my son through my entire pregnancy but I found myself often reaching for chips as the only thing I could stomach. I'm going to have to find some better alternatives the second time around.

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12/28/14 5:25 P

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I have the same fear. I've never been pregnant before, but I have friends and family that were heavy when they got pregnant, and the resulting problems make me nervous.

For me, I can work my butt off (so to speak) with cardio and weight lifting, stick to a good and healthy meal plan, and still have ridiculous trouble getting any weight off. Even in high school when everyone's metabolisms are supposed to be great, I had to work out for an hour or longer every single day JUST to maintain the weight I was already at.

So I can understand the fear of not losing enough weight by the time you get your BFP.

It's not so much a vanity thing as a worry that you will unnecessarily complicate a pregnancy, right? I don't want to have to worry about gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia, or anything else for that matter. I don't want to be considered a "high risk pregnancy".

I think that the best you can do is to keep working on your weight loss, keep up with the healthy choices, and do the best with what you have. Many people don't even do THAT (my own sister included, lol) and as long as you don't get into the "I'm pregnant so I can eat whatever I want, whenever I want" mindset, I think you'll do okay. :)

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12/23/14 10:25 P

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Thanks for the encouragement AYRIKA12. I'm down 40 lbs from my highest pregnancy weight (so 20 lbs from pre-pregnancy weight) and I've been losing weight steadily right now. I really want to focus on having a healthier pregnancy this time around... I think we are moving forward with TTC even though I'm not at the ideal weight, I just have to be careful to not get derailed from healthy choices. I appreciate you backing me up on that! :)

Sorry to hear about your miscarriages, but congrats on being a mom! I really look forward to adding another munchkin to the family and hope I am blessed to have that happen.

Happy holidays! :)

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12/23/14 2:17 A

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Have you lost weight since your son was born? What does your doctor say? I lost ~20lbs, after 3 misscarriages, then got pregnant. I was terrified because I did such a good job losing weight, then gained baby weight. But after the baby, I went back to my healthy habits and lost the weight easily. The holidays have derailed me, but that's a different story... I had my first son at 33, then my second at 37. I think, don't worry about your age, it will happen when/if it happens and if you already have good habits in place, then don't worry about the weight factor either...this response seems unhelpful, but I'm meaning to be encouraging!

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12/22/14 8:55 P

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I've had baby fever since forever and with my 35th birthday lurking in the near future, I know it's time to TTC, however I'm also juggling this fear of getting pregnant before I lose more weight.

I never want to regret waiting too long, but I have fears since I had preeclampsia with my son and was induced early. While I know preeclampsia can happen to anyone, I also do feel like having my weight down would reduce my chances. I gained 60 lbs with my son and I can't let that happen the second time around.

Anyone else struggling with the wait to lose weight vs. the baby fever / age factor?

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