I’m 34 weeks pregnant and have already gained 43 pounds. Nooooooooooo! At my last prenatal appointment, I was told to “be careful” and when I asked what the best way to not gain weight was the midwife told me to cut out juice and sugar.
Oh sure. No problem. That’s only like taking all of the light and happiness out of my life!
Okay, maybe a slight exaggeration – the truth is I’m not craving sugar quite so horribly as I was in the second trimester. It was BAD. I wanted it SO BAD I couldn’t say no to myself.
Exercise would help…
I started out in this pregnancy exercising regularly and doing a great job with it, but soon found myself unmotivated and just exhausted – I tapered off till I wasn’t doing much at all. I know daily walks are supposed to be great when you’re pregnant and on and off I’ve done the Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds DVDs, which I LOVE, but my pelvic bones are REALLY sore right now and so that’s been hard for me to keep up. I’m feeling like it’s all hopeless and counting on being able to get all the extra weight off quickly after the baby is born.
So plan of action for not getting up to 200 pounds in this pregnancy if I can at all help it: Eat less sugar (I say as I munch on a piece of gingerbread house) and try to exercise at least 3 times a week. Eat small meals and make sure I don’t overeat. Try not to die of starvation.
Trying to stay positive…
I know that weight gain is something that just happens when you’re growing a baby. Especially if you’re not feeling great or are depressed in your pregnancy it can be easy to eat too much and exercise too little. I just wish I didn’t feel so guilty, like I’ve been a total lazy pig – because I honestly haven’t!
This is obviously where I need to learn to have mercy on myself and just do what I can. :) It’s not all about me and how I look – I feel so much joy knowing my little boy is healthy and active and ready to be born soon! And I’m mostly healthy, too, so that’s a blessing as well. I have time after the baby is born to lose the weight and I most certainly will make it a priority when I’m feeling good again! :)
Left: Erin@Connected2Christ. Right: Me.
How much weight have you gained in your pregnancies?
Do you have any advice or tips on staying healthy while pregnant?