Thanks to Coty, run forrest and gnome517 for the advice and encouragement in terms of weight gain during pregnancy.
This is a really interesting and difficult topic, I think, because there are just no studies to show a correlation between amount of weight gained and healthiness of the baby. (Other than there is certainly an upper limit). Though, it has been shown that what you eat affects the health of your baby.
It just isn't about you right now, it's about the little person inside you who is depending on you to get it right. 300-500 extra calories a day isn't that much. -run forrest
If I thought that gaining weight at the recommended rate was going to make my baby healthier, I would absolutely do it. But there is NOTHING that I have found to support those recommendations.
My grandmother, who always seemed quite similar to me physically and mentally gained 12 lbs with my dad. He turned out pretty well, though he did have a mustache for like 25 years (but I don't think that was because of lack of weight gain on my grandma's part). Anyway, I have had the perhaps silly goal in my head of 12 lbs the whole time, just based on her. And the fact that I don't want to deal with trying to lose weight while I am trying to learn to be a good mom.
I gotta be honest that I felt like complete crap when I gained 5 lbs the first month of pregnancy. And I feel much better now, though more frequently hypoglycemic. I actually felt like I had diabetes that first month and it was yucky.
Again, I want to consult the medical literature and see if I can find what, if anything, those guidelines for weight gain are based on.
Honestly, I don't understand what your fear is. You can get through pregnancy, gain 20-30 lbs and lose it within months of giving birth. - run forrest
Yes, great point! The fear is probably a bit irrational, but in my mind, most moms are fat and out of shape. Ever since I was a little kid, I just associated pregnancy with becoming fat. And it scared me to think that pregnancy meant saying good-bye to my young, thin body. So I ask the question: Is it really necessary or more healthy to gain that recommended weight? Certainly it has been disproved that any amount of exercise is bad in pregnancy. It was dogma in the 50's and 60's and later that women not exercise at all during pregnancy, and now there are articles coming out all over the world that show the opposite. Could it be the same for weight gain?
A 15-20 pound weight gain isn't really too much. You know you (with baby in jog stroller) will run it all off afterwards. - Coty
You will lose any weight you gain afterwards. - run forrest
In theory, I should be able to lose the weight afterwards. But I know from experience and from looking at women around me that it is not easy. Though I am impressed that for both of you, Coty and Run Forrest, losing the weight was relatively easy. My true goal is to give birth to the baby and be below my starting weight that first week. I honestly don't think it will in any way harm the baby to do that.
Thanks for the interesting debate. I think it's time for a run :).
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