Welcome to the Wednesday night edition of Carol’s Corner. Can you believe it’s April already? Now if we could just get some nice weather. I really need it to get warmer outside . I want to attempt to do a 5K walk on Mother’s Day and need to start practicing walking outside. We ‘re supposed to have one nice day tomorrow, but can’t even begin to start that then. Have my monthly dye job on my hair( thank goodness she comes to the house),have to finish my books for our taxes for the appointment on Friday, and go to a funeral later in the day. And somehow squeeze in two workouts, oh and try to find time to sleep somewhere in there. I call today’s outfit “Purple Majesties”. Purple( any shade of it) just happens to be my all time favorite color. I got this set of Jewelry when I went to Hawaii back in September of 2010. For some reason, I have never worn it. I thought it made the outfit interesting.
I love my zebra striped FitBit band and my gorgeous Amethyst cocktail ring I got years ago. It just happens to be my birthstone.
Too bad they didn’t have a dark purple BandCuff, but black works nicely.
Tonight I am going to do another type of blog again. Even if this doesn’t affect you directly you might be able to help someone else to whom it might. I am going to try to address the issue of managing a pregnancy when one is already considered to be overweight.
I am going to use something from babycenter.com and an article entitled “Plus-size And Pregnant: How To Manage Your Weight During Pregnancy”.
If you started out your pregnancy carrying too much weight for your height, you’re far from alone. More than half of pregnant women are overweight or obese.
You’re considered overweight if your pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) is between 25 and 29.9. ( Your BMI reflects your relationship between height and weight, and is an estimate of body fat). You’re considered obese if your BMI is 30 or greater.
If you are not sure what your BMI is here is a link to a BMI calculator. http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/adult_bmi/english_bmi_calculator/bmi_calculator.html
HOW MUCH WEIGHT SHOULD I GAIN DURINGPREGNANCY IF I’M OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE?
How much weight to gain during pregnancy depends on your BMI.
IF YOUR BMI IS 25-29.9: It is recommended that you gain between 15-25 pounds by the end of your pregnancy, or approximately 2-3 pounds per month in your second and third trimesters.
IF YOUR BMI IS 30 OR HIGHER: Your advised to gain only 11-20 pounds during your pregnancy.
A study published in 2010 in the journal Obstetrics And Gynecology, found that pregnant women who gained more than the recommended weight, were more 50% more likely to develop gestational diabetes than those moms whose weight stayed within the recommended limits.
The following is a link to a pregnancy weight tracker. http://www.babycenter.com/pregnancy-weight-gain-estimator
Also go to this link to find out more about pregnancy weight. http://www.babycenter.com/0_pregnancy-weight-gain-what-to-expect_1466.bc
IS IT OK TO LOSE WEIGHT DURING PREGNANCY IF I’M OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE?
Pregnancy is definitely not the time to go on a weight loss diet: Restricting your food intake is potentially hazardous to you and your developing baby. But many plus -size women do lose weight during pregnancy without dieting.
In the first trimester it is common to lose weight as the result of morning sickness: The nausea can diminish the appetite, and the vomiting can cause you to miss out on calories. But even so your baby will get all the necessary calories. Link to section on morning sickness: http://www.babycenter.com/morning-sickness.
Overweight women have an extra reserve of calories in stored fat, so as your baby grows, it’s not harmful to maintain or even lose a little weight at first. What’s not ok is losing weight because you are intentionally cutting calories( and, as a result, limiting nutrients).
HOW CAN I STAY ON TRACK WITH WEIGHT GAIN IF I AM OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE?
Exercising and eating healthy food can help you with your weight gain goals, and both can have a positive impact on your pregnancy, reducing your risk of pregnancy problems like gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. They’ll also help you feel good during your pregnancy and beyond. Find links to the highlighted from above.
With a bit of research, planning, and tracking, you can learn how to eat well during pregnancy, and follow the seven principals of pregnancy nutrition. Links below:
Next you will find a link to a pregnancy food diary to make sure you’re getting enough nutrients and drinking plenty of water every day. The diary is also useful for tracking moods and hunger levels so you can spot patterns you may need to change.
If you need help planning your pregnancy meals, seek out a registered dietitian. The U.S. Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) recommends that all women receive counseling to help them achieve optimum health-including a healthy diet and weight-before becoming pregnant. ( Well we all know that just doesn’t happen that often).
If you’re a relative newcomer to exercise, start with pregnancy exercise for beginners. http://www.babycenter.com/0_pregnancy-exercise-for-beginners_629.bc
You can enjoy low-impact exercise such as walking, swimming, and low-impact aerobics. Links to all below.
Make sure to consult your health care provider to make sure any exercise program is ok for you to engage in. And be sure to follow the 13 rules of safe pregnancy exercise.
Some women do lose weight during pregnancy if they make healthy diet and lifestyle changes, so be sure you check in with your doctor if this happens to you.
This site has been a wealth of information and I was very happy to see I could link to so many different things within it. I hope this will prove to be beneficial to someone out there who may be in need of it and it is my pleasure to be able to provide it.
There are so many topics and issues that can be helpful to so many people who are in different phases of this journey into health, weight management, and fitness. I will continue to strive toward helping each and every one of you. Continue to stay motivated, stay focused, and above all never quit, no matter what phase of the journey you find yourself in. Till next time, God Bless.