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    Question how much weight is normal?

    Hi guys,

    I'm 6 and a bit weeks now, and as per everyones advice i'e stopped excersising and i'm just doing a gentle short walk each day.

    I know i'm eating more junky fatty food, but i've put on about 7kgs!
    my pants are all too tight, my tops are hard to do up, and bras are just plain uncomfy!

    do you think its the pregnancy or the diet/exercise thing? is this much weight this early normal?



    jessie x

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    Sorry Jessie but it sounds like it could be that you are having more junky/fatty food and reduced your exercise. I know what you mean though, I have really felt like eating lots of junky fatty food but have managed to avoid it 95% of the time I still indulge especially chocolate It's frustrating when you can't exercise as much either! I've gone from heavy martial arts training 4 times a week down to just walking and pilates.

    My What to Expect When You're Expecting book says that in the 1st trimester the average weight gain is 0.9-1.3kg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynny View Post
    My What to Expect When You're Expecting book says that in the 1st trimester the average weight gain is 0.9-1.3kg.
    OMG! 1.3kg! i guess i better ease off on my MS eat-what-you-like diet.

    how long have you been at pilates for? I was told by a midwife that runs prenatal yoga that you can't do any excercise at all (only the walks and swimming) until 12 weeks! so i quit my pilates and strength training to try and be good? but i'd love to start back at pilates?

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    Hi,

    talk to a midwife or ob about exercise as I understand it if you were really active before you can generally continue doing similar exercise. Obviously with martial arts you would want to not do too much and pilates and Yoga are tricky but lots of people still do a fair bit of cardio exercise. oh an I gained 15kg's for my entire pregnancy. Still got 4kg's to loose.

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    Hmmm, I don't believe thats true about needing to cut out all exercise in 1st trimester. In fact, I have never heard that before at all!
    Its fine to continue with what you were doing prior to pregnancy, so long as your body is used to it, and so long as you keep an eye on your heart rate, keep yourself hydrated, and don't push yourself or overheat yourself.

    I gained over 5kg in 1st trimester this time around. Due to cutting out exercise (from being too tired and sick), and also because greasy fatty food was the only food that would make me feel better!
    My first pregnancy I gained about 12kg in first trimester, but that was due to me starting off very underweight, and other circumstances.
    My first pg I gained 42kg for the entire 9 months.
    This time I have gained about 15kg so far, and I am currently 27weeks.

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    Well I had stopped martial arts when I went on holidays. I fell pregnant while we were on holidays in Europe (in Florence I worked out ) and so haven't gone back to martial arts since. We do a lot of falling and rolling so I would never do it while pregnant, waaay too risky.

    Jessie - with the pilates, I've been doing it weekly for the past 2.5 years. I have only done a couple of classes since I got back from hols mainly because I have been soooo tired. But my ob and pilates instructor says it's ok, just take it easy and my instructor will show me alternative levels of the exercises. The place where I do pilates has a special pregnancy pilates class so when it gets too uncomfortable to lie on my belly I will swap over into that class (might be sooner than I think tho!).

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    hi guys,

    thanks for the advice.
    i'm glad i'm not the only one that's gained weight, i don't mind if its normal, especially as i know my diets not great.

    as for the exercise - i'm trying to err on the side of caution, but its hard to know what is ok?
    i was a lil dubious about the no exercise rule and so i checked it w my GP who also said - gentle walks and swimming only? worst case i don't mind just doing the short walks for another 6 wks if it means increasing chances of everything going well?
    maybe i should investigate a preganancy exercise centre, see what they suggest?
    feeling very blooby!

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    gentle exercise is probably a stock standard response due to public liability so people can't come back at them if anything ever went wrong. iykwim

    good idea to talk to a specialist that understands pregnancy

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    I had a gym instructor who keep taking classes right through her pregnancy.... but then of course she was used to all the exercise.
    In regards to weight gain.... I still have a couple of weeks to go but in regards to my pre pregnancy weight I lost 2 kg and now slowly starting to put it back on. I am still under the pre pregnancy weight. I was told that this can be normal too!!! There is so much that could be normal I guess we shouldn't be too concerned about how much we gain or lose, unless of course it is excessive!

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    Oh im sooo glad to hear that its normal because i am 11wks and i have put on 13kg!!! so far,im soo worried because with my first 2 i only put on about 3kg in the first trimester.I have been told by mt gp that my extra weight gain is from me being on insulin because of my type 2 diabetes,she told me that it makes you fatter because the extra insulin goes to straight to your fat stores
    But its still spinning me out.I shudder to think how much i will have put on my the end
    And to top it all off im already obese before preganancy

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    With my first pregnancy i put on 22kgs (whole pg), 2nd preg i put on about 8-10kgs (whole pgcy) and 3rd pg i put on 10kgs (whole pgcy). With this one i reckon i have put on about 5kgs already and i had been excersising etc... I cant wait till i hit 13 weeks so i can go back to yoga!!

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    hi there, lots of people continue on with all sorts of sports for a lot of their pregnancy, I agree that it depends on what you were doing beforehand. I am going to continue on with Taekwondo (non-contact) until I find it uncomfortable, although I am not going to go this week because of the excessive heat. I am yet to decide what I will do about basketball. There is a girl in my team who is currently 11 weeks and has continued playing. I have also read that yoga and other low impact activities like that is good for you, but just to watch out for how far you stretch because your joints are loosening and you can do some ligament damage if you push yourself too hard.

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    as far as i know, you can continue with the same exercises as before as long as they are not risky, i.e. horse riding, lots of weights etc. Check with your GP. I'm 25 weeks and still doing Pilates, yoga and swimming. Stretching in yoga and pilates is good for you, as long as they are gentle.. Not power yoga/pilates etc. Some pilates like lying on your tummy I can no longer do as my belly is too big, and my instructor modifies my exercises accordingly.
    Walking is also great, I brisk walk from the station to work, 15 mins each way each day, though it's getting a bit longer as I'm more breathless and have started to waddle a little!!
    I know I was away for 2 weeks and didnt do any exercising apart from walking and put a bit of weight. My Ob advised me to continue all my old exercises, so that I dont gain rapid weight, and he said No junk food. But I'm not a real junk food person.
    But just check with your GP or Ob. Swimming and yoga is great. Oh, though you're not supposed to do butterfly or breast stroke. Crawl and backstroke is fine and is excellent as water gives you support.
    If you do get hungry in between meals, try those nut and seed bars, they are great and yummy and very good for bub.
    Good luck!!

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    Don't stress too much about the weight gain - plenty of time to lose that after! Main thing is that you and bubs are healthy (having said that, eating healthier & doing gentle exercise is a good thing!). I put on 6kg in first trimester and overall have put on about 20kg. But, I had quite a few bleeds in the first half of pregnancy & kept being put on bed-rest orders, so that slowed up the exercise thing!

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