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found out i am expecting.....

Sunday, October 02, 2011

so i just found out that i am pregnant and i am excited but nervous since i just had a miscarriage in july. i have been doing really good on sparkpeople with food and fitness. i went on the baby fit site and i understand that i am supposed to be more focused on keeping myself healthy but the site isnt the same as this is. i know that i have a lot of weight to lose and i am not doing it unhealthy. i guess i am at the point where i dont want to stop doing what i have been doing but i dont know how many calories are ok to be burning since when i work out it is more about the calorie burn. now it seems like the baby fit site is more like just get in your 15 to 30 min of fitness and eat healthy. it also upped my calories by a lot!!!! i dont want to do anything bad for the baby but i dont think i was really doing anything that would cause harm....guess i will have to see what the dr says!!!! i miss the spark site....so anyway after my appt with the dr i will either be back here or stay on the baby fit site and be back after the baby is born!!!
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    I will say, when I first found out I was pregnant, I immediately went over to babyfit. I found that they overstate the calories you should be eating. They say you only need to eat approx 300 calories more (than your highest calorie range) than normal. I would follow the same guidelines they have for breastfeeding which is, for every 45 minutes of high intensity activity, add 100 calories to your total. I know you are "eating" for two now but you don't want to go overboard because you could run the risk of GD later on. I kinda did what I wanted and got to a really high weight (topping off at 220 before I delivered) and it's been hard but I'm just 4lbs shy of my pre-pregnancy weight. My daughter will be 9 months tomorrow. Luckily I didn't have any issues during my pregnancy. I think you will be okay with moderate exercise and eating at least 300 more calories than normal. Good luck and Congrats!!!!
    3161 days ago
    3161 days ago
    Book recommendations:

    "The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth" by Henci Goer
    "The Birth Partner" by Penny Simkin (aimed at dad's, partners & Doulas, but it's got such great information I tell my moms' to read it too)
    "Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn (4th Edition): The Complete Guide" by Penny Simkin

    The important thing is to be sure to keep a balanced diet full of good nutrients, recognize that you're body is going through a lot of changes and not to restrict yourself too much - you want your focus to be health, not specifically weightloss, when you're pregnant. But yeah, get your caregivers' recommendations (I'd recommend a midwife over a doctor if you can find one, unless you have *other* factors that make you high risk - obesity is NOT a high risk factor, just something to be monitored).

    Hope that helps. :) Congrats!
    From your friendly neighborhood internet doula.
    3161 days ago
    Congratulations and all the very best for your pregnancy and a safe arrival.
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    Aw, congrats! I hope your doc sets your mind at ease, and you have a healthy pregnancy!
    3161 days ago
  • ANJELIA1968
    congratulations on the new bundle of joy that will be coming into your life. May the Lord keep you both safe in the months prior to his/her arrival.
    I hope you will be able to return to SparkPeople, but I would definitely talk to the doctor first. Better a few extra pounds now than a less healthy babe later.
    Enjoy this special time in your life, and again congratulations!
    3161 days ago
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