This was me, one year ago, at approximately 199lbs:
This is me a little over a week ago, at 149lbs and five weeks pregnant:
Recently, I read this article, amongst others, on the subject of healthy weight gain during pregnancy. At 149lbs, I'm still considered 'overweight' for my height, BMI, etc. The general consensus regarding a healthy weight gain during pregnancy for one who is overweight at the beginning of pregnancy is 15-25lbs, all of which should be gained during the second and third trimesters.
With the amount of nausea I've experienced thus far (and yeah, I refuse to take any prescription drugs to alleviate the nausea -- it's natural or nothing for me) eating has been pretty hit-and-miss for me so far. Foods either taste really great, or I find I cannot stomach them. A food that sounded great yesterday turns my stomach today. I can only eat a little at a time or else my tummy takes revenge. I have to eat small and often or I suffer. Quite the balancing act!
I weighed in at 150.6lbs at my first prenatal appointment. A week later, I weighed 149lbs. That was with very little to no exercise, apart from some walking. Now, before you judge, I have no intention of restricting or reducing my calorie intake while pregnant. However, I feel I can still safely exercise within my means and energy level, eat healthily and sensibly, and still maintain and/or lose some weight during the remainder of my first trimester.
I've continued to use MyFitnessPal and I've obtained a Prenatal Yoga DVD. OK, I admit it, I've only done the prenatal yoga DVD one time so far (and really like it!), but I've been using my lack of energy and exhaustion as an excuse to *not* exercise. Honest, I will change this. I intend to stay fit and stay within the recommended 15-25lb weight gain. I cannot do this by slacking on exercise and eating too much.
So, tomorrow morning, I shall drag my exhausted preggo booty out of bed early enough to take a gentle walk/jog before work. I will begin performing my prenatal yoga DVD with more regularity. I'm thinking 3-4 times a week. I will make use of my balance ball and perhaps even our exercise bike. Because, let's face it, the healthier this mamma is, the healthier this baby shall be!