Yes you have read the title correctly! I am currently 26 weeks pregnant ( today!) and so far with this pregnancy I have lost 71 pounds!!! I feel amazing and the best part is that I didn’t really have to buy any maternity clothes!!
So far everything has been going very well with the pregnancy. We are right on track and continue to plan our homebirth! I see my midwife every 4 weeks and a local O.B. every 8 weeks for parallel care incase we need to be transferred to a hospital.
Our little girl ( yes I said girl!!! Check out our gender reveal here!) is moving all the time and has been an extremely active baby over the last couple of weeks. The boys love to be able to feel her kick ( even though it took some convincing with my 3 year old that his baby sister was not a monster!) My husband on the other hand has not been able to experience her moving yet. It seems to be every time he lays his hand on my belly he has a calming effect on her! Hopefully this still works when she gets here!!
Now about the weight lose….. In May of 2010 I was injured on duty at my job as a fire fighter. I had a pretty extensive should injury and over the course of treatment ( a 2 year period!) I had surgery and did 8 rounds of high dose steroids!
End result was being able to not go back to the job physically ( I can’t take doing anything repetitively with my shoulder!!) and gaining 86 pounds! Steriods and my body type do not go well together! No matter what I did the most I was able to lose was 5-10 pounds. I was also extremely restricted in what I was allowed to do physically due to my shoulder injury for a time period.
We had already made a huge diet/lifestyle changes, but still the steroid weight was hard to lose. At this point we were wanting to start trying to have another baby… and I weighed 312! I started doing some research ( since I was getting ready to start school for Holistic Nutrition and my speciality is maternity!!) and wanted to have a safe and healthy pregnancy. We already ate pretty well and the only issue I had was the number on the scale.
I had a recent physical and the Dr. had told me that my blood work looked good and that I was healthy and that there was no reason why we could not start trying, except that it may take longer to get pregnant because of the weight. He prescribed metformin to assist with trying to get pregnant. I filled the script, but chose not to take it! I figured we could try for a while before needing to take medication.
Only 7 months later we were pregnant!!! I was actually kind of shocked when I saw the positive test result, I figured it was going to end up taking the medication to get pregnant. I am not a fan a medication and I avoid it at all costs, but I wanted another baby bad enough to take it!!
Since finding out I was pregnant on April 10, 2012 I have lost 71 pounds!!! The changes in hormones in my body is what my body needed to begin to drop the steroid weight! I did feel sick with this baby quite a bit in the beginning, but I was not throwing up to the point of losing 71 pound and was very careful to make sure I was eating correctly for myself and the baby!
After I had lost 36 pounds with the pregnancy I asked my O.B. about it. He simply told me I was losing the steroid weight and as long as the baby was measuring correctly he would allow me to lose up to the original amount of weight gained… 86 pounds!
Here is a before picture from about the time we started trying to get pregnant:
I didn’t think to have my husband take a recent picture so the picture below was taken this morning using my camera phone by my 5 year old! I think he did a pretty good job!
*** This post was written as a record of my personal journey of my 3rd pregnancy! This post is not giving any medical advice or encouraging anyone to try to lose weight during pregnancy. My weight loss was due to the hormone change in my body. I eat healthy during my pregnancy as much as possible, but am not dieting to lose weight!***