Monday, May 20, 2013

The skinny on Pregnancy Weight....

Well friends, this ain't my first rodeo at the wonderful world of pregnancy and since all my weight gains have been drastically different I would call myself somewhat of an expert on it.....

Let's look back at my weight journey....

Vincent's Pregnancy
 I took the whole eating for two game SERIOUSLY. I think I may have actually ate for 3 or 4. I packed that weight on like it was going out of style. I look back at how freaking swollen I was those last few weeks and it pains me. I just ate whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. Back then we weren't eating near as healthy so I ate a lot of carbs and grains and pretty much anything I craved that was unhealthy. Looking back I was a complete idiot. Not just for my own health but for the health of Vincent, he is totally fine, but still, a mother's eating habits trickle down to the baby and I was filling him with junk! Sorry bud! I gained a whopping 60-70 lbs with Vincent. I no joke weighed the same as my husband. I look back and cringe. (I literally die at this pic)
I mean come on that is not the same person as me now at 8 weeks with babe #4
Luke's Pregnancy
I thought I had learned a thing or two from Vincent's but I still ate more than I should have. I was chasing Vincent around so I think I was a lot more active for Luke's pregnancy but I still ate a lot of carbs back then. When it was all said and done I think I gained about 50 with him.

Jude's Pregnancy
 We had already made the switch to Paleo before I got pregnant with sweet Jude. Lucky him getting the best nourishment of them all (sorry Vincent and Luke, mommy and daddy were not as wise in the eating department back then!) I still didn't have a strict workout routine or anything crazy but I watched what I ate and I felt amazing the entire pregnancy. I gained 30-35 with him. It was so much easier to handle and not as horrific to stare at the aftermath of my body post delivery.
I was very comfortable in my skin with Jude's pregnancy. I felt wonderful 

So ladies, I have played every game of pregnancy weight gain there is. This time around I am going to try again to stay near 30 lbs with healthy eating and all that jazz. The only problem is this baby is due after Thanksgiving and right before Christmas aka the best time for YUMMY food and desserts so I will have to watch myself extra close near the end. 

The good news is that no matter what I gained it all came off my friends, I think that is mostly thanks to the wonderful world of breastfeeding. But seriously, it comes off. I am shocked that it came off after Vincent because like I said we ate horribly. (slams head into desk)

I read some great advice about the weight gain last night and a great rule to follow....

You are eating for 1.1, which means you only need 10% more of what you usually intake for your sweet like baby. When it's put like that it makes much more sense. So throw out the eating for two garbage of the past. You and your baby will be much happier if you do! Have an extra serving of fruit or veggies, or a handful of chips if you need to fulfill your salty craving. Crap have a cup of ice cream if you fancy. Because let's face it, you all know I have a tub of Half Baked Ben & Jerry's in the freezer for those ice cream craving moments!:)

Here are some great snack options:
(I need to eat every few hours or else I hit a wall)
Baby Carrots with yogurt or dip
Breakfast on the Go nut packs are my fave
Cup of your favorite fruit
String Cheese or cheese cubes
Smoothies- You can make a large on in the morning and split it up for the day.
Apple Sauce (so easy to make homemade too)
Your favorite chips/crackers (split into small serving bags so you don't over eat)

In the grand scheme of things the numbers did not matter because I ended up back where I started each time but for me I am a huge number person so I like to know what I need to lose at the end of the road. It helps me stay focused but at the same time I do not obsess if I accidentally go over by a few or 5 or 10! haha! Just stay healthy and happy, that is fully what matters. 

But looking back the happiest I was, was when I gained the most healthy about with Jude. So here's to hoping I stick to the same route with baby #4!

What tips or tricks do you have???
PS any tips on arm toning while pregnant, I could use some toning badly :)

UPDATE....I have been noticing this post getting TONS of love lately!!!! So here I am 6 months after BABY 4!!!! I gained about 40 lbs with his pregnancy and have lost all of that and then some THANKFULLY with the help of 21 Day Fix and also I just started PiYo!
On the left is now. Somehow by the grace of God I weigh what I did in high school. It is INSANE to me. On the right is when I started working out about 3-4 months postpartum I was 20 lbs heavier!

I would love to help you reach your goals!


  1. You are such a cute preggo, more or less weight :) I ate tons of fruit during my last pregnancy and it was my go-to snack. However, I also liked not so great stuff too...(cough- pop tarts -cough). Oops! I can't believe you're pregnant again, so excited to see this little cutie!

  2. I love that idea of eating for 1.1 and not two. Because even though technically you are eating for two, one of those people is extremely tiny (especially at the beginning of pregnancy). Are you planning on finding out the gender or are you going to wait?

  3. Have you checked out cross fit mom? They have workouts posted daily for moms to be!

  4. So true Allie, keeping a healthy weight gain is so vital for feeling healthy & ready to shed the postpartum lbs.

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