After stopping Take Shape for Life, I kinda went out of control and so did my body. I immediately gained about 10 lbs and then continued to put some weight back on. I did not go through the transition the program has set in place. This weight gain I am going to call my "pre-pregnancy weight gain". This weight I am not going to worry about until after this baby comes and I can get to work on getting rid of it.
I will consider my "pregnancy weight gain" the weight I gain from my first Dr.'s appointment to my delivery or last Dr.'s appointment. According to the pregnancy book I received from my Dr.'s office at my first appointment, "Your Pregnancy Week by Week", the recommended weight gain for an overweight mother-to-be is 15 to 25 pounds. I am going to work hard to stay in that range. To help keep track of this, I have set it up on the side area of this blog. From my first appointment to the second appointment, I actually went down 2 lbs. My next appointment is in about a week and a half. We will see what the scale says then, I will be 18 weeks 5 days at that appointment.
Worst weight gain for me was when I was pregnant with my oldest. I was in college and lived on campus. Our cafeteria on campus was buffet style, you pay for a meal then eat whatever you want. Let me tell you, I took full advantage of it. I also went out to eat, ate at Panera Bread at least once a week, went through the drive thru at Taco Bell and Burger King all the time. The sad thing is, during my pregnancy, I also had a part time job at a gym, with a free membership. I never took advantage of the membership after I got pregnant. I gained about 80 pounds during that pregnancy. Some of that was water weight, I had so much edema!
I was a little more cautious about gaining too much weight when I got pregnant with the twins. I gained about 35 pounds during my pregnancy with them. What sticks out in my mind is when they tried putting in my spinal for the C-section. He had such a hard time. Partially because I couldn't bend over my humongous belly, but a lot of the reason (which he clearly pointed out) was because he had a lot of tissue to try to work through. It was a really painful process. A lot of the reason I don't want to gain much weight this time is because I want that process to go more smoothly.