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Old May 22nd, 2012, 13:28 PM   1
pianogirl
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Healthy Weight????


Okay this might be a dumb question. I read everywhere that a healthy BMI for pregnancy is 18.5-25 or something like that, which is the same as a general healthy BMI. But is it better to be toward the lower end of that range when you get pregnant? I want to be healthy for my baby when I become pregnant but I don't want to stress about it if I'm already at a good weight. I am 5'2" and 125 lbs which makes my BMI 22.9.



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Old May 22nd, 2012, 13:39 PM   2
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I think that's a perfect weight.. And what I'm trying to get back down to. I'm 5'2 as well. I used to weigh 116 lbs, but in the past 5 years ballooned up to 140 lbs, and am now down to about 135-138 lbs. I'm hoping to lose 10-13 lbs to be 125 lbs again.



 
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Old May 22nd, 2012, 13:51 PM   3
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I would just stay where you are and not worry to much about it. Unless you are obese, even above that range is fine if you don't have any major health issues. If you are maintaining a given weight without having to go to any extreme measures to keep yourself there, that's probably a good weight for your body. And in fact, being on the lower end of the range (down around 18/19 BMI) might cause more problems than it would fix since some women have trouble ovulating at lower body weights (body fat has a lot to do with your estrogen production). So if everything is working where you're at and you feel good at that weight, then it's perfect for you.



 
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Old May 22nd, 2012, 14:06 PM   4
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that sounds like a good weight to be. when i conceived my first i was very underweight (always been very slim) so i was really making sure to be of a healthier weight this time round and my bmi at the moment is around the 18 mark. i think as long as your bmi is considered normal and healthy i wouldn't worry



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Old May 22nd, 2012, 14:43 PM   5
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It kind of sounds silly but I've wondered this, too! I don't want to balloon up to ridiculous proportions when I'm pregnant so I wondered if starting on the lower end would be wise?? It was just a passing thought and I'm not trying to lower my BMI which is 22, too. I'm 5'6" and around 130 give or take a smidge either way usually. I've known women who became very miserable about the amount of weight they put on and I just don't want that battle...

Really I guess I'm just going to continue to exercise and make healthy food choices and what happens, happens! Thanks for letting me know I'm not the only one with these thoughts, though!!



 
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Old May 22nd, 2012, 15:24 PM   6
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You are definitely not the only one! Weight can be a big issue for women. I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself to be perfect. I know I just need to remind myself that I'm quite healthy overall and try to let it go. Thanks ladies!



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Old May 22nd, 2012, 16:57 PM   7
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Also, BMI in general is a really ineffective way to actually measure if you are overweight. I work in the public health field and there is so much controversy about it, because the formula used to compute it isn't very good and can make skinny people "overweight" or fat people "normal weight" depending on how it's measured. My husband, for instance, is quite slim and muscular from rock climbing, but according to his BMI he is nearly "obese". As long as you are healthy and active and eat lots of whole grains, fruits and veggies, you will be perfectly healthy for baby making.

I have a BMI of about 27 or 28, which is overweight, but I'm super healthy, primarily a vegetarian and ran 2 half marathons last year, so my GP deems me in great shape for pregnancy. So there is so much space for healthy women along that range of 'normal' weight and beyond it.



 
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