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Has anyone done Slimming World whilst pregnant?

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At 7 weeks pregnant i have been told my bmi is not the best, infact i'm quite shocked that it is 38!

I have been told i am a high risk pregnancy and may not have many options of where to deliver my baby.
And that later on i will be having a glucose tolerance test to rule out diabetes-scary stuffconfused

Cut to the point, has anyone had a successful maintain or loss of weight whilst following the Slimming World plan in pregnancy as i think it would be healthy for me to consider not to be putting on any more weight for mine & babies sake. I have done slimming world twice before but gave up due to willpower issues. I think now i have had the shock of what implications being obese means, i will fight the fat !

Tia, just wanted to see with it's safe and will work during pregnancy as i plan on doing sw from home as i cannot afford nor have the time for the £5 weekly meetings x

wispa31 Tue 14-May-13 12:25:15

imo not good to be dieting while pregnant. if you are already active with doing exercise keep it up and diet wise cut the sugar out. plenty of fruit and veg and protein and good fats (extra virgin olive oil, virgin coconut oil and fish oils) keep carbs to moderation, though may be hard as all i wanted at the start was spuds and toast lol. drink plenty of water and avoid fruit juices, they are the worst for insulin spikes. hth

Thankyou wispasmile

JohnSnowsTie Tue 14-May-13 15:03:18

There's a similar thread to this somewhere, will try to dig it out for you.

I've done SW recently and read that it IS recommended by midwives as it's considered a healthy eating plan rather than a diet - i.e. you're swapping fatty snacks for healthy fruits/veg, as opposed to cutting down.

You have to get something signed by your MW to say she's happy for you to continue with it though.

JohnSnowsTie Tue 14-May-13 15:05:46
NotALemon Tue 14-May-13 16:05:05

Some hospitals will refer you to Slimming World in pregnancy for free if you fit a certain criteria, as it's more long-term healthy lifestyle rather than fad diet. Worth asking your midwife about!

2Labradors Tue 14-May-13 16:05:07

I joined slimming world 2 weeks ago, I'm currently 11 weeks.

Slimming world is not a 'diet', it's a healthy eating plan. I was at weight watchers when I found out I was pregnant and had to leave as that is a restrictive diet.

I'm actually eating more with slimming world and everything is good healthy foods, loads of fruit and veg. The plan for pregnant ladies advises more calcium rich foods and fibre rich foods than the non-pregnant plan, I actually find it hard to eat the amount they recommend.

I have a starting BMI of 27 and the reason I've joined is to hopefully stop myself from gaining 4 stone + as I did with my previous 2 pregnancies.

You take a form to every midwife appointment and she has to say if any weight loss is acceptable etc. I've lost half a pound so far which is ideal as its more about not gaining too much rather than losing weight.

I also wanted to say that, at my booking-in appointment, before I started slimming world, I had my wee checked and they found glucose, plus protein and white cells. I had it checked again today after 2 weeks of SW and it was totally clear.

Thankyou john i will have a nosey through that and 2labradors, yes that's one thing i want to avoid sugar in my urine as i know being bmi 38 i'm high risk at present and i would like to undo some of the damage i have done to my body, even if thats just maintaining i will be happysmile

Will speak to mw when i next see her, although that is a whole month away, so will follow sw at home. Already ordered lots of lovely fresh vege, fruit and lean meat for next week to have a good try at it. Found some lovely sw recipes to trysmile

Did you say for free hotlemonsmile, that would be brilliant!

Snowflakepie Tue 14-May-13 16:43:52

My friend is a SW leader and has a number of pg ladies who are all doing well on it. It's about healthy eating and not fad dieting as such, so is a good thing in general I would say. Especially if you are motivated now, what better reason to improve your health!

Just as an aside, even if your BMI is high it doesn't mean you will automatically have problems. Just more tests and yes, maybe fewer birth options. But my SIL whose BMI was 34 when she became pg ended up having an 'unplanned' home birth because she delayed going into hospital until it was too late lol! Not for everyone but she was so sick of being prodded, extra scans booked, horror stories thrown at her that she just gritted her teeth and got on with it. She was told her Dd would be massive, that she was going to have all these problems, well baby was 7lbs 7oz and no problems at all. If the tests do show issues then do listen to the mw, but you are still an individual and you can still make your opinions heard. Good luck!

Franykins Wed 15-May-13 10:54:52

Hi. Just wanted to have my little say smile I had a BMI of 31 at my second midwife app so she has referred me for a glucose test (GTT) at 14 weeks. I was a little upset as well as I was just over the limit of 30 BMI but decided that if its for the best then its ok. I am a weight watcher member and have been for over a 1 and have lost 2 stone (could have done better but had a couple of slips lol) I said this to my MW and she said that weight watchers is ok and they now have a plan for pregnant ladies. I told my meeting leader and she said to make sure I use all my daily and weekly points. Not found this hard at all and found out on Monday that over the last two weeks I've put on 4.5 lbs. Not idea and was a bit of a shock really. However at 11+3 this is my only weight gain so i'm hoping that's not too bad but just want to keep an eye on it. I also found that the MW's scales weighed me more than the ww ones (I know all scales are diff) and the ww ones gave me a BMI of just under 30.

Sorry that was a little long winded blush

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