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34 Weeks (Weight Concerns)

I was all set to do a regular 34 week update, but got a bit discouraged after this morning’s OB appointment where the doctor lectured me about my weight gain and asked me exactly what I have been eating.  

I know that my eating habits can be better, but I haven’t been eating any differently since the beginning of the pregnancy. As such, I can’t attribute anything to the rapid weight gain in the past month aside from my body just doing whatever the heck it wants to do. My blood pressure is fine (it has hovered in the 100/60-range for the majority of the pregnancy and today it was 96/56), all my bloodwork has been normal, and aside from some swelling, there is nothing to indicate that I am in danger of complications such as gestational diabetes or pre-eclampsia. And while I would love to exercise, my hip pains just make it impossible at this point.

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I know that every pregnant woman has concerns about weight gain at some point or another — whether it be from gaining too much or too little. However, it really depresses me to step on the scale to see that I have gained about 40 lbs so far. If you take into account the fact that I never lost the 10 lbs from the pregnancy I miscarried before getting pregnant again, that is a total of 50 lbs from my normal weight. Oy vey.

All I can hope for is that my hip pains will disappear soon after delivery and that I can start exercising off the excess weight as soon as possible. I also plan on breastfeeding, which should help me shed some pounds. In addition, I have had J promise me to help whip my butt back into shape. 30 Day Shred and P90x — here I come!