Top 10 Excuses Mothers Use in Weight Loss: #10


I hope you have had time to think about all “Top 10 Excuses Mothers Use in Weight Loss” since my last post. Responses from friends and colleagues have been mixed as they contemplated the list. Half of them said they had never, ever thought those things…and the other half admitted they had at least 2 to 3 if not a version of all of the excuses run through their head at one time or another. Can you guess who comprised those groups….



Men made up the first group and women, mommies to be specific, made up the second half. Does that shock you? Not me. Men experience weight gain in, typically, a VERY different way than women do. I think you will see what I mean as I revisit the individual  weight loss excuses. Let’s talk about excuse #10.


10. I am pregnant (or will be again in the near future) and I need the extra calories/weight to support that precious baby growing inside me.


Let’s talk about the first half of this statement. “I am pregnant”. Just how many extra calories do you need when you are pregnant? If you are struggling with cravings it can seem like an extra 1,000 calories a day should fit the bill. WebMD gives you a better picture of how much you actually need to consume each day:


“It is not necessary to “eat for two” during pregnancy. It’s true that you need extra calories from nutrient-rich foods to help your baby grow, but you generally need to consume only 100 to 300 more calories than you did before you became pregnant to meet the needs of your growing baby.


Ask your health care provider how much weight you should gain during pregnancy. A woman of average weight before pregnancy should gain 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy. Underweight women should gain 28-40 pounds during pregnancy. Overweight women may need to gain only 15-25 pounds during pregnancy. You may need to gain more or less weight, depending on what your health care provider recommends.


In general, you should gain about 2 to 4 pounds during your first three months of pregnancy and 1 pound a week for the remainder of your pregnancy. If you are expecting twins you should gain 35 to 45 pounds during your pregnancy. This would be an average of 1 ½ pounds per week after the usual weight gain in the first three months.”

Good advice! But what if you are struggling with your weight before you started growing that precious new life inside you and now your doctor tells you that you need to eat more? Don’t panic…you can do it! Work with your physician and any professionals he/she connects you with regarding your diet. Simply cleaning out your diet can make a huge difference in your body composition. Make sure you visit with you doctor or mid-wife first though so they can help you develop a game plan.  


What about the second half of the #10 excuse? I am going to be pregnant in the near future… so why should I lose the weight now when I am going to gain I all back? When you have small kids at home there are just some things that are elusive…sleeping in, going to the bathroom by yourself, getting a cookie all to yourself, etc..If you didn’t have time before to work on weight loss, overall movement and health, how is it even close to possible that you could do it now? Very rarely will you hear me say, “I know how you feel” however I can honestly say I do know how you feel (refer to excuse 1 on the top ten list).  It is so much easier to lose 10 pounds than it is to lose 20 pounds and if weight loss is a challenge for you, then you need all the help you can get so keeping your weight under control in the short term will yield long term benefits. I don’t just mean physiological benefits either, but psychological ones too. In those days right after your child is born you may have caught a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and thought, “Who in the heck is that unshowered, sweat suit wearing, make-up missing lady in the mirror?”


Keeping your weight under control in a way that works for you helps your physical and psychological being. Search out professionals to help you get started on this path! A good trainer who understands what you are going through can help you reach your goals and simply let you share the new challenges in your life.


Stay posted for comments on excuse #9, “9. I may be a little soft around the middle but I am healthy because I take a stroll in the evening with my husband and child(ren).”



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