NuttyMoonBride

22 mos. post op. 10 wks preg and always hungry Help

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Greetings!! 

On the 7th of April I will be 23 months post VSG.  Today I am 10 wks pregnant with my third child.  This is my first pregnancy after the VSG.  My OB/GYN expects me to gain between 25-30 lbs. I find that to be scary.   I lost nearly 90lbs and  I have gained nearly 8lbs in this 10 weeks.   I went from 148 lbs to 156.   Other VGS's tell me that by the time the second trimester hits, my restriction will increase so much as the baby growth will push up my organs and I will consume less than what I am consuming now.  Others tell me that by the time I see my OB/GYN for my  post partum check up, I will lose more than half of gained weight.   I want to believe that's true, but right now i feel like I fell off the wagon, returned to my old habits and i feel I have lost control.  I need help, advise and a reality check.  Please know that I had medical clearance to become pregnant 12 months post op, I did not start trying until 4-5 months ago.    

  • I have no energy to exercise.  I used to work out, swim, do zumba and yoga 3-5x a week. 
  • I am tired all the time.  All I want to do is sleep
  • I eat carelessly.  I am an emotional eater.   cant stand protein shakes no more.  i crave carbs and sweets.   
  • I still suffer from Hypertension.  Despite of having the surgery 22 months ago,  I still take medications to control my pressure 3x a day, plus a baby aspirin. 
  • I had  pre-eclampsia with my two previous pregnancy. and eclampsia with my first.  both pregnancy resulted in c-sections at 36 and 32 weeks gestation.  This  pregnancy is already considered High Risk, a c-section is expected and so is the return of pre-eclampsia. 
  • I am 41 years old.  

Please advise and  Please be Honest.  

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I can only share my experience but maybe something will be helpful. First, I'm RNY. I'm due with baby #3 in 3 days, but also first since surgery and being at goal for over 2 years. The high-risk specialist I saw a few times said for someone with my starting weight I should gain around 30 pounds. Like you, that totally freaked me out. I've gained about 18 and seriously have no appetite. I did stick to my post-op diet throughout the pregnancy though because I wanted to get back to goal as fast as possible postpartum. My hope is to leave the majority of the weight in the hospital, though that may be wishful thinking.

being high-risk and with a history of pre-eclampsia, I would urge you to try to stay on plan, for your own health as well. This pregnancy has been so much easier being so much smaller. It was only this past week where I really started to feel it.

good luck and feel free to ask me any questions!

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I was done child bearing before surgery, but I'd like to comment about the lack of energy. My advice, roll with it. It takes a lot of energy to make a little human, and if your body wants sleep, then sleep. Your energy level will normalize in time.

You said you want sweets and don't like protein shakes anymore. If you could find a protein shake you like, you may be able to provide that sweet tooth a healthy indulgence. I happen to be fond of Syntrax Matrix Mint Cookie blended with a ton of pulverized ice. I have one every day for my evening snack (and sometimes make a second one, because my three youngest kids like it too).

Have you eaten a diabetic diet during pregnancy? I had gestational diabetes a couple of times, and my prescribed diet allowed a fair bit of carbohydrate, but as long as I kept my macronutrients balanced, I found my eating program satisfying. Post-WLS may require some adjustment.

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