I’m finding many of these comments encouraging. I was running 5 miles a day and using and elliptical trainer daily as well prior to pregnancy. I continued running until about 10 weeks but had to stop because I was struggling with nausea and exhaustion. My whole life I have struggled with my perception of my body. Since finding out i was pregnant i have tried to eat healthy and continue to exercise but I’ve gained 15 lbs at 18 weeks. I’m jiggly in places I never have been and I know the baby’s health is what’s important but looking in the mirror is a challenge. According to the weight gain chart I’m 3-5 lbs more than I should be. So many women seem to not follow that, and it gives me hope.
A whopping 14 million Americans can lead healthy lifestyles but still gain weight. What's to blame? Hypothyroidism: a condition where your metabolism-regulating thyroid gland becomes under-active and can cause a stalled metabolism and weight gain. According to The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the condition often develops slowly and many people don't notice the symptoms of the disease until they're full blown. So, if you've suddenly put on weight for no apparent reason, we suggest seeing a medical professional. Fortunately, the disease is quite manageable as your doctor can prescribe a calibrated dose of thyroid replacement medicine.