Sparklekitty (Julie), Science-Loving Hag

Knocked up

Jul 24, 2015

One of my major goals for post-op life was to have a baby, which would be much safer at a healthy weight. 3 weeks after having my IUD removed, I had my wish!

I'm now 25 weeks pregnant with a totally healthy little boy, and hopefully he'll show up around November 5th. Hooray!

My health is great, but it's been a bit of a mindf!ck trying to wrap my head around some things. Transitioning to eating more (1200 cal/day in maintenance, and my OB wanted me to up to about 1800 for pregnancy) was hard, especially with constant nausea in the 1st trimester. I have a very difficult time with meat, and I'm eating LOTS of carbs compared to before. But the logic is that I should eat what I can and "don't be dumb about it" (OB's words), and Little Dude will get what he needs. Thank goodness I'm craving peanut butter sandwiches and not potato chips or ice cream!

I'm up to 169lb, which is scary. I'm on track to gain about 30 - 35lb, which my OB says is right on. Seeing the numbers go higher than my first goal weight (160lb) was frustrating. but I know this is for a good cause. And if I could lose 140lb after surgery, losing 30 afterwards-- including 10+lb of baby and fluid and whatnot-- will be no problem.

I definitely have moments where I look at my body and feel like I'm out of control, or I'm afraid that I'm going to go back to the way things were. But then I remembered that before, I could have eaten two or three PB&J, plus chips, plus a huge glass of milk. Now, I have half a sandwich and I'm done.

This "before" pic, taken with my dad 9 months before I had surgery, really reminds me that things ARE different.

Compare that to now, even at 169 and rocking the maternity pants:

I look different, I feel different, and things are good. How can it not be when there's a junior geek on the way? :)


About Me
Surgery Date
Aug 11, 2013
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Before & After
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At my brother's wedding, several weeks before attending my surgeon's info session
My first triathlon!

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