When Baby Complicates Weight Loss Goals – What’s a Mom to Do?

by For Two Fitness June 16, 2011

Today, we introduce you to Kelly, a teacher and lover of sweet treats. Like many women, she struggled with weight. In 2007, she made a commitment to health and began working with a trainer. She lost weight, and began running, and even began racing! Then, not yet at her goal weight and just as she was registering for a half-marathon (you go!), she discovered she was pregnant. She found herself sick and lethargic for the first few months- we can relate! While her joy was growing, her fitness plans were turned upside down. We are privileged to have her here, documenting her last weeks of pregnancy and her return to fitness after her baby arrives. Can’t wait to see how it goes!



Fitness has always been something that I struggled with. In high school I played soccer, mostly for fun and to spend time with my friends. In college, I had to take gym classes, but I was afraid of getting in a swimsuit in front of 25 other people, especially since my college was 75% male. Or playing a sport that was extremely competitive. So I took bowling and a wellness class. I got most of my exercise from waitressing and walking to campus.

I got engaged before I graduated and as soon as school was over I knew something had to change. I immediately checked out a gym in the city I was moving too and signed up. I also got a package with a few personal trainer sessions.

This is what I looked like when I started training, 2007.

I worked hard on my fitness and eating and was happy with where I was going. I started entering 5K’s and adding different types of fitness in to my regimen.

This is what I looked like at my wedding in 2008.

In the summer of 2010, I entered my first difficult race, the Spartan Race. While my race time may not be ideal for many, I completed the race and that is more than a lot of people can say. I decided after that race that I wanted to increase my running and strength training and set new and harder goals for myself.


Then everything changed. I was all ready to register for a half-marathon for the spring of 2011 when I found out I was pregnant. I am more than ecstatic to be a mom, but it really threw my fitness for a loop. I was not at my goal weight yet, and still had many milestones I wanted to meet.

For the first 5 months of my pregnancy, I did light strength workouts with my trainer and some jogging and walking on my own. I was very very sick for those 5 months, so my energy was low and I had a hard time really working out.

Eventually, everything came to a head. I was sick, I was sore, I was worried about my baby, even though I knew he was okay, and I was constantly exhausted. I struggled with working out, and mostly just walked a lot and did a lot of stretching.

When I started to get my energy back was when I started gaining a baby bump. Then I took a big fall, just while walking mind you, and I realized I just needed to take it easy for the next 2 months. I struggle with not being able to be as active, but I know I can get back into my fitness once I have the baby and my doctor clears me for workouts. I don’t ever want to get back to where I was in 2007! Look for me on this blog to read about my last weeks of pregnancy, and my postpartum fitness struggles and successes.

Follow Kelly on Twitter and check out her blog Cupcake Kelly’s!


So, what’s your take? What should a mom-to-be do when trying to balance weight loss goals and pregnancy?

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