Losing weight helped me to conceive!
Shocked by her holiday pics, and with little energy to play with her kids, Clair Ramsden from Worthing, West Sussex joined Slimming World and lost 4st 12lbs. Read her story here...
"My first son Josh was conceived naturally; getting pregnant a second time was much more stressful. Nobody said anything, but I’m sure my two to three stones of excess weight coupled with a high-fat, high calorie diet weren’t helping. I was prescribed fertility drugs, then suffered two miscarriages – one of which was with twins. I was eventually diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
"It wasn’t until after our second child Dylan’s birth that I realised how much being overweight was affecting me in other ways, too. I was puffed out at the slightest exertion and found it hard to join in with walks and games. When we came back from holidays and I saw the unflattering snaps in which I still looked pregnant, I knew I wanted to change. I was really pleased to discover that Slimming World welcomed breastfeeding mums and that as well as all the unlimited Free Foods like pasta, veg and lean meat, I could have additional Healthy Extras such as milk and cheese to keep my calcium and energy levels up.
"I joined in October 2009, and lost a steady 1-2lbs a week until, after a year or so, I seemed to get stuck. Then I found out there was a good reason why I wasn’t losing – I was pregnant! I had conceived naturally and without consciously trying. My doctor reckoned my PCOS had improved because I was no longer overweight.
With my midwife’s consent I was able to keep attending group until just before Sophia’s birth, and when I returned to group afterwards I was still lighter than I’d been two years earlier! I set my target at 10st, and was thrilled to reach it in December 2012.
"Running a business and having three children is fun but exhausting! I don’t think I’d have succeeded if my husband Jeremy hadn’t also been keen to get healthy and lose a bit of weight. We used to encourage each other’s bad eating habits during our working day, now we buy fruit and cereal bars and have home-made curries and pasta sauce instead of takeaways.
"I’d never done very much exercise before. Two years after joining, though, I decided to start running, as it was something that was fairly easy to fit into my busy lifestyle. At first I could barely jog for two minutes without stopping to catch my breath. I kept at it and this year, I'll be doing the Brighton Marathon!
"I used to think slimming was something you did to fit into a pretty dress on a special occasion. It's so much more than that, though – it's about acquiring a healthy lifestyle that enables you to enjoy family life to the max."
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