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Hello!!! My name is Cara, I have just joined this site in order to help myself become healthier and fitter and lose weight whilst doing so, my husband and I have been trying for our first baby for the last 8 months and I want to make sure I am in the best possible condition ๐Ÿ˜Š. Any advice, information or tips from anyone will always be much appreciated ๐Ÿ˜Š. X โค๏ธ X

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Hi Cara_moore2016

Welcome to the weight loss forum.

We're delighted that you've chosen to join us and would be interested to know how you found out about Health Unlocked and this forum.

Take a look at the Welcome Newbie post in the Pinned post section at the right hand side or at the bottom if your on a mobile. Have a look at the nhs 12 week plan, many members have had success following this plan. Use the BMI checker to work out your daily calorie allowance.

Below the Pinned posts are the Topics where members share a range of weight related subjects.

Take your measurements at the start together with a photo so you can see the changes on the days the scales don't move.

We have daily weigh ins so why not come along and join us today. You can find the weigh ins on the Home page in the Events section on the right. Just click on the post in Events and record your start weight and any loss/gain or maintain for the week.

To get the most of the forum be active, share tips, recipes and experiences. Read some of the posts they are very motivating.

Have a good first week.



Hello Cara and welcome to the healthy weight loss site. You are certainly doing the right thing by taking action before you conceive so your baby will have the best possible start. You will be contacted by an administrator shortly with lots of info about the site.

Once you are pregnant you will be given all sorts of info about diet etc but there is not much before then so I will cover one or two things which may help. Are you already taking folic acid? If not this is something you need to do now and continue.

The benefits of eating a varied and healthy diet with lots of fresh fruit and veg are important for everyone, not just while trying to conceive, so the same advice is good for both you and your husband. The habits you start now will set you up for long term health and also will benefit your children as you will be their role model.

It would be good to lose some weight to get you into a healthy BMI if this is an issue. Also this is a good time to stop smoking if this is something either of you do. This can be difficult but there is help with NHS smoking cessation initiatives.

If your husband smokes or is overweight this can affect his 'swimmers' so this is a lifestyle change that will help both of you.

I recommend you start doing some exercise because, if you are fit you will find the pregnancy and birth easier to manage.

I think I have done enough preaching for now ๐Ÿ˜Š. If you have further questions please contact me.

Good luck and keep posting. EJ


Thank you so much for the information!! Neither of us smoke, and my husband is looking at becoming more fit and healthy too although he is not over weight, I could do with some weight loss so am starting to work on that, I will also start taking folic acid as of today ๐Ÿ˜Š. Thank you so much for your message ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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Hi again Cara, forgot to mention alcohol. If you can both cut right back or stop this will help with conception and is also better for a developing embryo. There is some debate about a little alcohol being ok once pregnant but probably if you can get into the habit of not having any then it will be easier as it is certainly not recommended during breastfeeding. I have virtually stopped drinking during my weight loss journey as I feel it is a waste of calories!

Best wishes EJ


Hi Cara_moore2016 welcome to the forum and enjoy working towards your goals. Set yourself mini steps and plan to succeed. You have excellent reasons to make this happen..

Cheering you on ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

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Thank you so much ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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How are you doing 3 weeks in?


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