At 152kg, Janine feared her excess weight would make falling pregnant a second time difficult.
Height: 1.66 m
Was: 152.2 kg
Lost: 72.2 kg
Weight: 80 kg
A difficult first pregnancy
Janine had struggled for more than 2 years to conceive her first child Riley, and then went through a difficult pregnancy and labour. Determined to avoid the same trials the second time around meant slimming down and improving her fitness.
Determination to conceive
“I discovered Riley’s prematurity may have been because I was overweight,” she says. “A doctor told me that carrying extra weight during pregnancy puts a burden on the cervix. When I finally fell pregnant I didn’t realise that my weight had probably made it harder to conceive. Nobody had told me.”
At the end of 2004, Janine decided to start preparing for a second baby. This time being aware of weight impacting pregnancy, Janine joined her local Weight Watchers meeting, weighing 152kg. By the middle of 2005, Janine had lost about 30kg and was determined to lose more weight to support another pregnancy.
Janine learned how to make healthier food choices and just over a year after joining, she had shed an amazing 73.6kg. So, in January 2006, when Janine and Mark decided to try to give Riley a sibling, she was shocked to discover she was pregnant after only 3 weeks. “I thought it would take months again,” she laughs. “It was then that I realised how important it is to be fit and healthy if you want to have a baby." The second pregnancy was a breeze and Ethan was born a week early and perfectly healthy.
Leading the way
Janine now walks, rides her exercise bike every day, and cooks meals from Weight Watchers cookbooks. She has also become a Leader and educates others about the important impact that your health and weight has on conception. “I don’t want others to go through what I went through.”
Mum on the move
Janine now nurtures a great connection with her sons, thanks to her renewed energy. “Little boys don’t want to sit and watch TV – they want to kick a ball around and go to the park. Focusing on my health gives me the energy to be who Riley and Ethan need me to be.”
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