Post # 1
Color me surprised and a little worried. After spending the past month feeling like I’m getting absolutely huge (and my husband thinks my belly’s getting bigger, too), I went in for my doctor’s appointment yesterday and I’ve only gained a pound over the past month (I’m 33 weeks today). Then the doctor measured my stomach and said I was measuring small, so I have to go for an ultrasound this coming week to make sure everything’s OK. The baby’s been moving around plenty, so I wasn’t really worried about anything going in.
My obsessive Internet searching leads me to believe that the stomach measuring is not always terribly accurate, but the fact that I’ve only gained a pound is a bit troubling…I was gaining about a pound a week for the two months before that. The only information I’ve been able to come up with is that weight gain sometimes slows down around the ninth month, but I’m a few weeks away from that still. The doctor’s explanation to me about the small belly measurement went no further than, “It’s probably nothing to worry about.” So of course I’m worrying. Did anyone else mysteriously not gain as much once the third trimester hit? Did it lead to problems? Should I just use this as an excuse to snack more?
Post # 3
Don’t worry, I am sure baby is healthy. I was told with my first that it was going to be a HUGE baby at least 9 pounda, but he was only 7 pounds. I have a friend who was tiny with hers and her baby was 8 pounds and 2 weeks early!
I never put on much weight with DS, maybe 5 – 10 pounds at the most. With this pregnancy I have lost 6 pounds but baby is still ok.
Just focus on a happy healthy baby and stay away from google and take the your huge/ small thing with a grain of salt.
Post # 4
I had some weird fluctuations between 29-33 weeks. I was up 21 pounds by 29 weeks and then by 33 weeks was only up 20 (ie, I LOST a pound). I think it was in part because I was bloated, etc. at 29 weeks and 21 pounds wasn’t my true gain at that point. My doctor wasn’t at all concerned about it – and also, I had an ultrasound and the baby is measuring just fine – on the smaller side 24th percentile – but DH and I are small people. THey won’t get concerned unless baby is less than 10th percentile. Good luck and try not to worry!
Post # 5
Thanks so much for sharing your experiences — I’m sure you’re both right! Every little thing just seems like a potential danger right now, even though my head says it’s probably nothing. I guess it’s good practice for all the worrying I’ll get to do once he’s born, a toddler, a teenager, in his thirties…