Anxious about weight gain in Pregnancy?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I gained 65 lbs when I was pregnant with my son. I started out at 130 lbs and topped out at 195 lbs. By the end I was mortified by how much weight I had gained but my doctor wasn’t concerned at all because I had never been above 135 lbs prior to my pregnancy. Now my son is 2 and I’m back down to 120 lbs. Just take care of baby and let the rest work itself out.

Post # 4
1022 posts
Bumble bee

I feel like we are in the same boat. I’ve always been on the smaller side, and didn’t really have to worryabout my weight. I lost a little for the wedding, packed it back on then wanted to loose some, but with my summer job it was really hard and was not at my ‘happy weight’ before getting pregnant. I’m 21 weeks and have gaine 11 pounds, it feels like a giant number to me. I talked with my OBGYN about it and he assured me that I’m in the rhelm of normal and that I will most likely gain in spurts. It made me feel a little better. Also taking a few photos, I look like I’m all baby belly and boobs, made me feel better as well.

I just stay the hell away from the scale unless I’m at the doctor’s office, then he just says I’m doing fine.

Post # 5
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I know what you mean!! I’m usually 120, but went up to 125 since we were out of town for DHs job for about 6 weeks and we are out all the time! I’m 17 weeks and at 134 now, I know that my body is gaining what it has to, but gaining tons of weight terrifies me!

Post # 6
179 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Mrs.H2BI’d say you are fine. You’ll hit a plateau and then gain again at the end.   It’s good to watch things and be concerned, but honestly don’t let it stress you out.  I was in the hospital for 16 weeks and delivered at 32 weeks with twins.  I gained a total of 28 pounds, which is very unusual and not very safe.  The thing to remember is if you’re healthy it gives your baby a good start.

Good luck to all of you mommies-to-be.

Post # 7
1059 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

Typically only a max of 20% of your pregnancy weight is actually fat. Thinking about it that way (considering that the other stuff goes away easily on its own) can help make it easier to deal with.

Post # 8
938 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Please try not to be too anxious about weight gain. I felt the same way before I got pregnant. I started out at 132lbs and ended up gaining 26lbs. My advice is to off the scale, eat as healthily as you can, and stay active. I am breast feeding, and by 4 weeks post partum, I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight. 

Post # 10
416 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Mrs.H2B:  hey I hear you. The most important thing to me is the health of my baby – and I get concerned that if I don’t have control over the weight, I could possibly have health concerns later – you know, things like gestational diabetes. But I’m the same as you – 20 weeks and I’ve gained 10 pounds which is normal – I guess I’m afraid for what is still to come. You are not alone 🙂

Post # 11
1059 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

I feel like I’m the only one on the planet who is enjoying gaining pregnancy weight. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not taking it as an excuse to become a human garbage disposal (thought that hunger is really impressive), but it’s nice to feel like my body is doing what it’s supposed to do, and that pound or so a week is measurable progress toward the eventual birth of my child.

It’s a real novelty, coming from the “weight loss” end of the spectrum, too. I had a rough year in 2012 with mononeucleosis and stopped regular fitness during my long recovery, only to start a new workout regimen in Nov 2012 with the goal of a 9-day trek in Patagonia in March ’13 and a 3-day bike tour in August ’13. Having lost 12 lbs in the last year, I’m still 2 less than I was at this time last year, and while I suppose it COULD be frustrating to watch the scale go the other direction, I feel more confident than ever that if I put my mind to it, losing 5, 10, 15 lbs is no big deal even *without* breastfeeding to help (and I look forward to that added bonus).

Post # 12
2184 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

I started at 130, too… I ended up at 159. I’m happy to say that at 2.5 weeks postpartum, I’m at 135. Don’t worry about it. your body will do what it needs to support your baby. Also remember that weight gain can cluster- I only gained 5 pounds in the third trimester. 

Post # 13
2782 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Mrs.H2B:  I started out at about 125-ish pre-pregnancy.  I was up to 169 at my heaviest when I was pregnant.  I was always pretty small (125 was the most I had been pre-pregnancy)– but my entire body changed after I was pregnant.  I’m more volumptuous not than I was before.


I don’t even know why I gained so much weight- I walked on the treadmill everyday, and I don’t feel like I was eating out of control.

Post # 14
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

It sucks seeing numbers you hve never seen before but that’s just what has to happen. I know people that have gained up to 60lbs and lost all of it and then some within a fee weeks (go breastfeeding!) so it doesn’t worry me too much. As long as you’re eating as healthy as you can and staying as active as you can the rest is out of your control.  Everyone gains at different paces too. I only gained 10lbs in the first 28 weeks or so but now have been steadily gaining 1.5-2.5 lbs a week. Other people gain more early on and less later. 

Post # 15
784 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m not even sure where I started at – we were in the middle of a long move and lived in a hotel for a week so I ate a TON of fast food.  I know I was probably heavier than my normal weight.  Based on what I usually weighed, I’m up 10lbs at 16 weeks (wow)  but I think its probably more like 6-7lbs since getting pregnant. 

I’m super concerned about gaining too much weight.  I’m short and was already above my ideal weight so the thought of adding so much more is depressing.  Doing my best to just eat healthy and not think about it so I don’t stress much.

Post # 16
1132 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

It’s so great to hear from ladies who lost weight quickly after giving birth! I’m at 29w and have gained about 26 pounds, which is almost 5 lbs above the ideal range. It’s the holidays though, and I’m still not on pace to gain any more than about 40 lbs, and I’m trying to eat sensibly, so I think it’ll be fine. 

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