Dealing with weight gain anxiety while pregnant

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

 @mrs_pugetsound:  You should definitely talk to your OB about weight gain, nutrition, and fitness. Maybe a referral to a dietician would ease your worries about how to maintain a healthy weight while still giving the baby nutrients it needs to grow?

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

I think it’s pretty common to have these concerns. I just had my 28 week appointment, and I’ve gained 20 pounds. That was my goal for the whole pregnancy! My doctor assured me that everything is fine, and really, I’m gaining on schedule. I didn’t gain anything in my first trimester, and some women gain weight in bulk, level off, and gain a bit more at the very end. She said it looked like I’m heading that way. It’s really helpful to me that my doctor is supportive and comforting. My husband is irritated a bit that I care that I’m gaining… he tells me it’s what I’m supposed to be doing. I try just to take a deep breath and know that my body will do what it needs to support our baby. If she wants a little extra padding to push against, I’m okay with that. 

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

As someone who has struggled with a horrible ED in the past, I just don’t think about it. My baby is more important to me than a few extra lbs that I will be able to lose afterwards.  Everyone I Know has lost baby weight and then some pretty quickly after having a child so I’m not concerned.  My baby’s health is my main priority so I just tell myself not to be selfish. The baby needs me more than I need to be a stick figure.  My one friend was at her pre-pregnany weight minus 5 lbs 10 days after birth. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I completely understand. I’m 20 weeks too, and the baby’s head and belly are measuring a week ahead. The tech and doctor told us not to worry, that babies grow at different rates (s/he may have just had just had a growth spurt) or maybe s/he is taking after their big headed father.

I also used to freak out about weight gain, making sure I was on track and not gaining too quickly. I exercise like I did prior to pregnancy (walking 20 miles a week, cardio 4x/wk for 45 minutes and weights 4x/wk). I even eat a bit healthier than I used to. But I have still gained 11 pounds. The last pound seemed to be gained in a day (I’m hoping it is bloat)!

Try to understand that some weeks you are going to gain a half pound, others you may gain 2 pounds. Try not to let the numbers on the scale dominate you too much, even hid the scale from yourself and only weigh in once a month. Focus on listening to your body (when it says to sleep, exercise, eat) and consume lots of nutrient dense foods.

@remijp:  I second the recommendation to talk to a dietitian, but I’m not sure how you calculated how many calories she is consuming based off this post.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Could you throw out your scale and only get weighed when you visit the doctor?  That way you will have fewer numbers to obsess over, and will only get weighed when someone will be able to reassure you that the weight gain is good and healthy. 

(Edited for grammar — whoops!)

 

 

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Don’t start eating more. It’s a myth that you need to eat for two or whatever. As long as you have a healthy, balanced diet (and take pre-natals as needed/recommended), your baby will take what it needs. Eat when you’re hungry.

So many people think they need to shovel food down for the baby, and then complain when they see people like Kate Middleton lose the baby weight so fast. It’s because people like Kate gained a healthy amount of weight and didn’t overdo it.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Don’t focus so much on the scale. The scale tells you useful information, sure, but the increasing numbers there are nothing to be anxious about. Most of that weight gain is fluids, extra blood, growing baby and placenta, etc. Certainly not fat!

If you’re eating the same type of food as always (just a slightly higher quantity) and continuing to exercise, then you really have nothing to worry about in terms of growing an enormous butt for no reason or doubling the size of your chin in a month or two. It probably won’t happen, and if it does, then it’s just what your body wanted to do during pregnancy and no amount of eating salads and working out is going to stop it. The only thing you need to worry about is if you’re the kind of person who says “I’m pregnant, therefore I can have ice cream for dinner because f*** it.” It doesn’t sound like that’s the path you’re on, so I’m sure you’ll be fine!

As for exercise, maybe try playing with the incline level on the treadmill when you walk. I invented a fantastic interval program that I do several times a week and I feel like I got a great workout afterwards — much better than just walking at the same speed and same incline for 30 minutes. It makes me feel fantastic to know I’m taking care of my body while also taking care of my baby 🙂

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I refuse to weigh myself at home and I think I’m going to stop looking at the scales when I go to the doctor’s office. I’m 21 weeks tomorrow but the last time I was weighed was at 18 weeks and I had already gained about 15 pounds! I’m a little bit worried about gaining weight but there’s not much I can do about it. Unfortunately it comes with the territory when you’re growing a tiny human inside your belly. 🙂

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

@canarydiamond:  You do want to be sure you are eating enough — especially if you have any ED issues in the past and have a tendency to restrict your intake without thinking about it.  Your baby will take what it needs, but it will also do it in ways that can harm your health, and lead to preterm delivery, low birth-weight, anemia, etc.

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@bluegreenjean:  Definitely, that’s why I said “healthy, balanced diet”. But yes, obviously you don’t want to restrict calories intentionally, but getting pregnant isn’t a pass to eat whatever you want (I see so many women who still do this).

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