Post # 1
I have been feeling this way for the past few weeks and am finally to the point where I really need some advice. My self esteem has taken a major beating lately.
I am a little over 10 weeks pregnant and I already feel huge! I feel like I’ve gained ten pounds already!! I can’t fit into any of my jeans and when I look in the mirror my whole body, not just my stomach looks way bigger. Like my arms, face, butt, legs…everything. I am one of those women that has to keep a full stomach to avoid nausea and so I admit I have been eating a ton. Like way more than I ever have before. I’ve only given in a couple times and had some serious junk food, like fast food or ice cream. For the most part it’s been pretty ok stuff I’ve been snacking on like apples with peanut butter, crackers, fruit and Nutrigrain bars or granola bars. I just don’t understand why I’m feeling like this and beating myself up so bad!
My husband tells me all the time that I’m beautiful and this is all natural and how my body is adjusting to being pregnant but it’s not helping:( My family too has told me it’s probablty just hormones.
I’ve also been walking several times a week. That makes me feel so much better when I do. I guess I just always pictured myself being one of those women that was all belly and I’m totally not turning out like that. I’ve been tall and slender my whole life! I’m 5’7 and weigh 125 usually. I now weigh 140 at 10 weeks!!! AAAHHH!! I feel like that’s already so much!
I feel so bad for even complaining about this at all. I am SO happy and estatic to be pregnant and know that I shouldn’t be complaining about weight gain. I just feel so low about my appearance and would really appreciate some advice on how to either not feel this way or on how to eat/excersise better to help me not gain 60 pounds while pregnant.
Thanks so much for your advice and time!
Post # 4
I think it’s pretty common to be bloated and gain water weight early on, which might lead to you feeling bigger all over. Also, if you are sticking to mostly healthy foods and in a normal range for daily calories, then you can’t worry about it too much. Your body will adjust to pregnancy how it wants. You might be suprised by how things even out in the second trimester. Keep exercising and making healthy food choices and it’ll be okay.
My downfall was eating a lot of white carbs. I had a lot of nausea and sickness that helped me not gain too much in the first trimester, but then I gained a lot in the second trimester. It’s hard to come to terms with weight during pregnancy, because you have to eat and there’s not too much you can do other than eat healthy foods. But it’s worth it knowing you’re growing a healthy baby!
Post # 5
@mrstilly: Thank you so much!! I never thought about everything smoothing out in the second trimester…that’s good news! I also think I need to start keeping track of what I’m eating. I think I’m snacking all the time and it’s getting out of control.
Thanks for the advice:)
Post # 6
It’s hard when you are snacking frequently because the calories can add up so quick. I was getting so full eating regular meals that it was making me sick, so I had to really cut back and eat more frequently. But all those frequent snacks were really adding up. I was taking in about 300-500 more calories each day than I needed to. I started tracking on thedailyplate.com and was shocked at how much I was eating, even though it was mostly healthy foods. I’ve had to cut out some carbs and sweets and replace them with cut up veggies. I also replaced granola bars with fiber one chewy bars (which are yummy!) which keeps me full longer.
Post # 7
Talk to your doctor. They will be able to help you determine if you are enough or too much weight. From what I know it is normal to gain weight in other areas other than your stomach. A lot of the weight you will gain will be water, and fat. This is your bodys way or preparing for the baby, and reserving energy for you to feed he/she. If you breastfeed once you have the baby you are most likely to loss all the weight that you are gaining, as long as you stay with in the range that your doctor gave you. Dont worry. If you are hungy eat, trust your body. Hope that helped and good luck!!!
Post # 8
I always bloat when I have my period and was up to my ‘period weight’ like immediately during pregnancy. I also was waking up during the middle of the night and eating because I felt like I couldn’t possibly sleep while I was soooo hungry. But for some reason besides for bloating weight I didn’t gain all that much during the first trimester. Now during the second trimester I have more energy so I’ve been working out more and I don’t wake up in the middle of the night to eat and I’m not snacking all the time but now I’m gaining weight, still in the normal range for this point in pregnancy but more than normal for what you’re supposed to month to month in second trimester. I’d mention it to your doctor but as long as you’re getting out and getting some exercize and trying to minimize giving into unhealthy cravings I think our bodies just put on weight where and as they please during this time.
Post # 9
I second really looking at what you’re consuming. It could be a lot of empty calories (like granola bars that have more sugar than you think) that aren’t filling you up. Also, drink water and up the working out. Walking doesn’t always cut it unless you’re going on marathon walks. 45 minutes on a treadmill with some weight for arms and legs 3-4 times a week is what my doctor rec’ed to me when I feel like I can’t keep up with my current gym workout.
Post # 10
I would keep a food journal and see what you are eating (try not to leave out candy dishes, drinks, etc) and see. Also, add walking or some mild cardio (I like yoga/pilates but I usually just walk on the treadmill now). You will retain water…for me it is usually at night….but you are right to watch your weight because you don’t want to gain too much…especially early
Post # 11
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I’m with Tilly, it seems like it’s probably a lot of bloating and water weight. It seems counter-intuitive, but drinking tons of water will keep the bloating at bay. Constipation also factors in to that full/bloated feeling and puffy belly. For perspective, I’m 5’4 and normally stay between 120-125, so it seems you started out quite slender in the first place. That may add to your feelings of hugeness. For your height, 140 seems like you’ll still look trim and healthy. Your husband is probably right, I’m sure you look beautiful!
Post # 12
I started a chart based on the recommendations in WTEWE. I can email it to you if you want.
Basically I try to make sure I am getting the following:
- 3-4 servings of Green leafy, Yellow, Orange or Red Fruits/Vegetables
- 1-2 Servings of other Fruits/Vegetables
- 6 servings of whole grains
- No more than 30% of calories from fat
- No more than 2,400 mg of sodium
Personally, I am also trying to make sure I am getting 25grams of fiber to help with constipation.
Post # 13
I understand how you feel. I’m at 8 weeks and although I haven’t weighted myself, I know I’m gaining weight. I haven’t been to the gym in weeks b/c I’m soooo tired and can’t find the energy to go. I’m just waiting until this trimester passes and I won’t feel sick and have energy to go to the gym.
I keep eating too because that is the only way I feel better. I know I’m not making the best decisions about what I’m eating, but hope that once I feel better, my choices will be better. In the reading that I’ve done they say do what makes you feel better at this point and don’t stress over the calories. I’m just going to go with that for now and hope that it will all work itself out. I know I will lose the weight after the baby is born. This is an amazing time and I try not to let my weight worries interfere.
Post # 14
I wouldn’t stress too much. I gained more in the first trimester than in the second because I had to keep eating to not feel nauseous. It all evened out eventually.
Actually, I gained 70 pounds with my first pregnancy! I was afraid I’d hit 200! Fortunately, I didn’t, but I did go from 115 to 185. Yikes! But by the time my baby was 7-8 months old it was all gone.
Post # 15
@SecretName: YES. EAT FIBER.
Seriously, at 27 weeks, if I could go back and tell myself something at 15 weeks or thereabouts, it would definitely include a warning to “eat your fiber and buy some stool softeners because believe me if you don’t you will come to regret it SO MUCH.”
Post # 16
@Lozza: Thats great to keep my motivated.
This may be Too Much Information, but I can already feel it getting harder to go #2 so I really need to keep my fiber up.