Post # 1
Happy 12 weeks to my first LO as of today!! We had the “12 week appointment” last week and everything looked great! So exciting!
However, this momma-to-be has also packed on EIGHT POUNDS already so far. Yes, 8. Pretty sure I read online that “healthy weight gain” for first trimester is between 1-5 lbs for my current weight. And then there’s the many other friends/fam members that had babies recently or are having babies soon who told me they were so sick their first trimester they lost weight.
Please tell me I’m not the only one with a substantial weight gain first trimester? Also, do you think I’m setting myself up on a track to gain a ton for the rest of the pregnancy? Is that how that works?
Post # 3
I gained about four pounds in the first tri, but since then I’ve been putting on what seems like MORE than a pound a week in the second tri. Don’t worry about it — as long as you’re healthy and your doc isn’t concerned, then you’re probably fine. You may just gain a little more slowly in the second tri, or hell, you might be one of those unlucky souls who mysteriously gains 60 pounds despite being healthy as all get-out! Everyone is different, so try not to be too concerned 🙂
Post # 4
My mom said she gained 7 pounds right off the bat with all 3 pregnanies. It may have to do with how your body handles water? Just a thought.
Post # 5
I didn’t gain any in my first trimester. I am now 18 weeks and am up 3 pounds. Don’t worry, everyone gains differently and at different times.
Post # 6
I gained about 8 pounds my first trimester, with about 30 total by the end.
Post # 7
A lot of it depends on your size to begin with. I am only 5’2″ and a street size 4 so when at my 20w U/S, I was already up 10 lbs or so but if you look at me, 90% of that is centered squarely where the baby is. My OB hasn’t said anything about my weight and at our 20w U/S, according to the measurements, our baby was at 14 oz. As long as your doctor isn’t concerned and you’re not only eating fried food and fattening food at every meal, I think you are fine. Everyone is different.
Post # 8
@Jess1483: +1, that’s what my first thought was too!
Post # 9
Yeah, I think it depends on your weight prepregnancy for a lot of people + how sick you are. I’m overweight and lost 20 lbs the first trimester. Ugh, it wasn’t a pleasant weight loss, let me tell ya 😛 I think you’ll be okay.
Post # 10
@Jess1483: Hmm, good point. I think I gained the first 3 or 4 within a few days after my BFP.
Thanks for the comforting words ladies. I know gaining weight is a necessity and good thing, but I’m just really uncomfortable not fitting into clothes and knowing that baby weighs only .5 ounce right now. 🙂
Post # 11
I gained about 6lbs during my first trimester. I’m 5’3 and weighed 125lbs pre-pregnancy. I was actively involved in marathon running and as my first trimester progressed I wasn’t able to go for as long runs (I’d go for 30-40 minutes rather than a 2-3hour run) so i wasn’t burning as many calories as before so I think that contributed somewhat to the lbs that I gained.
I think we’re all different so I wouldn’t worry too much until your doctor seems concerned.
Post # 12
I don’t think I gained much at all my first trimester, but I gained 50 pounds total between conception and delivery! I kept jogging until about 5 months, I did zumba until after 7 months, and even at 36 weeks I was taking spin classes. I ate well (apparently TOO well hahah) but for whatever reason I just gained and gained and gained. Baby was 8lb4oz so not exactly a teeny tiny peanut, but certainly not big enough to explain all that weight!
Leaving the hospital I was already down about 15lbs, and within 3 weeks I was down another 10. I’m still about 25lbs over my pre-pregnancy weight, but I’m 9 weeks pp and not really doing a whole lot to lose any. I eat well, I exercise when I can, but my first and foremost responsibility these days is to take care of the baby, take care of myself, and make sure I produce milk!
Don’t stress… you will be fine 🙂
Post # 13
Thanks for asking! I’m at 8 weeks and already up 3#s. I asked my MD if this was a problem. He agreed that everyone gains a little differently, but as long as I’m trying to eat as healthy as MS would allow, not to worry about weight gain. He also said that many of his skinnier patients gained a few extra in the first trimester because they had to slow down with the exercise and couldn’t tolerate the health foods they ate before. Hang in there! I am sure you look great!
Post # 14
I lost weight until I was around 26 weeks, around 20 pounds. BUT I lost weight because I was sick and the doctors were concerned about it, it wasn’t morning sickness, I only had a slight aversion to some foods and ate a lot so the doctors were concerned. I shot up really fast and ended up gaining an addition 30 pounds from my start weight (totalling around 50lbs from 27 weeks until my due date). It was a complicated pregnancy but everything worked out in the end and I had a healthy beautiful 8lb 13.9oz baby
ETA: everyone is different, if the doctors aren’t concerned you shouldn’t be. As long as you’re eating healthy and taking care of your body everything will be great
Post # 15
I gained around 7 or 8 lbs (not sure of my exact pre-pregnancy weight) in my first trimester as well. I had very little morning sickness and I was hungry ALL. THE. TIME.
I would just say, be mindful of what you’re eating going forward. I gave in to a lot of my cravings and gained around 45 lbs total. I definitely plan to be more careful with any future pregnancies.
Post # 16
You don’t have an option on your poll for “maintained weight,” which has been the case for me.
I had put on a bit of “dissertation flab” over the past year, prior to getting pregnant. Since we learned about the pregnancy, I have been more conscientious about diet and exercise in an effort to shed the flab and replace it with healthy baby weight, and so far it seems to be working – my weight has stayed consistent through the first tri.