I am worried I am not putting on enough weight during my pregnancy

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m in the same boat as you. I’m 13 weeks today and as of Wednesday I lost 5 lbs. the doc wasn’t concerned bc she thought it was from MS and avoiding food… But once I told her I’ve had no MS and have been eating a lot of fast food(been craving it) that’s when she seems a bit concerned. I’m not going to worry about it until the doc worries. As long as I’m eating I see it as everything is alright

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

asphodel:  Maybe it is stress? Stress can make it hard to keep on/put on weight. Have you had bloodwork to check your thyroid? 

I also have trouble putting on weight, especially when I eat too healthy. I have a lightning fast metabolism even in my mid thirties. I am not pregnant, but I just thought I would share that sometimes it is in your genetics to be on the thin side. I’m 5’6″ and 113-115lbs. I have to eat Ben and Jerry’s and Ramen every night on top of regular breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner if I want to be 118-120! (Which I don’t do anymore b/c that stuff is junk). However a healthy diet of lots of dark leafy greens, lean meats, beans and low-carbs leaves me super skinny. 

One thing you can tank up on is avocados and coconut oil. Just taking a couple of table spoons of coconut oil a day can add beneficial calories/fat to your diet. Much luck to you! I hope all is well and that it’s just a little stress. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

asphodel:  at my 16 week appt I had lost 3 lbs since my original weigh in at 7w5d.  My doctor didn’t seem the least bit concerned as I am healthy otherwise. Every woman is different, and I agree with the pp, don’t worry unless your doctor worries. I think it sounds like you are eating exactly what you need right now, but don’t forget appetites changes weekly if not daily!

Post # 5
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Worker bee

Dont worry! I honestly didnt gain any weight until after 28 or 30 weeks than I blew up lol I gained 50 lbs after that I know scary, but dont worry as long as youre eating healthy and your doctors ismt concerned, you should have your 20 week US soon they will tell you if your baby is growing fine! And the sex 🙂 how exciting! Enjoy your pregnancy try not to worry and good luck!

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

I didn’t have any weight gain until 20 weeks and up until that point, I had weight loss at each appointment. I agree with pp’s, don’t let it worry you unless your doctor gives you reason! It sounds as though you are eating as you feel you should so you’re doing all you can 🙂 

 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m the same weight at almost 17 weeks, and doctor didn’t seem too concerned.  She said the baby’s growing normally and I’ll probably start gaining more in the coming weeks (I’m 5’9, size 8, not overweight/more around average).  I wouldn’t be too worried yet–just try to eat healthy!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2000

I didnt put on the majority of my weight gain until week 20-25.  I wouldnt worry too much.  Enjoy that pizza! 🙂

Post # 9
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Busy bee

asphodel:  40 weeks here and just waiting for baby. Relax. Everyone gains weight differently during pregnancy. I really didn’t put on weight until the 20-24 week mark and I’m up to 24lbs now. I started average weight for my height so I’m within a healthy gain. there would be times especially in the 1st trimester where I would gain nothing for nearly 2 months so its just how things go. Don’t stress. I had a friend who is a fitness instructor and gained 60 with her 5 kids. Lost it all immediately. Your body will do what it needs to do, so try not to fret. If you were extremely ill and not keeping food down then I would be more worried, but it sounds like your body is doing what it needs to.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

asphodel:  by any chance were you overweight to begin with? I’ve heard it’s common for some plus size women to lose weight early in their pregnancy.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2014

asphodel:  As long as your eating healthy don’t stress about your weight! Everyone’s different and your not into the big growth period yet… Just enjoy being tiny while it lasts!

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I gained the majority of the weight in the last half of the second trimester and third. As long as your eating as healthy as you can and your belly is measuring okay you’re ok. Everyone gains differently! 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

asphodel:  OMG all I have to say is that I HATE how people feel that they’re not putting on enough weight/ putting on too much weight etc etc during pregnancy. Are you eating well? Great! The rest, forget about it! People go nuts counting pounds, movements, bladder movements and so forth, it’s insane. We are all different! So don’t worry 🙂

Btw, with my first I gained nothing the first three months. Then I only gained about 10 lbs between my third and seventh month. And in my eighth month – well, I ballooned (10 lbs that month). Ninth month, I dropped a few pounds.

So unless you have a health issue or you’re severely underweight, I wouldn’t worry. There’s too much pressure on pregnant women to do things according to the ‘norm’, but the thing is, there really is no normal. All pregnancies, deliveries, and post-partum bodies are different!

Post # 14
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Newbee

Relax! 🙂 by the end of my pregnancy, I had only gained 2 or 3 lbs. My doctor was never concerned about it so I didn’t worry. Besides, he was keeping track of baby’s growth and he was doing great. So take it easy… It’s not just about numbers. And as long as your doctor’s not worried, you’re probably okay. 🙂 

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