only 6 weeks and already up 4 pounds. How to combat weight gain?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
2243 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Holy crap! I think you need to shift your food choices to more nutritious, fiberous food cause the hunger is natural. Try filling up on fruits & veggies since you can eat way more of them for your recomended amount of calories. It sounds like your body is looking for some nutrients which is why you’re so hungry all the time, even though you’re gaining.

Definitely cut any superfluous calories (sugar in coffee, sodas & juices, etc) but eat good things when you’re hungry. I hope this helps :S

Post # 4
3009 posts
Sugar bee

@MissFireFlower:  If you maintained a steady weight before, eat what you were eating. You only need 200-300 additional calories, so add in a piece of fruit and some cheese to your normal diet and you should be good. Only have treats on something like 2 days a week.

I am 17w and have only gained 3lbs (I have to watch my carbs and I was heavier to begin with). I eat as I did before, just with an added snack that’s usually fresh fruit or a couple of graham crackers.

Post # 6
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@MissFireFlower:  also remember at this stage you’re still dealing with the bloat weight so those numbers might not be accurate.  At the end of the day if your doc is okay with how you’re gaining… YOU have to be okay with how you’re gaining.  Some days I’m ravenous and eat eat eat … other days I’m barely hungry at all.  You have to trust your body, if you get too caught up in numbers etc. you’ll drive yourself crazy and now is not the time to cut calories!

Make a walking program for yourself, pick healthy food choices, and let your body grow how its got to grow 🙂

Post # 7
4413 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

As far as exercise, do you have a gym membership or some extra space in your house? We have a treadmill at home that I use all the time, and then for the pregnancy I also bought a used recumbent exercise bike on Craigslist. It is a really good one and it was only $175, which I can probably recoup almost all of if I sell it again after the baby is born. Having exercise equipment at home makes it SOOOO much more convenient to work out, and the recumbent bike is fantastic since it’s zero impact and the seat is comfy even for big ol’ preggos! If you buy one just for the pregnancy/immediate post-partum period and then sell it again, it really isn’t expensive at all.

Post # 8
1414 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@MissFireFlower:  I know that gaining weight sucks but I don’t think pregnancy is the time to worry about your weight as long as you’re eating healthy foods.  I think we all just gain weight differently when we’re pregnant. I’ll be 14 weeks tomorrow and sadly I gained about 8 pounds in my first trimester. I was about 140 lbs pre-pregnancy and so far all of the weight gain seems to be in my belly. To be honest, I don’t think there’s anything I could have done differently. I’m just plain hungry all the time! I eat a lot of healthy food too…this week’s craving is peaches and I ate 5 of them yesterday…lol. I try to keep a lot of healthy food in the house so when hunger strikes, I can grab something nutritious instead of junk food to fill me up. Also remember that part of the weight gain is probably water weight (yay bloating!)

If you were used to excersizing pre-pregnancy it’s okay to continue with that. I wouldn’t do anything more strenuous than you would have done pre-pregnancy though. I understand that it’s hard to execercise when it’s super hot out but you could always go for walks in the early morning or evenings when it’s a bit cooler. Swimming is great too.

Post # 9
453 posts
Helper bee

@MissFireFlower:  I was growing out of my street clothes at 6 weeks. I couldn’t figure out why I needed stretchy pants so soon! I was all set to rock my high heels well into the third trimester.

Turns out I was carrying twins. 

Just saying… 🙂

Post # 10
1147 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I was really worried this was going to happen to me too because I just spent 2 1/2 weeks on vacation (and 10 days of that on a cruise ship.) I came home 3.5 pounds heavier Saturday & this morning I was back to my pre-vacation weight. Wahoo! I think I was just full of airplane flying bloat & it took me a couple of days to get back to normal. 

I’d say don’t stress too much about your weight but make sure you are eating whole real foods. (I try not to eat food if it comes from a box), there are exceptions to this but if they are boxed foods I buy organic. I also don’t “drink” my calories, I save them for my food =) So I drink water all of the time and a glass of unsweetened ice tea a couple of times a week. Up until I got my BFP i was tracking everything that went in my mouth & was eating between 1200-1500 calories a day. It doesn’t sound like much but I never went hungry because I was eating good filling food. I haven’t tracked food since my BFP but I think I formed enough good eating habits these past 7+ months that I’m able to maintain my weight without going hungry. I keep yogurt in the house, almonds, green apples & those are my go to snacks. I also try to make sure our dinners are eaten at home & are mostly balanced and healthy. I’ve noticed that since I’ve gone organic this year I’m able to digest my foods easier & feel really good.

Post # 11
1015 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

If you just want to be healthy this time, focus on keeping a healthy mental state, too. It’s not about how many pounds you gain if you are eating right and exercising. Your doctor will let you know if he/she is concerned about the weight gain despite your dedication to healthy eating and good workout habits.

I would recommend getting a 30 minute cardio workout in 3-5 days a week (depending on how active you generally are during the week… a fairly active job, going on walks, swimming, etc.). If you don’t have a gym membership, get some fun workout DVDs (I personally love dance workout videos of all styles!) to do at home (and blast a fan! 112 degrees, wow!) There are also some awesome free workout videos on YouTube, and if you are on Pinterest, I have seen tons of pregnancy workout ideas there!

The appetite is normal, so don’t fight it. Just trade the junk for nutritious choices- snack on fruits, veggies, and nuts, make sure you are getting plenty of protein with your meals, stay hydrated with water, etc.




Post # 12
10384 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

1-4 pounds on a scale is a normal range even if you aren’t gaining weight. Even a little water retention, a large meal, not having gone to the bathroom enough, etc all cause that.

If you have gained, say, 60+ pounds, that’s something to worry about. 4 pounds is a rounding error. Go RELAX!


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

Maybe some is bloat?! I gained 4lbs in a few weeks but have lost 2 since ice been less bloated.

Post # 15
1163 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m worried about how much I’m going to gain too.  I dont’ know what I weighed before I got pregnant, but I know it was some where around 110-114ish.  Last week at my appointment at 7w2d I was 109 so I’m going to use that as my starting weight.  But I’ve been SO HUNGRY these last 2 weeks and that coupled with nausea means lots of carbs, which I cut way back on about 6 months ago.  I’m so afraid that adding them so heavily is going to cause me to gain a ton by the time the 2nd tri rolls around.  I’m also so exhausted, exercise just isn’t happening.  Ugh.

Post # 16
9092 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I would venture a guess that you’re just bloated/swollen at this point and not worry about it too much.

I gained net 4lbs up to week 32, and then between 32 and 35 I gained TEN when it got hot here, and my dr has just said it’s likely “wet weight” and not to worry about it.  If you’re eating a reasonable amount of healthy food, it’ll even out over time.


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