Struggling to gain weight in late pregnancy …

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
3769 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

As long as you are eating healthy, taking your vitamin, and have a generally healthy lifestyle you hsould be ok. Your doctor might be concerned about the baby growing appropriately, but that wouldn’t be changed by you drinking supplements (obviusly in addition to your meals). I only gained 20 lbs with my two oldest girls and we were all healthy. I would worry too much about where your weight as long as your are healthy and feeling good:)

Post # 5
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@iarebridezilla:  It’s normal for your appetite to go down a little in those last few weeks since the baby is bigger and there isn’t as much room for your stomach.  That totally didn’t happen to me AT ALL but that’s neither here nor there…

Definitely ask about it, but in all probability you and behbeh are doing fine 🙂

Post # 6
1083 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Can I have your metabolism?! Haha!  I would not be worried at all, weight gain does tend to slow down for a lot of people at the end and you have already gained the “recommended” amount for healthy-sized women pre-pregnancy, so I would say you are right on track!  

If you want some of the 44 pounds I have gained so far, I will gladly send them over your way! 😉

Oh, and I knew a girl who I could have sworn was pregorexic because of how tiny she was when she was full-term.  She popped out an 8 pound something baby boy, so weight gain & baby size are definitely not a hard and fast thing.  One thing I have definitely seen from following an OB for a few weeks is that alllllll women are so different in pregnancy, different sizes, different weights, etc.  And guess what?  Almost all of them, regardless of size, end up with a healthy baby at the end 🙂 

Then again, if I had an excuse to eat some extra ice cream, I’d jump all over that!  Oh who am I kidding, I already do (hence the 44 pounds, maybe?).  I wouldn’t worry a bit about your weight gain, it sounds like you are doing a great job to me 🙂

Post # 7
1787 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I’m due a few months behind you with my first, so can’t say from experience but can share something my doctor told me.  At 23 weeks I’ve gained 19lbs, with the first 15lbs gained in the first 15 weeks.  I was really worried with the rapid weight gain and my Dr. assured me that every woman can gain differently, and it is not super uncommon for some woman to gain a lot at first and not much at the end, especially if you were smaller to begin with. So, as long as your Dr. isn’t worried and you are eating when you’re hungry (getting your correct caloric intake), I’d actually say you’re a lucky one!  I know quite a few people who gained under 25lbs total during their pregnancies and everything was perfect.  I also know someone who didn’t gain anything for 2 weeks during her last month and then gained 6lbs the last week before she gave birth.

Post # 9
9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@iarebridezilla:  I always thought that 30 pounds was considered healthy to gain for a pregnancy. Obviously I’m no doctor, but it sounds like you’re on track to me. It sure beats gaining 90 pounds and using pregnancy as an excuse to be a pig.

My guess? It has a lot to do with how healthy and athletic you are. People like you tend to gain less weight whereas people who started off fat are more likely to gain more weight. That’s completely unscientific, but I feel I’m right 😛 

Post # 10
992 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

@iarebridezilla:  I’m in the exact same boat as you. I’m 36 weeks on Thursday. Up 20 lbs. Gained 80% of that in my 2nd trimester. Look like I swallowed a basketball, and did not gain any weight between my last appointments (33-35 weeks). 

At my last Dr appointment, she made a comment along the lines of “When I first saw you today, I was afraid that you were going to be measuring small, but your fundal height is right on track and baby sounds great. You’re just carrying really cute.” I was thrilled!

Dr said this is 100%, completely, totally normal. Baby is bigger and there’s not a ton of stomach space left. It’s also taking a lot more of your nutrients because it needs more to survive now than when it weighed 2 lbs. 

Count yourself lucky (I do everyday). As long as the baby isn’t measuring small, you’re all good!

Post # 11
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m built pretty much the same as you (5’3″ and 110lbs pre-preg). I’m 33 weeks and up 20lbs today. My midwife said that’s totally fine and that as long as my fundal height is good a few pounds doesn’t mean anything.

Post # 14
615 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Right now I’ve gained 15 pounds and I’m 30 weeks (first baby). I go to the midwife tomorrow, so I can report back what she’s said tomorrow, but they’re not worried about it right now. To me, I was 10 pounds overweight when I started at 5’4″ / 138 so I’m fine with my weight gain if the nurse-midwife says it’s ok. They suggested I gain between 25-35 pounds. I have 10 weeks left… so if I gain a pound a week I should be ok. It’s so strange to WANT to gain a pound a week. I’ve just been trying to eat well, get enough protein and take my vitamin. Good luck!

Post # 15
150 posts
Blushing bee

@iarebridezilla:  My friends were told that 24-30 lbs are ideal to gain through the entire process and they were told that gaining too much is likely much worse than gaining not much. I think you’re perfectly fine!

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