Post # 1
Good morning bees!
So I stepped on the scale this morning and at 18 weeks pregnant I have gained 14 lbs. I know that’s more than I’m supposed to be at and I’ve never weighed this much before in my life. I was underweight before – 116 lbs consistently from age 18-25 at 5′-8″. I never dieted and I’ve always been faily active. I have stayed active, trying to take it a bit easier on myself – yoga and walking/weight training over the last few months.
Anyways, what I’m trying to say is that I feel like I’m doing everything right – eating properly and being active but I’m gaining more than I’m supposed to. Is this going to keep up? Should I be monitoring what I eat? I’m all for being healthy but if this keeps up it seems like alot of weight to put on. Did anyone plateau with weight anytime in their pregnancy? How will this affect my health afterwards?
Post # 3
If you’re maintaining healthy habits and not “eating for two” or downing entire ice cream cakes because “I had a craving!” then just trust your body to do the right thing. Don’t worry so much about the scale. Do you feel like you’re getting FAT, or are you just growing because you’re pregnant? I gained much faster in the beginning/middle and then slowed down at the end and ended up gaining ~30 pounds total. I was back to pre-pregnancy weight within two weeks after LO was born. Mid-pregnancy is when people’s weight gains really start to diverge, so just keep doing what you’re doing and trust your body!
Post # 4
As long as you aren’t over indulging you will gain what your body needs. If you are underweight then your body may need to gain more than if you were normal or over weight. Everyone is different.
Post # 5
Pregnancy is not the time to start dieting or worrying about if the number is going up unless your doctor says otherwise OR you know for a fact you’re bingeing on cookies and cake becuase you got a midnight hankering for it. If you are concerned, talk to your doctor, but I think that as long as you’re eating right and staying active you are gaining weight properly.
Post # 6
@bella128: Honestly, your body will do what it needs to do to support the pregnancy. Sometimes if you start off underweight, you will need to gain more than someone who is average weight. For example, my mother was underweight when she first got pregnant and gained quite a lot in the first two trimesters and then plateaued. Her doctor wasn’t at all concerned. I was on the higher end of average when I started out and I haven’t gained very much. I wouldn’t be too concerned about it unless your doctor says something to you.
Post # 7
If you are underweight to start with you will probably gain more than the standard 25lbs. I think my mother was (slightly) underweight when she got pregnant with me and ended up gaining 34lbs. She did say she gained most of hers during the 2nd trimester and not as much near the end, so you might not gain at this rate the entire time.
As long as you aren’t taking the “eating for two” literally (you need anywhere from 150-350 extra calories a day depending on how far along you are) and are being healthy and active, I would trust your body to do what it needs to do.
Post # 8
Agree with PPs. Also, some of your weight gain could be water weight. I am in my third tri now and have noticed my feet and hands have started swelling. I weigh myself fairly frequently and I know that my weight fluctuates quite a bit depending on how bad my swelling is that day. So while I have gained more than I expected to, I know it is due in part to water weight that should disappear once baby is born.
Post # 9
I am 16 weeks and have gained almost 10. My body LOVES to take on water weight..for example I had pizza for dinner last night and this morning i was up 2 pounds. I know I am not actually up 2 lbs because I didn’t eat 6,000 extra calories since the last time I weighed in.
Also, I don’t know about you but even at 16w my boobs are bigger and heavier than they have ever been in my whole life!!!!!!
if you get to week 30 and you are up 40lbs then start worrying…I think your 14, though high for your taste is pretty normal.
Post # 10
Everyone gains at different paces. As long as you are eating as healthy as you can and getting in as much exercise as you can then that is all that you can do. Try not to worry. It will come off afterwards.
For me, I didn’t gain hardly any weight in the first 28 weeks, and now I’m gaining 2-2.5 lbs per week! Baby and your body does what it needs to do!
Post # 11
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I gained most of my weight in the second trimester, even though you’re “supposed” to qain the most in the third. I actually only gained 3 pounds in the third. At three weeks postpartum, I’m only 5 pounds away from my pre pregnancy weight.
You’ll be fine. Your body is doing what it needs.
Post # 12
@bella128: Really thin women frequently gain the most early on! DH’s BFF’s wife was a professional Buffalo Bills’s cheerleader (5’4″ and like 85lbs). She gained 25lbs in the first trimester, then only gained 5lbs from 14 weeks to 37 weeks!
I wouldn’t worry!
Post # 13
I understand where your worry is coming from! When you’re skinny all your life you kind of take it for granted, but when you start gaining, all of a sudden you get worried and disturbed! I am 5’3 and weight somewhere between 112 and 115 when I started. At 26 weeks I was weighing in at 136! I’m terrified to see what it will be at 30 weeks at my next appointment… but it’s not like I’m eating terribly (have started cutting out a lot of sugars, though, had a bad sweet tooth) or a lot extra… I just have to learn to trust my body…. and so should you! You’re much taller than me, so I wouldn’t be worried about the amount you’ve gained so far! I probably gained the same, in the same amount of time, being 5 inches shorter!