Gaining weight too quickly?

posted 1 year ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
2110 posts
Buzzing bee

I didn’t gain anything in the first 24 weeks and at my last appointment at 28 weeks I had gained 10 kilos which is over 20 pounds! 

Doctor wasn’t too concerned but did highlight the importance of a balanced diet and exercise (which I haven’t been great at!)

Post # 17
725 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2007 - City, State

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milkandcookies :  stop weighing yourself. You are fine. You were a normal weight pre baby, and you’re supposed to gain weight. You’re not eating like an asshole. You’re going to become obsessed with what the scale says. Try to eat well, sleep well, drink a ton of water,  and take a walk or something daily. 

Post # 18
2095 posts
Buzzing bee

I am 4.5 months PP… so this is all still very fresh on the mind.

I was a healthy weight pre pregnancy and had a slow gain until around the 17-25 week mark. That is when I finally felt good and I remember several weeks in there gaining 3-4lbs in one week, no matter what I did. I wasn’t eating anything abnormal, and I walked every day mulitple times a day around the track at my old office. 

I ended up having my son at 36 weeks, but had already gained about 40lbs at that point, give or take a few. The swelling and water retention really began to set in there towards the final couple of weeks and everything at that point seemed like it was straight baby growth. 

That said, I lost about 25lbs immediately after he was born. Then gradually over the next 1-2 months the rest of it came off. I’m 2 pounds over my pre-pregnancy weight right now, so basically back to my normal weight even though I did gain on the upper end of what is recommended, and would’ve kept on going it I’d gone full term. The last 5-7 pounds have been a struggle to slowly work off, but a lot of that is prob my age and that I am back to my nightly glass of wine 🙂

Try not to stress about it, but also try to stay as active as you can. I really think the walking helped me not stay sitting for too long (esp since I have a desk job), and when the baby gets here… it is really fun to take walks with the stroller, even if its just around Target to get out of the house and stretch your legs a little!

Post # 19
7634 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

7 lbs in one week is def on the high side…I’d mention it to your doctor. It’s probably just water retention and nothing to worry about, but better to check on it imo since rapid weight gain can be a sign of pre-eclampsia. I gained 7 lbs between two appoitments late in pregnancy, and my OB wanted to see me back a few days later just to check my blood pressure and make sure the weight gain wasn’t accelerating anymore. Turned out I was fine, but I’m glad my OB was on top of it. 

Like pp, I gained about 40 lbs overall, and the vast majority of that happened after week 24 or so. I wasn’t particularly active during my pregnancy, but not living off pizza and ice cream either. I’m now 4m postpartum and still have about 5-7 pesky pounds to lose to get back to my pre-prego weight, but the rest came off effortlessly.

Post # 20
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

It sounds like you’re eating healthy and staying active. Do not worry about the scale! The recommended weight gain are GUIDELINES. It’s okay to fall outside of them. I gained 6lbs in my first trimester, 33 lbs in my second trimester, and 0 lbs in my third. I think I was losing weight towards the end. No GD, baby was super healthy. Lost all the weight within 11 months, no exercise or dieting. I did breastfeed.

I really wish I’d spent less time obsessing over weight gain and weight loss. Your body is growing a human!! Nourish it and let it do it’s thing! Everyone is different and your weight gain probably won’t be linear. I wouldn’t stress over a 7lb week. 

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