Post # 1
I had my yearly OB/GYN appointment yesterday, and told her that in late-2011/early-2012 we would probably start TTC because I wanted to know if I needed any additional health checks and stuff.
She mentioned to me that I would need to gain 40 pounds during the pregnancy! That seems crazy and impossible to me! I’m naturally thin (5’8″, 115 pounds) and I don’t diet or anything (I’m on the “see-food diet”, I see food and I eat it!). My sister is the same size as me, and she wore her pre-pregnancy jeans home from the hospital after she had her first baby.
I was thinking I’d probably gain closer to 25 pounds, not 40!
How much weight did you gain?
Post # 3
I’ll let you know in a few months… I started in the ‘underweight’ BMI category, too, at 5’6” and 108 lbs and my doctor said I’d need to gain at least 30 lbs. I think the official range is 27-40lbs for an underweight BMI. 40 lbs is hard for any woman to bounce back from, but it’s all up to your body.
Post # 4
I was a pretty normal weight to begin with (5’3″ and 115), but I had a really hard time gaining during pregnancy. I gained 20 pounds all together, and lost 25 two weeks after my daughter was born. But she came out healthy and perfect, so I guess 20 pounds is all I needed! I think you’ll find a big range in what people gain. As long as you’re eating well (and the correct amounts) and staying active, you will probably gain exactly what you need.
Post # 5
I am 5’6 and weigh about 120 so it’ll be interesting to see what I gain…I’m hoping around 25lbs because they said that is healthy and easy to loose. My mother is 5’2 and gained 20 lbs for me and lost it instantly…lucky lady!
Post # 6
I think its normal to gain like 15-25lbs or something during your pregnancy. I, on the other hand, gained 60 lol. I was really restricting my eating before I got preggo so I got out of hand when I found out I was pregnant. I dont recommend that lol.
Post # 7
I’m 5′ 2”, normally around 100-105 pounds, and I gained 32 pounds during my pregnancy. If you don’t count the weight I regained at the beginning, it was closer to 27 pounds. I was back in my normal jeans a week later. It’s really going to differ from person to person.
Post # 8
As usual, I’m with Mrs. Spring. Really hard time putting weight on. I gained about 26 lbs and then 12 lbs of water weight in the last few days due to PIH. I lost 25 lbs in the first couple of weeks. The last few lbs have been stubborn, but with Couch to 5K, I’m losing a lb a week. Your body will do what it needs to do… really. I stressed so hard about putting on weight, and I really shouldn’t have.
I was in my regular jeans before a month.
Post # 9
I think it’s difficult when they put a number on it, since people gain and lose weight differently. If you were dieting to be thinner, then maybe you’d be putting on more weight than someone who is just naturally thin and eating whatever she wants. I might be wrong, but isn’t it more important to be eating the right amount of calories and the right nutrients than to gain a certain number of pounds?
I am at 10 weeks. I am probably about 170 and 5’11” and my midwife told me that for my current height and weight, I should only gain about 20 pounds during pregnancy.
She said that things have changed in the last few years and most women should gain less weight than they might think and dr’s and midwives are encouraging safe exercise when they didn’t used to, which helps to maintain healthy weight during pregnancy.
Post # 10
It really depends on the person. I gained 40, I have heard that is the average to gain, but obviously there are differences between every person.
However, I would venture to say it is fairly abnormal to exit the hospital wearing the same pants you wore pre-maternity. It is much more common to leave looking 6 months pregnant…one of those things ‘they’ keep secret from ‘ya!
Post # 11
I was 5’5″ and I went from 135lbs to 165ish, but I lost weight in the beginning because I was so sick. When I left the hospital the day after I delivered, I was asked if I was pregnant because everything doesn’t magically shrink right back to prebaby size. I delivered in December and I’m ~8lbs from my prebaby weight.
Post # 12
I’m 12 weeks this week and have only gained 2lbs. So I’m only 102lbs right now, I was concerned and mentioned it to my doctor and she said “you probably won’t even gain 20lbs, don’t worry about it” and that was that. okay.
Post # 13
I was 5’8 and 115 before i was pregnant and gained 21 pounds. When i was 6 months i had only gained about 5 pounds but then started packing them on the next 3 months. During my pregnancy i ate no fast food and didnt drink cokes. I’m sure that helped. And wore my regular jeans up until the day i delivered 🙂 3 days after delivering i was down to my pre-pregnancy weight. I think EVERYONES bodies are different and react differently to pregnancy. You’ll just have to wait and see when you get pregnant 🙂
Post # 14
I’m only at 14 weeks and have lost 10 lbs. My regular OB was fine where I was a few weeks ago (down 6 pounds) but my fetal specialist was kind of appalled. In the beginning my regular OB told me ideal gain is around 30 to 35 lbs but my fetal specialist told me ideal gain is 20 to 25 lbs and that I’d also have to make up for what I’ve lost. I’ve got an appointment with my regular OB next week so we’ll see what she says this time. As everyone else has said, everyone is different.
Post # 15
I am 5’0 and started at 104 lbs and gained 34 lbs during my pregnancy. My midwives told me it was a totally normal and healthy weight gain. 3 months post baby and I’m down to 112 and I’m fine with this weight… I felt too skinny before.