(Closed) nervous about (lack of) weight gain

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m not sure about normal because I haven’t had a baby but my FI’s sister lost 12-13 lbs her first trimester because she was throwing up so much.  And I promise you she ate a lot.  Then it takes time to gain that back plus more.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I am no doctor, but I think a lack of weight gain in the first trimester is really not a big deal. Some people do lose weight in the first trimester. Just make sure you are getting your nutrients, drinking plenty of water, and I am sure things will be fine.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I honestly wouldn’t worry unless your doctor said something. My first trimester I only gained a few pounds.  You will start gaining some weight during your next two trimesters.  I am currently in my 3rd trimester and have only gained 13 lbs so far. 

 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Losing a few pounds and not gaining anything at 9.5 weeks is totally normal; you don’t need to really worry until you lose 5% or more of your prepregnancy weight or have rapid/continued weight loss.  At this point, you are very much within the normal range.   Also, some people expand more quickly than others because of body size/shape, but many women can wear their prepregnancy clothes well into the second tirmester.  Nothing to worry about.  🙂

Your doctor’s comment would bother me, too, though.  Kind of an accusatory thing to say.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

As long as the doctor  isnt worried, I dont think you should be worried either. A lot of  people lose weight during their 1st trimester. I personally have barely gained anything because I’ve had a hard time keeping up my appetite.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

@heathaah: I didn’t gain during my first semester either! I’m 16 weeks and still at my pre-pregnancy weight. My weight has always fluctuated, so it just so happened that when I went in for my appt, it said I had gained two pounds, but weighing myself at home every morning, I know I haven’t. My midwife isn’t too concerned, she told me to just make sure I’m eating a lot of protein and good fats.

I REALLY implore you to try to eat healthier, I don’t think you’ll lose more weight just by eating better. You have a little life inside you that needs A LOT of nutrition! Make sure you’re  getting 80 grams of protein a day (I grind up almonds or other nuts and pour them over my cereal, I eat a block of cheese every lunch (swiss has the most protein), I eat chicken/red meat every dinner, choose dinners with legumes like black beans, kidney. white beans – you can make a lot of great soups with these, put avocados in your salads etc), and also getting GOOD fats. Avocados, whole dairy products (I switched to whole milk), fish (you can have tilapia, salmon or light tuna once a week), red meat etc 

All the extra good fats in your diet will help you, you won’t lose weight. If you MAKE SURE you are eating a nutritious pregnancy diet, I wouldn’t concern yourself about weight. But admitting that you eat crappy, that is a cause for concern. 

Read Eating Expectantly, The Pregnancy Book (Dr. Sears), and look up the Brewers diet as references. They helped me make better decisions about my diet too!

Good luck hon!

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m 27 wks pregnant right now and still haven’t gained anything. I lost about 9 lbs during my first trimester and have not quite gained all of it back. I’ve talked to my doctor about it at every apt and she tells me that everything is ok and the baby is getting the nutrients it needs. As long as the heartbeat is strong and everything looks good I wouldn’t worry. Each woman is different and our bodies react to pregnancies different too. Again – as long your not trying to lose weight you can’t really help how your body reacts to this little life inside you!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I really wouldnt worry about it. I have only gained a few pounds and I am 15 weeks. I just felt fat at 10 weeks bc I was bloated but im not sure I necessarily gained weight. I think its kinda weird that your doctor would say that to you. Your still so early, i think its pretty common to be where your at.

As for others that are buying belly bands… everyone is different. And I also think when you are pregnant the excitement of being pregnant sometimes we jump the gun. I bought maternity pants bc i thought I “needed them” but they dont stay up ha. I can still wear my reg slacks its just really tight.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

I know plenty of people who didn’t gain weight till 2nd trimester, and plenty who lost weight first trimester because they felt crappy. I don’t think I started gaining any weight till 10 weeks or so, and by 15 weeks I’d really only gained a few pounds.

Re: eating crap, it’s great to eat healthy if you can manage, but my OB was basically like “If you’re having major issues with nausea, etc., eat whatever doesn’t make you want to barf, and take your vitamins.” And then she proceeded to tell me how obsessed she was with McDonald’s biscuits during her pregnancy. Carbs were the only thing I could stomach and keep down, and I had to eat them constantly (empty stomach= bad news for sick preggos), and I still never gained that much. (In total I gained about 23 lbs).

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

Oh, and I did start wearing belly bands even before I really saw the scale changing because I felt so awful that even pants that fit were more comfy if I didn’t have to button them.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

no weight gain in 1st trimester = totally normal. I think recommended weight gain in 1st tri is something like 0-5lbs, so if you never gain a pound until late 1st tri/early 2nd tri, don’t worry about it. 

As for needing bella bands & what not in 1st tri– I was so bloated my pants became painful by 7 wks . It wasn’t weight gain so much as bloat. Then, around that time I had to start eating constantly to try to keep nausea under control, which is when weight gain started to kick in. So if you’re not dealing with constant nausea or bloating, I’d throw a party!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

For some, I think it’s completely normal to not gain weight during the first trimester. I was 125 lbs when I got the BFP and I’m now 119. My doctor isn’t concerned because I’m eating and taking my prenatals. Just wait for the second trimester! 🙂

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

@heathaah:  Don’t worry. I started at 142. Dropped down to 138 and am now back at 142 at 11w 2d. My doctor could have cared less about my weight loss since it wasn’t a huge amount and I was sick. While a few pairs of pants are getting a tad snug, I haven’t needed a belly band or new clothes yet. My doctor’s not even really worried about my diet yet. She says the little bean is so small and has such small nutrition needs in the first trimester that as long as I’m getting food in and taking my vitamins that I don’t need to worry (note: I eat fairly healthy to begin with). As my morning sickness improves then she’ll want me to focus more on fruits, veggies etc… but right now the goal is to keep my strength up, drink liquids, eat what I can and all will be well.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

i lost about 7 lbs my first trimester with my son. i didn’t even gain 20 lbs total by the time i had him. he was still very healthy:)

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