nervous about (lack of) weight gain

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 17
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I lost weight in the first trimester too (by the time I reached 14 weeks or so, I was maybe 3-4 lbs above my pre-pregnancy weight).

Don’t worry though – the weight will start coming on!!  A lot of woman I’ve spoken to said weight gain happened in spurts for them – and that seems to be the case for me too.  I’ve gained 5 lbs in the last 3 weeks (22 weeks now)! 

Also – my midwife said that they don’t worry too much about nutrition in the first trimester. Baby is so teeny tiny that they don’t take too much to grow at that point.  What nutrients they do require, they can take from your body (I was pretty worried as I did not feel like eating ANYTHING in the first trimester – all food sounded disgusting – I felt like crap and I couldn’t keep my prenatal vitamins down). 

Obviously if you can eat healthy foods – then by all means do.  But if you are really sick, or have serious food aversions etc – then just getting some form of food in you is a good start (since you still need energy to get through the day – heh). Once you hit the second trimester, and you’re feeling better, you can start focusing more on nutrition for the growing baby.

Aaaaand to make a long story short – it’s totally normal, so no need to worry!

 

Post # 18
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

@sacbride10:  I see your OB and my midwife think alike Smile

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

@echo: That’s how it was with me as well. I was so sick I hardly ate anything,, and I couldn’t keep down my prenatals. I felt so guilty, like I was depriving my baby! I would just sit and cry that I’m a bad mom!! But I heard time and time again how babies will take from your stores if you can’t stomach anything, it helped put me at ease, but it sucks that it happens in the first trimester, when you know they’re most susceptible to birth defects based on diet! Ugh I felt so terrible! But my midwife wasn’t upset at all either thankfully 🙂

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

So far I’ve been the opposite, I gained steadily up until a few weeks ago and now I’m dropping off… everyone is different. I’m pretty petite to begin with and had poor eating habits (black coffee for breakfast, skipping meals, etc.) until I discovered I was pregnant. I started eating well-balanced meals and they have definitely been accounted for, lol

Lots of my friends lost quite a bit of weight during their first (and even into the second) trimester and both my friends and their babies were perfect/perfectly healthy. 

 

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@heathaah: same thing here! I started at 139 and now I’m holding steady at 133 even though I feel bloated and have basically lived off beefaroni, lunchables, and cheese cubes…haha! I think for the most part it has to do with a)no booze b)no mindless snacking that comes along with booze. My doc wasn’t concerned and now that I’m seeing a midwife, she’s cool with it, too 🙂

Post # 22
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I lost weight for a long time, then held steady.  It really wasn’t until second half of my second trimester that I started gaining.  I really didn’t gain that much and people didn’t know I was pregnant until after 20 weeks…

I stressed about weight too, but my OB kept telling me that the baby will take what he/she needs…  My child was 6 lb 4 oz, so she came out just fine!

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I didn’t gain anything until after the first trimester and I didn’t really start to “pop” until right before the start of my third. I gained most of my weight from weeks 38-41. 

I did stress about weight gain and I had people (like my brother) who know nothing about pregnancy asking if everything was ok with me and the baby. As long as your doctor says things are fine and all tests/scans come back normal, try not to worry! From what I understand and from my own experiance it is comepletely normal not to gain the first trimester, and some expecting women even drop a few pounds. 

Post # 24
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

 ETA:  I’m an idiot.  Just saw you’re eating crap:)  Still think you’re perfectly healthy!

@heathaah:  But you were already losing weight prior to pg…Could it be that your eating habits are just a lot healthier now in general?  Plus you can’t have stuff that causes extra calories like wine/alcohol, and Darling Husband always jokes that when I get pg, I’ll lose weight because I can’t be a wino anymore – lol!  

I think you have a healthy pregnancy and I’m so happy for you!  I feel for you worrying though, I will over-analyze every single thing when I’m pg too.  When you try so hard for something and want it so bad, it’s hard to believe!

Post # 25
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@heathaah:http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/healthy-weight-gain

 

You hardly have to gain in the first 3 months. It is trimester 2 and 3 that you really need to make sure you gain weight. Right now, so long as the doctor says the baby is gaining, just keep trying to eat.

A lot of women have trouble with gaining in the first trimester because of morning sickness.

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@heathah that might be some of the reason why due to your medication. I also though was the same way and still am sometimes. I can’t eat quite as much in one sitting but litterally every two hrs need a lil something. Its frustrating eating out bc like u said you phych urself for this big craving you’ve been havin….. two bites… and your done. I felt like it was a lot of work eating every two hrs and wasting a ton of money haha 🙂

K so I have this pregnancy work out video that I have been using. It has 4 dvds… one for pre/1st tri…2nd tri… 3rd tri…. and post baby bootcamp. I recently just started the 2nd tri video and the lady said that studies show women can be in even better shap post pregnancy as they were pre. This is due to all the additional blood flow that is now pumping in our bodies and the simple task of doing every day things is 3times the work out. This was encouraging! Pregnancy is a funny thing.. your body is experiencing so many changes so anything is possible!

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