(Closed) Not gaining weight while pregnant?

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 4
2959 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I actually LOST 14 lbs. the first trimester, as I had extreme morning sickness (more like all day). I did not need maternity pants until I was 7 months pregnant. Then POOF” – 40 lbs, just like that!

Post # 5
452 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014


This is a useful government site about weight gain during pregnancy. If you plug in your pre-preggers stats, you can see that overall a healthy weight gain would be 15-25 pounds. Most of this tends to be in the 2nd and 3rd trimester, so being that you’re at 18.5 weeks, you’re probably pretty on track with having gained 5-6 pounds! Your OB will definitely be keeping an eye on your weight gain to make sure it’s not too low (or too high in some cases), but a good question to ask next week!

Post # 6
1659 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I only gained 9lbs until I was 21 weeks with Dear Daughter2. After that, I started more steadily putting on weight (I was a lot hungrier too!)  and gained 31lbs total. I wouldn’t be concerned at all.

Post # 7
1760 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I really don’t think there’s anything wrong. I’m still down from my “starting pregnancy weight” (6week appointment at the dr). But I think I’m finally slowly gaining. I told you (or mrs lox) this in the other thread, but my dr wasn’t too concerned because I wasnt losing any weightby morning sickness, just not hungry. She suggested miralax for constipation to see if it would up my hunger/put on weight. My problem is that my belly isn’t growing so I don’t look pregnant like you do. 

Post # 8
4354 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I thought I would put on weight fast too then all of a sudden I bounced up. I was sitting at zero gain until like 16ish weeks? Now at almost 20w I’m up about 8lbs depending on when I weigh myself.

Lots of the websites I’ve seen have said that it’s not unusual not to gain in the first trimester, then to gain fairly steadily the remainder of your pregnancy. They also say not to worry if you quickly pack on some weight in the second tri, growth spurts can cause the gain to be uneven.

Post # 9
1301 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@anotherbee:  Hi darling. I wasn’t too worried about how much I was eating. I just figured I never at 1,800 cals pre-preg so there is no way I would be able to eat that much pregnant.

However, I had a check up two weeks ago and the MW was very alarmed that I had a very high ketone reading in my urine. High enough for her to say I was in ketosis. I had eaten a hot breakfast and had a healthy lunch BEFORE I went to the appointment. This really shocked me. Going into ketosis (where your body is burning your fat reserves) is not safe for baby and has been linked to negative effects on baby’s brain development. 

This really shocked me and made me accept I need to eat more. Much more. (I thought I was eating a lot, but I knew I wasn;t reaching 1,800 cals). So now I am much more diligent about getting enough carbs first thing in the morning and I test my urine with ketostix (dip tests which check your ketones levels). 

Its tough basically. Tough to get enough protien, calcium, carbs iron etc etc etc. I would see if you can use something like myfitnelpal to get an idea of how much of the above you are getting and if you are concerned your burning your fat reserves you can easily buy the same strips I used. 

It often gets me that women are pleased to be at their same weight or applauded for not gaining weight in pregnancy. I have seen from the flip side how quickly not eating enough for baby can affect your health and theirs. 

Good Luck!


Post # 10
1301 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@anotherbee:  Erm basically realized I missed the point of my post. The weight at this stage of our pregnancy is probably not the most important/effective indicator. Making sure you’re are getting enough (of the right) food is the most important thing ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 11
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I didn’t worry about weight gain when I was pregnant. I was 115 pre-pregnancy and only gained 18 pounds total. DS was 7 pounds 15 oz at birth, I was “all baby”.

I just trusted my body, I ate when I was hungry, ate healthy food and plenty of fat & protien, and let my body do what it needed. (I saw some women post about eating milkshakes twice a day because they weren’t exactly where the charts said they would be; I didn’t want to eat a bunch of “bad calories” just for the sake of calories.) My doctor wasn’t concerned about my weight, so I wasn’t either.

The recommendations are averages, not set in stone rules. Your body knows what to do.


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Post # 12
1401 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m 14 weeks and I’ve lost about 15 pounds. I’m oveweight and was 245-250 pre pregnancy. I’m now about 230. My doc isn’t concerned because the baby is still growing. She actualky said I may be one of those women who weigh less at the end if my pregnancy than before I was pregnant.

Post # 13
3295 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i wouldnt worry too much. i didnt gain any weight until about 23 weeks… although i was a bit overweight when i got pregnant. but still. i have had a completely healthy pregnancy. i am now 39 weeks and when i have the baby i will probably have gained about 25 lbs total.. so yea ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
123 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@anotherbee:  Try not to worry too much, I am/was in a very similar position. Pre- baby I was 134lbs and 5’4. I really didn’t start gaining until 19 weeks, then I was up about 4 lbs, now at 23+ weeks, I am at 8lbs. I was worried as well,but my MW assured me that was fine as long as I was eating well and baby was growing. She said everyone gains at different rates and at different times. I am measuring right where I should be and my ultrasound showed the same thing. You like baby is growing really nicely ๐Ÿ™‚

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