Pregnancy weight gain.. help!

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

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rose1992 :  your doctor is rude and I would consider finding a new doctor or midwife. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with the amount of weight you have gained, and you’re right many do gain 50+ during pregnancy, if you feel like you are gaining way too much for what you are eating, get your thyroid checked out. Thyroid issues are very common during pregnancy and can be dangerous if left untreated. I only say this because I read your comment about how you were gaining a lot even when you were throwing up all day. It’s either something like thyroid or it’s water weight! Probably just water weight. You definitely have not gained an unreasonable amount at all. Keep feeding that baby right and don’t stress. 

Post # 17
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

im 27 weeks pregnant and ive gained 16 pounds since becoming pregnant. Now i will say im probably an expection simply because i was fairly underweight for my age and height pre pregnancy. Im sitting here worried i havent gained enough… 

i agree with a poster above, have you ever had your thyroid levels checked? thyroid issues have played a big part in my weight over the years. 

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

WEight gain is just one measure of a healthy pregnancy so if everything else is looking fine then you could always decline to be weighed.

Havong said that, research and science does tell us that excessive weight gain and being overweight / obese is associated with poorer outcomes and higher risk during pregnancy and birth so weight is something that needs to be monitored.

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I gained 55 pounds when I was pregnant. I didn’t eat like a pig but when I craved something I had it. My OB never gave me any shit about my weight at all. My baby is 3 months old now and I’ve lost 30 out of the 55 pounds. I’ve been working to lose it using weight watchers but I was totally fine and my baby was perfectly healthy. I’d consider switching if I were you. 

Post # 21
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Bumble bee

I started out overweight and gained 30 pounds but my doctor said he wasn’t concerned because it was all gradual and followed the weight gain curve. My baby is 3 weeks old on tuesday and I am already back to my pre-pregnancy weight. Don’t worry about it, as long as your weight gain is slow and you are otherwise healthy you shouldnt be concerned. 

Post # 22
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Helper bee

Get a new doc. I did with my OBGYN. Including how horrible her office was staff and management wise… I had to. 

I wasn’t pregnant but was thin as a rail… but based on BMI standards I was barely over weight. I got tired of being told to lose weight when I truly looked like I couldn’t afford to lose a pound back then. Got a new OBGYN and he NEVER brings up weight at appointments (and I actually NEED to lose a ton now). He focuses entirely on anything but.

I think your doc should be keeping an eye on so many other things than your weight gain during pregnancy. We all differ in that field. You could be morbidly obese from the beginning and have a healthy pregnancy. -.- 

Post # 23
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Sugar bee

They used to have different ideas of how much women should gain during pregnancy. Now they’re leaning more towards 35-40lbs. is healthier for baby and mom. I would say as long as you’re eating right, getting some exercise and feel healthy, you know your body. Some women gain 50+ pounds, have super healthy babies and pregnancies and lose it after the baby is born. 

Post # 24
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I don’t think doctors who ignore weight are doing anyone any favors. Overweight/obesity is an issue and it drives a lot of health issues. If you really don’t want a doctor commenting on your weight, I’m sure you can find one that will not. I’m 23 weeks, I’ve gained 4 lbs.  You don’t say how tall you are so I’m not sure if you were overweight or not. If you are 5’4″ or under, the reccommend weight gain is 15-25lbs, if you are 5’5″ the reccommended weight gain is 25-35lbs. If you were over 6’3″, 28-40lbs.  So really, you probably have gained “too much” and he is right to be concerned. You have a higher chance of experiencing issues like gestational diabetes. If he is referring you to a nutritionist, I’d go and see what they have to say. It doesn’t matter what other people have gained, it matters what you are gaining and whether your doctor is concerned. 

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Everyone else has pretty much covered this… Have you thought about signing up for pre-natal yoga, water aerobics, or anything? Keeping active during pregnancy is important and could help you from continuing to gain so quickly. My baby was born on a Thursday and I worked out up until the Monday before he came. My recovery from my emergency c-section was a breeze – I think due in part to my activity level while pregnant.

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I gained about that much weight at the same point, and the reaction from my doctor’s office has been weird. The doctor said I can try to eat healthier, but really that’s within the normal range and I shouldn’t worry. The physician’s assistant I saw at the next appointment freaked out and tried to shame me. I kind of nodded but rolled my eyes internally, because the books do say that for my BMI, this much weight gain is normal.

The one thing that scared me was, maybe the books say it’s normal to gain up to 40 pounds, but that’s a lot for me. I’m much smaller than you are, just 100 pounds pre-pregnancy. I’m not sure I could have coped with carrying around more than a third of my weight for weeks. Thankfully the weight gain really isn’t straightforward, it slowed down big time in the third trimester and the weight seemed to redistribute from all over me, to just the stomach. I haven’t really done anything differently, except maybe that my life got less stressful for a while. Go figure.

And I know quite a few women that gained well over 40 pounds and had no trouble losing most of that once the baby was born. Except the tummy weight. The tummy weight can be really stubborn.

Post # 27
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

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rose1992 :  you need to know that most doctors don’t properly screen for thyroid issues. They don’t use appropriate scales for tsh levels or screen for t3 which is the hormone that regulates metabolism. They don’t look at other factors too. If you do have a thyroid problem, check out stop the madness website. They have a lot of information there about what tests are necessary to screen for thyroid issues and what medication is best (it’s not the medication that a lot of docs prescribe.) Navigating a thyroid problem requires some extra knowledge. Sorry for the extra info but I have hypothyroidism so I kinda have been  through it. There was a time before I was medicated that I was exercising daily (intense exercise), eating 1500 clean calories per day and gaining weight, like 1 or 2 pounds a week! Thyroid problems can make you gain weight no matter how little you eat. Once I got medicated i could eat normally again. 

Post # 28
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Your doctor could be better in his approach, but I agree with some PPs. You could eat more before and not gain because you were also working out regularly. If you’re not now, it makes sense you would gain more now. Obviously you want yours and the baby’s health to be prioritybut perhaps meet with the dietician to ensure you’re not going way past your caloric needs. 

Post # 29
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Busy bee

I gained about the same amount as you, and I’m currently 26 weeks along as well. I started out at 110. Each pregnancy is different because each baby is different, so it’s not entirely clear how scientific it is to specify an ideal range of weight gain. As long as your Bridal Party and sugar are in check, and you’re not suffering from thyroid issues, I imagine you should be okay. 

I’m pretty happy about my weight gain. My high risk docs are happy with the baby’s growth, so I don’t think I care as much about my regular OB’s opinion even if she gives me a hard time- doubt she will though. With my previous pregnancy, I struggled to put on weight. My daughter (now 3- healthy but skinny!) always measured tiny in her growth scans, and I was encouraged to pack on the pounds but couldn’t! With this pregnancy, I’m not even trying- I’m just listening to my body. Maybe this means I’ll have to work harder to lose it once the baby is born, but that doesn’t faze me too much. 

 

 

Post # 30
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2008

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Kate127 :  as a woman who is now 36 weeks preggo, it’s encouraging to hear you lost it all within 3 weeks! Are you breastfeeding?

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