Post # 1
Hello bees! I wanted to get an idea of how much weight women gain on average during their pregnancy. I know the recommended weight gain based on your pre-baby BMI, but just wondering what it is for the ladies on the Bee. Please indicate if you had multiples, how you ate, and if you worked out, how much during your pregnancy? Thank you so much!
Post # 3
I started at 138 and not positive but I think I ended up gaining somewhere around 40+ total. Dr had recommended 25-35 for me but was happy with my weight gain the whole way through. I walked a lot during my pregnancy and ate whatever I wanted although I’m a pretty healthy eater by nature. I did splurge on gourmet pizza and chocolate ice cream anytime I wanted. The weight gain didn’t bother me so I wasn’t focused on keeping it below a certain number so I’m sure I could’ve “done better”. You didn’t ask, but my baby was 9.5 lbs at birth, although I left the hospital only 8lbs lighter than going in. I lost most of the 40lbs in 3-4 months, he is 11 months old now and I weight 130-haven’t been at this weight since high school (breastfeeding has been the only thing I’ve done to lose the weight).
Post # 4
i started at 190. my doc didnt want me to gain any weight.. shhmmm (online they recommend 11-21 lbs for my height and weight). i tried and did not gain any until about week 25… i am now up 27 lbs (at almost 40 weeks pregnant). i am super active and i worked out and did zumba 3 days a week up until a week ago but i did give into alot of cravings. its hard to eat alot just because of space restrictions in there… but i have eaten pretty much whatever i want (but quite a balance diet none the less). heres me at 38 weeks…
Post # 5
@beebot: oh wow congrats on delivering a 9.5lb baby…what a big boy! That’s awesome that you were able to shed the lbs so quickly. I guess breastfeeding is key!
A lot of times those 1 size fits all charts just don’t work for everyone. Each woman is built so differently and body composition varies so much. You work out a lot so those charts don’t account for all the muscle you probably have =) You look great!!
Post # 6
I was underweight to begin with (5’8″, 115 pounds), so the recommendation was to gain 28-40 pounds.
I actually only gained 18 pounds though. My doctor wasn’t concerned. I was “all baby”. I knew my weight gain would probably be lower than the average because my sister and mom were the same way. My son weighed 7 pounds 15 oz at birth. I was back at my pre-pregnancy weight within a few weeks.
I had no morning sickness or nausea, and I ate like a horse! I don’t count calories, but I was probably eating close to 3500 calories a day in my first trimester (I was eating 2-3 extra full-size meals each day), way over the recommended amount, but I gained zero pounds during that time.
I ate mostly a primal diet (paleo + dairy), though I did “cheat” a bit more than normal.
For exercise, I tried to walk for 30-45 minutes everyday during my lunch break at work.
Post # 7
I gained 55lbs the first time and I looked and ate like Jessica Simpson we same height, similar shapes…I totally related to her magazine covers 🙂
With DD2, I gained 31lbs without really trying. I did yoga the second time, but I was in a car accident at 12wks with the first pregnancy the back injury made it really hard to be active. I’m 5 weeks post partum with DD2 and all 31lbs are off!
ETA: I was diagnosed with gluten intolerance between babies. I do attribute gaining 24 fewer lbs to consuming far less processed foods and no fast food.
Post # 8
My natural childbirth class tells us that there is no set number that is too much to gain. They focus on eating healthy because they think if women are told not to gain weight they will restrict protein and other important beneficial things for the baby and themselves which can lead to high blood pressure and other things. Just thought I would put that thought out there.
I have gained 9 or 10 at my most recent appointment (19 weeks). Doc said I was doing perfect. I eat a lot though, and do my best to keep it healthy. But yes, I focus on nutrients every day vs. pounds gained. I decided early on that was my philosophy. It is hard to exercise outdoors because it is so cold and icy here!
Post # 9
I was considered at the high end of the “normal” BMI range for my height pre-pregnancy (5’9″ and 165 pounds which is a BMI of 24.4) and have gained 32 pounds as of my latest appointment last Thursday. I’m currently 39 weeks and 4 days pregnant so I don’t imagine I’ll gain or lose that much weight between now and giving birth. My Doctor has been very happy with my weight gain and thinks I should have a relatively easy time getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight. Hope she’s right!
As far as your questions go:
1. I’m not having multiples.
2. I’ve been eating about the same as I did pre-pregnancy. I occasionally get a craving and have an extra snack or two but for the most part have not changed my eating habits too much. One big difference in my diet is that I drink a lot more water now. I hope to continue this habit after the baby comes.
3. I did work out (mostly elliptical and treadmill use with occasional light weight lifting) during the first few months of my pregnancy but that really started to slow down around month 4 or so. I honestly just started getting a bit lazy with it at that point. 😛
Post # 10
I started at 120 & ended at 145. I ate what I wanted, when I wanted. My baby weighted 6 pounds 8 ounces and he is now 7 weeks old. I still weight 130 :/
Post # 11
@mrshersch74: Congrats on your new baby, mama! That’s really good for having a baby just 7 weeks ago.
it’s a really good point that every woman (and baby) is different.
ah I hate you!! j/k 🙂 You’ve got some great genes in your fam.
Post # 12
@cbee: While there may not be established quantifications of “too much”, there is absolutely risk for woman and baby to gaining beyond the recommended ranges for height and pre-pregnancy weight, even if it is from a strictly healthy diet.
Post # 13
@cdncinnamongirl: I am just saying that in my Bradley method classes that is not the training/ thinking. I know everyone has an opinion, but this particular doctor’s idea is that there should be not set limit.
He believes that that mindset leads to a woman limiting herself which also leads to serious complications (that he considers most important-) such as developing high blood pressure, pre-E, PROM, and more.
Post # 14
Hi, my pre prego weight was 130 pounds, the day I gave birth I was 171 pounds, I am 5 foot 3 inches. So I gained 41, but my son is 20 months old now and I am 5 pounds lighter than my pre prego weight!! yay!
Post # 15
i have only gained 6 kgs this pregnancy. i still have 12 weeks to go, but i dont want to gain too much. I think its imortant tht you still mintain a healthy diet, and exercise. I was a runner before i got pregnant, and kept running untill two weeks ago. yes i am sure as shit i looked silly, but honestly its my arse that will stay fat after if i dont look after it now. No i am not limiting my calorie intake, or pushing myself,but i do watch what i eat and drink, and try to exercise every day, (which is now just a fast paced walk). My family is known for putting on weight when having a baby and both my mum and sister have told me its the hardest weight to shift. So i am trying to not put on much weight at all. what you really need to think of is what is best for you and your baby. Oh im only having one and its my first.