(Closed) Pregnany Weight Gain

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
2226 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

You shouldn’t freak out just yet. I had a really quick growth spurt between 17-20 weeks & put on about 10lbs (I hadn’t gained anything before that). After that my weight evened out & I didn’t gain again for a couple of weeks. Mine seems to come in bursts. Hadn’t gained between 28-33 then all of a sudden I put on 3-4lbs in the past few days (almost 34 weeks).

Keep an eye on your diet, the cravings should let up in the next couple of weeks & I think you’ll find things get back to normal.

Post # 4
9820 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I wouldn’t worry, 14 lbs sounds normal. Some weeks you might gain more than others.  Some people gain at different times too, my mom told me she gained the most during her second trimester and wasn’t gaining much at all towards the end.

I do use this tracker though, to check: http://www.babycenter.com/pregnancy-weight-gain-estimator

I also have an app on my phone that lets me track my weight week by week and it just gives a normal range of weight gain for that week.

Post # 5
645 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’ve found this website to be helpful as you can put your own information in and it gives you a guideline per 2 week period. http://www.kidspot.com.au/weightgain/pregnancyweightgain.asp

As long as you and your doctor are on the same page then I think you are fine. I honestly believe some women will gain more or less, as long as you are eating healthy then you have nothing to worry about. Weight gain is a very normal side effect of pregnancy ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 6
861 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I gained a pound a week the entire pregnancy – and I was def gaining where I shouldn’t have. I had severe food aversions so I don’t know where the weight came from, but it made me realize that you body puts on what it puts on in the order it wants to! 

Post # 7
646 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m gaining more than I planned or hoped to, but I’m not stressing about it. I’ve been a very restrictive eater and obsessive exerciser my whole life, so it’s strange (and so. nice!) to just let myself do and eat what I please, guilt-free.

At 21 weeks, I was up 16 pounds. My doctor said the weight gain wasn’t bad, but warned me that it’s likely to skyrocket weekly now. I imagine now at 25 weeks, I’ve gained more than 20 pounds.

Post # 8
3126 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I am up 20 lbs at 22 weeks. I work on my feet all day (retail) so I am still very physically active, but I’m too tired after work to work out. It doesn’t help that I am also eating a lot of crappy food. I never had any morning sickness or much food aversion except for vegetables, but I felt best when I was eating every 2 hours. I am hoping after the holidays when work calms down I will be able to eat less and get back to working out more. Until then I am trying not to stress out.

Post # 9
888 posts
Busy bee

My first pregnancy I gained too much weight early on because they restricted my exercise and I spent the remaining 6 months fearing additional weight gain. It was terribly stressful and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. I lost the weight immediately after and actually ended up being the skinniest I had ever been in my life so I don’t know why they made such an issue of it.  Overall, I gained about 25 lbs it just so happened to be mostly early on during the pregnancy. This current pregnancy I was so traumatized by my previous early weight gain that I exercised a lot and now all people comment on is how small I am. Sigh, cant seem to get it right. My advice to you is make smart food choices, exercise,  be as healthy as you can and don’t pay too much attention to the scale. Enjoy your pregnancy, best wishes!

Post # 10
1723 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1998

You were a normal weight beforehand and you’re almost halfway through the pregnancy – you’ve got 21 more pounds to go (on average) before a doctor starts giving you the ol’ stink eye.

On the plus side, most women I know bounce right back within 2 weeks of having their kid. Of those I knew (and there were SEVERAL) who gained 35 – 40 pounds, most had only 10 or so pounds to go after 2 weeks. Some stragglers reached that point at one month postpartum.

But your weight gain is no where near enough to solicit concerns about GD or anything else.

Post # 11
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

Before my pregnancy, I had just finished training for a 3-day bike ride across three mountain passes. Needless to say, I was in tip-top shape. At 5′ 10″ I was just under 150 lbs. Not my lowest weight, but plenty of muscle mass to take into account. I was cross-training on my own and with a trainer weekly. The week I found out I was pregnant, we climbed 2 mountains, hiked 37 miles, and biked another 55. I’m not exaggerating. 

Then, first-trimester assitude kicked in, and I scaled back on exercise majorly because I felt so BLERGH. I would still go to the gym, and saw my trainer once a week, but it was definitely nothing hardcore. Once my energy started coming back, I was able to exercise a bit more strenuously through about week 12, when things like sprinting and pull-ups started feeling WEIRD and like too much for my body. 

My weight stayed stable at 150 until 10 weeks, and at that point I started gaining about a pound a week. I’m up just over 8 lbs at 19 weeks 4 days. For my size, I fully expect to gain about 30-35 lbs with this pregnancy. I’ll be very surprised if I gain less.

Most women don’t realize that their caloric needs change by only a small amount during pregnancy. Approximately 300 calories extra is all your body requires during the second and third trimesters. This, sadly, is disproportionately low compared to the hunger most of us feel and the severity of our blood-sugar fluxuations. Self included.

One thing that is important to remember is that most of the weight you gain during your pregnancy is NOT body fat. Increased blood volume, amniotic fluid, organ growth, and of course the baby itself contribute to the largest percentage of pregnancy weight. One figure I’ve seen says that for a 25-lb weight gain in a normal pregnancy, only about 20% of the weight is fat. That’s 5 pounds over 9 months. NOT A BIG DEAL!

For women who breastfeed, this weight often comes off during the first month post-pregnancy as a result of caloric detriment from breastfeeding alone. That doesn’t mean you will return to the same “shape,” or look the same, as it takes work to re-train muscle and skin tone for most people. Staying hydrated can help! 

Post # 12
1285 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m putting weight on pretty normally, but it goes in spurts. I’ll gain 1-3 pounds literally overnight then not gain anything for 2-3 weeks. As long as you are trying to eat healthy (carbs are not unhealthy!) and exercise when you can, trust that your body knows what it is doing. 

Post # 13
1664 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve gained about 8lbs and I am 17 weeks. By looking online this feels higher than norm although doctor says it is quite normal. I was 130lbs starting weight at 5”6. This was 5lbs heavier than my “happy weight” unfortunately. ๐Ÿ™ . Didn’t quite get to getting in shape before getting that BFP. 

Post # 14
423 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Mrs.H2B:  just like me!!! I’ve gained almost 9 (I’m 18 + 3) and I was worried too! I’m 5’7″ and I was also 130 when I got pregnant ๐Ÿ™‚ and like you, my goal was to be about 125 but I do have a lot of muscle ๐Ÿ™‚ I feel really silly for worrying about my weight but I want to be healthy too….



Post # 15
1868 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have had a few jumps and many luls in weight gain over my pregnancy. I am 35 weeks this friday and only up 20 lbs… I was up 23 so not sure what happened but whatever lol the baby measured about 6.25 lbs at today’s sonogram.

Everyone is made differently and we gain and lose at different rates. I wouldnt be too concerned about weight gain unless your doctor says something. It sounds like you are right on track to be around the 30 lb gain mark more or less which is a good thing!

Just make sure to drink lots of water and make good eating choices! I know it can be hard. I lived on potatoes for about 3 months! haha

Post # 16
441 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I have gained a pound per week since I found out I was pregnant.  I know you’re not supposed to do that until the end so I’m a bit worried too!  The doctor hasn’t said anything about it yet, though.  I started at 123lbs (I’m 5’3″) and am now 134lbs at 15 weeks.  It’s those darn cravings! 

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