Post # 1
I was at the endocrinologist yesterday, where the nurse read me the riot act because according to their records, I’ve gained 4.5 lbs in the last four months. I’m 21 weeks pregnant now. I’m trying not to worry too much about it, because a.) she’s not my OB, who has yet to say a word about my weight gain (though I’ll see her next week and will be sure to ask) b.) she sounded almost angry and added that “you know, most people don’t have trouble gaining weight,” which felt a bit… unprofessional, like she was making this personal somehow 3.) according to my home scale, I’ve gained closer to 7 lbs which is still low but at least a little better and 4.) the 20 week ultrasound was just last week, and the baby looked good (and weighed 11 oz, which is on target).
That said, I’ve been trying really hard to take in more calories consciously and put on weight. This is my third pregancy after two miscarriages (one around 11 weeks, the second at 8.5 that turned out to be a partial molar), and I want to do everything I can to be as healthy as possible. I’ll add that I started at a healthy weight – around 121 at 5’5. I’m still running for mental health more than anything – I have found something new to panic about every week of this pregnancy, and that’s the only time I really relax – but I’m keeping the distances short (around 5K at a shot) and I always eat a big snack as soon as I get back. I’ll have to switch to walking soon regardless, as I’m dead clumsy and a falling risk.
Anyway, my questions are: anyone start slow on the weight gain and catch up no problem in the second half of your pregnancy? And two, any good advice for adding calories? I’m allergic to dairy, which means I skip a lot of processed food** and can’t just switch to full fat milk/yogurt/etc. But I eat everything else, and I feel like I eat a lot of it… but not, obviously, enough.
** By necessity, not virtue, given the omnipresence of casein and whey in long ingredient lists. However, I am enjoying the limited edition pumpkin spice oreos, but I wish they would have put the pumpkin fillng on chocolate cookies.
Post # 2
I gained 14 lbs in total at 9 months preganant. Was steady all way through. Some weeks stay the same weight or even drop a pound. I wouldn’t worry baby was healthy. I had exact same weight gain as my mother when she was pregnant with me.
Post # 3
dont worry about it, some people don’t gain a lot, especially if you are fit and eat healthy.
if your ob isn’t worry and baby is healthy, then you are fine.
i’m 30 weeks today and have gained 13lbs so far (2nd pregnancy).
Post # 4
If you’re healthy (and it sounds like you are) and you’re taking in the appropriate calories for your pregnancy and amount of exercise you’re doing, you’re totally fine. I gained like 90% of my weight in the last two months. You’re doing great!
Post # 5
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I’m 35 weeks pregnant today and I’ve gained 3.4lbs now with my pregnancy and have a healthy almost 5lb baby girl right now kicking me in the ribs. I gained weight but was diagnosed with gestational diabetes and lost most of the weight I gained. My endocrinologist has zero problem with this as my ultrasounds reflect a healthy, good sized, proportional baby. I haven’t been told to “catch up” on my weight gain or anything. Some people just don’t gain tons of weight while pregnant and that’s totally okay.
ETA: I’m 5’4″ and started this pregnancy at about 145.
Post # 6
Oh, thanks so much for the replies. I’m not going to lie, they make me feel SO much better. I asked my mom, and she only gained 17 pounds with her first pregnancy, so maybe it really is just a genetic thing! Still, I’m going to try to continue to eat more.
Post # 7
Not everyone gains like 40lbs while pregnant, in fact there is no need to actually gain that much at all and it’s not necessarily healthier to gain a lot of pregnancy weight.
If your doctor is happy with your progress and the baby’s health then I wouldn’t worry but just make sure your portions aren’t too small and maybe snack on some extra fruit throughout the day.
Post # 8
That nurse sounds like an asshole and really unprofessional (I’m also a nurse). You should ignore her.
At my 16 week appointment, I had gained just 1 lb. My doctor didn’t say a thing – I brought it up because I was concerned. She was not worried at ALL. I also started with a normal BMI, but I had a lot of nausea during my pregnancy which made it hard for me to eat. I started gaining weight after that – I was 6 lbs up at 20 weeks and now 17 lb up at nearly 30 weeks. So I am catching up fine.
I see both an endocrinologist and OB and they both said my weight gain is totally FINE and I am perfectly on track. My baby is growing well.
Don’t worry unless your doctor is worried! I got myself so stressed out in the beginning googling all these forums to find other women like me who weren’t gaining in the beginning. It’s just not a big deal, and it’s common. Your running is not excessive, and seriously props to you for keeping up on an exercise routine that is good for you both mind and body.
As for tips, I try to eat a little something every couple hours. I actually time it – breakfast before work then 9 am snack, 11 am snack, noon lunch, 2 pm snack, 4 pm snack, dinner, bedtime snack. If you are trying to eat more, it is easier to eat more frequently like that than to stuff yourself at meals. You can also use non-dairy fat sources to add calories to a meal – nuts, peanut butter, and avocados are good choices. Adding extra olive oil to steamed veggies or a salad can boost calorie content too. Or choosing higher fat meats like 85% ground beef instead of 93%, that sort of thing.
Post # 9
professorplum : both my pregnancies I gained all my weight after 20 weeks. A few pounds the first half and then 35-45 the second half. Had over 9lb babies both times. Don’t stress!
Post # 10
At 20 weeks, I had gained about 6lbs. Now at 33 weeks, I have gained 24lbs total. It seems crazy because I actually eat less now than earlier in pregnancy due to the baby squishing my stomach and not having an appetite. Everyone is different. If your OB isn’t worried, you shouldn’t worry either.
Post # 11
Glad you posted about this, OP. This is my first pregnancy and at my 15.5 week appointment their scales only put me up 3.5 lbs from my initial weight, which is crazy because I ate everything in sight for the first 11-12 weeks, and I was up closer to 10 lbs based on my friends scale several weeks ago. But, when I hit 14 weeks, my bloat bump disappeared and now an actual baby bump is slowly starting to form again. Everyone is different, and there was no concern mentioned about my weight gain, or lack there of, at my appointment. I started at 5’6″, 136 lbs, and at 15.5 appointment last week I was 139.6lbs.
Post # 12
My doctor was super chill about it today, she says the baby is doing fine, but I do need to gain more. On their scales today at 22 weeks, I was actually DOWN a pound since my 18 week visit. So. Frustrating. I’m supposed to snack a minimum of every two two hours, hungry or not. I went straight to the grocery store on the way home to buy snacks. I don’t really have any cravings, which bums me out. I always had these visions of sending my husband off to pick up whatever I depserately wanted, but when it comes down to it, whatever we have at home is pretty much fine with me!