Slow weight gain at halfway point

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
51 posts
Worker bee

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
9197 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
3732 posts
Sugar bee

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
254 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015 - Swaneset Bay Resort & Country Club

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 # 7
597 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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
24 posts

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
691 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

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
510 posts
Busy bee

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
1756 posts
Buzzing bee

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. 

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