(Closed) Weight gain in the 1st Trimester

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
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KKML125:  I lost over 20 pounds in the first trimester and still haven’t gained anything now at 18 weeks. Honestly what is a safe goal for weight gain is between you and your midwife/OB. There are a number of factors that go into the goal weight gain range so just keep in mind that every pregnancy is different. Some people gain more weight than others and have a completely healthy pregnancy and baby. Just be sure to do moderate exercise, eat healthy, and drink plenty of water and take your vitamins and keep in touch with your provider if you have questions or concerns! 

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

This probably won’t be what you want to hear, but I’ll be honest: you’re going to gain what you’re going to gain. I spent a LOT of my pregnancy upset about this bc I started at a healthy BMI, kept working out, and ate healthy (not perfect, but not awful), and I packed on weight. I literally would cry to my MW to the point where she made my husband take away the scale and she stopped weighing me.

Your body is gonna hold on to what it needs, and every body is different. There really isn’t much you can do that you aren’t doing now. Don’t have a number in mind…just focus on being healthy, and plan to continue that post partum. 

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

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KKML125:  I really wouldn’t worry too much at all. First, if you’re 6 weeks pregnant and have gained 5lbs in the last month, I would just look at your overall eating habits. Have you been eating more meals than before pregnancy even if they are healthier? If your wearing well, I wouldn’t worry at all. Also, your weight gain in the first may fluctuate greatly if you’re hit with morning sickness. I lost weight in the first tri because of it and actually didn’t gain anything until well into the second trimester (didn’t show at all until around 20 weeks). Unless you’re using TTC and pregnancy as an excuse to eat anything and everything, your body just probably needed the weight! Don’t worry unless it becomes truly excessive. But know that some woman gain more in the 1st, drop off in the 2nd, then gain again in the 3rd. Others lose and don’t gain until much later. There are so many different versions of “healthy” with weight gain in pregnancy. 

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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I agree with the PP, each woman and each pregnancy is different. You really can’t compare how much weight you gain or lose during your pregnancy.  If you feel 5lb’s is already to much of a weight gain talk to your doctor/midwife.  Please do not seek advice from the internet.  

For myself, I am plus size woman and actually lost weight during my 1st trimester and only gained a few pounds during my who pregnancy.  

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

You will probably find that you have weeks where you might gain a pound but weeks where you stay the same or lose a pound. I wouldn’t worry too much about gaining a few more pounds than you had hoped. I didn’t gain anything the first trimester because I was really sick but since around 16 weeks I have gained around 2 pounds a week. I’m pregnant with twins and am gaining more than I personally would like but my doctors have no concerns. Def ask your Dr if you are worried!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

I gained 20 lbs the first trimester. I felt awful and cried everytime I stepped on the scale. I felt like everyone else wasn’t gaining anything or losing weight and I was packing on pounds. I ended up gaining over 50 lbs when I was pregnant, it was so depressing. However, I lost 30 lbs the first week post partum and now fit into my jeans easily with a 5 week old baby. Your body will change dramatically, don’t get too hung up on numbers. Also, despite gaining way more weight than recommended, I only got 2 tiny stretch marks and my tummy looks fine now. 

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I agree with the others. You’ll gain what your body needs to gain. Everyone gains at different rates so don’t worry about what youre supposed to gain the first second or third trimester.

I swear I gained 5 lbs the second the test turned positive!I started underweight and gained about 35lbs total. I can’t remember exactly how much I gained the first trimester but I think it was about 8lbs. the second was about 12 (I know for sure I was up 20 by the time I got to the 3rd trimester) and the last was where I gained the bulk of the weight, 15 or so lbs. I went into labor 2 weeks early so I probably would have gained a few more. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I gained 40lbs during my pregnancy, I was low/normal BMI to start. I gained about 7-10lbs In my first trimester then like lb per week for the rest. I ate very well, it’s just what my body needed to do!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

my doctor said overall 25-35 pounds is whats recommended for an average weight person. 

I’m 14 weeks and have lost about 15 pounds due to morning sickness. I started feeling sick around 7 weeks. Before that, I put on 4 pounds of pure bloat! It was awful. 

Obviously I hope you don’t get sick, but either way I’d assume your weight gain will slow down within the next couple weeks. 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I gained 10 pounds in my first trimester, and I kind of hung around that weight for a while. I’ll be 21 weeks in a few days and all together I’ve gained 13 pounds.

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Sugar bee
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KKML125:  You need to let your body process the pregnancy in the way that it needs. If you are exercising (and feel good about it), and eating a nutritious, balanced diet, then that’s really all you should do. Pregnancy really is a time to sleep when you’re tired and eat when you’re hungry. You also don’t know how your body will prepare for pregnancy–so yes, most women gain a modest amount in the first trimester, but some women lose weight because of morning sickness, and some women gain a little more because their body determines that’s what it needs. I threw up for a week straight and ate practically nothing and STILL gained weight in that same week with my first. 

And I have some perhaps unsettling news for you–unless you are one of the few women who don’t experience morning sickness, I think that most women find the first trimester very difficult on their bodies. For me, it became impossible to exercise and also impossible to eat healthy–I pretty much ate licorice, crackers and skittles for several weeks because that was all that I felt like eating. Now, I could either get really stressed out over this or I could be kind to myself and just get through it. And my OB was one to tell me that the first trimester is really about survival–just get through it in whatever way you can (okay, don’t smoke crack, but you kwim). I’m just saying this because you’re only 6 weeks now and most women won’t start to feel it around 8 weeks, give or take, and I think it’s helpful to be reminded that your body may force you to let go for a while. 

The other thing to remember is that chances are, if your weight gain is within a recommended range, you NEED every single one of them. I heard an analogy that’s true: building a baby is a bit like building a car. You not only need the raw materials and the tools, but you also need a stocked garage to support the building of the car. Your body is the same way–it’s not just the baby and the placenta, it’s also the additional resources (your blood volume, fluids, and yes, stored fat) that the body relies on to nurture and grow that baby.

If it’s any consolation, I was overweight when I got pregnant and ended up gaining 12 pounds, all told. I ate a reasonably healthy diet but I did go from vegan to omni while pregnant and definitely ate my fair share of cheeseburgers and ice-cream, and I also stopped running and doing yoga in favor of walking–I didn’t have to “work” to keep my weight gain within an acceptable range for my starting weight; my body just did it on its own. I think that many women are similar, tbh. 

And finally, this is your moment to start understanding health more holistically, such that you really should be focused on how you FEEL, rather than how you look or the numbers on the scale. Worry about the quality of your diet, not the quantity of food (or calorie intake); exercise because it makes you feel good and brings you energy, not because the scale is telling you xyz. And go beyond that, too–take care of your teeth, manage your stress, get good sleep. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

I’ve actually lost weight due to loss of appetite and completely going off of most unhealthy foods and suddenly loving fruit more than ever… But I was reasonably overweight to begin with so it’s for the best really. 

There’s also a lot to be said for water retention at this point. You might not actually have “gained weight” as in fat, your body might just be holding more water than it used to which is making you heavier. That doesn’t mean it won’t just drop off later. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I started with a normal BMI 5’7 139lbs – I gained 8lbs in the first trimester and then 12(!) more by 22 weeks. Now weight gain has really slowed down going into the 3rd trimester. It seems that some women gain weight early and then slow down near the end and some women stay small longer and then gain lots at the end. In general it doesn’t seem like we have much control over the number. Just keep eating as healthfully as you can and trust your body i guess. We aren’t meant to retain weight post pregnancy so your body will use what it needs and ditch the extra when you get back to being not pregnant.

PS: I also suspect that first 8lbs was more bloat than anything else. Everyone is still telling me I’m looking very small for 6.5 months. 

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KKML125:  Just because you’ve gained a lot in the first 6 weeks it doesnt mean you will continue to do so. Some people gain a lot in the beginning and then slow down. I didnt gain much in the first trimester (just 1lb) but I seem to have sped up! Nearly 25 weeks and am at 11lb gain now. 

 

I know its hard seeing the weight gain. I had a little crying session today trying to find something to wear which didn’t accentuate my new love handles. But you need the extra weight to look after you and the baby during pregnancy. Plus quite a lot of fat iss needed if you choose to breastfeed. So long as you are eating right just trust in your body – it knows exactly what it’s doing!

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