Post # 1
Based on WebMD, March of Dimes, etc:
- A woman of average weight before pregnancy should gain 25-35 pounds during pregnancy.
- Underweight women should gain 28-40 pounds during pregnancy.
- Overweight women may need to gain only 15-25 pounds during pregnancy.
Post # 3
For my 5’3″ frame, I was in the overweight category at 165 pre-preg; OB recommended I gain around 15lbs throughout the 9 months. He monitored my weight gain, and through healthy eating/exercise during preg, I managed to have a healthy 7lb baby, only gain 10lbs during the whole pregnancy, and walked out of the hospital lighter than I was pre-preg. Definitely set me up for a healthy lifestyle post-preg, and I’ve been able to get down to my goal weight range (130s) and stay there for 3 years.
Post # 4
I was average to begin with.
1st pregnancy: 40 lbs
2nd pregnancy 30 lbs
Post # 5
I gained a LOT of weight when I was pregnant. I was originally 120 and went up to 183 by the time I had my son. My OB thinks it was mostly water because he was a 7lb baby and I was down to 145 when I went in for my 6 week check up. I am at about 133 after 14 months but I’m hoping to loose the last little weight I still have.
Post # 6
I was underweight with my son (5’5 & 108) and gained 67lbs… I had also had thyroid issues as a teen/young adult so that probably attributed.. I was over active before getting pregnant and then when I became pregnant I ended up on the low end of “normal” so no matter what I ate/did I just gained and gained.. it was pretty steady throughout but with all I tried I couldn’t gain less. grrrr…
Post # 7
Weight at beginning of my pregnancy: 148 (I am 5’6″)
Weight at end of pregnancy: 187
Yup, just shy of 40 pounds. I ate healthy and kindasorta exercised, but those pounds piled on!
Post # 8
I get so frustrated with the numbers we are given. I was beating myself up but I stopped once I started talking to A LOT of other pregnant ladies and realizing that on average women gain more than 25-35lbs.
I am 35 weeks…average weight before and have gained 46lbs so far.
I don’t really exercise but I have also eaten pretty darn well. The pounds just keep coming and I am learning to stop beating myself up. I realize that my weight gain is VERY normal.
Post # 9
@spraguebride: *thumbs up* I know that many midwives don’t go by the “number” gained but the overall health of momma ie blood pressure, sugars, mobility, and how she feels overall as opposed to the number.. I remember my obgyn always getting on me about what I gained and I ate as healthy as I could.. it really stunk but ultimately I just gave up and was like oh well.. I gain what I gain. lol
Post # 10
I haven’t had a baby but my tiny 5’3 107lb mother gained 60+ pounds with both me and my sister. Before she got a positive pregnancy test she said she used to wake up during the middle of the night starving!
Post # 11
@saraja87: Thats interesting –it reminds me of a family friend. She is teeennie tiny and she gets HUGE during pregnancy because she’ll admit: she wakes up and just EATS out of uncontrollable hunger…
But after baby is born she’s back to normal within weeks….Maybe it’s an underweight thing (even with her height in consideration: I still think she’s underweight)
Post # 12
@spraguebride: I love you for this. I think it is much more normal to gain more than the recommended than people talk about… or at least, I hope. My SIL told me to plan on around 40-45 lbs despite what the doctors say. I’m scared to get on the scale but at 14 weeks I am definitely already at 10 lbs if not 13-14. I gain weight pretty easily and have my whole life unless I’m basically dieting so I’m not surprised. It’s definitely challenging though to let go of the control issue and just accept that my body is going to gain what it wants to gain.. I am not eating badly and I am walking 3-4 times/week. It is what it is!
Post # 13
I gained 13 lbs, was full term. BUT I was on diclectin because I had “morning” sickness until 31 weeks.
Post # 14
I am part of a new moms/ preggo group so I have a LOT of friends who have little babies. The majority of these women gained 40-60lbs.
Almost all of these women have lost all but 10-20lbs in the 1st 6months.
The 2 women who gained less than 30lbs were VERY active before pregnancy, very fit and worked out during pregnancy. I was not fit to begin with and always have had an extra 5-10lbs on my body
It is VERY hard for me to watch the scale keep going on up and I felt like i was getting so fat, but after a lot of time spent with these ladies I realize that I am very normal. I also realize that I WILL lose it after the baby comes. It’s just really hard to not beat yourself up and feel like a blimp when everywhere you turn you keep seeing that damn 25-35lbs range! 🙂
This is why I am being very honest on here about my weight gain. I want you other ladies to know you are a) normal b) not alone and c) will lose the weight! 🙂
Post # 15
I was 140 lbs (5’5) pre pregnancy, and was 183 lbs by the time I gave birth.
I walked everyday, and even worked full time, 8 hours at a very active, on my feet job, up until 32 weeks. My diet did change, but not by a whole lot. My calorie intake wasn’t much more since I drank alot more water, and no alcohol ( obviously), but I was casual drinker before being pregnant. So I think diet wise, it all evened out.
I just gained the weight because I was pregnant, the guidlines are just that, but sometimes I feel like it makes pregnant women worry about one more thing. that they shouldn’t have to. As long as a healthy diet and excersise is incorporated, the body will do its own thing naturally.
Also, I lost all the baby weight plus some within 8 months. I gained some back, because my happy weight is now a bit fuller.
Post # 16
i was 135lbs 5’5 prepregnancy… i went all the way up to 186 :-/ after i had my daughter i went down to 155lbs and stayed there for nearly 7 years. i still havent been able to go back down 2 my prepreggo weight but now im ~140lbs and im okay =)