And how far along are you? Just curious!
I am 22 weeks and have gained about 12 pounds.
LOL, I think I may get the record on this one... 23 weeks, and as of today, 23 pounds. Yikes... it is scary to think that in a few more weeks I will outweigh my husband.
Yesterday at our prenatal, my midwives reminded me that baby is going through a huge growth spurt right now. I'm still working out 5-6 days a week and eating really well, so I do trust my body to be growing exactly the way it needs to be, but when I think about the numbers, it is a little hard for me to swallow!
Also... last weekend we visited NYC and I saw a bunch of old friends and colleagues who all looked super thin (healthy thin). Three friends who had each had babies within the past 2 years had all lost a ton of weight since I'd seen them (between 6 months to over a year ago), and all looked really great and super healthy. A group of my old co-workers had all gone on this diet together and all lost huge amounts of weight. I did have a little bit of a moment. I love my growing belly. But suddenly, I felt totally insecure... hello thighs! hello hips & upper arms! Where did you come from?!?!?!
Wrapping up my 24th week, and I've gained 20 lbs so far. I was a little concerned about not gaining enough since I started out a little underweight and had pretty nasty morning sickness for three months, but obviously it didn't have much of an effect on the scale! It's definitely not all belly though...I swear at least 5 lbs ended up in my boobs and even if I didn't have a baby-belly, there's no way I could squeeze my rear end into any of my non-maternity pants. AKChix0r, my belly has been stretching a lot too and is pretty sore...I've been massaging it with pure shea butter (not just rubbing it in but actually kind of kneading it, KWIM?), and that seems to help quite a bit both with the soreness and with alleviating the skin tightness too.
26 weeks tomorrow and I've gained 18 lbs.
Interestingly, 17 of those happened in the first trimester, when eating was all that kept the nausea at bay. I've gained a pound in the last 12 weeks.
I was hoping to keep the total under 20 lbs (9 kilos), but have now adjusted that goal to under 25 lbs. If I go to 30 lbs (what I gained in my first pregnancy) I will just deal with it, but I would rather not gain any extra weight that isn't necessary for the baby. I started the pregnancy slightly over my personal happy point, and don't want to have more to lose afterward. I'm 35 and, shockingly, it hasn't gotten any easier to lose weight as I have gotten older! ;-)
Amy May, hugs to you. I know that, 'I'm know I'm healthy, but I feel insecure in this group,' feeling. Not fun. You are clearly doing GREAT and are creating a wonderfully healthy environment for your babe. Also, for what it's worth, I know not every women experiences this, but I certainly found that breastfeeding a voracious kiddo was fantastic for weight loss afterward.