I'm the type of person that can gain weight without trying. I can gain a couple of lbs in a couple of days...so I've had to work very hard to lose weight during my adult life and even harder to keep it off (which has always been a yo-yo battle for me) and mostly in my stomach area.
I hide my weight well though....and whenever I tell people just how much I weigh (pre-pregnancy) they NEVER believe me. I'm 5'3 1/2 so...any extra weight sneeks up on me...fast.
Since becoming pregnant I've steadily gained the lbs.....(there was about 3 weeks at the end of my 1st Trimester where I didn't gain any....and actually lost 1/2 a lb between OB visits - due to packing, moving, unpacking, etc.) and I THINK I've already gained around 25 lbs so far. I am 20 1/2 weeks. Therefore, I am ESTIMATING that I will probably gain a total of around 40 - 45 lbs....maybe?
At first that thought was a little intimidating and scary, esp. because I'd just lost a ton of weight before getting pregnant. But...on the other hand....the 42 lbs I'd lost....is just returning....only in a WONDERFUL way.....it's bringing a BABY along with it....which is totally better than just being fat and overweight! I've recently heard from other Moms I know that they gained a total of 55 lbs, 70 lbs, etc. so I know that I won't be alone in gaining over the norm of between 25-35 lbs.
And I'm not worried or stressed out at all about losing the pregnancy/baby weight after I deliver. I KNOW it will take some time. I'm guessing it will take around 4 months to a year to lose and get back into my pre-pregnancy clothes (unless my hips got too wide from birthing and then I'll just have to go up a size in pants) and back down to my skinniest ever size 4/6 pants and small tops.
I know I can do it. It isn't impossible. It will just take time, patience and LOTS of water, exercise and determination to be my healthiest and sexiest self once again.....and all the while....enjoying every day with my little man, watching him grow.
So.....I'm curious....how much do YOU expect to gain?