I am 15 weeks (today!) and I am still down 6 lbs from where I started. Its my first pregnancy, so I have no expectation on what I will gain, and I am not worried about it.
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Prettyisa - I am so with you. I wasn't able to exercise for 2-3 months before getting pregnant (two rounds of IVF) and with all the shots I was up 10 pounds by the time they implanted. I am up 6 pound from there at 13.5 weeks. I'm not too worried. It is what it is. Just have to lose it safely on the back end.
I started this pregnancy lighter than the last one (5-5, 128, as opposed to 138 with my first one). I'm 18 weeks, and weigh, according to my midwife's scale, around 136 right now. I feel it's being generous, because I definitely feel larger than that. The ol "rubber band around the button on the jeans" trick is just barely holding things together at this point.
Last time I gained right at 20 lbs, and I figure I'll do between 20-25 this time as well. I don't know; I had all these grand plans to doing spin until 8 months, running, water exercise, etc ... I've been feeling so crappy with "morning" sickness and been so busy with the rest of life I've barely gotten to do anything physical. Oh well. Maybe tomorrow. :)
I've gained five pounds so far, which worried me, but my midwife says baby seems right on track so I'm trying not to worry. I was 107 before I got pg with dd and ended up close to 160 at the end. I felt awful with that much weight on my frame as a ton of it was swelling. I started out worried about not gaining that much again this time, but now I'm paranoid I'm not gaining enough! My diet is completely different this time, plus I have had horrible ms that *just* slowed down the other week. We don't have a scale here, and while I was considering buying on the other day, I think I would just drive myself crazy with it. Trying hard to focus on just eating healthy and keeping as active as I can.
With DS I gained a little over 30 pounds, the OB was hounding me about my weight gain. It's not like I was eating junk food either, I have 4 food allergies and celiacs. It was actually quite aggravating. After the pregnancy I lost it all pretty fast, it seems a portion of it was just water. He was only 6.6 when born but very healthy (I'm small, was a small baby, my mom has small babies).
This time at 14 weeks, I haven't gained anything apparently. The lady at WIC was all concerned. I made it clear though that I had just gotten over a stomach bug my son passed on and that I hadn't had much of an appetite lately (morning sickness took away an appetite). Recently it has come back though. I'm not too worried. I eat healthy (probably could up the protein and am working on it, but it's hard) and when hungry. I'm not depriving myself of food either. So yeah...we'll see!
But yeah...I hate being hounded about weight. A friend had severe morning sickness with her pregnancy and the OB was on her about not gaining weight. Then when she got over the morning sickness, about gaining too much too fast. I think OB's need to stop obsessing about weight.
Hello ladies, I;m pregnant with twins and I started at 118lb. being 5'5" high, I'm currently 13w2d and very scared to say that I already packed on 22lb. I'm very sick every morning, but if I eat it goes away and I do have to eat every three hours not to be sick, I can't eat anything that contains gluten, and I eat very healthy diet because of that, I don't eat sweets much as I don't like it or don't crave it yet and I do have to be careful because of my gluten problem what I choose to eat, so I was shocked, when I saw the scale after a month to be up 22lb. It is true though that I had to be on bed rest for almost two months because of bleeding and I couldn't exercise the whole first trimester, before pregnancy I did 3x or 4x a week hot yoga, only this week I was able to get back to prenatal yoga class and I was allowed to start 30 minutes light elliptical or outside walks a day, hopefully that will help to slow the gain a little bit, or perhaps I'm one of those women, who gain most in the first trimester, who knows, we'll see that later.
It's weird but I can see how mental weight issues start now. Five years ago I weighed darn nearly 300lbs, got back into horses and sweat ed most of 100 of it off...that and knocking out anything with HFC in it. So I gained 10 pounds when I was preg last year and mc-ed so I started this pg at 210 (at 5'6 but very thick, 21' calves errr cows, size 16 pants, irish peasant genetics, you know fluffy and strong) I worked out 2 hours a day cleaning 7 stalls and grooming horses, and rode mine about an hour every 2-3 days depending on weather for the last 3 years. So my Ob is fine with my weight and overall shape and the WIC lady thinks I'm morbidly obese. I think one actually looked at me, and the other didn't look up from the height weight chart .
So at 21 weeks and up to 220, still working, but not as much and not riding at all....I am kinda freaking as I watch the scale numbers go up. I know it is healthy weight gain, not the sick depressed weight gain, but I can hear the crazy talk in my head. Not looking forward to WIC appointment in current mental state. Can I blame murder of WIC lady on hormones?
rubyjune, don't be too hard on yourself!! You're creating a person, and that takes calories!!! As long as you're making as many healthy choices as you can, don't worry about it!!! BMI is highly inaccurate as it does not account for muscle mass, so let the WIC woman think what she wants, you rest easy knowing you're taking care of your precious baby! Wouldn't you rather gain a few extra, than find out that baby needed more calories than you gave her because you were worried about the number on the scale?? and yes, hormones are justification for homicide, as far as I can tell...
RELAX!!!!! and enjoy your beautiful pregnancy!!
Rubyjune - I completely understand! I was 5'10" and 230lbs pre-pregnancy. Very healthy and active but just bigger than "average". I've gained about 11 pounds at 23 weeks and am worried about gaining a lot more. I'd like to keep the total to less than 25 lbs, but not if that means limiting nutrients and healthy calories. Staying very active helps. I appreciate that my midwife is doesn't harp on my weight as long as everything is healthy, but I hate having to go into the OB's office and get a weight lecture.
Do your best to keep yourself healthy and grow a healthy babe without worrying too much about the scale. Having a healthy diet is much more important than what the scale says.
Don't worry I'm not "diet" sort of girl, I eat what our body tells us to for the most part..
I just now see how that insecurity starts. I am pretty oblivious, so even noticing that I felt odd about what I know is a healthy weight gain surprised me. I will be way more sympathetic to people with body issues in the future..though perhaps not to people with stupid charts
I did find the perfect thing to do with my 12 year old daughter who is set up to be built like me. We went to the museum of fine arts. Not painting one in there of a skinny chick. Showed her how beautiful body shapes can be based on fads and change over time. very empowering
I was 224 lbs at the beginning of this pregnancy. I'm 5'7 1/2" tall and I am obese. I've lost 1/2 lbs so far this pregnancy and only had morning sickness once. So while I am glad that I haven't gained much (Eleanor herself weighed 13 ounces last week) I am still very worried about the rest of this trimester and the next. I don't want to get any bigger. I'm already uncomfortable with my body as is. I'm hoping once the semester is over with school I can exercise more.
At this point it's not so much about how much I gain. I just want to be healthy for the delivery and afterwards.
I'm right there with some of you on the weight issue! I had been teetering around 200 during the summer when I became pregnant. Now at my last weigh in, I was 221, and probably up 5 lbs since then. BUT I do eat a moderately healthy diet, and am becoming more active again (my activity dropped off the face of the earth for 2.5 months when i was feeling nausiated!) My midwives are in agreeance too that if you are eating well and still somewhat active, weight gain isnt so much of an issue.
Now, with that said, I still don't like the feeling of my thighs rubbing together from putting on a few Xtra lbs! That sensation I could totally do without! Regardless I feel better no matter what *size I am, as long as I have muscle tone under everything!
Cseky~ I think that's a great way too look at it! Not watch the numbers as much as being as healthy as possible. That's my goal
I started out at a healthy BMI (5'6" and 150 lbs-- which is about 10 pounds heavier than feeling my best. Gained some weight on my honeymoon ). So, my goal is to be as healthy as I can to keep the weight gain moderate for my health and the baby. So far I've gained 13.5 lbs and I'm 22 weeks. Didn't gain much in first tri due to nausousness. I definitely indulge my cravings WAY more than when I'm not pregnant (like ice cream almost every night) which I'm trying to back off on a little to just indulge occassionaly.
I am 5'8 with a pre-pregnacy weight of 165lbs. I was doing really well until me last appointment at 21 weeks. In 4 weeks between the appointments I gained 11lbs which is a total of 21lbs. I am really not sure how it happened. Most of what I eat is healthy. Although I admit to the occasional Orange Julius and pretzel while shopping. My doctor told me that it was too much and that I need to start exercising more and that I need to watch what I eat. Now I am trying to cut back but I feel like I am starving all the time.
Anna - The range of "healthy weight gain" varies widely, and the numbers most OBs use are just average. While you probably don't want to gain wildly because it increases the risk of some complications, I wouldn't worry too much about the numbers. The quality of food you're eating is much more important - high protein, lots of fruits and veggies and whole grains. They'll help you feel full faster and longer than sugary low-nutrient foods will. It also helps me to space out food. Whenever I start to feel hungry, I have some almonds or cheese and dried fruit. Exercise is great, though, and makes me feel better all around. I'd be careful if you are starting a new routine, but I am doing plenty of walking and yoga and weight training at almost 25 weeks. Good luck, and don't let your doctor scare you.