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pregnancy weight gain chat thread

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I know pregnancy weight gain can be a source of angst for some people, so I figured we could start a chat thread about what's happening in each of our pregnancies....And hopefully this will highlight the wide range of normal that is out there and alleviate some stress!
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in my first pregnancy, I was eating a pretty SAD (standard american diet), and I gained about 50 pounds when all was said and done. The weight came on rather steadily the entire time. I began the pregnancy a little heavier than my ideal weight (according to how I feel best). I don't think that I LOOKED like I gained the weight that i did.

This time I started out being a lot healthier and at least ten pounds lighter than last time...I had just made it to my ideal weight after being underweight for some time. Yet I am still packing on the pound...this time I'm carrying differently so it looks like I have gained the weight....not that I mind, I like my pregnancy curves! Anyway, as it looks now, I am on track to gain about the same amount as last time, despite eating a much healthier diet. Which leads me to believe that this is just how my body likes to be in pregnancy.

Weight gain is such a funny thing, as we all metabolize things differently.
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At my 12 week appointment I had gained 3 lbs over my pre-pregnancy weight.  I am 15 weeks now and it appears I have gained 4 lbs.  I feel and look like I have gained more, though, in that my body shape is less lean and more filled out now.  Even still, my baby bump looks less like a baby bump and more like an "I've eaten too much" bump.  I am definitely entering that puzzling stage where people can't tell if you're pregnant or if you're just fat. 

 

As a baseline, my pre-pregnancy BMI was normal - 22.  I am short 5'2".  With that my normal weight gain range should be 25-35 lbs.  I'd love to be able to keep it ~ 30lbs.

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I will admit that I am feeling some angst about weight gain. This is my first pregnancy so it's kinda scary not knowing if my metabolism will slow right down and I will gain a lot of weight or ... what is to come!

 

at almost 17 weeks I haven't noticed a lot of weight gain except in my boobs and belly. I switched to maternity pants but they are quite tight fitting on me so I expected to only use them for a short time but a month later I'm still using the same pair... so I don't *think* I've gained much. Not that I am attempting to not gain weight... it's just interesting unknown territory for me with all the changes going on. I usually sit at about 135 (I don't own a scale but the few times I have weighed myself, I'm usually around here) and on the scale at my in-laws house (after dinner and with my clothes on) I weighed 144. That seems on track with what the websites say (that you gain 5 - 10 lbs in the first Trimester).

 

That being said I don't restrict my diet in any way. I eat what I want when I want BUT I consider myself a healthy eater. Whole grains when I eat grains, Quinoa, plain yoghurt, LOTS of fruits and vegetables, minimal processed or packaged food and no fast food, soda, chips etc. I do drink a lot more fruit juice than I did before pregnancy but I figure it's not a bad thing (organic fruit juice).  I will cave and each chocolate here and there but whatever.

 

I was a bit heavier than my ideal and so I would 'ideally' not gain more than 20-30 lbs this pregnancy in total but I'm ready to accept whatever my body does as long as I know I am exercising and eating properly. The one thing I would like to improve is more muscle training in my routines. I walk a lot (don't use a car)  and do some yoga but would like to get back into my old habit of doing some upper and lower body strengthening. So that's my goal for helping with unnecessary weight gain.

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I had been eating a really healthy diet, a lot of raw recipes and smoothies for several months and had lost about 14 pounds before getting pregnant. With all the morning sickness, I totally slacked off on my exercise and didn't have the energy it takes to keep up with the good diet.  I've gained 8 pounds and I'm 15 weeks.

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This is my second pregnancy. With my first, I started at a pretty fit 204 (my hubby and I hiked the West Coast Trail two months before I got pregnant: a 76km rugged backpacking trail) though technically obese at 5'4". I ended at 41+4 at +26lbs, and had a 10.5lb baby :) I was back in my PP clothes and weight within six weeks. 

 

Last spring, when my son was 2.5, I was diagnosed with a deeply crappy thyroid which had caused me to gain 26lbs -- up to 230! in three months. I was able to get it all off except 10lbs when I got pregnant this fall -- 214. So far, I'm 16 weeks and gained two pounds, but then lost one in the past few weeks due to being sick. I'm at 215.5 right now. I'd like to keep this pregnancy at > 30lbs by avoiding sweets and eating more protein. I'd also like a slightly smaller baby :) We'll see how that works out for me.

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Thanks for the replies, everybody!  It really is awesome to see the variety in our bodies and our situations, just as BabySmurf alluded to.

 

As a side note, my sister has had 2 babies.  She is a normal/healthy weight for her height.  For baby #1 she gained 50 lbs.  For baby #2 she gained 30 lbs.  With some experience and improved diet she managed to keep her weight gain to a more healthful level.  She never did much (any?) exercise through her pregnancies.

post #8 of 203
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Originally Posted by BabySmurf View Post

Weight gain is such a funny thing, as we all metabolize things differently.

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I'm 17 week along today and this is my first pregnancy. My height is 5'9

 

I started out this pregnancy at 130 lbs.

I lost 5 - 8 lbs during weeks 9 - 12 due to MS

I passed my starting weight and was 131 by week 14

Current weight at 17 weeks is 134lbs 

 

I'm a runner, actively training for a half marathon in February. I assume that has a lot to do with the slow start.  I don't limit my intake at all, other than trying to eat healthy, we eat 95% organic and don't eat out hardly ever. I eat ice cream, butter, and lots of raw milk. I eat when I'm hungry, till I'm full. I'm not trying to keep a low weight gain. My midwife is hoping to see me gain 30+ lbs but isn't concerned yet at the slow start. We just hope the number on the scale keeps going up.

 

I love the variety! 

post #9 of 203

Thanks for starting this thread, BabySmurf!  It's agree that it's really helpful to hear about the variability with everyone's weight gain throughout pregnancy.  And, Nattery, I totally hear you on the anxiety about the unexpected -- for the first time in my life, I feel like my body is doing it's own thing and that I have very little control over what it's doing.  

 

The weight issue is a little harder for me than I expected, I think because I was really focused on controlling my weight before I became pregnant.  I've been running for a few years and started to really enjoy racing over the past year or so.  I was training a LOT (for me) -- averaged 40 miles per week for the first 6 months of this year -- was getting FAST (again, for me!).  I was really watching what I was eating, both to make sure I was fueling myself properly and to keep my weight at what I thought was probably my best "race weight" -- BMI was about 20, so normal, but definitely pretty skinny for me.  

 

I think because I started off on the skinny side, my body wanted to put on some fat right away, which it did quite effectively.  :)  I weighed 121 pounds before the pregnancy and had gained 6 pounds by about 10 or 11 weeks.  My cravings were also not particularly healthy (Starbucks sausage breakfast sandwiches for a few weeks) but I indulged them because I figured my body needed what it was craving (lots of fat and protein).  For a few weeks, though, I was pretty freaked out by the weight gain, especially since I'd read that 1 to 5 pounds was normal for the first trimester and I felt like I was gaining multiple pounds a week!!  It's since slowed down a bit, though, and my cravings have gotten a little less ridiculous.  Now I'm between 128 and 130 pounds, depending on the day, at 15 1/2 weeks.  

 

Such a different mindset now -- no longer thinking of my body as a well-tuned running machine and thinking of it instead as a baby-making machine.  :)

post #10 of 203

First pregnancy, I started at around 122 pounds, and I am 5'2". I gained 30 lbs. My weight gain was kind of slow in the beginning. I stayed at the bottom of the "ideal weight gain chart" until the end of my third trimester. I was vegan, all whole grains, beans, veggies, nuts, fruit. No refined sugar. In retrospect, my diet was a little heavy on the nuts and grains at that time. I was down to 108 by around 6 or 9 months pp, without any special effort.

 

Three months before this pregnancy, I went from being a pretty healthy vegan to more or less adhering to the nutritarian eating style. (In a nutshell, tons of greens and cruciferous veggies, and G-BOMBS or greens, berries, onions, mushrooms, beans, seeds and nuts every day. No added oil, sugar or salt, though I'm 100% strict on the sugar and not as strict with the oil or salt. Oh, and for me, no wheat or gluten because it causes me problems.) In that process, I went from 113 to 103 pounds. 103 is I think my healthiest body weight, my weight in high school so many years ago. So far at around 17.5 weeks, I've gained 5-6 pounds. I worry that I might be overeating, but at least if I am there's no junk food involved. Last time I gained weight "by the scale" and was really paranoid about gaining enough. This time I'm just going to eat good food when I'm hungry and not think too much about the numbers involved.

post #11 of 203

I'm 5'2" and this is pregnancy #2 for me.

 

With my first I was 115 at the start and gained 7 lbs in the first trimester. I ate a pretty healthy diet, but used the excuse of pregnancy to indulge my sweet tooth--like eating pie with ice cream nearly 3 nights a week--and in the end I gained 37 lbs. I found it VERY difficult to lose that weight and when my DD was a year old I still had a good 15 lbs to go, so I started running. That did the trick--I was bitten by the racing bug and got back to my pre-pregnancy weight within a few months. I kept it off until right at the end of Summer, when I started working two jobs and running a lot less, so I put on two pounds.

 

So I started this pregnancy off at 117ish and was running still, but definitely saw a hit in my weekly mileage during the first trimester. I'm nearly 16 weeks now and feeling much better, so I've been able to run much more as well. As of Saturday I weighed 121, so a gain of 4 lbs. I do notice that my weight fluxuates pretty widely during the week, but I think it has more to do with my running than with baby (I've always noticed that I tend to weigh a couple of pounds more for a day or two after my long run.) I've done a pretty good job staying away from the sweets over the holidays, though I haven't deprived myself at all. If I'm being completely honest with myself I might say that I could do a better job of watching it. I had an aversion to sweets the first tri, which was nice! But that is gone, so I'm back to having to keep an eye on it.

 

We don't own a car, so I commute to and from work via bike. It's only about a mile or two each way, but it helps. And I work mostly on my feet. I've got 2 weeks of vacation for holiday break, so I think the not biking every weekday thing might be showing up on the scale. I run 4-5 days a week and try to do light strength training at home with 5lb weights and workout DVDs. I really like circuit weights videos. I used to love these videos on demand with Chris Freytag, but then they cancelled ExerciseTV and the onDemand videos disappeared :( I've been thinking of going on amazon and buying the videos, because I really liked them.

 

So, we'll see what I weigh come Friday. I'm hoping to be no more than 122. Ultimately I would like to only gain between 20 and 25 lbs this time, but I have promised myself that as long as I am still running and/or active through this pregnancy, and doing a good job watching what I eat, then I won't stress over the weight gain. I already know that running takes it off, so I will just have to get back to that as soon as I am capable after the baby is born.


Edited by kitteh - 12/31/12 at 10:53pm
post #12 of 203
Oh, and this time the belly is definitely bigger than last time, though I've gained less!

But i can certainly relate to what some of the first-timers are saying about feeling like your body has a mind of its own. I definitely struggled with that a lot last time. Looking back i can see how I could have done things differently with my diet and exercise, but I still really feel like the weight gain was going to happen regardless. It was especially distressing when the pounds would come on 3-4 in one week, sometimes.
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At my 12 week appointment I had gained 3 lbs over my pre-pregnancy weight.  I am 15 weeks now and it appears I have gained 4 lbs.  I feel and look like I have gained more, though, in that my body shape is less lean and more filled out now.  Even still, my baby bump looks less like a baby bump and more like an "I've eaten too much" bump.  I am definitely entering that puzzling stage where people can't tell if you're pregnant or if you're just fat. 

 

As a baseline, my pre-pregnancy BMI was normal - 22.  I am short 5'2".  With that my normal weight gain range should be 25-35 lbs.  I'd love to be able to keep it ~ 30lbs.

 

Oh how I WISH this was my weight gain!  I'm 16 weeks and up between 16-18 lbs (seems to fluctuate).  It isn't just boob/ bump weight, it is going on my hips and bum and it is REALLY starting to depress me.  It is depressing because I'm stuck with it until after the delivery (everything I read says that it is NEVER ok to lose back excess weight gained during pregnancy).  I gained a lot of it between weeks 7-11 when I was HUNGRY 24/7.  Baseline, my bmi was 24.5, so I hovered close to the 'overweight' so this has been a very touchy/ sensitive topic for me.  I'm sad that my bump looks more like a large fat roll than a bump :(

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I also must admit that I've had limited physical activity during my pregnancy (probably not the healthiest thing).  I worked out 3-5 times a week pre-preg but I've honestly felt too tired and sluggish during my pregnancy to work out.  Now that I'm well into my second trimester, I feel a bit more energetic and my new year's resolution was to start eating paelo and working out.  I don't know how some of you do it, work all day and then work out after work during your first trimesters.  I felt like a 3 toed sloth!  lol

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I'm 17 week along today and this is my first pregnancy. My height is 5'9

 

I started out this pregnancy at 130 lbs.

I lost 5 - 8 lbs during weeks 9 - 12 due to MS

I passed my starting weight and was 131 by week 14

Current weight at 17 weeks is 134lbs 

 

I'm a runner, actively training for a half marathon in February. I assume that has a lot to do with the slow start.  I don't limit my intake at all, other than trying to eat healthy, we eat 95% organic and don't eat out hardly ever. I eat ice cream, butter, and lots of raw milk. I eat when I'm hungry, till I'm full. I'm not trying to keep a low weight gain. My midwife is hoping to see me gain 30+ lbs but isn't concerned yet at the slow start. We just hope the number on the scale keeps going up.

 

I love the variety! 

This is interesting to me CrystalMarie as I am also a runner (although unfortunately much less since my son was born in Feb 2011!). Before my first pregnancy I had run a couple of full marathons and started the pregnancy a pretty lean 119 lbs. I also did not limit my eating just focused on healthy foods and lots of protein. I am lucky not to have any morning sickness with my pregnancies. With my first, I noticed that my body conserved the weight right from the beginning, I probably gained 12 lbs or so first trimester, and 43 lbs overall. But, I felt healthy, didn't LOOK like I gained a ton of weight (other than a giant belly!), and lost all the fat and more the first few months of breastfeeding. 

This pregnancy I started out a few lbs heavier (123) but with definitely a different body composition (not as lean and less muscle!). I gained maybe 3 lbs my first trimester and maybe up to 7 or 8 so far (at 17 weeks), although I think a couple of those lbs may even be due to a bit of indulging in home made pie over the holidays :) I feel like in general as long as I am focusing on eating healthy things, my body is doing what it needs to do!

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It's definitely tough having to get through the Holidays while pregnant. I'm bad enough about using excuses like the holidays or other special occasions to indulge a little, but when you're pregnant it seems like everyone else wants to spoil you too, and it's not helping! I keep reminding myself that the holidays are officially OVER so it's back on the wagon and off the sweets for me!

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I try not to worry too much about indulgences here and there.  I actually have to bring my own food to holiday gatherings (because of food allergies), so in a way I get to plan ahead how indulgent I will be, which makes it easier I guess.  I also tend to be the type of person who trusts that my body knows what's best, so long as I give it the proper nutrition/lifestyle.  I find it really interesting that there is so much focus put onto the numbers of pounds in pregnancy rather than helping people be healthier in general.  As we can see there is a huge variation of normal, so just looking at weight doesn't give an accurate picture of health.  I also tend to see a lot of people almost feeling guilty if they haven't gained a lot of weight, even if they have been eating right and to hunger....As well as the opposite - of guilt of those of us that gain heavily early on or throughout while keeping healthy habits. 

 

I actually looked up my chart from my last pregnancy and I had gain 20 pounds by about 20 weeks in....but I didn't actually really look like I gained much...although I am 5'9, so since I gained everywhere it's a little harder to see.  I started off at about 145lbs and ended at 195lbs...it was strange for me to have been so close to 200lbs, as I was heavier than my usual weight of 135lbs to begin with.  This time I was infertile at 125lbs, and I felt that if I could gain a few pounds AF would come back.  I had been eating a paleo diet and added some rice to my diet and since my daily walks were getting to be "too much" I scaled back on that as well.  I gained about 5 pounds almost immediately and immediately ovulated.  We caught that first egg (by accident), and I was absolutely STARVING so I gained a few more pounds during that time.  I guess I don't know if that's technically pregnancy weight or just weight I needed to be fertile and get back to my normal of about 135 lbs.  Now I am 145ish.  So since early August I have gained 20 pounds, much of it in my hips and thighs and butt.  My bump is a bit more pronounced this time around too.  I feel like I look bigger now (20 pounds lighter) than I did at this point when i was pregnant with DS. 

 

I'm not too worried about the numbers, but I am finding it really interesting comparing this pregnancy to my last as well as to others here :)  I also wonder if the Old Wives Tales of carrying boys all in the belly and girls in the hips is true.....I find out if this babe is a girl on Thursday (hopefully), and if it is, that Tale will certainly be true for me!

 

Thanks everyone for chiming in!

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Oh, and I agree with Kitteh about it being a PITA when people think that because your are pregnant you should be "spoiled" with junk food....I feel the same way when they try to "spoil" my DS like that too - it's super obnoxious!

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I also must admit that I've had limited physical activity during my pregnancy (probably not the healthiest thing).  I worked out 3-5 times a week pre-preg but I've honestly felt too tired and sluggish during my pregnancy to work out.  Now that I'm well into my second trimester, I feel a bit more energetic and my new year's resolution was to start eating paelo and working out.  I don't know how some of you do it, work all day and then work out after work during your first trimesters.  I felt like a 3 toed sloth!  lol


JNajla, the only way I can work in a full-time job and frequent exercise is to do my runs in the morning before I go to work.  After work I too am a 3-toed sloth!  I am a morning person so that is my energy time to get things done!  Also, I am fortunate to have a job that allows flex time.  So I do a 10-6 type of schedule that allows time for me to run in the mornings.

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This is such an interesting topic for me lately. I starts the pregnancy off in the mid 190's, I am short at 5' and this is weight my highest weight except my pregnancy with DD where I went up to 215... However my high weight isn't reflected in my bloodwork levels ever and I stay pretty active when I can. However I do sit at a desk all day for work.

 

I went to the midwife on Monday and after evaluating my intake and weighing in at 206.6 she suggested I double my caloric intake?!! I am surprised- being this big. I don't eat a lot and most of what I eat is whole foods. I have hypothyroidism which is pretty bad when not maintained. However i guess with the history of preterm labor and a bicornuate uterus, I guess she feels the nutrients don't often get to my baby as efficiently as other mama's and assures me it will be easy to get off pp. My real concern with gaining weight isn't how i will lose it, but about it being added work to the physical process of labor and not being able to labor efficently if I gain too much. IDK, I feel stuck between a rock and a hard place. However I am going to try their suggestion (really when I told someone what they wanted me to eat for a sample day, they said to me "oh so they want you to eat like a normal person?")

 

Lorienlslay I have thryroid issues too and have had serious weight gain like that too, oftem people don't understand and think I must be binging on crap when no one is looking. ugh!

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