Originally Posted by YoginiMomma
How much weight did you gain at 14-16 weeks??
For those of you who gained on the smaller side starting from an average weight, how was your weight gain distributed? I figured that in order for me to only gain 18-23 i'd have to not gain any more than 2 pounds until I was like 6 months along.
OK, I'll go ahead and answer this question. I'm 5'3" and pretty muscular/athletic and have an hourglass type shape when not pregnant. I tend to carry my weight in my hips and thighs, even when I'm not pregnant. These fat stores mean that I'm fertile enough to become pregnant, but by no means is it enough to support a growing fetus and then establish a milk supply.
First pregnancy--I started off at 115 (BMI 21)
first trimester (13 weeks) I gained 6 lbs. (By 16 weeks I was up 8 lbs)
second trimester I gained 16 lbs
third trimester I gained 15 lbs,
TOTAL GAIN: 37lbs. I definitely felt like that was more than I really needed to gain, but I was also not very good about watching what I ate or staying very active (hot berry pie with ice cream 3 nights a week? Sure!) Within the first week or two after having DD, I lost 20 lbs but the remaining 17 took a long time to drop (but I had an excellent milk supply! And when I cut calories too much postpartum I noticed a significant drop in milk.) When my DD was 1 I still had some extra weight hanging on, so I took up running and quickly got back down to 115.
This pregnancy--I was 115 up until a month or so before getting pregnant, but then I had a crazy work schedule and gained 2 lbs. So 117 starting weight (still 21.4 BMI.)
First trimester I gained 3 lbs (and at 16 weeks I was up a total of 4 lbs.)
second trimester I gained 12.5lbs, roughly a pound a week.
I'm now 32 weeks and have gained around 19-20lbs. I was hoping to keep the total weight gain to 25lbs, but most likely I will continue my pattern of a pound a week which will put me at 28lbs total by 40 weeks. If I lose the same 20 lbs right away after birth, I think an extra 5-8 lbs will be the right amount of weight to have for the postpartum period. I plan to get back into running as soon as I can be sure that I've established a good breastfeeding routine, and I know from experience that running does the trick for me.
I have continued to run throughout this pregnancy, and I also commute everywhere by bike (often with my 30lb dd strapped on the front) and I do yoga once a week. I think my activity level has had a lot to do with my more reasonable weight gain. I've also been much more strict with my diet, as far as allowing for junk or sweets. But by no means am I eating 100% "clean."
I believe that if you are very diligent about what you eat and maintain a decent level of activity, you can keep your weight gain on the lower end. I urge you to shoot for 23-25 lbs, though, as 18 is rather low and could cause you more anxiety if you are rigidly attached to that number. In the end, an extra 5 lbs won't make you look like a hippo, and certainly won't be tough to lose after the baby comes.