Originally Posted by oasis84
I have an inch on you and was about 110 pre-pregnancy and I'm probably approaching 115 now at about 15 weeks so I'd say you're right where you need to be! 105 is very slender, even for your height, so your body probably put on 10 pounds because it needed to! I'm sure you look great.
I agree. While I think it can be important to listen to our care providers on weight gain (and it can be important information for them to track, as it can be an indicator of issues such as excess fluid, etc.); as with so many other factors of pregnancy, weight gain is only useful as a piece of the overall picture of a pregnancy. In most cases, your weight gain will be "what's needed."
With my first pregnancy, I started in the obese category and gained around 35 pounds by the end of pregnancy (much of it in the first 20 weeks). I didn’t feel I was eating much at the beginning of pregnancy, but by the end of the pregnancy my portion sizes did get much smaller in general, because there just “wasn’t room!” So, I guess my body just knew it needed to stock up at the beginning when there was still room for food!
Currently in my second pregnancy, I’m at 17 weeks and haven’t really gained a pound, yet I feel like I am eating all the time. My pre-pregnancy weight fluctuated between 180 and 185 pounds (putting me firmly in the overweight category at the beginning of pregnancy) – at 14 weeks I weighed 184.6 and at 16 weeks I weighed 183 pounds. But I know I’m eating so much more, development looks great and I can definitely see the “redistribution” to baby, so I just trust that this time my body is asking for what it needs and using it more efficiently, rather than storing it for needs later. I just have to trust that as baby grows I’ll be able to keep up with eating what is needed.
I asked my midwife at my last appointment if there was a point in pregnancy when I needed to begin worrying about my lack of weight gain, and she laughed at me! That was before she reassured me that it’s obvious that I’m getting plenty of exercise (I had my 17-month-old daughter with me at the appointment), and that while they like to see 25 to 35 pound gains even in overweight women, that US and fundal measurement showed that development was at or a little ahead of schedule and there was no real cause for concern. I laughed with her and told her that was good, since I felt like I was eating all of the time (and plenty of red meats/high calorie foods), so I really didn’t know that I could do much more than I was doing to gain if I needed to!
My point: In some ways, I’m feeling just as self-conscious about my lack of weight gain as other women do about their increase in weight gain. I definitely find myself worrying more about the lack of weight gain so far in this pregnancy than I did about the speed of weight gain in my last pregnancy – my mother always gained quite a bit in all three of her pregnancies, so I anticipated substantial gains in my own pregnancies. I hope we’ll all learn to trust that as long as our other markers are on target, that our body will know what gains are needed (or not) in order to take care of our little ones!