I'm 20 weeks and I've gained 7 lbs. I don't think *any* of us should worry about it too much, especially people that are worried b/c they've only gained 5 lbs in the first 15-20 weeks.
I've been up and down on the weight issue (in my mind, not on the scale, LOL). With my first pg, I didn't worry about it at all. I excercised a lot, ate healthy stuff and bad stuff, didn't worry. By 7 mos., I'd gained 30 lbs. and my doc was 'worried.' He didn't even really specifically explain why--maybe delivery would be harder, he said. That was really frustrating and
: for me, but I got through it. By the day I delivered, I believe I'd gained more than 40 pounds. 40 at least. Delivery was not hard. I don't think giving birth is ever easy
, but dd was big, fast, and early. So it would be hard to say that the weight gain did anything negative in that respect.
By two weeks pp, I'd lost 25 pounds. Some of the weight hung around for a good six months, then that started just falling off, too. It turns out I had a thyroid problem. By nine months pp, I was 10 pounds under my pre-pg weight. However, once I got regulated on medication, my weight settled about 15 pounds up from my normal, healthy adult weight. So I started out this pregnancy heavier than I started with my first one.
All that history painstakingly laid out,
: when I saw I wasn't gaining much this time, I thought, "Oh, good, doc won't be yelling at me." Then I thought, "What if the baby isn't growing well?" and generally gave myself a guilt trip. Talking to my doc, he said that if I gain 40 lbs. again this time, that is fine, as long as the baby is growing well. He also said, I may gain only 18-20 pounds this time b/c of my thyroid problem. That would also be fine. So all is fine. The only thing that is not fine is worrying too much about it!