i have IBS and it's been acting up REALLY badly for the past 3 weeks. i eat and drink well, but can't really keep any food in for very long. i go in 2 weeks for my ultrasound, but i'm scared. i am scared that the baby isn't growing. i'm sure it is, as the kicks and stuff are getting stronger, but i'm nervous.
who else out there is relatively underweight and didn't gain a lot when pregnant?? please ease my mind! lol
I'm fifteen weeks pregnant today, and last time I stepped on a scale, I was a tad below the pre-pregnancy weight as well. And I'm a skinny little thing too.
Short version: do not worry about your weight gain. The baby will pretty much suck whatever nutrients it needs from you, leaching them out of your bones if necessary. The baby is fine.
You, now, the IBS sounds like no fun, and you will be healthier if you're better nourished, so I would say absolutely talk to your doctors about how you're feeling and what can be done to make things better for you. Anytime you are pregnant and scared, feel free to call your OB or midwife. I wouldn't page them in the middle of the night for this one, but I might well call them today.
I just read an article, that a lot of countries stopped measuring moms as part of the prenatal visits, because the weight gain does not really predict a healthy pregnancy. Also, a lot of woman get anxious and try to gain the correct amount of weights to fit in a certain schedule.
The guidelines you can find anywhere are true for most people (I'd say 80-90%), but they are not true for others; take these with a grain of salt. If you feel healthy and you feel that you baby is healthy, you don't need to be concerned.
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However, I know nothing about IBS so I can't really give an opinion about that.
How do you *feel*?
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normally i would say don't worry but between you being so thin to start with and the IBS i would call your Dr/MW and just have things checked out. worrying isn't going to help anyone. it is quite simple to check your fundal height and see if the babies growth is on track. also if your IBS is making it hard to keep anything in dehydration would be a concern and you may need someone tgo look after that as well. it just never hurts to call in and run it past your health care provider.
It is common to gain less weight with subsequent pregnancies. I'm also the same size as you and often have slow gain in the beginning, and frequently measure behind, and all of our babies have been over eight pounds. However, since you have IBS and it's acting up, I'd really want to rule that out as a cause for your slow weight gain.
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