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I'm now 35 weeks 4 days pregnant. I weighed something like 140-143 pounds before I got pregnant, according to my home scale. My current weight is about 135. I'm 5'4" tall and this is my third pregnancy to progress to this point (I also had one early loss).<br><br>
I've had serious nausea with all of my pregnancies, and was diagnosed with hyperemesis with this pregnancy and my last pregnancy. With my first, I gained 22 pounds overall. With my second, I lost about 18 pounds with the hyperemesis, eventually gained it back and gained another 5 on top of that. So that was a net gain of 5 pounds. I was very ill during that pregnancy from weeks 6 to 20. This pregnancy has been much easier. I lost about 15 pounds, but it was mostly water weight and I was feeling close to 100% by the end of the third trimester. I knew how bad it could be after my last pregnancy, so I had IV rehydration early on and it never got too much worse than severe morning sickness, rather than what I would call "real" hyperemesis.<br><br>
So, I've been feeling quite well during this pregnancy. I did take about a month off work at the beginning, but I was able to work from week 11 or so. I had lots of fatigue, but I've felt that was normal considering my work load running a home daycare, often working 50+ hours per week, and taking care of my own children (a 2-year-old and a 5-year-old).<br><br>
Since I got over the nausea so quickly this time, I figured I'd gain a more normal amount of weight, but I'm still not back up to my pre-pregnancy weight. I haven't been really worried about it; I have just assumed that my activity level is just too high for me to eat enough food to gain. I am nursing my 2-year-old and working hard. I just went on maternity leave last week, so I might be able to rest a little more.<br><br>
I eat what I feel is a lot of food. A typical breakfast for me is several pieces of fruit, plus 3-4 bowls of muesli with soymilk. I will often eat 5-6 sandwiches for lunch, 3 or more platefuls of food for dinner, plus snacks. I'm not really wanting to go into a whole food diary here, but I did want to point out I eat a good volume of food. I try to make healthy choices: I avoid refined grains and sugars most of the time; I have protein with every meal, etc. Lately I haven't been denying myself treats, as long as they aren't replacing healthy foods I need.<br><br>
I'm just writing this all out to see if anyone else had a similar issue. Like I said, I'm not overly worried about it, but my dh will occasionally go off on a minor rant about how I need to see a doctor or nutritionist. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: I am a vegetarian, so I think he just attributes it to not eating meat. I'm reaching the end of this pregnancy, so I doubt there's much to do about it at this point. Most of the online advice I've read includes eating stuff like milkshakes in an effort to gain. I'm not going to go out of my way to eat junk, unless it's junk I actually want (dh has been on vacation for the past week and we've been sharing a chocolate bar every night!). I'm not limiting fat or calories, but there is only so much one person can eat, especially as the baby gets larger. The baby feels a good size to me (as far as I can tell from my previous pregnancy experiences; I don't get very "big", but that is the normal way I seem to carry, I like to attribute it to my excellent muscle tone <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">) and I actually feel better now than I have during my other pregnancies.<br><br>
Thoughts?
 

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With eating that much food and feeling well and the baby appearing to be growing well, I'd guess that your body is just very efficient. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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I would think as long as the baby is moving & shaking in there & feels to you to be a good size, it might just be the way your body is doing pregnancy. It does sound like you're eating enough.<br><br>
I had Hyperemisis during my last pregnancy and lost 25 lbs the first trimester. This time I've gained 20 lbs in the first trimester... I think our bodies just do what they need to do!
 

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I only gained like 8 pounds with my last pregnancy. I started out at 162 and was 170 at 9 months. The day after the baby was born I weighted 157. I think for me it was just the fact that I had some extra weight for my body type that I just burned it off and it went into growing the baby. I too eat vegetarian, mostly. Though I did eat some meat during the pregnancy because I had serious beef chili cravings.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> I also ate huge volumes of food.<br><br>
Look at other women in your family. Did your Mom or aunts gain much weight? My Mom gained very little and so did some of my aunts.<br><br>
My boys were just an ounce under 7 pounds and 7 pounds 4 oz.
 

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w/ my pregnancies I gained very little, and the babies were both good sizes. (7 lbs and 8.7 lbs) after they came out, my belly was concave! lol.. I'm just tall and slim.. I think that some people just grow babies really efficiently as 4LB says.
 

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I think all you can do is eat healthy the majority of the time. Your body will take care of the rest.<br><br>
My first 6 pregnancies, I gained 40-70 pounds each time. It made absolutely no difference how much I ate or didn't eat, or how healthy my eating habits were, the scale just continued to go up regardless. This time, I've tweaked my diet, and I have gained 9 pounds at just over 20 weeks. I'm sure it's normal, but it feels weird, since by this time with all my other pregnancies I would have gained about 30 pounds.<br><br>
So I guess each baby is different, and we only have control over so much.
 

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Is it possible you have a thyroid imbalance? If not, I wouldn't worry about it if you feel healthy and are eating plenty of healthy foods.
 

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This was my experience, too. I only gained 14 pounds total during my pregnancy. My babe was a bit small, only 5 lbs, 10 oz when born, but she was born @ 38 weeks, so I think she was just going to be small. But I ate what I wanted, trying to "be good" and not go overboard with the mint chocolate chip ice cream!
 

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yah, I was super healthy in my first pregnancy ( 20-21 yo).. eating almost all organic foods and more than 50% raw... almost no refined sugar etc. (except org chocolate<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">) I was lighter after the baby was born (she was 8 lbs. 7 oz.) I would eat till I was satisfied, and at my whims (super healthiely though)...<br><br>
w/ my DD2 (born via UC) I ate not as well, cause it was a stressful time and I had little $, but she was still 7 lbs and a bit. She's just small naturally. still is. maybe not small compared w/ other kids, but compared w/ her sister, the mammoth<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I was not any bigger w/ her either.<br><br>
I think the obsession with getting the "recommended daily amount" can be a headache and a stomache ache. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> as long as you are eating really well, and when you are hungrey, it should be good.<br><br>
you can get protein powder for drinks if you are concerned about not getting enough protein... theres rice, soy, whey, or hemp based ones. Something for anyone.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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