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Just looking for some opinions.....I am 28 weeks pregnant, and as of this morning, I have only gained 13 pounds. (Five pounds first trimester, and 8 pounds second trimester). I have been at this weight (up and down 1 pound) for the past month. I measure my waist, and that has not expanded for over a month. Early on, my fundus was running 2 weeks ahead of schedule. My 19 week u/s revealed baby was bigger than average, too. She measure 1-2 weeks ahead in size. Well, it seems that I grew a lot early, but just plateaued. My last fundal measurement was 2 weeks BEHIND (at 25 weeks, I measured 23 weeks). I feel like my growth has stalled. I am well-nourished, not real skinny, and started out the pregnancy a little chubby. I am also very active, working out 4-5 times a week. I eat a lot, but I am vegetarian. I feel great. But, I am worried because everyone else I know in their third trimester has put on a ton of weight. Aren't I "supposed" to be gaining a half a pound a week? I have actually lost a pound in the past month. I see my midwife this week. Do you think this is just a normal variation, and I should just be happy not to be gaining a lot of extra weight???
 

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By 28 weeks I had only gained 4 pounds. I measured right on schedule at each visit. My total weight gain was 17 lbs and I had a 7.5 lb baby at 38 weeks.<br><br>
I was not very well nourished - I developed no food cravings but a lot of food aversions! I could not eat meat or sugar, which made it hard to gain weight. I lost 3 lbs in the first trimester and did not gain anything until 24 weeks. I also never exercised, since it hurt too much and I was afraid it would make me lose weight. A nurse said that low-impact exercise might make me a little hungrier.<br><br>
I think if you feel regular movement and the heartbeat is fine at each visit, there is nothing to worry about. Remember, the appropriate weight gain for pregnant women was determined by men!
 

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I wouldn't worry about it too much, either. Make sure you're getting enough complete protein (even during weeks of living on beans, rice, pancakes, and peanut butter I could usually average 60g a day, which is plenty). You might cut back your working out, but don't do it too suddenly, if you know what I mean. If you jog, walk instead, or go swimming (and not too intensely there, either). De-intensify. Do yoga. You want to keep your cardio system in good shape, but remember you're actually getting a workout just by being pregnant.<br><br>
Everyone's body is different, and every baby's growth pattern is different. As long as the baby moves around and at your midwife appt the heartbeat sounds good, no worries.
 

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I gained 25 lbs in my first pregnancy, but most of that came in the last month and honestly, it was mostly water. I had stopped exercising in the third trimester until the final month when I started taking walks again, but they weren't particularly strenuous. This time around I am 36 weeks and am not bloated. I still do some aerobic activity or go in the pool and do a little swimming, so I feel like that is helping me keep the excess water away. I've only gained about 5 lbs total, but I am heavier and that isn't uncommon in heavier women, so I'm told.<br><br>
I have read that women who keep up their vigorous activity in pregnancy tend to have slightly smaller babies. My first OB also told me the same thing when I asked her about the 140 HR limitation. I haven't done any research on this to see if it is an accurate, but perhaps the workouts are helping you burn fat and keeping you from gaining weight. Or maybe you just aren't gaining water weight.<br><br>
Of course I'd talk to my midwife just to get her opinion, but it sounds like a normal variation to me. I haven't had much of an appetite until just the last two weeks. Now I find I'm getting hungry often, and I'm thinking I will probably put on a few pounds by the end of it all. I've been kind of worried that I'm eating too much, because sometimes I don't think I'm truly hungry and I wonder if I'm just eating to eat. However, it's hard to eat much and I hate that overly full feeling, so I end up only being able to eat a little bit at a time anyway, which is why I eat so frequently I guess. Maybe with the baby gaining and me exercising, I just need the extra calories.
 

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I'm 24 weeks along and have only gained 4 pounds. It is just like my last pregnancy. I work out daily (weights, cardio, aerobics and yoga) eat well and am not worried. I gained 18 pounds total last pregnancy and had a seven pound baby. I'm small though (5'6 with a prepreg weight of 105) and so is my husband. The largest babies I've had were my twins and they were born at 42/5 weeks gestation.
 

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My best friend gained 18 pounds total with the first one, and her healthy baby was 7lbs 15 ozs...<br><br>
She's pg again, and her weight gain has been exactly the same as the last, 8 lbs by 20 weeks, and i think she's up to 12 pounds now, everything looks healthy!!<br><br>
Some people just don't gain a lot of weight... i gained 70 with my first and 55 with this one!!
 

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I'm almost 27 weeks and have gained almost 10 lbs. Baby is measuring the perfect size and I can tell I've lost some weight in other areas and just gained a big tummy. (not on purpose)<br><br>
I think when if you're eating healthy, you're fine. I wouldn't worry about the #s.
 

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I'm going on 28 weeks, so far I've gained about 7 pounds.<br><br>
I just sent my dh out the other day to buy me some ensure, to make sure I'm getting enough protien - but otherwise everything is just fine!!<br><br>
With my son I put on about 20 pounds, he was 8.7lbs two weeks early!<br><br>
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With ds2 I only gained 14 lbs.<br>
ds1 22 lbs.<br>
So far at 26 wks I have gained 6-7 lbs.<br>
If your eating well, drinking lots of fluids and you know the baby is okay then dont worry yourself so much. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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I'm 32 weeks, and have only gained 4 pounds.<br><br>
My midwife has told me not to worry at all, that the baby is measuring right on track.<br><br>
Don't stress!
 

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I'm 32 weeks and have gained 14lbs and measuring 1 to 2 weeks behind but the m/w isn't worried. Plus my family and dh's family has small babies (largest was just over 7lbs).<br><br>
If you're eating healthy - don't worry - everyone is different.
 
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