S.M. asks from Athens, OH on January 31, 2008
Not Gaining Any Weight
I am 19 weeks along in my pregnancy and have only gained two pounds the entire time (and absolutely nothing in the past 5 weeks!) Two weeks ago my doctor gave me a month to gain 1 pound, and when I weighed in today, I actually lost .2 of a pound. The thing is, the baby is actually slighter bigger than they expect at this stage, so he is not being affected by this. I eat when I'm hungry, and while I do try to eat healthy, it's not salads and fruit every day. My question is, should I be concerned? (With my first I gained 20-25 pounds, and while I'm not overweight, I usually have NO problem gaining.) Also, what are some (healthy) ideas for stuff to eat that will help me gain?
E.H. answers from Greensboro on February 01, 2008
Naturally every pregnancy is different. I gained 50 lbs with both of mine. With you working, it's going to be harder to put on the pounds like you want to. I put on most of the weight by snacking on peanut butter crackers every chance i had (mostly because i was always hungry). I would eat pancakes or eggs and toast every morning, and i would have several snacks after dinner before i went to bed. You've got about 20 weeks left in the pregnancy, and you may balloon up right there at the end. If anything your child is bigger than expected at this stage, so be happy if all the pregnancy weight is him; that way it'll be easier to lose those pesky pregnancy pounds!!
H.W. answers from Raleigh on February 01, 2008
This is my 1st baby & I'm at 22 weeks and still have not gained ANY weight! I just got back to my starting weight at the last doctor's appointment. Same as you, the baby is a little bit bigger than expected, so it's obviously doing just fine. The doctor told me not to worry at all! Everyone says just give it a week or two, but they've been saying that for the last 10 weeks. Oh well...what are we supposed to do? I'm not willing to "eat for two" and gain unnecessary weight. I eat plenty as it is...I'm not depriving myself or the baby. Don't worry about it...it'll either pack on soon or we'll have less to lose later :)
S.M. answers from Greenville on February 01, 2008
i had to drink protein shakes when i was pregant i only gained 8 pounds with my baby and she was perfectly healthy
S.G. answers from Charleston on February 01, 2008
I would say don't worry too much about not gaining the weight. You are gaining the baby's weight but losing your weight. When I was carrying my first daughter, I lost 6 pounds from my beginning weight, with my second daughter, I gained 75 pounds and with my third daughter, I gained only 5 pounds. The doctors told me as long as I was eating 3 meals a day and having at least 2-3 snacks a day and it was healthy eating, don't worry.
S.R. answers from Jacksonville on February 02, 2008
If your baby is fine, then count your blessings. It comes on at the end a lot quicker sometimes. You are busier now that you have one child already, so maybe you are more active and snacking less. As long as you are not depleting yourself of calcium or protein, and your diet is well balanced, I wouldn't worry. If your doctor is insisting on seeing some weight gain, try some ensure shakes on top of your diet. That is what they give underweight marines during bootcamp. The entire meal plus a can or sometimes two of ensure. Sometimes morning sickness does it too. Are you queasy? The baby will take what it needs, you just have to make sure you stay healthy too.
D.P. answers from Raleigh on February 01, 2008
I didn't gain any weight until I was around 25 weeks, and when I did start gaining, it was like a snowball effect. I ended up gaining 50 lbs by the time it was all over with. I wouldn't worry about it. If the doctor says the baby is fine, then I would think all is ok. I did eat a lot of bread when pregnant, which I think put on the pounds in the end. Best of luck with your pregnancy!
O.S. answers from Charlotte on February 01, 2008
I just had a healthy baby boy last week and i only gained 8 pounds the whole 9 months and everything was fine as long as your eating healthy and taking your vitamins and taking care of your self everything should be fine
T.J. answers from Raleigh on February 01, 2008
GOod morning! I understand completly. I am at 30 weeks now nad have only gained 7 pounds. And I just gained 3 of those in the last month. I eat good and never deprive myself of anything. I just can't seem to gain the weight. With my 1st child, who is 2 I gained 27 pounds. Its not going to happen with this one though.
My doctor was worried, but the baby is bigger than usual as well, so now they are not worried. I have been drinking Ensure everyday and taking extra vitaims. I have had to go once a week for a weight check. I am sure you will be fine, especially if you are not drinking or harming the baby in any other way. Sometimes the baby just takes everything we eat for themselves!!! Don't worry!!!When is your due date? Good luck!!!