K.B. asks from Sacramento, CA on August 29, 2008
Weight Gain - Sacramento, CA
I am 22 weeks and had a question with weight gain. With my first child I unfortunately gained about 60 pounds. I only lost about 15 of it. Now that puts me overweight with this pregnancy. I know being overweight I'm only suppose to gain at the least 15 pounds. My question is at 22 weeks about 5 months how much weight did you gain by now. Right now I have only gained one pound. I went to my doctors appointment yesterday and they didn't say anything about it. Am I on track and will gain the rest of my weight in the upcoming months?
M.C. answers from San Francisco on September 02, 2008
Everyone gains weight differently and every pregnancy is different.
I gain a huge chunk of weight (between 6 and 10 pounds) at about 25 weeks, then I taper of and fluctuate between 1 pound/week or no gain toward the last 6-8 weeks. I am 36 weeks and lost one pound at 34 weeks (first time for me).
So, I would just say - eat a normal, healthy diet. Pregnancy should include only 300 extra calories per day (that amounts to 4 fig newtons and a glass of milk - NOT much!).
Excercise and make good food choices. The average 1 pound/week is just that - an AVERAGE.
Mom of 4: girl (gained 26 lbs), boy (gained 30 lbs), boy (gained 25 lbs), and baby due 10/1 (gained 23-25 lbs at 36 weeks).
J.B. answers from Stockton on August 30, 2008
I, too, was overweight with my son and my doctor said it would be just fine if I didn't gain any weight. Funny enough, I started to eat better (lots of fruit and I had an aversion to red meat so that was out!) at the beginning of my pregnancy and actually lost close to 20 pounds (I gained toward the end, though). I am proud to say I've kept 75 percent of it off.
That said, don't expect to gain weight. It's OK if you don't, so long as you and the baby are healthy! :) Mine came out 8, 9 and screaming and kicking. They said he was the healthiest baby that day.
V.W. answers from San Francisco on August 30, 2008
Every pregnancy is different, but I rarely gained more than a few pounds until the sixth or seventh month. I did pack on a lot of weight the last six weeks. I kept on an extra 10-15 with each pregnancy.
K.S. answers from Stockton on August 30, 2008
When I was pregnant with my two kids, pretty much the same thing happened to me. I had gain about 50 lbs with my 1st pregnacy and only lost about 10 lbs of it and then when I was having my 2nd child I lost weight instead of gaining it. So the answer to your question is that your DR. is watching you close. And with being overwight they would like to see you lose some of it before the 2nd child is born, or at least that was what my Dr. had told me. My Dr watched me very close with this. My suguestion to you is to call your Dr and leave a message for him, so that he knows you are concerned about this issue and he should be able to call and talk to you regarding it. All Dr's have different practicing techniques and some Dr's are more informative than others and things that concerns DR's are not as alarming to others. So the best advise is to talk to him or her. Like I said mine Dr was not concerned and was watching me closely and was okay that I had lost weight instead of gaining it. I didn't gain extra weight expect at the end when my son was born and that's when the water weight comes into play.
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C.O. answers from Yuba City on August 30, 2008
I experienced the same weight issue on my second pregnancy... you'll be fine. Like you I only gained a couple of pounds in the beginning, even lost weight some weeks however the majority of my weight gain( 25 bls total) came at the end of 7 months on. You need to gain some weight even if you start over where you want to be. With the baby comes extra fluids,blood etc...meaning added weight.
I found I lost the weight quickly soon after the baby came and started nursing... plus caring for two little ones you will be moving about like crazy! Best wishes!
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J.H. answers from Bakersfield on August 29, 2008
The worry is not with the weight gain, but with the growth of the baby, of course. As long as your ultrasound and your OB exams are showing the baby is growing normally, you don't need to gain weight, especially if you are a little overweight to begin with. From personal experience, I gained little to no weight with all 4 of my pregnancies because I had hyperemesis every time, never stopped with the nausea and vomiting from start to finish. However, all my babies were around 7lbs each. They take what they need and leave you with the rest! But be sure and express your concerns to your OB for peace of mind about the growth of the baby. Also, ask him/her about your thyroid function. That can play a part in lack of weight gain as well. But if the baby is growing fine and all else is well, consider it a blessing you won't have more weight to lose! Hope it all goes well!
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S.C. answers from Fresno on August 31, 2008
with my second child i weight 5 pounds less than when i started. I think i gained the weigh before i new i was pregnant probably about 8 pounds and i was a about 20 pounds heaver than i should have been. Dont worry my baby was healthy and yours will be too. Doctor never said a thing. as long as my belly measured in ok and heart beat was good he was happy. congrats and dont worry
P.B. answers from Sacramento on August 31, 2008
I was overweight when I became pregnant with my daughter but actually started losing weight during the pregnancy. I had changed my diet and cut out the glasses of wine. My Doctor told me I was losing fat weight, not healthy weight. Ask your Doctor what he or she thinks?
M.F. answers from Salinas on September 02, 2008
I too was in the same boat! I gained a ton with my first, she is only 20 months and I am now 6+ months pregnant. I was really slow to gain any weight and I took it as a blessing. I have heard from many moms with the same issue that sometimes when we are lucky our bodies just balance out the excess weight we were carrying and put it towards the baby. I have gained only in my last few visits and was even thinking that was not a good thing, so i would not worry!
L.G. answers from San Francisco on August 30, 2008
Well it's been ages since, though it's quite possible that you need not gain any weight. So long as you eat healthfully and remain active the baby should be fine.
Best of luck,
J.W. answers from Yuba City on September 02, 2008
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