Pregnancy Weight Gain - Minneapolis,MN

Updated on December 10, 2008
A.G. asks from Minneapolis, MN
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I am super paranoid about gaining too much weight. With my daughter I gained 75lbs and lost it all, but now that I pregnant again I seem to be gaining weight rapidly again. I eat really healthy, exercise some, and sleep well. I drink lots of water, but still seem to be gaining more than the recommended 4 lbs a month. Has anyone else had this problem? My doctor isn't concerned but I have already gained 20 lbs and I still have 4 months to go! I am worried!

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answers from Green Bay on

Did you gain as rapidly with your first? I was already overweight when I got pregnant with my first but I just seemed to be gaining weight really fast starting at about 4-5 months. Took two more months for tests to reveal I had developed preclampsia but in my heart, I knew back when the doctor was joking with me to cut back that it wasn't just my diet. I knew something wasn't right and knew I probably had developed preclampsia but amazingly the tests did not reveal it even when I was gaining several pounds a week. Be diligent and have your doctor checked your protein levels in urine and your blood pressure. Ask for more frequent checkups. Of course, my story has a happy ending. We had to deliver two months early but DD#1 is a strong and fiesty 5-year old.



answers from Minneapolis on

When I was pregnant last year, my widwife said I should plan on gaining between 25-35 lbs total. I gained something like 30 lbs when all was said and done, and my weight gain was not evenly distributed throughout the pregnancy. There were some months were I gained nothing, or I gained literally 1 or 2 lbs. Then of course, there were other months were it was 10 lbs!! I actually lost a few pounds towards the end of my pregnancy, but because I was still within the 25-35 range, my midwife never worried. I gave birth to a big ( 8 lbs, 6 oz) boy and I lost all the weight pretty quickly.

It sounds like you are doing everything right. So long as you are relatively active and eating healthy, what will be, will be. As a member of La Leche League, you already know that the pounds melt away when you breastfeed!

[This is purely anecdotal, but it seems like the people I know who were really thin pre-pregnancy gain the most weight while pregnant. Does this describe you?]

Good luck to you!



answers from Milwaukee on

There is a great free website that is for pregnant women. it is it helps you keep your weight in control. making sure you get what you need to get meaning calories, vitamins and minerals and it's completely free. I've used it now and have kept my weight gain in check. They set up meal plans and exercise plans for you. Check it out it's really helpful.



answers from St. Cloud on

Gained and lost 75 with your first one. Way to go. I am a firm believer that your body will do what it is needed for your pregnancy. If you are eating healthy and drinking a lot of water, I don't know what else you could do. Keep it up, and let your body do what is needed.



answers from Des Moines on

i gained slow at first and then i gained 16 lbs in the 6th month. my dr said if i was eating junk stuff to cut it out but if i was eating healthy(which i was due to first child paranoia)then that was just how my body was dealing. I lost 20 lbs in the first 4 days after birth and unfortunatly still have 40 more to go to get to prepregnancy weight not having good luck though and my son is 9 month old. As long as you are eating healthy and you gained and lost once then i am sure you can do it again!



answers from Minneapolis on

Sounds to me like you're doing everything right, and your body is just keeping it all in! I gained 50-55 pounds with my first pregnancy, and my midwife laughed in my face about my 8 pound weight gain from one visit to the next. I would say keep trying to eat right (but indulge a little - that's what makes pregnancy fun :) and don't worry about it. Stay active so that getting back into the world of exercise (and shedding that baby weight fast) isn't such a hard thing to accomplish. If your doctor's not concerned, no need for you to be!
Amy K



answers from Minneapolis on

I too gained almost 70lbs, and it was all over! My ankles were HUGE by the end :) I ate healthy and exercised throughout my pregnancy, and my MD didn't seem concerned either. I lost it all and then some after my little boy was born. As long as you're feeling good and as long as your MD isn't concerned, don't worry. Congrats!

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