Pregnancy Weight Gain - Bedminster,NJ

Updated on July 01, 2015
B.B. asks from Bedminster, NJ
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This is my second pregnancy and I am almost 15 weeks. So far, I have not gained any weight although my tummy is big. I started out technically 10 lbs overweight and I want to be careful that I don't put myself at risk for weight related issues later on as I am 38. As long as I am eating nutritiously, is no weight gain at this point a concern? I had a midwife with my first pregnancy and they were pretty nutty about not gaining too much weight.

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answers from Boston on

No as long as the baby is growing well then I wouldn't worry about the scale. Eat good quality food and drink a lot of water so that the baby will get everything he/she needs.

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answers from Washington DC on

Some of my friends have actually lost weight in pregnancy and been fine. You need to discuss this with your OB.

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answers from Norfolk on

I have a friend who's wife began power walking when she was pregnant with her 2nd child.
She was losing weight.
But the doctor tracked it and it was a good thing.
The exercise and losing weight was better for her and the baby than taking it easy and gaining weight.
The baby will take what ever it needs from you.
If you keep the same weight then you will weigh less after giving birth.
It happens sometimes!



answers from Miami on

I think you're fine as long as you are actually eating healthy. Are you going by a pregnancy book to check yourself? Are you getting enough protein? Baby's developing brain needs protein. How about calcium? Baby will pull calcium out of your bones big-time, so you need to be putting it right back in. Remember, the baby is a parasite to your body. You are hurting both of you if you misjudge what you eat as being healthy.

Check yourself by your book, drink plenty of water, and walk every day. However, don't get too far from a bathroom, because you should never hold your urine. Having gone through preterm labor myself, here is a very important point that moms don't always understand: the uterus is a smooth muscle tissue, and even slight dehydration can cause the uterus to contract. Also, a full bladder pushing against the uterus can cause it to contract. So, drink and pee, drink and pee. It's very important, especially when you get a little farther along.

I wouldn't be thinking about your first pregnancy midwife's push towards less weight gain. You should go by your current doctor's advise. I had a very hard time gaining with my second, and my doctor was very worried about my baby because of that. He told me he would consider my baby "failure to thrive" if I didn't gain at least one pound a week. (That was when I was in my 28th week or so.) You can't just look at the actual weight. You have to look at how you're going about gaining it, which is why you go by your doctor's advice, who you are consistently communicating with.

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answers from San Francisco on

I don't think you should worry about weight gain during pregnancy, especially since you were only 10 lbs. "overweight" before. Ten pounds is nothing, not really even overweight.

Eat healthily, and don't worry about it. Don't be trying to diet or keep weight off during this time. I don't know why your midwife was bugging you about not gaining too much weight, especially since you didn't have a weight problem. Pregnancy is the one time you shouldn't be obsessing over your weight, unless you gain more than 50 or 60 lbs.



answers from Pittsburgh on

My opinion, based on my experience and discussion with my friends, is that your job is to eat healthy foods when you are hungry. Pregnancy is not an excuse to binge eat, nor is it a time to try to lose weight. Eat healthy foods when you are hungry, and your body will gain what it's programmed to gain. And after you give birth, your body will bounce back.

FWIW, I gained 18 lbs total with each of my kids - both born at above average weights, and after I gave birth I bounced back to my normal weight. One of my good friends gained 70 (!) lbs with each of her kids, and after each one she too bounced back to her normal healthy weight. And both of us were older moms - she a few years older than me.



answers from Wichita Falls on

As long as the baby is growing at the right rate and you are eating healthy, your lack of weight gain is nothing to worry about. Many women even lose weight during their first trimester (especially if you have morning sickness).

Your doctor should give you parameters for healthy weight gain for the next few months, so you know if you are on track. I wouldn't worry unless you have rapid weight gain or loss, or the baby's weight isn't keeping up.



answers from Richmond on

as long as you are eating healthy, i wouldnt be worried in the slightest about how much weight you gain, you are pregnant, you are supposed to gain weight..i gained at least 60 pounds during my pregnancy, and my obgyn kept track of every ounce claiming he just knew i had developed all sorts of health problem because of my weight gain and my pregnancy..he was WRONG..i had a very healthy baby( almost six years ago) and i am now 30 pounds less then i was before i was pregnant..doctors arent always right, they just think they are. K. h



answers from Springfield on

If you are eating healthy, try not to worry about your weight. Weight is ONE thing your OB is paying attention to. But it is most certainly not the end all be all of a healthy pregnancy.

I gained absolutely no weight with either pregnancy. I had so much trouble eating. With my oldest I had a pretty good second trimester. With my youngest I threw up every day. I cannot tell you how great I felt after they were both born and food sounded good again!

Focus on being healthy, and you should be just fine!



answers from Raleigh on

I'm on my second pregnancy as well, and I didn't gain any weight until I was 17 weeks. I was barely even showing, just looked a bit cushy. Then all of a sudden boom! Growth spurt! I'm 35 weeks now and there's no mistaking it. I gained a bunch over a couple of months, then slowed down again. Our bodies are weird. I wouldn't worry too much.

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