5

votes

How much weight did you gain during your pregnancy?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 20, 2012 at 6:27 PM

And how was it spread out through your trimesters?

I'm about 16 weeks now, and have only put on a total of 2.6 pounds so far. Granted, I gained a few pounds to help get pregnant in the first place, but I'm still under my "target" weight gain for this stage in the game.

My OB isn't at all upset with me, and said everything is fine, but I was just wondering - how did you other ladies gain during your pregnancies?

(Note: I am NOT doing low carb, IF or any other extreme measures during my pregnancy. I still eat 90% paleo, but let myself indulge in kefir or Greek yogurt or some rice much more than I used to, and eat quite a bit more fruit and sweet potatoes than I did pre-pregnancy. I let my cravings, not my diet, dictate what I eat - for the most part, of course. I did talk myself out of wanting Sour Patch Kids the other day and had some kiwi instead!)

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on February 23, 2012
at 12:00 AM

Yes, pretty much all I ate was carbs and I was very malnourished. My placenta was falling apart at birth...

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

(1826)

on February 22, 2012
at 08:57 PM

wow. yes, I was 10 lb 12 oz, so I knew I would be having a bigger baby. wonder where this one will end up on the scales! my OB told me I have a "well proven pelvis" though. HAH!

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

(1826)

on February 22, 2012
at 02:16 AM

yes, I gained right up until I delivered my first, too! I have never been so hungry as I was in early labor and RIGHT before I went into labor. I think I will know when labor is imminent this time because I will be eating and eating and EATING! :-)

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

(1826)

on February 22, 2012
at 02:15 AM

Interesting. Do you think you gained a lot with your first because you were so carb and grain-heavy as a vegan? (My vegan friends struggle with weight gain when they AREN'T pregnant; I can't imagine how difficult it would be if they were!)

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

(3808)

on February 21, 2012
at 02:17 AM

Two were 6lb 10oz, one was 6lb 11oz. My midwife said she wasn't going to bother to bring her scale next time. I myself was 6lb 12oz. I'd be tempted to try again just for the sake of experimentation if it didn't involve bringing a new person into the world and all that :)

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on February 21, 2012
at 01:53 AM

I thought I was being sooo bad using real schmaltz to make it. Hahaha

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

(1826)

on February 21, 2012
at 01:21 AM

my charts say I should have gained 5-10 lbs by now, and so I'm low for that. but yes, not low enough to worry, considering I started out at a healthy weight. with my last pregnancy, I started out so low I think my doctor would have flipped out on me if I hadn't gained at least 5 lbs by this point in time! :-) that's crazy that all babies were born within an OUNCE! my first was 9 lbs 11 oz (no GD or other problems - just a big baby!) so I'm hoping for a tinier guy this this around!

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

(1826)

on February 21, 2012
at 01:14 AM

true that! I didn't really lose those last 5-7 lbs from my first baby until she weaned herself at 13 months. Then it just melted off!

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

(1826)

on February 21, 2012
at 01:13 AM

wow! Jewish chopped liver! good for you! :-)

7c9f81d68c78de1a31eab9c91c17b4b8

on February 20, 2012
at 08:26 PM

Yay! Congrats Sarah!

C79a5b43dfc5749200bd9dcaa6bb0858

on February 20, 2012
at 07:22 PM

Sarah - I love your name, 'The CrockPot Nut'. I resemble that myself!

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

(1826)

on February 20, 2012
at 06:55 PM

Good point. I'm 5'10", and I started the pregnancy at a *bit* heavier 145. (I normally range between 137-142, and wear about a size 4.) My doctor told me she would be concerned if I had started out below 135, but since I started at 145, she's not worrying... yet.

  • Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

    asked by

    (1826)
  • Views
    4.2K
  • Last Activity
    1426D AGO
Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

8 Answers

4
0266737ea1782946902fd3f8e60fa0b9

(2504)

on February 20, 2012
at 06:32 PM

I gained 22# with baby #1, 40ish with #2. Interestingly, I was much heavier before baby #1 than baby #2, so the final weight was almost identical (around 160, and I'm 5'7"). I don't know how much you weigh now, so it's hard to answer your question-if people start out very thin, doctors are much more concerned about making sure you gain properly than if you start out with a little more weight on your bones.

So if you are eating healthy foods and good volumes of those foods, and if the baby is growing nicely and you're feeling well, I wouldn't worry too much what the scale says. Happy babygrowing!

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

(1826)

on February 20, 2012
at 06:55 PM

Good point. I'm 5'10", and I started the pregnancy at a *bit* heavier 145. (I normally range between 137-142, and wear about a size 4.) My doctor told me she would be concerned if I had started out below 135, but since I started at 145, she's not worrying... yet.

3
306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

(3808)

on February 20, 2012
at 08:09 PM

Different answers all three pregnancies.

With my first, I started out obese. I gained about 35lbs, but about 10 of those came on in the last 2-3 weeks - water weight due to pre-eclampsia, rather than actual fat gain.

With my second, I started within my ideal weight range, and gained 20ish lbs.

With my third, I started out overweight, and gained 0-5lbs total - I lost 15 during my first trimester, and gained all that back, but not really anything beyond.

All three babies were born healthy, within an ounce of eachother in weight.

It is normal to not gain any significant amount, or even lose some (my 15lbs was probably a bit much), during the first trimester. In fact, 0-5lbs is considered normal weight gain for the first trimester. So 2.6lbs sounds just about right.

If you're eating adequate amounts of healthy food with plenty of good fats, chances are you don't need to worry about numbers.

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

(1826)

on February 21, 2012
at 01:21 AM

my charts say I should have gained 5-10 lbs by now, and so I'm low for that. but yes, not low enough to worry, considering I started out at a healthy weight. with my last pregnancy, I started out so low I think my doctor would have flipped out on me if I hadn't gained at least 5 lbs by this point in time! :-) that's crazy that all babies were born within an OUNCE! my first was 9 lbs 11 oz (no GD or other problems - just a big baby!) so I'm hoping for a tinier guy this this around!

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

(3808)

on February 21, 2012
at 02:17 AM

Two were 6lb 10oz, one was 6lb 11oz. My midwife said she wasn't going to bother to bring her scale next time. I myself was 6lb 12oz. I'd be tempted to try again just for the sake of experimentation if it didn't involve bringing a new person into the world and all that :)

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

(1826)

on February 22, 2012
at 08:57 PM

wow. yes, I was 10 lb 12 oz, so I knew I would be having a bigger baby. wonder where this one will end up on the scales! my OB told me I have a "well proven pelvis" though. HAH!

3
E91fd339d760ed76cc72570a679ebf5a

(2369)

on February 20, 2012
at 07:30 PM

I lost 12 in the first trimester, and then gained steadily in the 2nd and 3rd. I'm 4 days away from my due date as of this writing and 40lbs up from where I was after I lost those 12. From what I can tell, every pregnancy is different in terms of weight gain. Don't worry about the numbers. Women's bodies are so adaptable!

2
Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on February 20, 2012
at 09:12 PM

My first pregnancy, when I was a strict vegan, I gained quite a lot, probably between fifty and sixty pounds. My second, when I'd been WAPF and low carb prior to pregnancy, I gained around thirty.Friends of mine who tend towards being underweight and eat well typically gain a lot and friends who tend towards being overweight and eat well tend to gain less.I think that, in general, woman who eat well and are in touch with the!ir body don't need t o worry about their weight. Congratulations!

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

(1826)

on February 22, 2012
at 02:15 AM

Interesting. Do you think you gained a lot with your first because you were so carb and grain-heavy as a vegan? (My vegan friends struggle with weight gain when they AREN'T pregnant; I can't imagine how difficult it would be if they were!)

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on February 23, 2012
at 12:00 AM

Yes, pretty much all I ate was carbs and I was very malnourished. My placenta was falling apart at birth...

2
1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

on February 20, 2012
at 08:58 PM

I was low carbing when I got pregnant but was nearly 100 pounds overweight. Because I was frightened of GD I stayed off excess grains and sugar, but ate a lot of cassava, admittedly had corn grits and Eggs a lot during my barfy first trimester, and craved bone marrow, Jewish chopped liver, fish, and caviar like a mofo. (was not paleo, so I thought I was being soooo bad.) I only ended up gaining around 15 pounds and never got the dreaded gestational diabetes like so many of my plus size sisters. Paleo just made sense after I discovered it.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on February 21, 2012
at 01:53 AM

I thought I was being sooo bad using real schmaltz to make it. Hahaha

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

(1826)

on February 21, 2012
at 01:13 AM

wow! Jewish chopped liver! good for you! :-)

1
21b36b3de8ff31b0d41e7f0f4b5c1e03

(1688)

on February 20, 2012
at 09:29 PM

I gained 24 pounds - started at 125 lbs and ended at 149 lbs. I think by the 16th week I had gained about 10 lbs. All the weight came off within 10 days.

1
35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

(2485)

on February 20, 2012
at 09:27 PM

I gained about 40, only 3 pounds of that was in the first trimester because I had some major food aversions. I gained most of my weight in the weeks around the 2nd/3rd trimester. I did keep gaining right up until delivery though, where some women the weight gain tapers off as the baby takes up all the room where your GI tract used to be.

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

(1826)

on February 22, 2012
at 02:16 AM

yes, I gained right up until I delivered my first, too! I have never been so hungry as I was in early labor and RIGHT before I went into labor. I think I will know when labor is imminent this time because I will be eating and eating and EATING! :-)

1
Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on February 20, 2012
at 09:15 PM

I am also tall (5'11") and I gained 40 pounds with each of my kids. I started out on the skinny side at 135 pounds, though. I think you have to take your height into account - at least that's what I told myself. Some of the weight gain is blood volume, after all, and we have more of that to pump out to all those long extremeties!

After my first, I lost a lot of the weight immediately - it felt like I peed for about 15 minutes the next morning. But then the last 10-15 pounds stayed stubbornly on until I weaned him at about 12 months. Same with the second. It stressed me out because I was accustomed to being super lean. So just saying, it's not always true that nursing a baby you'll lose weight - often it doesn't go until you stop the nursing. But it's totally worth it for both of you.

Aa69579f867333b08158c70e25f7daf1

(1826)

on February 21, 2012
at 01:14 AM

true that! I didn't really lose those last 5-7 lbs from my first baby until she weaned herself at 13 months. Then it just melted off!

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!