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excessive weight gain

I am a little over twenty weeks pregnant and I have gained almost 20 pounds (about 18 to be exact). This is my second pregnancy and I know my body is doing what it needs to do but this seems excessive. I have been eating more than I normally do but not so much that this type of weight gain makes sense. It's as if my body wants to hold onto every morsel that I put into my mouth.

During my first pregnancy, I gained about 30 pounds. It took me a full year to lose it. Breastfeeding was no help whatsoever. In fact, I think breastfeeding made the pounds cling. I was only able to lose weight after training for a 1/2 marathon and then starting full marathon training (before an injury wiped me out). I am still not able to exercise like I used to so once the baby is born, it's not as though I will be able to go for a run here and there.

I am thinking that I need to start calorie counting but I hate doing that. Maybe I should just write everything down that I eat so I am more aware about what I am putting into my body.

Last time I met with the midwives, nothing was said about my weight gain, which was about 1 pound per week of pregnancy. I just remember how hard it was to lose it all and so I want to be more careful.

Anyone else feeling this way?

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((hugs))

If you record your food I'd take it in to be looked at by your OB/midwife and talk to him/her about your weight gain. I wouldn't be alarmed yet, but I would be conscious about it too. Maybe GD? I know women follow that diet anyways to keep their weight under control even though they technically don't have it (or decline the testing for it).

Last pregnancy I was a little over 30 pounds by the start of the 3rd try and I freaked out. Some was just due to moving (had no household goods so we had to eat out), but a big part was not being active. I sat on my butt a lot. This time I'm walking when I can and just doing little things like making myself take the stairs and parking at the back of a parking lot.

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I know exactly how you are feeling. I am MUCH more conscious of how much quicker the weight is coming back om this time than with the last 3. I had done weight watchers after DD and was finally doen to my pre any baby weight. Like you, I am very limited as to what exercise I can do. It just makes me more nervous because I know what I had to do to lose the weight in the first place. What I am planning on doing is a food journal, keepinb track of what I am putting in. Also, stocking up on healthy sweets (fruits) seeing that my major craving is chocolate. I also plan on major portion control fro here on out.

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See this time around my nurse looked at me and said I may have to start drinking ensures since I've gained three lbs total. Mine may be due to the few days of non stop vomiting though.

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"Honey3.14" wrote:

See this time around my nurse looked at me and said I may have to start drinking ensures since I've gained three lbs total. Mine may be due to the few days of non stop vomiting though.

With my 1st I lost weight in the beginning, though I more than made up for it at the end lol. With the other 2 I didnt lose, but I didnt start gaining till later either. Thats why im nervous that the scale started climbing early this time. I really do not want to gain too much. A friend of mine has 3 kids and has always left the hospital well under her starting weight with each pregnancy...

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I can't believe how quickly i've put the weight on either - i've never been pregnant before so i didn't know what to expect or what is normal - i've gained almost 14 lbs and i'm 18 weeks and 1 day - like you augustbaby, i do not feel like the extra food i've been eating should be adding weight this quickly but then again as my doctor told me "weight finds you easier when you're pregnant", i walk a half hour (not every day) but most days and i do eat sensibly, so it does concern me...
my last docor visit was June 11 and i had only gained 10 lbs (so in 13 days, i've gained 3 lbs EEK!!!) - Well at that point i asked my doctor if it was ok and she said that 10 lbs at that point was great, not bad at all... i just hope i don't gain anymore by my next visit or maybe it'll be too much.

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At this point in my pregnancy with DD, I was almost 10 lbs lighter than I am now. I was 30 weeks by the time I weighed this much with her. Sad

It's not that I'm gaining a ton of weight - only about 7 lbs so far, at almost 20 weeks - but it's the difference in the scale numbers that's making me upset. I got back down to my pre-pregnancy weight so easily after DD... only to gain 5 lbs immediately after she stopped nursing, and I couldn't get that weight off.

So, yes, weight is a much bigger concern for me now than it was last time.

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I started this pg out weighing 13 lbs more than when I bcame pg with DD. I have gained 14 so far as well. I think my body puts more weight on with boys! My own theory that makes me feel better Smile I was looking at DD's baby book and came across the string I used when we played the yarn game at her baby shower. I put it around my waist and I am a thumb away from being that size!!! Um, I was 34 weeks at my shower! And I'm only 21 now! So I blame it on the boys! I was huge with DS. But I also started that pregnancy out at 151 lbs. The day I gave birth to DD I weighed 151 lbs. So mentally it gets to you, but as long as you feel good and everything is ok, then try not to stress! I need to follow my own advice!

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That doesn't really seem excessive, I know the typical weight gain is 5lbs in the first trimester and then 1 lb a week after so at 16 weeks that would be 11 lbs. 18lbs is only 6lbs off of that so it's not really "excessive", but if you're really concerned bring it up with your midwife.

With DS#1 I had an eating disorder before getting pregnant and ended up gaining 80lbs throughout my entire pregnancy. By my 18th week I'm pretty sure I had gained almost 35lbs. Now that is excessive! I lost 30lbs of what I gained the same day that I had him because I had excess amniotic fluid (Maybe that's what's going on with you?). I've had horrible MS with this pregnancy and consequently lost 10lbs in my first trimester, I've gained about 5 of it back so I'm still down 5lbs. I'm already a bit overweight so my goal is to gain no more than 15lbs my entire pregnancy and I know if I started gaining more than 1 lb a week I would completely freak out and be depressed. I've found that I actually can't really eat as much as I used to and my sense of taste is all funky (example: cake icing is too sweet, I can't even stomach it at all) so I'm sure that helps curb the weight gain.

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Oh boy can I relate and afraid to admit this. I have gained about 22 pounds so far and am hoping to hold steady now. I have no thyroid and they have to keep adjusting my meds the first 20 weeks. So that on top of feeling so tired (partially thyroid/ partially normal 1st trimester and having 2 kids) and ill and eating was the only thing that gave me immediate relief during 1st trimester. Plus I was a previous WW member who had become a lifetime member but was never able to stabilize. The doctor told me to cut out sugary drinks or juices. I am definitely going to watch it and try to not gain any more for a while (my current weight is such that I don't need to gain for a while). Plus my constipation is bad so I am definitely retaining there! So yes, I will be "counting" in a way...just remembering certain things from WW.

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I felt the exact same way as you when I was pregnant with DS. It just seemed to pile on no matter what. I kept thinking there was something wrong with me. I wouldn't worry yet though. Everyone gains weight differently and you may be gaining lots at first only to slow down later. I like the idea of keeping a food journal and sharing it with your OB. Then you can tell her her/him your feelings and fears. I'm sure they can help you navigate through your weight gain. I know it's hard to watch it pile on though. I hate the way by dimple ridden butt looks right now. Ugh... Will it ever be the same? Sad

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Claire, NOTHING is EVER going to be the same. The way you look, the way you feel, the way you sleep at night, the way you worry and think about things.... NOTHING stays the same once you're a mom to be.

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I've gained 15lbs already. It sucks, but it's what my body does every time I get pregnant. I used to hate it and feel embarrassed, but now I just don't care. I eat pretty healthy - homemade everything down to pickles and yogurt. If this is what my body needs to do to grow a healthy baby, then fine. I'm just grateful that I CAN grow healthy babies whenever I want to. But yeah...seeing the number go up at every drs visit is depressing. Yeah for working it off after the baby comes!

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I stand on the scale backward, from my very first appt. I try to eat well, stay active, and I know if there is a concern my doctor will tell me!

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ITA with Amy. I had a hard time up until about 2 weeks ago. Then I got into deep thought that my body had to put this weight on and expand to be able to grow and hold my baby. I was imagining if I didn't have these widened hips, and thighs! My legs would probably buckle! It's just what my body does to accomadate my baby. I'm up 14 lbs according to my scale and 12 to the doctors. I haven't been eating totally healthy, but not bad either and I do work out and walk. It's just me ! And from here on out I'm fine! I was very small with my DD and only 10lbs away from the weight I was when I gave birth to her, but each pregnancy is different and each baby. I too am just hopeful I'm doing everything right to have a healthy little one Smile

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I was in today and actually am down a lbs from where I was. Just shows me that weight also fluctuates based on time of the day, what/how much you have recently eaten, full or empty bladder, what you are wearing, and so on and so forth.

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yes, definitely Kier - my normal weigh time is first thing in the morning, in the nude - after i go to the bathroom - that is your truest weight... but i hate that my doctor appointments are always at like 4:00PM - and i'm not allowed to do it in the nude there, LOL... so my scale at home and my doctor's scales are 3 lbs off... they're both very accurate though because i always remember my at home and in doctor office weights, and the weight gainage is always the same.

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This is my kind of thread!!

Im up 18lbs as well, the last 6 pounds literally came out of NOWHERE
I feel embarassed to go to the doctor.

PLUS, I gained so much weight with DS, and it was such a struggle to get it off, but I got fairly low within 9 months of having him. I'm worried I wont be able to do that this time, plus i got so big that my BBS were MASSIVE and I had trouble breast feeding..

I just really dont want to get that huge!!

I have a myfitnesspal.com account and I just today started tracking my foods/calories again.. not to limit myself but to keep my eyes open to what I'm really eating bcuz I know I'm not being very good... when I record stuff I'm less likely to overeat..

my next appt (24 week) is in a week or so- and im hoping to at least maintain the weight I have now... yikes

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has anybody ever declined to get on the scale at the doctor's office especially for some visits that have nothing to do with a annual checkup or whatever?