Rapid Weight Gain in Early Pregnancy

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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
This is my 4th pregnancy and I know you start to "show" sooner the more pregnancies you have. But I look about 5 months pregnant and I have already gained 8 lbs??? Is that normal? 8lbs in 2 weeks, with my 3rd pregnancy I only gained 18 lbs total. I was never this big this early either.

I do work at a doctors office (not obgyn) but I had 2 blood tests, one at 13 dpo and my hcg level was 96, and one at 15 dpo and my hcg level was 296.

I just want to know if this is normal or is there something wrong, I don't have my first doctor appt. until I am 10 weeks, and that is 4 weeks away. Thank you so much!
Cynthia

ANSWER

I'm not sure why you would go to someone who won't see you until 10 weeks, but I guess that is your choice.

All I can say from what you report is that with increasing age and increasing numbers of prior pregnancies, your risk of twins goes up. If you get morning sickness worse than you did with your other pregnancies, I'd definitely request an ultrasound.

But 8 pounds in 2 weeks would not be normal even with twins. I'd get careful daily weights, and if this abnormal weight gain continues, you should be seen sooner in my opinion. Of course, I think you should be seen sooner anyway, but that's just me. Good luck!

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.