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pregnancy weight - how can i gain weight in a healthy way?

I'm 20 weeks pregnant and healthy. I started out at 103 and am now 114. Im curious if I am gaining enough weight? I gained 53 lbs with my first child but am slow to gain with this one. I don't know if it is because I am getting older or if I am simply not eating enough. I love food! I love to eat! I am simply not very hungry this pregnancy. My doctor says I'm good even though I haven't gained any weight this month. That just doesn't add up to me. Does anyone have a similar pregnancy story? Any clues on how I can gain healthy weight (I don't want to just put on bad fat.) How can I gain weight in a healthy way?

Thank you and God Bless!

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Hi Lindsey-

Congrats on your 2nd pregnancy! I am pregnant too (with my 3rd) and I am a few weeks behind you so I know what you are going through. First and foremost be sure to speak to your OB about what he/she recommends for your specific care regarding a healthy weight gain. Only your OB knows your medical history, your medications, and sees you regularly. Don't go by what you "read" or "hear" from others because you will hear and read tons of conflicting messages from everyone. Your OB can tell you the truth.

Keep in mind that during your pregnancy you only need to take in an additional 300 calories a day to "build a baby." 300 extra calories a day really isn't that much more food than what you are normally eating when you aren't pregnant. Keep in mind also that during the 1st trimester (which you have obviously passed already since you said you are 20 weeks now) you really don't need to gain much weight if any at all. Looking back at my past 2 pregnancies I only gained maybe 3 pounds during my 1st trimesters. The majority of your weight gain will be during the 2nd and 3rd trimesters when the baby is growing the most. Don't be surprised if 1 month you don't gain any weight and then the next month you gain 6+ pounds. The most weight gain will be during those last few weeks of pregnancy when the baby is gaining approximately 1/2 pound a week at minumum (causing you to gain too which is okay).

If you want to get some sample menus and diets go to the "nutrition" tab on this website. Then click on "popular diets." Then click on "pregnancy diet." You will see sample menus, meals, and snack ideas all geared towards a nutritious pregnancy diet. Hopefully that will give you some new ideas.

Finally, if you still feel unsure of your pregnancy weight gain to date or need healthy diet sugegstions be sure to speak up at your next OB appt. Your OB will be able to answer any questions you have and make you feel better about your progress. They have heard all kinds of questions and that is what they are there for.

Good luck for the remainder of your pregnancy. Hope you have a easy delivery!

Jennifer Barbarino 54k
6 years ago

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LindseyB83 member since Jun '11


6/29/2011 at 12:09 AM
Weight Gain