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How much did you gain while pregnant with your first baby?

Im very curious, as i have asked alot of friends and people i know would give me an honest answer. I know this is a slightly uncomfortable topic, so hopefully, since this dosent require any names.......I thought i would ask ;)
Im 5 1/2 months pregnant with my first and so far i have gained 23 lbs. Im having troulbe not gaining more than 4 lbs a month, even though i watch what i eat pretty carfully, minus a few slip ups......
So, how much did you gain???

Sun. Jan 14, 10:43am

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i gained 50 lbs and i wish i had tried to reign it in better!! i did lose the 50, but it took over a year... i think i was too liberal with allowing myself things - like chocolate pudding or icecream everyday... double servings of things... and i got heavier and couldn't exercise as long, so i eventually stopped which was very bad b/c it was so hard to get back into it... i am an example of what not to do!

Sunday, January 14, 2007, 11:33 AM

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too much!

I gained 70 with my first. (And about 50 with my second). I way overdid it and used pregnancy as a license to eat and stop exercising. I would totally do it differently now.

23 pounds sounds reasonable to me. I wouldn't worry about it too much. Just eat healthily to keep you and your baby well-nourished. No matter how much you gain, you will be able to lose it once you are able to start restricting calories again (meaning, after your baby is born and you are done nursing.) Just try to enjoy and appreciate this amazing time in your life.

Sunday, January 14, 2007, 12:23 PM

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I gained 35 pounds, but I had a friend who gained 75 pounds! My opinion has always been that you will gain what the baby needs to be healthy (as long as you aren't eating junk). Your first concern should be the baby's health -- there will be plenty of time after the baby is born to worry about losing the weight.

Sunday, January 14, 2007, 9:59 PM

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iI gained 30lbs but kept 10lbs.

Sunday, January 14, 2007, 10:08 PM

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I gained 27 pounds and 3 weeks after birth was 1 pound heavier then pre-pregnancy.

Monday, January 15, 2007, 12:18 AM

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It sounds like you are exactly where you should be. Assuming you began your pregnancy at a healthy weight, you are gaining the right amount of weight for your stage in pregnancy - 1 pound per week through the second and third trimesters. If you gain 1 pound per week through the remainder of your pregnancy, you will have gained 35 pounds total. Again, exactly where you should be if you started your pregnancy at a healthy weight.

Don't worry - you will be able to take the weight off after the baby is born. Just focus on giving your baby the nutrients he or she needs to grow and be healthy.

If you're concerned, certainly discuss this matter with your practitioner. I did a Yahoo search for "pregnancy weight gain" - here's a link to a webmd article about weight gain during pregnancy.


Monday, January 15, 2007, 8:07 AM

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My recorded weight gain (from 11 weeks, when I finally found a doctor, to two days before delivery) was 81 lbs.

I didn't use pregnancy as a license so much as the stress, exhaustion, physical imbalance, and conflict of being pregnant left me little energy. I walked every day with a friend who was also pregnant, and I tried to eat well.

When I was pregnant (four children) people could tell as early as 5 weeks--even strangers. I got the twins question constantly with my first and second, and by the third it was the triplets question, because by three or four months no one could believe I wasn't due in the next five minutes.

With my second I gained about 40; about 35 with my third; and about 30 with my fourth. My babies were big: 9 lbs 6 oz, 9 lbs 10 oz, 8 lbs 13 oz, and 9 lbs 12 oz. Believe it or not, that last was my girl and she's a petite little pixie now! All the boys are tall--my 14-year-old is taller than I am, and I'm 5' 8"--and on the slender side. I can hardly find pants for the two eldest, because they are built like pencils--my firstborn needs pants that are 32x36 right now, and those he has to belt. Secondborn needs 31x35, which don't even exist to my knowledge, and makes do with 32x34 but his new Sunday slacks look too short to me. (It would help if he'd wear dark socks...)

I was always slender until I started having children. First there was the weight gain of pregnancy, and then my life changed so much that it was a significant challenge to find time to work out or have the energy--mental and physical--to plan healthy foods and workout times. I've had everything in place off and on in the 18 years since I found out I was pregnant, but at other times, I've got so many irons in the fire that all my energy goes to my efforts not to burn out or burn up!

Monday, January 15, 2007, 10:01 AM

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60 lbs, 3 times. I ate differently every time. I've come within 10 pounds of my original weight after my 3rd.

Monday, January 15, 2007, 10:06 AM

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26 lbs

Monday, January 15, 2007, 10:39 AM

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Op here

OP here :)
Thanks you everyone for posting your weights. I appreciate all the comments. I have talked to my OB about my weight and she said she would be happy with me if i gained 35 lbs total ;) Im shooting for closer to 30 lbs but i think its a stretch.
Right now im trying to focus on making a healthy little boy in there ;) Thankfully i have a great husband who is helping me eat healthy and walk a few times a week.
Thanks again!

Monday, January 15, 2007, 4:42 PM

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