Weight Gain...Having Trouble Gaining Weight

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Weight Gain...Having Trouble Gaining Weight
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Thu, 12-22-2011 - 9:59am

So I always have a hard time gaining weight. And while some people may see this as a blessing I struggle with it. I always hear comments of how I look too skinny and how I need to eat more. I track my daily caloric intake and seem to be on par with how much I should be eating with a moderate activity level.

I've only gained 12 lbs so far and am worried about reaching the 25 lb mark. I know it's more of a guideline and they say if you don't reach it or you go a little over it's fine. But I worry about not gaining enough and having an underweight baby. With my first and third pg I gained between 23-25 lbs and both came out healthy weight. With

 


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Tue, 12-27-2011 - 1:16am

Thank you for all of the replies ladies.

My midwife didn't seem to happy with my weight gain last time but seemed to be okay after asking how much weight I put on for my other pregnancies.

I guess I am feeling

 


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Sat, 12-24-2011 - 9:21am
How is your doc feeling about it? I never gain much weight in the beginning but pack it on more at the end. My doc had a hard time with that during my last pregnancy but now knowing and seeing that, she's totally laid back about my weight gain - or lack there of - this time around.

If you're really concerned, I would up your calories. Maybe see a dietician/nutritionist so that you do it healthily. Me, I tend to devour ice cream sandwiches and Oreos far more than I should!! Maybe add in an additional snack or small meal a day.

But in my opinion, gaining 12 pounds so far is right on track with what you should be gaining, especially if you are more slender [I am too].

I totally see your concerns, and they would be mine too, nobody wants to deliver early for any reason. But really, can they say FOR CERTAIN that it was because of a lower weight gain/baby? Maybe it was something else or just your body that time.
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Fri, 12-23-2011 - 8:33pm
If your doc isn't worried I wouldn't be, I'm down 14lbs right now, my 2nd pregnancy I lost 30lbs and she was almsot 9lbs and my 2nd I lost 25 and he was 7lbs. I am not overweight either.

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Thu, 12-22-2011 - 7:58pm
I think a lot of it just depends on your body and how you gain during pregnancy, but I can understand your concern since you had your last at a lower weight. My SIL gained very slowly with her daughter but she is a small, slender girl. I usually gain the majority of my weight in the last trimester. Maybe the olive oil with help you out some? I use it to cook everything all the time. I never use corn oil except when baking calls for it. It sure makes good sweet potato fries...yum!

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Thu, 12-22-2011 - 6:32pm

I've only gained 10lbs but I'm assuming most of the weight will come at the end as it was that way with my daughter.

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Thu, 12-22-2011 - 3:33pm

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Thu, 12-22-2011 - 3:32pm
Yes you are right just like with olive oil. I need to get some more chestnuts from the Asian market since none of the grocery stores have them. Chestnuts are very healthy. I think I will try using more olive oil in cooking.

 


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Thu, 12-22-2011 - 3:26pm
I think there is a different between unhealthy fats and healthy fats. The fats found in nuts and avocado are healthy and should not lead to obesity.

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Thu, 12-22-2011 - 3:00pm

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Thu, 12-22-2011 - 2:41pm
I am also a naturally slender person and I am having a hard time gaining weight this pregnancy. I was really sick for the first 4 months of this pregnancy and I have just started gaining. So far I am up about 5 lb and hopefully now that I am not so ill I will continue going in the right direction.

Have you considered drinking any of those weight gain shakes like Ensure? My son was having some weight gain issues after an illness and the doctors recommended he have one of those a day. Other suggestions given to us to help his weight gain were to feed him full fat dairy products, avocado and nuts. Also cooking with olive oil to add some healthy fats. Good luck!

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