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JANICEJOURNEY
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9/4/07 10:00 P

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Good idea. I am not really too worried about it now that I have done my own research and reading. I am going to target her goal within 5 pounds. A range is WAY more helpful and likely :)


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9/4/07 9:59 P

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Oh, something I just read - some people gain a lot at first, naturally, and it levels off as metabolism increases. I understand the desire to go hog wild, but I have issues with thinking that "normal" is "normal" and not "too much" so pregnancy is especially difficult for me in that regard. It would be nice if it was like the movies - we could eat GALLONS of ice cream and gain it ALL in the belly!

I really related to how you were and are feeling and also need(ed) (aw shucks, and still need!) convincing about weight gain. But something that I DID learn from my last pregnancy... its better to do what you can and trust in your body than to go to EVERY OB appointment thinking that something might be wrong. If I can ever be of any reassurance to you, let me know!!!


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9/4/07 9:56 P

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I understand your concern. I know you said you had read the BF article on this topic. And this article was based on national guidelines. I can give you the source if you need it. This is a perfect introduction into this topic the next time you see your doctor. Tell your doctor that 35# was suggest at the last visit, but you work better with ranges. Suggest a range or ask your doctor for an opinion or further guidance on the topic....see what answer you get...you are not being confrontational...just asking for clarification.
Becky, Your BF dietitan

Edited by: DIETITIANBECKY at: 9/4/2007 (21:57)

JANICEJOURNEY
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9/4/07 9:18 P

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I agree, however you put a lot of stock in how much time my doctor took in deciding this. Actually she saw me for about 10 minutes and based on my start weight of 122 and the same scales that everyone uses picked that number before any testing, or getting to know me, my health or anything. At any rate I have come to the same conclusion.


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JANICEJOURNEY
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9/4/07 5:40 P

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You are very kind to answer my questions. I really have been stressed based on comparing myself to others. I think what I really need to do is stop watching the other mom's weight gains and realize that 30-35 pounds is the way to go for me and that I am on track as long as I stay at .75 per week which is where I have been for the last 4 weeks or so. Thank you again... very sincerely! I wish I could just go hog wild and eat everything in site but seeing how quickly the weight came on, I know I have to keep a loose reign on my intake. Sigh. I think if I followed my cravings and my appetite I would easily be gaining 2 lbs per week. Like you said my body seems to be a pregnancy machine that is just wanting to utilize every calorie it gets to store fat for the future or something. I always wondered how someone could gain 50 lbs in less then a year but now I totally understand!!!!!


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9/4/07 1:20 P

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Trust me, not everyone has gained so little. There are a lot of very active people here, way more active than I could ever be! And there are also a lot of women who have had experiences where they've gained like 20 pounds in the first trimester. There are some women who don't join until their doctors have brought their weight gain to their attention and these women are looking for advice and support in curbing weight gain.

I lost 55 pounds in about 6 months, I'd say, hitting some plateaus. There were some days during the week where I didn't have time to eat too much and would have 1200 calories or 1500 calories a day (this is WELL AFTER my milk was established) but there were plenty where I was eating 2000-2500 a day. I had been active and walking RIGHT UP until the day before I was induced (I proudly marched up what I called "pregnancy hill", this really steep stretch in Pittsburgh) and had such a good labor that I was walking, slowly and steadily but surely, at 2 weeks postpartum. I did lose somewhere around 28 pounds in 2 weeks, though, with breastfeeding, and that was when I was still eating Pizza with DH when he was home and finishing off the Godiva I was brought in the hospital.

Our bodies DEFINITELY fight to store fat for the babies. If you are underweight FOR YOUR BODY (because yes, my DH does like me with meat on my bones! But also, I was NEVER this thin, I was always a little heavier unless I was on some terrible diet and when I was 113 pounds I was told I looked deathly ill), your BODY will know it and try to hold on to fat and water. The thing is, if you gain steadily and exercise and eat like 65% healthy (because we need some wiggle room so I figure instead of saving our calories for all junk, just eat mostly healthy and then indulge!), it will come off. Our bodies were MADE to be pregnancy MACHINES... we just can't let our psyches get in the way!

Also, keep in mind that not gaining sufficient weight (I'm not trying to scare you at all! and really, with DD I WAS trying to gain weight in the 2nd and 3rd trimester) can lead to premature babies or problems with the pregnancy... and, like I said, an inability to or problems with breastfeeding.

You sound like you have a REALLY good head on your shoulders - you'll make it work, and the pregnancy weight will come off. We doom OURSELVES with pregnancy weight sometimes... so if you TRY to gain 80 pounds, you're going to have a problem, but if you keep it to under 5,000 calories of sugar and saturated fat a day... you'll be ok!

PS There was a lady who gained 50 pounds in here pregnancy even being healthy and working out, it was just water. She peed it all out in a WEEK.


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JANICEJOURNEY
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9/4/07 12:35 P

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Wow lost 55... how quickly? Your hubby likes you with some meat on your bones? :) My ex used to almost forced feed me cookies and chips and I got up to my highest weight of 130, after we divorced I dropped 10 lbs hehe without effort. I want to be able to breast feed too. And I don't want to drop 55 lbs!

All this leads me to thinking I should just go with the docs recommendation of 35 lbs. I just can't figure out the right balance in my diet to gain just enough and not too much so I am tweaking with it. It seems 2000 calories puts me at 1-1.5 lbs per week. So maybe 1800 or so. I get freaked out when I see that most of the moms here have hardly gained any weight and they started out so small. It makes me feel like I am doing something wrong. If I wasn't reading all the 2 pound weight gain at 15-18 weeks posts I wouldn't be stressing out so much. I have a hard time figuring out which is healthy my gain of 12 lbs or the other moms that were small like me that only gained 2-5 lbs. I just need to relax and stay focused on being on track I guess.


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9/4/07 11:46 A

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With my first pregnancy, I was 5'8" and 168. I had really bad queasiness but started exercising again during the pregnancy and wound up not gaining any weight. This was just because of nutritious dietary changes - and cutting out alcohol (ending college and getting pregnant will do that). With this pregnancy, I started at 132/133 and gained weight RIGHT AWAY. At first I wasn't queasy at all, not until about 7 weeks. Now, I'm back where I was. I also don't want to gain a whole lot, but I know that not gaining enough can make for problems with baby and an inability to breastfeed - which would be horrible as I loved breastfeeding AND it helped me drop like 55 pounds after she was born. I was skeletal at 113, but gained that weight, got pregnant... and know I have to gain more. I think if DH had it his way... I'd gain 100 eating cheeseburgers and fries. I'm definitely NOT on that path!


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OK, did you mean 19.1 and 19.7?? I just need to clarify. I think a BMI of 9.1 would make you... starving.

My BMI was ~20 when starting. I was told to gain 25-35 and I hope to keep it at 25, BUT... I had to gain 20 pounds just to GET pregnant. So if you're just a little bit under, I'd say aim for at least 30 because the baby needs the fat.




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JANICEJOURNEY
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9/3/07 9:30 P

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I just read article here on the site about pregnancy weight gain. It says that those with 19.7 BMI or less pre-pregnancy should gain 28-40 pounds. It seems like there are a lot of people with low start weights that are going for less. Is it still ok to target 25 lb gain when you started with 19.7 BMI. I was at 19.1 to 19.7 (fluctuating weight average) which is considered is in the "under weight" group. It just seems like there are a lot of slender women here that are going for less weight gain then recommended on that article, and I am wondering if I should target the 30-35 lb or ?? My doctor says 35 lbs but I am also wondering if most doctors are recommending this amount for other women who started low (not super low) like me?

Edited by: JANICEJOURNEY at: 9/4/2007 (09:39)


Due date 2-11
John Liam born 2-22-08
7 lb 9 oz 21 inches


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