But I don’t want to be a fatty! Weight Gain during pregnancy

 Last time I became pregnant, which was so recent it’s impossible to forget, I gained 70 pounds. It was really upsetting to me because I was a fat girl in high school and was a thin girl in college. I lost 60 pounds at the age of 19 and was totally psyched about the way I looked. I was also able to keep the weight off for the most part, there was actually a time when my roommate told me that I looked too thin for my 5’9 frame. There is nothing better than when someone tells you that you look a bit thin.

When I became pregnant with my son, all signs pointed to a relatively reasonable weight gain, maybe 30 pounds? but once the third trimester approached I was catching up. When I went into labor and they weighed me at the hospital, I was 210 pounds. That was more than I have ever weighed and I was shocked. After giving birth to my son, I thought, “Well I am probably going to lose a lot in the delivery” my son weighed 7lb 9oz and I miraculously was sans a whole 8 pounds the next day. I don’t even know how.

After the first few weeks, I ate very little because I wasn’t feeling particularly hungry, and after that I just maintained a reasonable diet. I started exercising as much as I could fit in, mostly through occasional walks and the Wii fit. 6 months later I had lost 55 of those pounds. Then I found out I was pregnant again!

At 155 I had nowhere to go but up. Now at 31 weeks, I am teetering between 178-181 pounds. This is more than I wanted to be, but I have been eating much healthier this pregnancy and exercising everyday. If anything, I am hoping the weight will be easier to lose this time around.

There is a great amount of fear that I have each day that I will gain too much weight. I really would prefer to stay at where I am until delivery but I know that is very unrealistic. I am showing much smaller this time around than with my son, so perhaps a lot of the weight is from the increased muscle mass from my physical activity. I try to stay away from snacking that is beneficial to me. In my first pregnancy, I would eat chips with nacho cheese like it was going out of style, this time around, I snack on baby carrots.

So for those of you who are pregnant, how are you handling the weight gain? are you worried that it might be difficult to lose it, or is that not even a concern? I also wonder how many people are truly indulging on whatever they want to eat because of the prime opportunity.

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2 thoughts on “But I don’t want to be a fatty! Weight Gain during pregnancy

  1. With my first pregnancy, I gained 50 pounds. I was a little heavier than I wanted to be when I started, so it amounted to WAY too much weight for me. I’m only 5’2″, after all.

    My girls are only 23 months apart, so my second pregnancy came quickly after the first. The second time around I gained 35 pounds, which was a whole lot more reasonable. Something about chasing after a toddler that helped keep the pounds at a lower number.

    After my 2nd daughter was born, between breastfeeding and chasing after that same toddler, the weight came off relatively easy, and I’ve been able to maintain a healthy weight in the 5 years since my 2nd daughter was born. This from someone who has struggled with weight most of her life.

    My point is to not sweat it too much. Your body will do what it’s going to do….just focus on getting healthy exercise and eating reasonably, making sure that you’re getting lots of healthy food. Things will sort itself out in the end. 🙂

    • thank you for your response, it made me feel so much better thinking about the fact that I do have a toddler of my own that I will have to chase after. Very good and positive advice!

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