1st Trimester

11 Weeks and not gaining

I went to my first Dr's appointment at 8 weeks (3 weeks + 2 days ago) and weighed in at 132.  I'm 34 and have always been a beanpole until the past year or so.  I started packing on pounds, particularly in the belly area.  The first time I was pregnant I was in my late 20's and I gained about 45 pounds so I've been preparing myself to be even more heavy this time.  BUT, in 3 weeks I haven't gained a single pound?  My weight has flucuated between 130 and 132 but never gone above.  My husband says I'm showing but I can't really tell much of a difference between now and what belly I already had (except when I'm bloated, then I look like I'm about 5 months along).  I was nauseous for about 5 weeks straight but didn't do much actual throwing up so I don't think it's that.  I've been exercising more since I found out but not enough to be losing weight I don't think.  Has anyone else had this?  Is it ok?  I don't go back to the doctor for almost 2 weeks. 

Re: 11 Weeks and not gaining

  • thats normal. first 12 weeks its only normal to gain about 3 pounds!! I only gained 16 pounds with my first pregnancy and I got pregnant at 100 pounds and delivered at 116 and had a 19 in 6 pound 3oz healthy baby girl!!! everyone is different!!!
  • Ideally most women will only gain a pound or two during 1st Tri (other than from bloat, which can account for higer ##s in many women but will often go away in 2nd tri). 

    I have only gained one pound so far (at 11w) and my OB is pleased with that (I also have not had any m/s to affect the weight gain).  Because I was overweight to start with, my OB said ideally I should only gain 20-25 pounds during the whole pregnancy because my body has enough energy stores to take care of me, so the only weight I should really gain will be the baby, fluid, placenta, etc. 


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  • It is perfectly fine to gain little or no weight in the first tri. I have not gained but actually lost weight. I know eventually the pounds will start packing on. With both my boys I gained 55 pounds.  

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  • Be totally, totally happy about not gaining weight.  For my first pregnancy, I didn't gain weight until my 22nd week appt., only gained 20 lbs overall, had a health 7lb4oz baby and was back to my pp weight in no time.  I can only hope this happens again so I'm really hoping to maintain during the 1st trimester. 
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  • I haven't gained any weight either.  I wouldn't worry.
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  • I lost 2 pounds between my 8 week and 12 week appointments. I never threw up either, just felt gross and no food ever sounded good. My doctor was not concerned at all...
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  • There are a few ladies on my month board (april) that haven't gained any weight yet. For the most part similar to how I ate before I was pregnant and have gained 8-10 pounds. 
    Little buddy was born at 35 weeks 1 day due to severe IUGR and pre-e. Weighed 3 pounds 4.5 ounces and spent 21 days in the NICU.


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  • I have lost a couple pounds and also did in the first tri with my DD.  I expect to slowly start gaining now that I don't feel sick as much.  I think it's completely normal.
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  • Don't underestimate the affects of the nausea. I was sick for about 3 weeks and subsisted on saltines and pasta. Even though they are calorie- and carb-heavy foods, I still lost 5lbs. I was back to about normal last week and then got a stomach bug so I'm down too. Beats the alternative!
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  • I'm 12 weeks and I haven't gained an ounce, I was actually down a pound between my first and second appointments.  I haven't been really nauseous either.  It's a good thing!  My doctor was very pleased.  Don't worry about it for a second.  Every pound you don't gain now is a pound you don't have to stress out about when you gain it later. 
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  • I lost 8 lbs and have only gained 2 back even though I've been feeling better, eating more, and throwing up less or not at all in the past 3 weeks.  I did the same with both my other pregnancies.  The doc never showed any concern (even told me that I lost but that was expected since I was sick).  I gained 40 with my DD and 30 with my DS.  You'll start gaining soon, don't worry!
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  • So far I'm 10w1d and I've lost 5 pounds. Could be only water, but I haven't really gained any either. I'm kinda glad too, because I'm already overweight.

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  • At my eight week appt I only gained 1 lb.  Doctors dont want me gaining any in first trimester due to diabetes.  We saw see when I go back on monday if I gained.  I am seeing a small bump but it feels like bloat or fat we shall see.
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