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when you were pregnant, what'd dr say about weight?

When I was pregnant with LO I gained over 60 pounds. Dr's never said a single thing to me....

My friend's sister just had a baby and when she was at her 35 pound mark, they told her her better cool it. (she was almost done with her pregnancy)

...well, I've gained about 35 pounds already and worried that dr will tell me to chill out.

Did your doctor let you be or warn against weight gain? Does mother's weight gain increase chance of GD?

 

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  • My doctor didn't say anything to me.  I was underweight when I got pregnant so I was told to gain 35-40lbs and I gained exactly 40.  Gaining too much weight can increase your risk of GD. 
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  • My doctor never said anything to me. At 9months, I was up 40lbs.
  • I gained 60 lbs with DS also and not one of the 7 doctors ever said a word to me about it. It did all come off though, luckily. Of course it's starting to creep back up again this time. I'm hoping I don't gain quite as much, but won't stress about it since it did come off with DS.
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  • One of the main reasons I hated my doctor was because she was ALWAYS on me about weight gain.  I gained a total of 35-40lbs when I was pregnant and she was constantly telling me I was putting on too much weight.  I think I left every single doctors appointment crying because I felt like a fatass.  She even told me to diet (told me to do South Beach Phase 2).

    ETA:  The doctor was fatter than me which always made me fell like she had no room to talk.  Especially since she got pregnant at the end of my pregnancy and was gaining a shitton of weight.

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  • My doctor never said anything about my weight, but I only gained 19 lbs (most of that due to me having GD and having to go on the GD diet).

    I do think there is a correlation with weight and GD, but I don't know if causation's been established (i.e. if you gain a lot of weight you are more susceptible to GD).

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  • I am 5'7" and 123lbs and they told me to watch my weight.  I gained 17lbs and was at risk for GD.  Whole thing was a total load of crap.  Do whatever makes you feel good.

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  • I gained 62 with R.  At one point my doc said my weight gain was "plenty" but she was not concerned at all. I was pretty small to begin with. 62 is a lot and I was not even close to having GD.

    With baby girl, so far I think I've gained about 30-35.  Doc is totally fine with it and hasn't said a thing just that my weight gain is good.

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  • My doctor said to gain between 25 and 35lbs. I was at a healthy weight. I gained 27lbs. 
  • My doctor didn't say anything, I gained 60lbs. It can increase your risk of GD.
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  • 1st pregnancy I gained 47lb and they gave me *** the whole time. 

    2nd pregnancy I gained 27 and they said perfect the whole time. 

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  • My doctor never said anything about my total gain (29 lbs) but did caution me a little about the rate that I gained.  There were a few consecutive weeks in late 2nd/early 3rd tri that I gained 3-4 lbs per week. I was underweight to begin with and had horrible morning sickness throughout my pregnancy, so I think my body was playing catch-up for awhile. 
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  • My dr told me 20-25lbs.  I gain 20lbs.  I tried not to gain too much (more to lose later). 
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  • image KaylaO1024:

    One of the main reasons I hated my doctor was because she was ALWAYS on me about weight gain.  I gained a total of 35-40lbs when I was pregnant and she was constantly telling me I was putting on too much weight.  I think I left every single doctors appointment crying because I felt like a fatass.  She even told me to diet (told me to do South Beach Phase 2).

     

    i think we have the same doctor!  i still gained 50 lbs.  at my first appt this pregnancy i've already been told to limit carbs and sodium (to be fair, i did get pre-eclampsia at the end.)  when i asked her the first time why she was always on me about it, she said she didn't want to have to do a c-section (which we ended up having to do anyway.)  maybe it's just because i'm 5'0 with a small frame that she didn't want to have to do one.  i left several appts in tears also.  in the end i did end up going on a diet and i was still putting on weight.  it was really stressful and i was pretty bitter.  this time i'm trying to do better just because of the pre-eclampsia.  i had really swollen legs and feet the whole time, and if i can avoid that, i'd like to. 

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  • They told me that the average weight gain was between 35-40 pounds so each week I should be averaging about 1 pound, although some weeks could be more and some less, but just to keep that in mind.

    I ended up only gaining 20 pounds, but I did lose 5 pounds my last week of pregnancy and I had my son 5.5 weeks early.

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  • My Doc just encouraged healthy snacks and politely told me to lay off the ice cream.  But, my overall gain was 40lbs, and they never seemed real concerned.
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    My doctor never said anything about my weight, but I only gained 19 lbs (most of that due to me having GD and having to go on the GD diet).

    I do think there is a correlation with weight and GD, but I don't know if causation's been established (i.e. if you gain a lot of weight you are more susceptible to GD).

    what does a GD diet consist of?

  • My MFM wanted me to gain more, my OB said the babies would take what they needed and thought the excess weight gain guidelines for twins was crazy. 

    That's about it

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  • Since I was in a healthy weight range when I got KU I was expected to gain 25-35lbs.  During my first trimester I lost about 5 though.  During the second and third tris I did a lot of catching up and my Dr. did caution me about gaining weight too quickly.  She gave me a little warning and reminded me about what foods to stay away from at every appointment, but I didn't mind because I needed the reminder.  I think I ended up gaining about 30lbs.

    I thought it was fair that she continued to remind me even though I was still in a healthy range.  I think it's a doctor's reponsibility to be proactive like that rather than reactive when a woman has gained too much weight.

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  • My MW gave me some grief about my weight gain. I ended up gaining close to 70 lbs. I was eating healthily, but she didn't seem to believe that. Then at the end she told me she had gained 60 with her own pregnancy...wtf? I didn't have GD ore pre-e.

    I'm only 10 lb over my pre-preg weight now. I was closer to my pre-preg weight, but I've put on some stress pounds the last few months.

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  • My Dr. never said anything to me about my weight. The only time we ever talked about it was at my first appointment when he was going over everything and about what I should expect to gain and about eating healthy.
  • Depending on which doctor in the practice I saw, I would get comments on my weight gain if it was too much in the time since my last visit (46lb total). I got the same comments after DS was born & how I wasn't losing the weight fast enough! I would definitely say if we have another I will not be as careless with my eating and sedentary lifestyle to avoid the conversation.

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  • I didn't get any direct comments. He advised me at the beginning what they like to see, but also said they take an individual approach basedon how the woman's body seems to be handling the pregnancy. For all three pregnancies (2 losses) I put on 15lbs in the first trimester (even with m/s and near hyperemesis, fun times). With C I ended up with a total gain of 50-ish pounds, but it was largely water weight, I was clearly very swollen in legs and hands, and the weight was all gone 2mos after delivery. The only issue was when I went over 200lbs, they used the wrong/smaller blood pressure cuff, so there was a panic about high blood pressure for 2wks until they realized that they needed the larger cuff. My understanding is weight gain (or being overweight when pregnancy starts) can be an indicator for GD, but it's not a guarantee. They take the urine samples at every visit to check for sugar in the urine (a sign of GD), whether you're gaining a lot of weight or not. And C was a normal weight at 7lb 12oz despite my weight gain, so it's also not a guarantee for a large baby.
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    Since I was in a healthy weight range when I got KU I was expected to gain 25-35lbs.  During my first trimester I lost about 5 though.  During the second and third tris I did a lot of catching up and my Dr. did caution me about gaining weight too quickly.  She gave me a little warning and reminded me about what foods to stay away from at every appointment, but I didn't mind because I needed the reminder.  I think I ended up gaining about 30lbs.

    I thought it was fair that she continued to remind me even though I was still in a healthy range.  I think it's a doctor's reponsibility to be proactive like that rather than reactive when a woman has gained too much weight.

    ITA.

    I will say that I gained almost 10 lbs in my first tri.  I had almost no MS, but major food aversions and was exhausted.  So the only foods I could stomach were pretty much empty carbs, and I didn't get back to being active until second tri.  So I had a slow, healthy weight gain after that but I didn't lose/make up for that first 10 lbs.

    hecky, this is part of why I had too much weight gain. I had the exact same 1st tri experience. 

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  • I was underweight and told to gain 35-40. I gained exactly 35.
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  • I gained 35 and my doctor said nothing. Im still holding onto an extra 15 though :(
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  • I was heavy when I got pregnant (both times).  I'm 5'9" and weigh 240.  During my preconception appointment (with LO#1, this one was a surprise) I was told that I would want to keep my low GI diet through pregnancy and they kept me on Metformin.

    In the end, I had pre-e and gained 35 pounds.  I had my daughter and left the hospital 40 pounds lighter.  Then I gained up to where I am now before getting pregnant this time.  

    So far, I have lost 3 pounds this pregnancy.  My doctor and I talked about weight in relation to my insulin levels.  I am insulin resistant but my sugars are goods.  Keeping my weight in check should help keep my chances of recurrent pre-e down. 

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  • I gained 55 lbs with each DD. My doctor never said anything negative about it. I think her only comment was "the more you put on, the more you have to take off", but that was after I made a mention of the weight gain.
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  • When I first got PG the Dr told me that I should gain between 25-35 lbs. At my 3rd appt the dr was concerned bc I hadn't gained anything but I think it's bc I was wearing jeans at the appt before that and they weighed me down.

    Other than that, the olny time the dr was concerned was at the very end. I gained 3 lbs in 7 days and they were worried it was pre-e bc I was SO swollen. But it wasn't...it was just all the water retention. And alas, I went on to have a 9 lb 1 oz baby.

    ETA--I gained 33 total but I count it as 30 bc I was so swollen Stick out tongue

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    image argonne:

    My doctor never said anything about my weight, but I only gained 19 lbs (most of that due to me having GD and having to go on the GD diet).

    I do think there is a correlation with weight and GD, but I don't know if causation's been established (i.e. if you gain a lot of weight you are more susceptible to GD).

    what does a GD diet consist of?

    High protein, low carb.  You basically eat three larger meals a day plus snacks in between.  All are a certain balance of protein and carbs.  15g carbs = 1unit

    Breakfast was very low carbs (1 unit) with higher protein.  (my "go-to" was a hard boiled egg and a whole wheat english muffin w/butter)

    Snack: 1 unit carbs + protein (usually greek yogurt and a handful of almonds)

    Lunch: 2-3 units carbs + protein (this was a variety of things for me)

    Snack 1 unit carbs + protein (usually some cheese and fruit)

    Dinner: 3-4 units carbs + protein (variety)

    Snack: 1 unit carbs + protein (I always had berries and cottage cheese before bed)

    Veggies are free (unless they're high sugar veggies like carrots).  The idea is to always have protein with your carbs because it slows down how fast the sugar hits your bloodstream.  Also, you have to eat good carbs (whole grains, fruits, etc.) because the bad carbs hit your blood fast.

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