Maybe it's because I'm 25 weeks and have been on the 2nd Tri board too long, but I wish we could have a post that stays at the top that address all the FAQs...so people quit making the exact same posts, over, and over. Here's what it would say: (feel free to add on)
Q: I haven't gained any weight (or almost any!)! Is that OK?
A: Yes. If your doctor hasn't said anything, you are fine. No weight gain (or even loss due to nausea) is normal by the end of the first trimester, and then the average is 1# a week from there. If you are still nauseated you may still have trouble gaining weight. Your doctor will address it if it is necessary.
Q: I've gained like 10 (15 etc) pounds already! Is that OK?
A: Maybe. About 5 lbs in the first trimester followed by 1-2# a week is what is considered acceptable. More if you started off underweight, less if you started off overweight. If you've already gained your 25-35 lbs and you haven't hit your 3rd trimester, that is probably a problem. Your doctor will address this with you if it is a problem.
Q: When will I show?
A: If you are a FTM, probably not until you are nearly 20 weeks, plus or minus 4 weeks and depending on your body type. If your doctor says your fundal height is OK, then there is nothing to worry about. We all carry differently and no one will show at the same time.
Q: Aack, my symptoms disappeared! Am I still pregnant? Should I be worried?
A: Probably not. This happens very frequently with the transition to 2nd trimester.
Q: Aaack, I'm 18 (19, 20 etc) weeks and still sick! Is this OK? Will it ever end?
A: I'm sorry, that sucks. But it does happen to some people. If you are unable to gain weight, keep down water and nutrients, or start getting too dehydrated, then your doctor will likely intervene with medications. Do your best and try not to get too full or too hungry.
Q: I'm still in my skinny jeans and i'm 18 weeks, is baby OK?
A: Probably. See weight question above, but everyone "pops" differently. If your doctor hasn't said anything, don't stress.
Q: When will I need maternity clothes?
A: Hugely variable depending on what you wear, but many people are switching to maternity pants or bella bands by 12-13 weeks and most are there by 18. But if you aren't, please don't worry. The Mantra should be...if your doctor hasn't said anything, you are fine.
Q: When will I feel the baby move? What if I have an anterior placenta?
A: As early as 15-16 weeks. Completely normal if it isn't until 20-22 weeks. This depends on how many you have had (FTM are later than STM+), how much extra weight you carry (thinner apparently feel earlier) and where your placenta is (anterior feel later and less than posterior).
Q: My boobs are leaking and i'm only (X) weeks! Is that OK?
A: Yes. Colostrum can start anytime. Breast pads are your friend.
What else do you guys have?