Hi everyone, I am 7 weeks pregnant tomorrow after a long journey of IVF and multiple losses… I’m so happy but I am concerned about my weight. I am of a normal BMI, but I am gaining so much weight already. I’ve gained 6 lbs but according to my research online, at this point I should only gain 0-2 lbs. Has anyone else gained a ton of weight? I’ve been restricted from working out, going for walks, and lifting over 10 lbs. I’m not yet nauseous but instead have an increased appetite, but I have been eating really well and healthy! I worry I am on the path to gestational diabetes. Anyone else in the same boat or am I just over thinking this?
Re: Weight Gain
When I was pregnant with my first, I gained around 15 lbs during my first trimester and 50 lbs total, starting from a normal BMI. I felt like I had no control over it, and although I ate a little more than usual, it seemed excessive. My midwives didn’t bat an eye though and reassured me that my body was just doing what it needed to. Sure enough, the weight came off gradually over about 9 months.
Anyway, I guess what I’m trying to say is don’t sweat it at this point, although easier said than done. The first trimester is really about survival, and some women gain a lot of weight and some lose a lot from nausea. There is a big range of normal, even though online sources like to say you “should” gain 0-5 lbs during the first trimester. That is often not what happens. Everybody is different and will react differently to these hormonal changes. If you have some energy exercise is good but if you don’t that’s ok. It will improve in your second trimester.
All that said, it wouldn’t hurt to discuss with your caregiver at your next appt just for reassurance. But I def wouldn’t be worried at this point!