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November 30th, 2009, 03:55 PM
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That seems very normal to me, even if it's not water retention. What to Expect When You're Expecting says that "the sensible and safe pregnancy weight gain for the average woman is between 25 and 35 pounds" by the end of the pregnancy. So, I don't think that you should put extra stress on yourself by wanting to gain too little weight. You look small to begin with, and only women who're 10-20% or more overweight can safely gain less than that (though no less than 15 lbs total, and they have to be carefully monitored). The book's approximate breakdown of your entire pregnancy weight gain goes like this:

1st Trimester: Approximately 3-4 pounds
2nd Trimester: 12-14 pounds
3rd Trimester: 8-10 pounds

Total Pregnancy Gain Breakdown:
Baby - 7.5 pounds
Placenta - 1.5 pounds
Amniotic Fluid - 2 pounds
Uterine Enlargement - 2 pounds
Maternal Breast Tissue - 2 pounds
Maternal Blood Volume - 4 pounds
Fluids in Maternal Tissue - 4 pounds
Maternal Fat Stores - 7 pounds

That's an approximate gain of 30 lbs (+/- 5 lbs depending on individual and baby), and that breakdown is completely healthy and normal.

Since you're 2/3 done with your 2nd Trimester, and you've only gained 6lbs since the 1st Trimester, you're not even close to the 12 lb normal 2nd Trimester weight gain. So, definitely don't worry. You're not getting "fat." It's healthy for the baby. =)

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