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July 20th, 2012, 12:29 PM
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Because of my HG, I tend to graze instead of eating huge meals. But, I rarely consume more than 1500-1700 calories a day. I'm not hungry most of the time, and I'm not an over eater normally. I feel like I eat between 1600 - 1800 calories a day when I'm not pregnant!

Earlier this week, the scale at the doctors office told me I gained 12lbs in 4 weeks, bringing my total weight gain to 17lbs. Seeing as how I eat so little, it literally blew my mind! I figured the scale was wrong. My scale at home is always 3-4lbs over what my doctors office says. At my visit this week, I had to go to their other office, with a different scale, so I figured I really only gained probably around 8lbs. Which is still a lot in 4 weeks!

I just stepped on my scale again. I've been super awesome about tracking my caloric intake, walking, eating fruits and whole grains, no junk and just being super intentional about what I'm putting into my body. Since Monday, I've gained 3.5lbs?! I have NO IDEA how this is happening! I already have such a horrible self image issue, and this just isn't helping.

My doctor told me on Monday that she has never been concerned about my weight, and that she won't be. But this is concerning me.... a lot! Is anyone else having this problem?
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July 20th, 2012, 02:18 PM
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That's weird! Have you changed your activity level at all? (although I feel silly asking you that with your background!)
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July 20th, 2012, 02:23 PM
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I'm in the same boat! I'm beginning to get really frustrated and I'm sure you are as well. I saw my doctor yesterday and have put on 17 lbs in 25.5 weeks. I'm thinking it has to be water retention? I'm a dog walker so I walk for at least 3 hours and countless miles M-F plus do 30 min on a treadmill 4 days a week so I'm shocked by my weight gain as well.
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July 20th, 2012, 02:46 PM
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That's weird! Have you changed your activity level at all? (although I feel silly asking you that with your background!)
I'm not working out like I was before I was pregnant, thats for sure! But, I am aiming to get 15-30 minutes of cardio 3-4 times a week. I usually take the dog for a walk, or walk on the treadmill, or do my yoga video.

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I'm in the same boat! I'm beginning to get really frustrated and I'm sure you are as well. I saw my doctor yesterday and have put on 17 lbs in 25.5 weeks. I'm thinking it has to be water retention? I'm a dog walker so I walk for at least 3 hours and countless miles M-F plus do 30 min on a treadmill 4 days a week so I'm shocked by my weight gain as well.
Thats what I'm thinking too! I know I have a lot of issues with water retention around the time my period normally comes... I can gain 5lbs easily. I'm glad I'm not alone on this one. I'm super frustrated with the weight gain and we still have like 15 weeks left of this!
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July 20th, 2012, 02:57 PM
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It's normal and if your doctor isn't concerned, I wouldn't worry at all.
I stuck to strict eating habits and didn't increase calorie intake at all when pregnant with Lorelai & I still gained 38 lbs. With Angelina I ate whatever I wanted & gained 48 lbs! But within a week after giving birth to her, I had lost 25 lbs!
This time I'm eating pretty much whatever I want, but I am not a junk or greasy food eater, it's sweets that are my weakness. Since everything else I eat is pretty healthy, I figure a couple of cookies with lunch and bite-size chocolates after dinner won't kill me. LOL
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July 20th, 2012, 04:09 PM
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I'm ballooning up as well. My OB isn't concerned either. When I asked about the weight increase, he pretty much blames it on the amout of physical activity I did before, compared to now. It's probably the same for you.

Dont freak out over it! You can go back to dieting and excercise before you know it. I can't wait to get back into the gym :-)
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July 20th, 2012, 05:18 PM
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I wouldn't worry about it honestly. With all of my pregnancies I gain nothing the first trimester due to being sick, then I gain eveything between like 18 and 33 weeks. I gained 41 lbs the first time, 25 lbs the second time; and 10 lbs so far this time.
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July 20th, 2012, 08:15 PM
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This is not meant to sound insensitive at all, as I definitely feel your pain. But also, I wish I had your problem!! I gained 57, 72, and 66 pounds with my kids! Right now, I'm at 21 pounds in about 23 weeks! I guess I'm just a weight gainer during pregnancy:/. My eating habits don't change much more than I'd say the average pregnant woman, so I don't know. Probably just water weight. I know it sucks, but it won't last forever.
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July 20th, 2012, 08:42 PM
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I think some women just tend to gain more in pregnancy than others; it's normal.
Some of the most active and fit women in my previous DDCs were on the same weight gain path as many of the others.
All in all, your body is going to do what it can to nourish and support this baby. If you are eating right and still being active then I wouldn't worry too much about it. Since you've already habitualized those things the weight should come off pretty easily after baby comes (or for some after weaning).
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