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No weight gain... at all?
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Posted 13 June 2014 - 04:04 PM
Hi there, everyone.
Welcome to my hormone zone of anxiety and fretfulness!
I am 27 weeks 5 days (due Fathers' Day!) but I have not gained ANY weight during pregnancy.
This is my first pregnancy, my weight hasn't budged more than 500g in either direction for my entire pregnancy - this morning I weighed in as LESS than my pre-pregnancy weight.
I haven't had terrible morning sickness or anything, so it's not like I lost weight in the first trimester and have been gaining it back since.
My appetite is crap, especially in the evenings, so I worry I'm not eating enough, but literally don't seem to have room to fit food. I can munch on bits and pieces through the day (a piece of fruit here, a tub of yoghurt there, maybe a sandwich etc), but dinner is just not happening.
I've just started resorting to Sustagen with full cream milk in the evenings with my pre-natal vitamins just to make sure I'm getting something relatively nutritious.
My midsection is getting bigger (and determinedly nudgier), but people still tell me I'm 'tiny' or they 'can't even tell' I'm pregnant (surprisingly, this is not helping).
I have always been a bit of a runt, so while I know bubs will take everything from me that she needs in terms of nutrients etc, I'm worried that all of my resources are being rerouted to my breasts and the baby, and that once she's out, I'll be severely underweight, the reduction in blood volume will leave me anaemic, I won't have the energy or ability to even hold her, let alone look after her, there will be nothing left of me except a pair of massive nursing boobs attached to a spindly skelecreature (and onward goes the spiral until I worry that I'm going to give birth to a pterodactyl or something)...
Has anyone else had troubles with weight gain? How much freaking out should I be doing, on a scale of one to flailing like a muppet in a blender?
Posted 13 June 2014 - 04:16 PM
I didn't gain weight until the end of my pregnancy. My GP was concerned but my OB thought it was fine. I didn't suffer terribly from morning sickness throughout, just at the beginning but like you I couldn't face much at night. One or two chicken tenderloins veggies but very few carbs.
You're concerned about anemia. Have you had a history of it? If so, just let your health professionals know.
From what you have written, nothing is raising alarm bells.
Posted 13 June 2014 - 04:17 PM
I can totally understand why you are concerned and unfortunately I don't have much advice for you but good on you for doing everything you can to get good nutrients in despite your lack of appetite.
I'm assuming you've discussed it with your doctor but what about a naturopath?
I have the opposite issue ... I'm usually thin but at only 7.5 weeks I've blown up like a balloon! Doesn't help that IVF put me up 4kg before I'd even fallen pregnant but I don't dare step on the scales.
I'm usually very good with my diet because I have digestive issues so can't really handle carbs, grains etc and was sugar free for over a month prior but it's all out the window! I can't function without some carbs now otherwise I stay crazy hungry. I've not been eating huge amounts but I'm constantly dehydrated so I think mixed with the constipation on hoarding loads of fluid too.
What I'm trying to say is try not to be too hard on yourself. Pregnancy seems to do crazy things to your body and you are doing the best you can.
Perhaps little small meals and definitely go with full fat options and include lots of healthy fats like animal fats (yes these are healthy), coconut oil etc.
Posted 13 June 2014 - 04:25 PM
OP - you need not flail arond like a muppet in a blender! Do not panic! The whole weight gain in pregnancy thing is something that varies so much from woman to woman (and pregnancy to pregnancy).
Just remember that there is no definitive 'right' or 'wrong' when it comes to pregnancy weight.
If you have not put on any weight yet, that alone is not a sign of anything being wrong. Also, try not to take any notice of what people say about how 'tiny' or not you apparently look. I recall one day when about 4 months pregnant, I was told by one person that I looked "huge!", and later that afternoon another person declared I looked "really small". People will just say whatever, and it can sometimes get annoying, but try not to take much notice of it. They are not experts!
If you are staying hydrated, that is one of the main things. I know it can be hard to eat when you have no appetite. You just need to try your best, and try to find a way that works for you. If eating small amounts often through the day seems to work, then keep doing that. Just try and make it nutritious food. Every little bit helps.
Have you talked to your care provider about it? They may have some tips to help you out. They can also keep an eye on things to try and ensure you are eating enough for your baby as well as yourself.
Above all, as hard as it might be, please try to relax a little about it. There are plenty of pregnant ladies out there who have packed on the kgs, and those that have lost kgs too, and of course, those that kind of stayed the same the whole pregnancy. You sound like you are doing great (despite the lack of appetite). All the best!
Posted 13 June 2014 - 04:25 PM
I have never gained weight with my pregnancies and all my babies were on the large side. I just assumed that they sucked everything they needed out of me. None of my GP's or OB's were concerned. After my last baby I discovered I had lost 17kg of my own weight.
Posted 13 June 2014 - 04:34 PM
Hi OP. Not my DIG so sorry for intruding - I saw your post in recent topics.
I wod be asking your GP for a referral to a dietician if you are concerned. (Not a nutritionist).
There are ways of gettjng really good quality nutrients with a small appetite and I don't think it would hurt to get some advice around that.
I think being really intentional with the small meals you can manage will make a difference to you - now and as the pregnancy progresses.
Posted 13 June 2014 - 04:40 PM
I lost weight with my first three boys, and while I had nausea (and really bad nausea with my second), I never threw up and I still lost weight.
If you have an efficient metabolism, then carrying baby plus all the extra fluids etc. might just be enough extra ballast to cause you to maintain your weight or lose a little.
All your body's resources are going to baby first, so chances are your baby is just fine, but you might want to just make sure your diet is varied enough to ensure YOU are getting your fair share of nutrients as well.
Posted 14 June 2014 - 12:29 PM
OP here. Thank you so much for your replies.
My next obstetrician appointment is on Wednesday, and I will bring it up then.
I think my post was mostly just coming good old fashioned, hormone-enhanced paranoia, and I appreciate you all giving me a judgment free space to get some of that out of my system.
It's comforting to know that others have also gained little weight, or didn't gain much until the very end of their gestational adventures, and everything still worked out just fine. It makes it easier for me to tell myself to put it out of my mind for the next few days.
Posted 17 June 2014 - 09:41 AM
I'm 26 weeks, have only just started to put on a little bit of weight now. But my appetite really kicked in after the 1st trimester m/s went away.
It was worrying me a lot at the start, so I banned myself from the scales. When I got weighed at a midwife appt the other day, I was pleasantly surprised to find out I'd put on 4kg.
Its definitely easier to eat earlier in the day, I get so bloated at night time.
Posted 17 June 2014 - 09:49 AM
As long as your bub is measuring well then there shouldn't be much of an issue.
I second the other PP's advice - talk to your OB in the first instance and perhaps get a referral for a dietician if they feel you need to see one.
Believe me, OBs are very thorough and if they felt that there was an issue they should address it straight away.
Posted 17 June 2014 - 09:53 AM
I didn't gain much weight until the 3rd trimester. Overall I think I've only put on about 10kgs over the entire pregnancy. My ob & caregivers don't seem concerned therefore I don't think it's an issue.
If you're worried I'd raise it with your caregivers but I'm sure it's not a concern.
Posted 17 June 2014 - 10:25 AM
Hi OP it took ages for me to put on weight..... and now I have put on 11 kilos (38 weeks) with most of this being in the last 6 weeks or so. Everyone is different, hopefully your upcoming appointment can give you some reassurance (I was really worried too).
Posted 17 June 2014 - 01:20 PM
I hope your Ob can reassure you, OP. I lost 3kg then gradually gained 11kg from there, so only 8 kg from my starting weight over the course of 9 months. Baby was nearly 4kg at nearly 42 weeks birth. Everyone's really different with these things, but of course if you're worried you should always check it out.
If you like making lists, you could make a list of all the things you actually feel like eating at the moment, and see if in themselves they cover the 5 main food groups?
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