Weight gain in twin pregnancy.

(39 Posts)
Franykins Tue 04-Jun-13 09:47:15

Hi all I'm 14+4 weeks pregnant with twins (my first pregnancy) I am very happy and excited but was just wondering about weight gain. I was a size 14/16 when I fell and still fit into most of my (stretchy) clothes, however, I have put on about 10lbs and look massive! I'm just wondering how much I should have put on and what others put on. I'm not seeing my midwife until next Friday (14th) and have my first consultant appointment on Monday (10th) but have no idea what will be discussed. I know I'm going to get big but am I starting off on the wrong foot? I lost just over 2 stone before I fell and was hoping to lose more but we conceived v quickly (one proper cycle after coming off the pill) I am trying to eat healthily but am having the odd treat.

Just after a little reassurance really.

DeepRedBetty Tue 04-Jun-13 09:52:27

Trying to remember... it's fourteen years ago now! I don't think I put much weight on until later in the pregnancy.

Dress size without your height isn't really very helpful when trying to work out what sort of size you are at the moment grin.

I doubt you're going to do yourself and your babies any harm between now and when you see the midwife, just keep eating sensibly.

redspottydress Tue 04-Jun-13 09:54:48

I put on five stone, my babies were both just under 5lb and I lost 2 and a half stone when they were born.

I had terrible morning sickness pretty much the whole way through but it was especially bad in the first 18 weeks so I lost weight initially, I put on 35lbs in total and lost pretty much most of it 3 weeks after they were born. I got massive though (wasn't slim to start with, size 16) but most of it was water.

hardbeingme Tue 04-Jun-13 10:14:01

i got massive in the end - even maternity tops weren't hiding the bump!
i don't know how much i gained total but i lost four stone overnight when they were delivered - both boys were over seven pounds and there was loads of fluid, i practically skipped into the delivery theatre (elective c-sec) i was soooooo excited to loose the bump!
i wasn't even eating loads as i felt full up after a couple of mouthfuls (wish i could say the same now) i got back into pre pregnancy jeans fairly quickly (just didn't stay in them long sadly)

Franykins Tue 04-Jun-13 10:21:12

Oh didn't think about height - I'm 5'8"

I have only been sick 5 times in total! The only symptoms I've really had are extreme tiredness (dozing on desk at work!) and sore boobs (which has now pretty much gone, just left me a cup size bigger)

I think I'm feeling down about it today as I couldn't' find anything I wanted to wear to work sad ended up in yet another maxi dress (although the fact its a size 14 makes me feel a bit better about it)

Now the weather has cheered up I've planned lunchtime walks along the beach (live/work near Brighton) so that will help but guess I need to crack on with some more gentle exercise.

Twicethehugs Tue 04-Jun-13 10:31:16

Avoided weighing myself but didn't put on loads and loads, can't have been too much fluid as babies were about 5 lb. I remember being quite worried about this when pregnant as I'm only 5 ft 1 and kept hearing how enormous I was going to get. I had bad reflux which put me off eating loads. Eating healthily (apart from cake) probably helped, and going swimming which I found great as no back pain and not short of breath when in the water. I think there's a lot of luck involved too I.e. people carry babies differently. Hope your pregnancy goes well.

Franykins Tue 04-Jun-13 10:39:22

I have been weighed weekly because I was at weight watchers and my leader said come for the weigh in until your membership runs out (this week so was my last weigh in) I have been trying to eat healthily but will admit I am not the most active of people, never have been sad god I sound lazy! This will be my next change, get active and stay active. Just been looking for maternity swimwear but its all so expensive.

I put on 3st, was slightly overweight to start with, (bmi 27) am 5' 3. Babies were just over 6lb each and was 2 st lighter a week after they were born. Am now lighter than i was (ebfing!).

I think I lost weight - only 5lb or so - in first trimester but was vv sick - puking on tube regularly! But weight went on fast after that and from 16 wks or so I looked pretty podgy with v ill defined bump.

Franykins Tue 04-Jun-13 10:53:47

My pre pregnancy BMI was 29 but by my 10 week booking app my midwife made it 31, but her scales also weighed me more than mine by 4lbs!

southbank Tue 04-Jun-13 11:01:07

I put on 5stone,but don't forget a huge amount of the weight are the babies,placentas,fluid,blood etc which disappears as soon as they are born.
If you are anything like me all the fluid retention in arms legs face etc disappeared maybe 3/4 weeks after the birth.
Then just a gradual process to lose the weight,I didn't worry or stress,it took a while but I was in no physical state to do anything about it.
The weight has gone,not completely and my body shape has def changed but your body is going through a huge physical strain.
I didnt put on weight really until about 20 weeks,didn't show until 22 weeks,didn't wear mat clothes until about 24/26 weeks,then I went enormous!!!It seemed to come from nowhere,then I looked like I'd eaten a spacehopper.

silverangel Tue 04-Jun-13 12:19:53

I was actually 2lb less when they were delivered than when I conceived - I have no idea of what I weighed during but - and they turned up at 31 weeks so didnt have a chance to. At 31 weeks I looked about the same as a full term pregnancy.

I ate quite a lot of carbs in the beggining but it levelled out towards the end when I didn't have any room for food! I'm quite sure the reason I actually lost a little bit was no wine....

Franykins Tue 04-Jun-13 12:32:21

Carbs! I love them atm and am thinking this is the problem. On weight watchers I rarely ate bread and only had pasta and rice once a week, normally having new potatoes. But now I just love the bread and pasta - must cut down on it.

KnackeredCow Tue 04-Jun-13 17:24:38

I put on 2st 5lbs, and after I delivered them at 34+6 and escaped hospital two weeks later, I weighed just 2lb more than I did pre-pregnancy. But I was overweight when I got pregnant (BMI of 28). My twins weighed 5lbs 7oz and 4lbs 13oz.

Ruby1080 Sun 09-Jun-13 21:23:38

Despite being told by almost everyone in my life that I was "going to be massive", I put on less than 2st. IIRC, I put on quite a bit of that in the 1st trimester, then maybe about 1lb a week for the 2nd, then didn't put on anything after that. The babies were taking the food as fast as I was putting it in my body, they devoured me. Didn't weigh myself until a few weeks after the birth, and was then half a stone less than before I was pregnant.

itchyandscratchy26 Mon 10-Jun-13 08:30:04

Not sure if this reassures...I went from 11 stone up to 13 stone 5.
BUT, 11 days post section , my weight is back to 11 stone 7, with no particular diet adjustment yet, and mainly FF the twins (with a bit of breast milk that I can manage to express). I'm 37, so I guess many parts of my body had already headed south anyway, but overall I'm pleasantly surprised that I only appear to have 7 lbs to shift to get to my starting weight.

DeepRedBetty Mon 10-Jun-13 08:45:16

I BF for 13 months, and the weight fell off. When they were three months old and still EBF, I remember looking at myself after a shower and thinking 'Wow, just wow' - apart from a slightly soggy tum I'd never looked better naked in my life!

Margetts Tue 11-Jun-13 15:00:44

I put on 2 1/2 stone and was back in pre pregnancy clothes by 8 weeks after giving birth at 40 weeks. I was blessed with a pretty good pregnancy after the first trimester. I was swimming up until 38 weeks and did Pilates until 37 weeks and couldn't get off the floor!!
I ate healthily and found that BF really helped the weight fall off.
However having had an emergency c-section I have never regained my flat stomach

Franykins Thu 20-Jun-13 11:42:59

I know 16+6 and look at least 25 (if not more!) but have only put on about 10lbs. The midwife said this was ok.

MultipleMama Thu 20-Jun-13 12:40:02

I'm 16+2 and I've put on 5lbs.

Franykins Thu 20-Jun-13 12:43:48

Oh so have I gained too much? The midwife said it was fine. I didn't have much sickness (only 5 times) so no weight loss to begin with.

Cavort Thu 20-Jun-13 13:05:30

So at 5'8" with a BMI of 29 that makes you about 14ish stone pre-pregnancy?

This pregnancy weight gain estimator suggests 10lbs at this stage with twins is normal but at the top end of normal so as long as you don't start pigging out you should be fine. smile

Congratulations on your two new additions! grin

Franykins Thu 20-Jun-13 14:25:31

Spot on Cavort I was 14 stone exactly.

Apart from birthday tomorrow I don't plan on pigging out. But thank you for the link smile made me feel better. I still look rather big though. Also getting a swimming membership this month to get some exercise in.

Thank you smile

MultipleMama Thu 20-Jun-13 19:31:41

I've been ill so gaining weight has been a problem, but I've never gained that much anyway and all my dc have been small babies.

I think it just depends on the person's weight and situation.

MultipleMama Thu 20-Jun-13 19:38:23

Just done the chart thing you linked, and my weight is in the normal range. Phew haha.

Linguaphile Sat 29-Jun-13 20:24:04

I actually worry the opposite way! The tracker says I'm underweight since I've only gained 16lbs and am 28 weeks. Not for lack of trying, though! I was on the low end to begin with at 6'0 and 9st 11 and was throwing up until 20 weeks, so I've desperately been trying to catch up. The midwife said they were just perfect at my last appt at 24 weeks, but a month is a long time and I haven't gained much since then (even tho they're both very active). Going in on Monday for my 28 week appt, so will hopefully hear that all's well! My mum carried small, so hoping it's just genetics.

Any tips for gaining?

Cornwall73 Sat 29-Jun-13 20:34:10

Linguaphile, I have gained 11-12kg throughout and are nearly 31 wks. I too worry that I'm not putting on as much as I should(I am carrying quite small and neat) but at the 28 weeks scan they were both growing at the rate of singletons! DH says they are eating me from the inside. I have shared my concerns with the midwife and she said that as long as the babies are good weight it does not matter if I don't put on much weight myself.

SweetieTime Sun 30-Jun-13 08:58:20

I am 14 wks and so far have only gained 1 pound, I didn't get much sickness (only sick twice) and have eaten pretty normally apart from going off sweet stuff like chocolate. I asked the twins consultant what was normal and she wasn't worried as both babies are measuring a week ahead so they are obviously getting what they need.

BabiesAreLikeBuses Sun 30-Jun-13 21:42:39

Linguaphile i added cheese to everything!
I gained 4 st, most of it steadily but a full stone between 36 weeks and birth at 38.5
I was small to start with and loved gaining weight - it's the only time it's socially acceptable and i viewed it as every bit i put on gave mine a better chance of being born at a decent weight, i tookmy eating for 3 very seriously!

VegPatchLurker Sun 30-Jun-13 21:46:10

I was 13 st when I got pg with twins. Had pre eclampsia and was 21 st the day before they were born. Lost 3 st 'overnight', and was back to 12 st and a half by their 1 st birthday.

Starfish1980 Wed 10-Jul-13 17:17:47

I was overweight when i became pregnant and became huge. I was really nervous that i would be left with two or three stones extra to lose on top of my extra four stone to start with. My twins weren't especially massive...6lb each but a week or two after delivery i was back to my pre pregnancy weight.... The twins must have eaten every extra little bit!! Im still left with a loose c section tum and i am under physio to reduce the gap in seperated stomach muscles

Franykins Mon 15-Jul-13 11:03:25

Seems my wewight gain was all to begin with as in the last 6ish weeks I had only put on 5 lbs. Had my midwife on Friday and total gain is 1 stone 1lb and she was happy with that saying its a good gain for 20 weeks. I still look huge though and have had my first 'you look full term comment' yesterday whilst we were out buying a new car!

Queenmarigold Fri 19-Jul-13 22:42:07

I had gained 3 st by about week 30. 2 st fell off straight away, the next st took about 4 months. Didn't do anything special, just went back to eating normally. Which isn't particularly healthy for me!

HappyAsASandboy Mon 05-Aug-13 03:52:32

I am 5' 7" and weighed 73kg the week I conceived (just happened to have a GP registering appointment that week and was weighed!) and 86kg at the pre-OP appointment two day before my CS.

I was 73kg again at my 6 week check, despite eating 5 big meals a day (Breastfeeding is the best weightloss mechanism ever!).

Try not to stress about weight gain. Just eat sensible to satisfy hungry (don't binge and excuse it as eating for three) and you'll be fine smile

AdoraBell Mon 05-Aug-13 04:05:47

I actually lost weight weight, sorry not trying to brag. I was overweight when I became pregnant and couldn't eat much for the first 4 months, so they used up my fat reserves. Once I could eat it was only small amounts and at the 6 week post natal check up I weighed less than at the start. I did resist people's attempts almost force feed me because I was 'eating for 3'hmm

I don't think there is a normal when it comes to pregnancy, as long as you don't gain too much more than whatever the average is then you probably shouldn't worry about it. See what they say at your appointments. As for how big you get in terms of the bump, I was so big my OH, 6 foot with fairly long arms, couldn't put his arms around me, and that was all babiesgrin

Congrats and good luck with your appointments.

AdoraBell Mon 05-Aug-13 04:11:06

Missed your post about the "you look full term" ignore people who make comments. Unless it was a Dr or midwife how would they know what full term looks like? I know someone who becomes huge very early on with each pregnancy then appears not the gain anymore weight at all and another who didn't even look pregnant when she gave birth at full term.

twinteresting Wed 21-Aug-13 17:46:59


andadietcoke Thu 22-Aug-13 23:00:31

I'd put on 42lbs at my 36w appt. I was horrified but the mw said she was happy with that (I was overweight to start with). Saying that though, one of the babies measured 8lb2oz on the same day so I'm hoping a lot of it is baby/fluid/extra blood/placenta etc!

Linguaphile Fri 23-Aug-13 09:54:32

I'm 36+2 and am clocking in almost exactly 2 stone heavier, and 10 of those pounds have all come on in the last 3 weeks. Really happy with that, as I've had real trouble gaining weight and am thrilled to finally be sitting on the bottom line of that weight tracker. I'm 6'0 and started out at 9st. 11, and because I was sick until 22 weeks, I lost weight I didn't know I had available to lose. Now that the babies have gotten so low, I'm finally able to eat a bit more, so I've been shovelling in the high calorie food (nuts, yogurt, cheese, etc) for all I'm worth! I think it's going straight to the babies, though, because I look a bit like I've swallowed a basketball. :/

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