Would you like to be on Mumsnet's research panel? We're especially keen for parents-to-be and new parents to join. You can sign up here - there's (nearly) always a great incentive on offer for your views.

I know I shouldn't really be surprised by this but OMG I am getting so fat!

(37 Posts)
YouCanBe Wed 12-Dec-12 14:07:37

And I am only about halfway. Will I ever go back to the way I was before? Am I going to keep getting bigger for the rest of the pregnancy? How on earth would that work? I just look so huge already.

Today I am feeling a strong "what is happening to me" panic.

MisselthwaiteManor Wed 12-Dec-12 14:40:16

Youre not fat, you're pregnant! smile

I found this interesting... (c&p from babycentre.co.uk)

At birth, a baby weighs about 3.3kg (7.3lb).
The placenta, which keeps your baby nourished, weighs 0.7kg (1.5lb).
The amniotic fluid, which supports and cushions your baby, weighs 0.8kg (1.8lb).
The muscle layer of your uterus (womb) grows dramatically and weighs an extra 0.9kg (2lb).
Your blood volume increases and weighs an extra 1.2kg (2.6lb).
You have extra fluid in your body weighing about 1.2kg (2.6lb).
Your breasts weigh an extra 0.4kg (0.9lb).
You'll store fat, about 4kg (8.8lb), to give you energy for breastfeeding.

YouCanBe Wed 12-Dec-12 14:55:06

I wasn't meaning that being fat was awful, looking back it kind of reads like that. blush
I just mean - Heeeelp everything is changing so much!
My breasts are just enormous! I don't know what to DO with them!

Mrsb999 Wed 12-Dec-12 15:42:17

I always wonder how much of the above weights will be lost pretty much straight away after the birth - obviously the weight of the baby itself and the amniotic fluid and placenta but what else??

LookingForwardToMarch Wed 12-Dec-12 16:09:15

Don't worry! Lol I feel like that at the min. Had only put on 2 pounds until I hit the 20 week mark, and here I am at 26 weeks and 13 pounds heavier confused. It came on so quick! But hey ho its for a good cause smile

eggsfloursugarbutter Wed 12-Dec-12 16:22:51

I had put not put on an ounce until I was about 21 weeks - am now 27 weeks and have put on 10lbs in the past 6 weeks! However I did put on 2.5 stone in my last pregnancy so I'm hoping I won't manage to replicate that in the next 13 weeks.....

On the upside, I did lose a stone immediately after the birth (7lb 5oz of baby), and a further stone the following week so it did come off quickly.

Chopsypie Wed 12-Dec-12 16:25:10

I remember announcing to table ful of female family members at about 30 weeks that sure I was going to get much bigger....oh how they laughed.

I was like a weeble. It ends up being a kind of novelty.

Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy

Chopsypie Wed 12-Dec-12 16:25:45

I was sure I wasnt going to get much bigger....makes more sense now!

Rockchick1984 Wed 12-Dec-12 16:47:45

I think you'll feel less fat once you get to looking definitely pregnant (eg at the point where a stranger would recognise you as pregnant rather than overweight) - I know that was true for me and a lot of friends I've spoken to!

Oh, and yes you will get back to looking similar to pre pregnancy - some even get back to lo

Rockchick1984 Wed 12-Dec-12 16:49:08

Looking the same as before! I gained nearly 5st and it took me about 18 months to lose but I wasn't really making much effort to lose any, only difference now is looser skin on my tummy, and bigger boobs smile

Lora1982 Wed 12-Dec-12 16:49:34

Im avoiding full length mirrors!

FergusSingsTheBlues Wed 12-Dec-12 16:52:18

I put on five stone, lost 1.5 immediately and was back to normal six months later. I really never thoughht i would recover but I did...hips bit wides, an inch or two extra on waist but fundamentally the same weight and shape. Not so sure the second time around though....i do feel enormous at 28 weeks.

I'm at the stage where I just look fat, not pregnant. I can no longer stand with my hands on my hips as I have no waist so they just slide off...and I'm only 11 weeks eek! I'm actually finding it really scary as I've always been slim and I just don't feel like ME!

ghosteditor Wed 12-Dec-12 17:04:25

I put on 40lbs - one a week, every week! I had problems with blood pressure and ballooned with water weight.

I lost 20 lbs within 5 days of DD's birth shock - the night sweats (in January!!) were crazy but it got rid of the water very fast! I was back to pre-preg weight within 6 months and at 11 months I'm a stone lighter. With the help of low-carbing grin

ghosteditor Wed 12-Dec-12 17:06:31

Ooh btw if you do put on a lot of weight, esp water weight, check your rings every week at least - a friend of mine had to have her rings cut off as her fingers swelled up so much!

Countmyblessings Wed 12-Dec-12 17:32:39

Ladies can I chirp in!!! I'm such a fat bird I actually look like the big bird from angry birds!!!!! Have reached 27 weeks and had to run out to get maternity wear!!! 1 day things could fit the next it couldn't! Being very careful not to over eat as I have noticed the more dc you have the bigger you get earlier!!!
Also noticed a some of you due in march! My dd is 13/3/13!!!

YouCanBe Wed 12-Dec-12 17:42:59

I'm due in April.
I have been in maternity trousers for weeks already!

TwitchyTail Wed 12-Dec-12 19:09:23

At 6 months pregnant, I already look how I always imagined myself to look at full term hmm MASSIVE bump. Like an egg on sticks. My hips can't take much more.

HappySurfWidow Wed 12-Dec-12 20:17:41

If it's any consolation... my weight was shooting up in the first six to seven months, I could literally see the numbers on the scales inching up before my very eyes. It was terrifying.

But since then, things have slowed down (not that I've paid more attention to my eating habits) and I'm happy to report that I'm all bump at 38 weeks. It's a huge relief as I just didn't understand how my weight could be piling on so fast.

I think, unless you're gorging on chocolate and cake, the weight you gain is what your body needs to make a healthy baby... so just go with the flow.

Congratulations on your pregnancy...

Amnewtoallthis Wed 12-Dec-12 20:30:09

Put on 3 stone with DD1! Was slim to start with - but was back to Pre baby weight within three months. This time round have not been so hungry - still have waves of morning sickness and am 19 weeks tomorrow. Still wearing my normal clothes - want to look pregnant! Sure I will put more on soon enough - just wish I could eat more.

MrsT1206 Thu 13-Dec-12 11:28:28

I am also hugely fat. I have always been slim too so a bit of a shock to the system! I thought I'd just have to buy slightly bigger tops to fit my belly but otherwise be much the same.


I'm 30 weeks and I feel like an elephant.

weeblueberry Thu 13-Dec-12 11:31:14

I'm 19 weeks and have gained nearly a stone. Am fairly gutted. It's all seem to come on the last 2 weeks but I have no one but myself to blame. I've been eating nothing but rubbish and had three takeouts in a week. Bloody shameful. blush

Every day I wake up saying I'm going to be good then never am. I'm going to be the size of a blimp by the time I'm finished if I'm not careful. And I wasn't exactly skinny to begin with so have to be careful!

emeraldgirl1 Thu 13-Dec-12 12:55:50

Don't mean to hijack the thread OP! But am just worrying that I have not been weighing myself and it sounds as if most of your lovely ladies on here have been/did. I haven't weighed myself in years (past eating disorder issues mean I avoid the scales) but now I am 26 weeks I am suddenly wondering if I should have had some kind of base-line so I know how much I am putting on!!

I am doing it all by 'feel' and I certainly don't feel as if I have put on excess weight, my bump is measuring normal for this stage I was told just last week and (through what I think is clever redistribution of fat) I actually think my love handles have if anything reduced since being pg!

But have I been silly not to weigh myself? Should I know how much I am putting on?

enjay0811 Thu 13-Dec-12 13:37:13

emerald I certainly wldnt make a point of weighing urself (esp with your history if u don't mind me sayin) but doesn't ur midwife weigh you? I've only had 2 mw appt's at 22 wks now (as this is my 3rd) and they weighed me and put it in my notes. If u don't feel like u've put weight on, then tht's fine! I know tht I've def got bigger earlier this time and have been in maternity clothes since bout 14 wks but still the same size iyswim. Our bodies are jst doin wot they're supposed to if u ask me! (And I'm sticking to tht wen I've put another 2 stone on too blush )

StuckOnTopOfTheChristmasTree Thu 13-Dec-12 14:44:09

emerald I'd say that you do whats best for you - and if you don't want to watch the scales, there's no need to suddenly start.

I'm not weighing but am pretty obsessed with my size and shape in the mirror together with which clothes are no longer fitting (none of my work trousers, but my stretchy primarni jeans are fine - and I am so very happy today is a dress down day at work!)

I'm at 15 weeks and my body feels so strange and different on some days - like its not quite 'me' and then other days it feels completely natural and I get quite protective of my newly emerging belly.

eggsfloursugarbutter Thu 13-Dec-12 14:44:27

No you don't need to weigh yourself. I only went and did it because I saw this thread and was curious. If you feel ok then that's fine.

My midwife weighed me at my booking appointment but hasn't done after that. I don't think it's as important as things such as the size of your bump etc.

weeblueberry Thu 13-Dec-12 15:54:58

Oh hon please don't weigh yourself.

My weekly weigh in is a by-product of being on WW for 3 years. It's a difficult thing to wake up on a Saturday and not just sleepily drag myself onto the scales after weeing!

But unless you have reason to think there are issues, please don't weigh yourself. smile

I gained 3 stone during my recent twin pregnancy. I was like a beached whale. 10 weeks after giving birth to them I have lost 3.5 stone.

No one told me I would gain SO much weight in 34 weeks.

No one told me it would be such hard work having 2 babies that the weight would drop so quickly. I won't complain about the last point though.

FreeButtonChristmasTree Thu 13-Dec-12 16:38:01

I'm 31 weeks with twins and have gained just over 2 stone (about 2.5st from my morning sickness weight though). I was a bit chubby generally (BMI of 26 pre preg) so prob don't need to put on much more. I weight once a week or once a fortnight. Had massive weight gain between 18 and 27 weeks then slowed right down again.

ghosteditor Thu 13-Dec-12 16:54:57

You don't need to weigh yourself really! I was hardly ever weighed by MWs - just as I was in labour because they need to know in case of urgent medication calculations. If your BMI is in the NHS normal range to begin with they will mostly ignore your weight. If your BMI is over 25 to begin with they sometimes pay more attention.

eggsfloursugarbutter Thu 13-Dec-12 17:04:47

I think they are only really bothered if your BMI is over 30 to begin with TBH. I was BMI of 26/27 when booking in with my first and no-one batted an eyelid.

purrpurr Thu 13-Dec-12 17:18:49

I tried to avoid weighing myself after a history of food/weight problems but then I just went on them 'just to see' and was horrified. I'm 19.5 weeks and I've put on a stone and a half shock and now I weigh in regularly and I have a spreadsheet to monitor where I'm up to compared to where I 'should' be. I'm absolutely enormous compared to before already. God knows what I'll be like by the end smile

I've heard that in the states they weigh you at every single appointment so I am SO glad to be in the UK! It's one thing for me to know I've gained 10lbs MORE than the recommended amount but another for a stranger I've known for 5 minutes to tell me I'm, essentially, fat. Noooo way.

Countmyblessings Fri 14-Dec-12 23:56:45

I also steer clear of scales! I know I have gained weight but not a lot!
I try to have breakfast, lunch and dinner although sometimes I'm so scared of heartburn I just end up having a bowl of cereal and don't feel to bad after that! Also the further you go the lack of space to even hold food!
Office party today and couldn't finish my dinner! I guess when your pregnant people just expect you to always eat! That's just not true!
At 27 weeks and in size 16 maternity clothes!!!

Jsa1980 Sat 15-Dec-12 08:40:08

Blimey I've been in maternity clothes since about 12 weeks, to scared to weigh myself now (at 24 weeks) was a size ten to start with and am now starting to outgrow my maternity tops, it's quite scary how quickly I got so big, for some reason I wasn't expecting it. In a way though I love it.

What I don't like is the random comments from strangers about how big I am!

HermioneE Sat 15-Dec-12 09:04:31

I find it liberating not knowing what I weigh! Don't know what I was before pregnancy, now I'm 30+3 and I still don't know. The bump and baby both apparently measure ok, and I have clothes that fit. Beyond that, who cares?

I do also find comments on my bump size annoying, but, y'know, fuck 'em. grin

Countmyblessings Sat 15-Dec-12 14:18:45

Healthy baby is my main focus!!!
A lot of comments of how big I am, my thoughts are " it's your problem because........" People tend not to think before they open their mouths and you have no idea what people are battling with people recovering from eating disorders, digest problems, generally bigger build so these pointless comments to people you don't know I think is just rude!

ghosteditor Sun 16-Dec-12 09:49:24

I think people who make big bump comments are trying in a misguided way to say how well you're doing and mustn't the baby be strong and healthy.

I had some bloody insensitive comments though...

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now