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Help! confused about weight change in pregnancy

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michelle89 Wed 22-Jul-09 14:13:25

im 14 n 1/2 weeks pregnant. i had a scan at 8 n 1/2 weeks becus i had a lil bleeding, thy put it dwn to implantation bleeding and said everything was perfectly healthy grin
i dont have another scan until 20weeks (sept 8th)
i used to eat very little before i was pregnant, 1meal a day, which i hav been doing for 7yrs, now im eating 3times tht, 3meals a day and probs snacks aswell, on appearance you can tell iv got bigger, my trousers n skirts dont fit, im growing out of my tshirts, my belts have to be 3holes looser! but before i got pregnant i used to weight between 8stone6 and 8stone8 (118-120lbs) since iv got pregnant iv stayed this weight and im confused how :S

how can my look like iv gained weight, eaten 3times as much but not put any weight on?!


notyummy Wed 22-Jul-09 14:18:08

It's a mystery! Wouldn't worry though - sounds like you are eating well and gradually expanding. If you haven't put anything on in another month or so then you might want to discuss with midwife.

When baby is born don't go back to the bad old ways! One meal a day is no way to live - and would not be good if you are tired and breastfeeding.

<notyummy gets off highhorse>

michelle89 Wed 22-Jul-09 14:50:38

iv just looked on my pregnany health records and when i 1st visited the midwife about 3weeks pregnant i was 55kg which is 8stone9 near enuff, i just weighed myself and im 8stone6!!! so iv actually lost weight!
how is tht possible when my bellys got bigger n i cant fit in my clothes :S

seriously confused now!

pinkpeony Wed 22-Jul-09 14:56:24

I didn't put any weight on and in fact lost a bit in my first trimester -most food made me nauseous (and I was slim to start with - size 8). I think the changing appearance can be down to hormones and water retention which make you swell up a bit. And your metabolism completely changes when pregnant - you have a baby growing inside you that is growing at an incredible rate - so probably uses all the extra calories you are getting, plus distribution of fat vs muscle vs water in your body changes too. I put on a tiny bit in months 4 and 5, and most of weight gain for me was months 6 and 7 (then tapered off again at end when stomach got so squished by growing baby that couldn't eat much again). So I wouldn't worry about it, so long as you are eating healthily, and the weight gain will catch up with you by the end of your pregnancy.

notyummy Wed 22-Jul-09 15:00:54

The baby itself is still tiny at this stage, so its quite possible that something as simple as going to the loo before the midewife weighed you would make a couple of pounds difference! As long as you know that you are eating plenty and trying to eat reasonably good stuff, then you are doing all you can. Your tummy can expand due to the muscles relaxing - and people who are slim tend to show a bump quite early on anyway because they have little body fat to disguise it.

norktasticninja Wed 22-Jul-09 15:07:30

I don't think it's anything to worry about but it is worth talking it through with your midwife.

It's quite possible that eating more regularly has kick-started your metabolism (which must have been pretty much in starvation mode). It sounds like you are eating healthily but you'll actually have lost more weight than the scales say as the baby, placenta, extra blood, amniotic fluid need to be taken into account too.

Mind you different scales do give varying results so it is possible that your weight has actually remained stable.

Try not to worry!

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