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weight gain clarification 
24th-Feb-2014 05:33 pm [weight]
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Hi ladies. I had an argument with my mother the other day about how much weight I'd actually gained during this pregnancy and my last. My last pregnancy I started off at 129 lbs, dropped to 120 from nausea/food aversions, and then delivered at 152. I've always been telling people that I gained 23 lbs (i.e. 152-129), but my mother says that's wrong, I gained 32 lbs (152-120). I maintain that because I was catching up to my pre-pregnancy weight it doesn't count.

The topic came up when I mentioned that I went for my GTT at 24 weeks this time around instead of 28 like last time, and she wondered if it was because I'd already gained 11 lbs by that point (I'm 26 weeks today). I said, "No, I've finally just passed my pre-pregnancy weight this time." This time I started off at 140, dropped to 131 from food aversions and a nasty bout of food poisoning at 12 weeks, and today I'm 143.

So who's right? Have I gained 3 pounds or 12? did I gain 23 pounds or 32?
24th-Feb-2014 10:38 pm (UTC)
Net gain.

I always calculated from the weight I started with. I consider the amount to be from the moment you are pregnant to the gain.

Edited at 2014-02-24 10:39 pm (UTC)
24th-Feb-2014 10:39 pm (UTC)
That's how I count it too
24th-Feb-2014 10:42 pm (UTC)
24th-Feb-2014 11:07 pm (UTC)
Yes this.
25th-Feb-2014 12:37 am (UTC)
Yeah, I agree, too.
25th-Feb-2014 03:00 pm (UTC)
24th-Feb-2014 11:02 pm (UTC)
Personally I'm curious as to why that matters. If your OB/Midwife isn't concerned about the difference why is your mother? Why is she so obsessed about making sure that other people know how much weight you gained during pregnancy. That is no ones business but yours (and your doctor's if the loss/gain is too dramatic and can impact your health and the health of your baby).
25th-Feb-2014 02:41 am (UTC)
yep, agreed.
25th-Feb-2014 10:01 am (UTC)
I was wondering too, but it could easily just be a matter of nitpicking about the numbers. One could say that the whole weight fluctuation during pregnancy was 32 including loss and gain, while the actual pregnancy gain was 23.

And yes, so irrelevant. o_O (Well, the loss due to hg was a really relevant part, but since that's balanced out, that seems to be solved. I don't get why people get so hung up about gain...)

Btw., I'm week 40 now and gained 33 pounds, giving me 154 pounds total, the highest weight I've ever been, exactly like with my first pregnancy (slow constant gain, no hg, just a minor plateau in between while I was working and very active/eating irregularly). No one gives a flying fuck, the numbers are just taken down by midwife and doc, and the only thing they said was that it was good to gain. I'm still a stick save for the belly... it's sad to see people getting upset about gaining what is normal for a regular pregnancy.

Edited at 2014-02-25 10:07 am (UTC)
25th-Feb-2014 01:23 pm (UTC)
My mother's concern was that my weight gain could be indicative of gestational diabetes (i.e. 12 pounds gained in only 12 weeks). I'm not worried, and my midwives' only concern was that I get back on an upward trend, since it took (it felt like) a long time to start regaining the weight I'd lost.
26th-Feb-2014 07:35 pm (UTC)
From what I've read unless you're gaining more than 2 pounds each week there's nothing to be concerned about. If you gained 5-6 in a week then there's a reason to get it checked out. It sounds like your mom is just overthinking things a bit.
24th-Feb-2014 11:15 pm (UTC)
agreed with the others. Net gain. And why does your mom care so much? Is your OB concerned? If not, tell your mom to butt out and it doesn't matter what her opinion is.
24th-Feb-2014 11:34 pm (UTC)
I had HG, my midwives counted my weight from my start weight- because once I lost 20 lbs in a month they were like "ummmm lets get you some Zofran kay hon?"

25th-Feb-2014 01:16 am (UTC)
I always counted weight from my pre-preg. It seemed easier when I was losing and regaining the same few pounds throughout.
25th-Feb-2014 01:32 am (UTC)
Three and 23. At least, that's how I counted my weight gain - based on the weight I started at and counted from there. That's how my doctor did it, too.
25th-Feb-2014 01:38 am (UTC)
I also calculated from the weight I was at when I got pregnant.
25th-Feb-2014 02:22 am (UTC)
I count from pre-pregnancy weight, not the weight I finally started gaining again. I am not gonna count the 5lbs I lost in the beginning, that would make my gain 30lbs! No thanks. :)
25th-Feb-2014 04:35 am (UTC)
That's why net gain is awesome, I'm 31 weeks and I'm still at -3.
Although I'm a good 18 lbs up from my lowest point.
25th-Feb-2014 06:39 pm (UTC)
It counts as 23 lbs not 32. PRE PREGNANCY WEIGHT.

I was told I could only gain 0-5 lbs. I lost 22lbs and then gained 25 back. so I only gained 3 lbs. My doctor said that everyone is different but pre pregnancy weight is what it's determined with because a lot happens once pregnant and some lose in the first trimester, some lose in the second, Some don't lose at all but almost everyone gains in the third and catches back up.

I had to be really strict with my diet and exercise because of GD and already being obese. The doctor knew obese women tend to lose weight during pregnancy.
25th-Feb-2014 07:28 pm (UTC)
From prepreg weight. Every time. Otherwise this last pregnancy I gained 1.5lb. Having lost over 60...
26th-Feb-2014 02:25 pm (UTC)
I'm interested in the answers to this as well, because I always lose weight when pregnant! Lose the bad weight, gain good baby, lose birth baby, end up net loss. So I don't always know how to answer this question anyway, because it's not that I didn't gain *anything,* it's that the gain was all baby and the baby doesn't stay in there, heh.

Edited at 2014-02-26 02:27 pm (UTC)
1st-Mar-2014 05:25 pm (UTC)
Definitely net gain, and lol at your mom freaking out about it. If your doc ain't worried you're good.
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