Pregnancy Weight Gain

I know a number of people who barely gained weight and even lost some weight during pregnancy. It’s quite common for people with bad morning sickness or if you start from a higher BMI. Naturally I assumed I would be one of those people. Ha ha, what was I thinking???

I didn’t actually weigh myself when I first got pregnant, so it’s hard to know how much I have really gained. My last weigh in was on the 3rd of August 2016 when I weighed 77.6 kilos (170.7 lbs). I got pregnant about the end of October and I predict I weighed closer to 80 kilos (176 lbs) by then. During those few months I had a couple of indulgent weekends away and I was also eating and drinking more than usual because I was feeling a little down and out.

So here are my pregnancy weight stats at 25 weeks:

Pre- pregnancy start weight: 80 kilos (176 lbs)
20 week weight: 85.4 kilos (187.8 lbs)
25 week weight: 87.8 kilos (193.1 lbs)

This is a gain of 7.8 kilos (17.1 lbs) so far and I still have 15 weeks to go. Hmmmm.

All the information that I have read says that, at my BMI, I should only gain between 7-11.5 kilos (15.5 – 25 lbs) throughout my entire pregnancy. Holy shit, that is not much! So I had aimed to only gain about 10 kilos (22 lbs) maximum.  I have a feeling that baby still has a whole lot more growing to do, so I don’t think this will be a realistic goal.

It’s unfortunate that I gained so much in my first 20 weeks. I was so nauseous that I was eating a lot of carbs (at all times of the day and night) to make me feel better. I definitely didn’t eat as well as I could have in that time, but I just couldn’t face a whole lot of fruit or veg. Plus the Christmas period and moving house twice meant I was eating a lot more indulgently than I usually would. What can you do…

I do eat much better now (see typical diet here) and I also walk to work every day and plan to start pregnancy pilates this week. So I know that I am doing the best I can and my body will do what it needs to do to cook a healthy bubba. In all honesty, there is also a part of me that is in awe that I haven’t lost the plot completely and gained 30 kilos so far. So I am patting myself on the back a little bit too.

Here I am just before pregnancy (floral dress) and at 24 weeks pregnant (stripes).

I’d love to know how other women handled pregnancy weight gain. How much did you gain? Was it hard to get off again? Did you struggle a little bit when seeing those numbers go up every week?


In case you’re interested, this is typically how the pregnancy weight gain distributes:

Baby: 3.0 to 3.6kg
Placenta: 0.7kg
Amniotic fluid: 1kg
Larger uterus: 1kg
Increased blood volume: 1.4 to 1.8kg
Extra fluid: 1.4 to 1.8kg
Bigger breasts: 1kg
Fat stores: 2.7 to 3.6kg

Week 24: 31 March

How far along: 24 Weeks.

How big is baby: As long as an ear of corn.

Sleep: As with most weeks, it’s been a mixed bag. Random insomnia, but I do occasionally get a good nights sleep too, so it’s been OK.

Symptoms: I got round ligament pain for the first time this week. It hasn’t been too bad, just a bit uncomfortable really. The other thing getting worse every day is the pressure on my bladder. I’m getting nervous being out and about without a toilet close by. Tonight I met a friend for a walk around The Tan and was desperate for a bathroom and nowhere to go. I’m guessing this will get worse, before it gets better. Eeeek!

Best moment of this week: It was AJ’s birthday this week so I bought him some cute baby presents. It was the first baby stuff I have bought, so it was exciting (and weird) to be buying baby stuff for our own baby. I got him some cute Rock Your Baby outfits (see below), the jumpsuit is referencing a Beastie Boys song (apparently) and the little overalls worked perfect for AJ because he is a big Tigers supporter. It’s strange to think we’ll be taking bubs to a Richmond game in those little overalls before the footy season is over! Of course, I will still be a cats supporter!!!

The last photo is AJ enjoying a birthday dinner at his favourite restaurant, Fancy Hanks… which he calls ‘his spiritual home’!


Miss anything: With AJ’s birthday this week I really missed being able to get involved in some boozy hijinks like we normally do to celebrate. I had a beer with dinner and then I just felt like 10 more… but soon after I was just sleepy and ready for bed. Party animal.

Movement: Lots and lots of movement, getting more vicious by the day!

Food cravings: Just massive sweet cravings this week. I think this has mostly been because I have been so tired this week and my body just wanted sugar. I just hit the Oreo Easter eggs a minute ago, yum!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope, no issues there this week.

Gender: No idea. It seems like everyone around me also wants bubs to be a girl, of course we’ll all be happy for a boy or a girl… mostly anyway ha ha!

How’s your mood: I’m great 95% of the time, but the other 5% of the time I feel emotional, easily annoyed and close to tears. I am not normally like this so I find it quite annoying having all these silly feelings! A guy at work was really aggressive and nasty to me this week and I was so close to crying and only just managed to just hold it together. I really don’t want anyone thinking that being pregnant has affected me or to see it as a weakness in the workplace, which unfortunately is something I could see happening at my work.

Looking forward to: I am hanging out for the 4 day weekend over the Easter break. I am just so bloody tired at the moment and need a break from work. It has just been so intense lately and it won’t be slowing down anytime soon. My boss even noticed I looked tired and unwell this week and suggested I go home and rest, which is very unusual behaviour for her (she’s a bit of a ball breaker ha ha).

The Bump: So you can see a little bump in this photo, but you still wouldn’t know I was pregnant unless you knew me. I just look pudgy. I am really looking forward to popping out more because I feel like I am missing out on the pregnancy experience by not having a bump. The girls on the pregnancy forum I visit all have such big amazing bumps and I am feeling a bit embarrassed of my little bump. Not to mention all the comments at work from people telling me they can’t tell I’m pregnant… yeah, yeah, yeah, I get it, I’m too fat to look pregnant, thanks for noticing. Oh well, I’ll pop eventually.

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Week 23: 24 March

How far along: Week 23, my lucky number!

How big is baby: Baby weighs about as much as a mango, which is a little over 500 grams and measures 29 cm from crown to heel.

Sleep: It’s OK, my bump isn’t big enough to affect my sleep yet, but my bladder pressure and insomnia keep me awake a bit. It’s not too bad though. I think I am used to it now.

Symptoms: I think my feet are getting a tiny bit swollen. I have never had a problem with puffy feet before, but this week I noticed some indentations in my feet after I took off my heels at the end of the work day. It might be time to switch to flats.

Best moment of this week: I should be saying hearing bub’s heartbeat again at my obstetrician’s appointment, but in all honesty, it was sitting in bed on Saturday afternoon watching property shows and reading baby books with a block of dark chocolate. Bliss.
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Miss anything: Having clothes that fit me. Almost everyday I have to retire another piece of clothing that is bursting at the seams or cutting off my circulation. My bump is still not really big enough to wear maternity clothes, so I’m stuck in limbo. This is a photo I took of myself at work the other day to amuse AJ.

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Movement: Lots and lots of movement! AJ even felt the baby move for the first time this week. Bubs was going crazy and so I called him over to feel. Pretty cool!

Food cravings: My head wants pizza, but my heart(burn) doesn’t want to risk it.

Anything making you queasy or sick: I just need to look at food to get heartburn. Ouch. On top of the heartburn, I get chest pain after I eat which feels like having a heart attack. I raised the issue with my obstetrician again and she reassured me it was normal and not to worry. It makes me very selective on what I choose to eat, which I guess is probably a good thing…

Gender: ???

How’s your mood: Feeling a bit tired and worn out this week. I’ve started to seriously question how long I can continue working in such a high pressure job while I’m pregnant. I find it so mentally and physically exhausting to deal with while I am growing this baby. I am set to take maternity leave on 16 June, which is 5 weeks before I am due, but I have some annual leave to use and perhaps I might see if I can go on leave a couple of weeks early. I just have to muster up the courage to speak to my boss about it…

Looking forward to: The weekend and putting my feet up.

The Bump: Hmmm, I still look more chubby than pregnant.

Though, in exciting news, a guy gave me his seat on the tram this week. So maybe I look more pregnant than I thought I did? He jumped up like his seat was on fire to make sure he gave me the seat, which I really appreciated because it was the end of a very long day and I was struggling.

Wow I have to get better at these ‘bumpie’ photos. This is terrible. I had lighting issues and AJ had already left for work so I was trying to do it myself. Plus you can’t really see what part of the photo is my body and what is carpet/chair. I’ll try and do better next week!

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Week 22: 17 March

How far along: 22 weeks.

How big is baby: The length of a cucumber. Sounds a bit dirty really…

Sleep: This week is the best I have slept since I got pregnant. I think I am feeling much less anxious and stressed now that I am staying at the hotel and I am getting way more sleep. What a relief.

Symptoms: The usual… heartburn, afternoon fatigue, easily emotional. Plus I got my fourth pregnancy cold. OMG I am so sick of these colds because I can’t take anything to help. I went to the pharmacy and tried to buy Strepsils for my sore throat and the Pharmacist said I couldn’t even take those! Only Panadol allowed.

Best moment of this week: My friend, B, sent me bub’s first toy. So cute! I opened the present at work and one of the girls I work with said “Can you believe that something inside your stomach right now is going to play with that bunny?”. That was surreal!

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Miss anything: Today it was 3 years since my mum passed away. It’s hard to put into words how much I miss her, especially now I am pregnant. I miss having her support at this time when I really need it and I am sad that she misses out on being here for this experience. She would have loved every second of it.

Movement: Bubs has been going crazy with movement this week. I can’t seem to find any patterns to the movement, it happens randomly throughout the day and night and isn’t connected to food or drink that I consume. It just comes out of the blue and gives me a total surprise.

On Saturday night I took bubs to see the Adele concert in Melbourne. I think he/she enjoyed it because they were bouncing around a lot. Or maybe it was that it was so bloody hot and my jeans were way too tight?

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Food cravings: On Monday night I just really felt like ice cream for dinner, so I went to the supermarket and I was finally able to buy Halo Top ice cream. Yay! I have been looking everywhere for these for the past 6 months. They were pretty good, definitely not as creamy and delicious as regular ice cream, but a great treat.

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Anything making you queasy or sick: I’ve had about enough of the hot weather. I got pretty grumpy over the weekend when I was out and about and over-heating myself. Plus all my clothes are suddenly too tight and everything I wear is annoying me.

Gender: I hope it’s a girl because I just cannot come up with any boys names. Any ideas???

How’s your mood: Apart from my occasional  emotional moments, I feel pretty positive and happy this week. Moving into this hotel has just made such a difference to my mood. I feel like my old self again. I love being in the city and having my own space. Plus all the nice restaurants, markets, parks and beauty shops in my neighbourhood are giving me life. Love it.

Looking forward to: When I really start showing and people offer me a seat on public transport. That will be nice.

The Bump: It may not seem like it to anyone else, but my bump has grown a lot in the past 2 weeks. I think I had a little growth spurt. I have really thickened up all around my middle too, as you can see in the photo below, my roll of fat under my boobs is expanding rapidly. So it’s not exactly a cute little bump, I’m just getting fatter, but I kind of expected that to happen. I knew I wouldn’t ever be one of those cute little pregnant women!

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Week 21 : 10 March

How far along: Week 21. Only 131 days to go…

How big is baby: As big as a carrot. According to my app, bubs weighs 360 grams and is 27 cm from crown to heel. Wow, that’s almost as big as a ruler!

Sleep: Normal pregnancy sleep right now. A bit of insomnia, getting up to go to the toilet a lot, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Symptoms: This is not a symptom as such, but I am finding my underwear quite uncomfortable. My bump is not big enough to necessitate buying new underwear yet, but I do find they roll down a bit when I walk any distance and they are digging in and giving me a rash in sensitive areas. Not very comfortable in the heat of summer! I might have to buy some bigger knickers soon.

Best moment of this week: My family hired a holiday house by the beach in Jervis Bay and we joined them for 2 nights. So I got lots of cuddles with my sweet niece Penelope. I hadn’t seen her since Christmas and she is so big! She is just such a delight. When I worry at all that I won’t be able love my baby enough, I only have to think about how much I love her and I know I’ll be OK.



Miss anything: Hanging out with my family for a few days did make me feel like indulging in some nice wine and cheese. My family like a drink or two and it would have been nice to enjoy some crisp cold wine by the beach with them. I did have a little bit of wine, but the heartburn got to me, so it wasn’t worth it.

Movement: Yes, bubs is still bouncing about a fair bit. It still feels more like flutters than actual kicks, but it is quite cool.

Food cravings: Nothing in particular. Mostly I am craving foods that don’t give me heartburn.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not queasy or sick, but just about everything is giving me heartburn/reflux. When you are on holidays you don’t eat quite so healthy, so I have been paying for it. Ouch.

Gender: No idea. I still want a girl, but I am getting better with accepting how lovely a little mini AJ would be too. 🙂

How’s your mood: It is fair to say that I am still easily emotional. When we were driving home from seeing my family over the weekend I got quite teary because I was sad to leave them. It was so nice to be around people who really care about you, especially when you’re going through a significant change in your life and things have been difficult with work, my living situation and just being pregnant. It’s just nice to see some friendly faces.

Looking forward to: We are moving into a hotel closer to my work on Monday while we continue to wait for my stupid townhouse to be finished (no idea when this will be). This will save me about 4 hours of commute each day, which I plan to use for sleep! I do also want to do more walking and find a pregnancy pilates/yoga class now that I’ll have more time. I can’t wait.

The Bump: It feels like it is finally starting to pop a little now and making itself known to me. When we were at the beach I tried to lie on my stomach in the sand and was shocked to realise that my little bump was in the way. This has definitely been the week where I have noticed the most dramatic growth spurt so far. It is starting to feel like I have a lead balloon in my stomach and I am feeling a bit of pressure in my downstairs area. It’s starting to feel more real!

Here is a photo from today. This dress is not a great example at all, it seems to almost camouflage the bump, but it is there now! Actually, this dress was waaaaay too big for me 6 months ago and I was going to donate it to charity, now it is tight everywhere (not just around my tummy).

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Oh and AJ made me pose for this silly photo at the beach. 🙂

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20 Week Scan

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Last Monday we had our 20 week scan (I was 20 weeks + 4 days). This is the last big scan we will have as long as everything continues to go well with bubs. Over the last few weeks I have had a gnawing little concern that something could be wrong because of my lack of bump. I was 95% sure that everything was OK, but there is always that little doubt in your mind that likes to worry you at 4.00 am. So I was really pleased to have a scan and be reassured that bubs had all the right parts and is developing well.

Unfortunately though, bubs was not cooperating and the sonographer couldn’t get all the angles he needed to get to finish the scan. So I went away and met with my obstetrician and came back an hour later in the hope that bubs had changed position. Lucky for me, bubs was cooperating a little better and we got everything we needed.

Even when bubs was facing the right way, the sonographer had some trouble seeing everything and had to do an internal scan (which has been the case at all 3 of my scans so far). My first thought was that it was my weight, but he then he asked me if I had any stomach surgery, because I had a lot of scar tissue, so that was the issue. I’ve had two laparoscopies, gall bladder removal, lap band and body lift, so I guess it makes sense that I have a bit of scar tissue. I don’t know if this will have any impact on giving birth?

As we don’t want to find out the gender, we were advised to look away during certain parts of the scan. The sonographer was very good and didn’t let anything slip. AJ had to go back to work for the second part (it took 3 and a half hours!) and I was worried I would accidentally see something while he wasn’t there and trying to work out if I should keep it on the down low or share the news. Lucky for me, that didn’t happen.

It was a bit of fun and very reassuring to see that bubs was doing ok, but as with the last one, I can’t say I felt overly emotional during it. I just don’t feel a massive connection to the baby yet because it doesn’t feel real and, to be honest, it looks kind of like an alien. Obviously I am still waiting for those maternal vibes to kick in! At one stage I almost fell asleep during the scan and AJ had to give me a nudge. I feel like a better mother would be much more alert during these important moments ha ha!

Week 20: 3 March

How far along: 20 weeks. Now we are really getting somewhere. It feels good to be out of the teens and into the twenties.

How big is baby: Apparently bubs is about 16.5 cm and the size of a banana. Yum, that’s making me hungry. Everything makes me hungry.

Sleep: Nothing to complain about too much this week. Whoa that doesn’t sound like me! I must be in a good mood this week.

Symptoms: Well I had been getting bad chest pain after eating. It felt like heart attack sort of pain and not heart burn, so I mentioned it to my obstetrician and she said it’s reflux. I’m like, no but it feels like a heart attack and she said that is what reflux is. Whoops. I don’t think I actually knew what reflux was, so that was embarrassing! I thought reflux and heart burn were the same thing, but reflux seems to be more of a chest pain thing. I have no idea. It’s not comfortable though!

Best moment of this week: Our 20 week scan! We got to see that bubs was all ok, which was nice to put my mind at ease. More on that in another post.

Miss anything: I missed my mum after my 20 week scan, I really wanted to show her the photo of bubs.

Movement: Yes lots of flips and turns and flutters. They are quite quick and only last a few seconds, so not long enough for AJ to feel, but hopefully soon.

Food cravings: Not really a craving, but I do just feel like hot chips this week. Let’s face it though, I always feel like hot chippies, it’s not unusual. I think I see a maccas drive thru in my future!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really. I have replaced my beloved Pepsi Max with Diet Coke, for some reason it doesn’t make me feel sick (I only drink it very occasionally). All the foods/drinks that were making me sick for the first 12 weeks, don’t make me want to throw up anymore, but they still turn my stomach a little.

Gender: I am still feeling (or projecting) girl vibes.

How’s your mood: I’ve been in a good mood this week because I had my 20 week scan and my mini break to look forward to. Just knowing that I had a few days off work to look forward to made all the difference this week.

Looking forward to: Seeing my baby niece, Penelope, this week. I haven’t seen her since Christmas and she has grown so much. We are meeting my family in Jervis Bay for a few days at the end of the week. Only my sister in law knows we are coming, it’ll be a surprise for my brother, dad and step mum. They planned the trip away and we couldn’t get the time off work, but since AJ is starting a new job next week, he was able to get a few days off work between jobs and the timing was perfect.

The Bump: I think you can see the bump a little bit in this photo! I mean, I still just look fat, but it’s taking shape. These photos are taken at 5.30 in the morning, so that explains my crazed look.

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