Weight Gain During Pregnancy

As part of a weight gain/weight loss story coming in June, I have been putting on the pounds. Before you become too intrigued, know that i’m not doing this strictly for a good blog post. I am pregnant, 34 1/2  weeks to be exact.
Everytime I go into the doctors office they make me jump on that lovely EXACTO scale that does not EVER lie. I usually don’t pay much attention to it but last month I hopped up there to see that I gained 7 pounds in 4 weeks! Aye caramba!!  Go ahead, do the math, I don’t care. If I continued at that rate for 9 months (although I argue that pregnancy is nearly 10 months) I would gain a whopping 63-70 pounds! Lucky for me, that has not been the case. I will say that my belly finally ‘popped’ out at about 22 weeks, thus the weight gain. But this month I only gained two pounds. Did I dramatically change my eating habits? no. Did I change my exercise routine? no. I’m eating the same, working out the same, but my weight is NOT coming on in lovely incremental amounts as the books might say they should. Thus the post… 
I know what you are likely wondering at this point, so how much have you gained? I might as well declare it, as the  ‘end all’ post will reveal itself.
@34.5 Weeks-146 pds, (22 pound weight gain)
@ 26 Weeks -140.8 pds, (16 pound weight gain)
  In the past,  it has not bothered me to post pictures of my pregnant self, but as of late, those pictures are getting less and less flattering. None the less, let me entertain you. :)
pregnancy collage2
My greatest amount of weight gain is usually in the last month of pregnancy so stay tuned. I recently read an article that says that in the final month you gain a pound a week, so that should really add to my curvy figure and rounding face. :)  
How Much Should You Gain?

Every woman is different. However, if you are in a ‘average’ weight category (pre-pregnancy), you should gain 25-35 pounds. If you are below average weight, you should gain 28-38 pounds. Overweight women may only need to gain 15 to 25 pounds. As always, ask your health care provider what will be best for you! My doctor does not say much about my weight gain but he highly recommends excercing throughout pregnany. Thus, I continue to enjoy my weekly spin classes.
How is the Weight Distributed?
  • Baby: 8 pounds
  • Placenta: 2-3 pounds
  • Amniotic fluid: 2-3 pounds
  • Breast tissue: 2-3 pounds
  • Blood supply: 4 pounds
  • Stored fat for delivery and breastfeeding: 5-9 pounds
  • Larger uterus: 2-5 pounds
  • Total: 25-35 pounds

Like I said, stay tuned. I will continue to post this week and next on healthy pregnancy tips, weight gain, and come summer time my weight loss story.

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