Weight Gain During Pregnancy

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Emma’s going to be a big sister to a baby BROTHER!

First, an important announcement! I had my 20 week ultrasound last week and found out that Baby Tress is a BOY! I could not be more excited! I can’t wait to give birth to my little athlete.

Ah … weight gain during pregnancy. A very hot topic, but one that is hard to discuss. Today I hit the 21 week mark, and I have gained nearly 11 pounds of baby weight! With my first pregnancy, I was obsessed with the numbers on the scale. I actually purchased a scale in the first trimester, just so I could track my weight gain during pregnancy and be sure that I was gaining enough, but not too much.

I wrote about weight gain during my first pregnancy in the following posts. Read them for more information on weight gain during pregnancy and to hear what other women experienced as well.

  • Weight Gain During Pregnancy
  • How Much Weight Should I Gain — 1 lb per week?

This pregnancy I have been much more laid back about my weight gain. I started off at a healthier BMI pre-pregnancy (about 5 lbs heavier that with my first pregnancy). As a result, my weight gain was slower in the first trimester this time around. In fact, I likely only gained about 1 or 2 lbs versus the 3-5 lbs that I gained in the first trimester of my first pregnancy. When I was pregnant with Emma, I was famished in my second trimester. This time, I am staying fairly faithful to the Paleo lifestyle. I am still a lot more hungry than usual, but not famished! With Emma, I gained about 10 pounds between weeks 15-20. This time, I just passed the 10 pound mark, and I am 21 weeks pregnant. So. I like only gained about 8 lbs in weeks 15-20. It appears that I am still on track for the healthy 25-28 lb weight gain during this pregnancy. Only time will tell!

One fear of mine is that I will get the “pregnant lady nose” that is often the trademark of women pregnant with boys. I plan to try to prevent my nose from swelling by continuing to exercise (thus increasing my circulation) and drinking TONS of water. Still — being pregnant in the middle of the summer again will not help. We’ll see how the nose does. HA!

How much weight did you gain during your pregnancy? Was it more or less the second time around?

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