Let’s discuss pregnancy weight, what’s normal and what I put on. I am putting it all out there!
In my previous post, Pregnant and…Fat, I discussed weight gain during pregnancy. It is something I am particularly good at and despite having a much more active pregnancy this time around I still gained a similar amount to my first.
For someone who has gone on a weight loss journey, it can be particularly difficult to see your body go through these changes again and see the scales creep up. Even if it is for a good cause! I wanted to be open and honest about my weight gain, as well as what this means for me because it can be easy for others to be disheartened by their weight gain and compare, as well as being a catharsis for me to work through my issues.
I am a firm believer in listening to your body and during my pregnancy, I decided that I would record my weight throughout and follow the changes for blogging purposes but that I would put aside the notion of “restrictive eating” or trying to control the weight gain at all. My priority was (and is) my daughter and her growth and health, so if that means I have to work a little harder now she’s born then so be it!
It is interesting to see how things went and to look back at the numbers to see how different stages of pregnancy meant more weight gain than others. Here is a play-by-play of my pregnancy weight, as well as some measurements post birth which I am planning on using as a baseline for my recovery and post-fitness regime (more of that to follow in the coming weeks.)
Starting Weight – 9 Stone 6lbs (132lbs)
12 Weeks – 10 Stone 2lbs (142lbs)
18 Weeks – 11 Stone 4lbs (158lbs)
Hit 4 months so in celebration bump and I are doing #parkrun 🙂 although with the added flab we are taking it much slower!! Trying to stay more healthy and #active in this #pregnancy so as long as we keep going im not bothered about speed! ———— #fitmom #fitmum #running #runner #fitpregnancy #pregnant #firness #run #saturdayworkout #workout #fit #pregnancylife #bump #baby
20 Weeks – 11 Stone 4lbs (158lbs)
22 Weeks – 11 Stone 6lbs (160lbs)
25 Weeks – 11 Stone 10lbs (164lbs)
30 Weeks – 12 Stone 8lbs (176lbs)
34 Weeks – 13 Stone 3lbs (185lbs)
Proud moment! Picked myself up this morning, squeezed into my workout clothes and ran a 5k at #parkrun which is not bad at almost 34 weeks! It was slow going and there was a wee stop but I’ll take it! Trying to remain as active as possible during pregnancy (but I’m definitely having a nap this afternoon) ————- #runnergirl #run #parkrun #5k #running #fitmama #fitpregnancy #fitpreggo #fitgirls #pregnancy #babybump #pregnancybump #pregnancylife #stayfit #healthypregnancy #health #proud
36 Weeks – 13 Stone 3lbs (185lbs)
39 Weeks – 13 Stone 8lbs (190lbs)
Due Date/Overdue: 40 Weeks – 13 Stone 10lbs (192lbs)
When your jeans don’t fit like they used to before 🎵 40+4 so we are now overdue and no signs yet! Definitely frustrating! Watch this space… #pregnant #pregnancy #pregnancybump #babybump #pregnantbelly #pregnnacybelly #overdue #40weekspregnant #pregnancylife #jeans #mirrorselfie #selfie #baby #babyvibes #jean
41(+2) Weeks – 14 Stone (196lbs)
Born at 41 (+5) – she weighed 8lbs 3oz (for more cute facts about her birth, read Introducing the Little Sister)
1 Day Post – 13 Stone 1lb (184lbs)
10 Days Post – 12 Stone 6lbs (174lbs)
Total Weight Gain = 4 Stone 8lbs (64lbs)
What is normal pregnancy weight gain?
There isn’t any. They suggest around 25-40lbs total with 1-2lbs per week being put on in the third trimester. If you are a healthy starting weight, a little bit less if you are overweight and a little more if you are under. But this could mean anything, every pregnancy, woman and body is different and handles growing a life differently. Plus, that’s not even considering if you have an active or healthy pregnancy or not.
Having had two pregnancies, both with a similar weight gain, this is around my normal weight gain, whereas for others it could be more or less. The numbers don’t help to identify health or your own body, for example, I was still running 5k at 35 weeks pregnant at 185lbs and I was up and walking around, 16 hours after my C-section because I had stayed in good health and shape throughout my pregnancy so even though I put on “a lot” of weight, it didn’t impact my health, the baby’s health or my recovery so I suppose it is all relative.
That being said, it is interesting to look at the numbers and see the different growth phases throughout each trimester, as some weeks I stayed the same, while others I put on several lbs. The midwives say this is completely normal and the weight rarely goes on steadily which can be a shock to the system if you suddenly jump.
So, if you are pregnant or recently post-baby, just remember that the numbers aren’t everything, listen to your body and as long as you are healthy, try to put the numbers in the back of your mind and go by feel. If you’re feeling overly tired, sluggish or keep getting colds while pregnant, talk to your midwife and adjust to eat some more fresh fruit and veg in your diet.
I will be using my post weight dates as a guideline and starting point for my recovery journey and road back to fitness but looking at the numbers helps you to realise it was a long road here, and it will probably be a long road back! So keep an eye out for my fitness journey where I will be sharing my meal plans and fitness routines with you all this time round!
*This is my pregnancy weight journey, you should always seek the advice of a healthcare professional.