20 Weeks Pregnant and Have Gained Close to 15 pounds...HELP!

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  • angelexperiment
    angelexperiment Posts: 1,917 Member
    I gained 15 lbs superfast in beginning then nothing. I ate when I was hungry. If your baby is hungry you will be hungry. You are supposed to eat 800 more cals for baby. Eat more protein and fat bc that is what baby needs especially asbrain ddevelopment and other vital organs form and lots of calcium for bones and cartilage. It will be fine and will come off especially if you breastfeed. I think I gained 30 but lost it after all the fluid went away. But then I gained bc I got depressed and ate alit of pb like jars and jars! Oh well it will come off however it works.
  • mommyrunning
    mommyrunning Posts: 495 Member
    edited October 2015
    You should speak openly to your doctor about your concerns.

    Here's something to consider. I am going to be a little blunt but I in no way intend to be mean. I just think your fear of gaining weight is clouding your judgment. If your doctor is wrong you gain some extra weight and have to work harder to lose it. If you are wrong it could potentially harm your baby. So err on the side of caution and listen to your doctor. If possible see another doctor and/or do some research but in general I would say trust your doctor.
  • Yi5hedr3
    Yi5hedr3 Posts: 2,696 Member
    You gotta cut the refined sugars/carbs and increase healthy fats and protein. Make it so!
  • jemhh
    jemhh Posts: 14,262 Member
    I remember you from over the summer.

    Why are you eating so little meat? How much protein/fat are you getting in general? Protein and fat will help you feel more full. Your diet sounds like it is mostly carbs, which may, considering your PCOS, not be the best plan.
  • kamakazeekim
    kamakazeekim Posts: 1,183 Member
    I throw up every time I eat meat...just the smell of it cooking sets off the gagging.
  • 7elizamae
    7elizamae Posts: 758 Member
    Given your pregnancy and your hormonal issues, I'd advise you to stay off the forums and talk directly with your doctor for advice.
    Yes, yes to this! Your doctor will be able to give you the best advice for your nutrition while you're pregnant.


  • PrizePopple
    PrizePopple Posts: 3,134 Member
    I throw up every time I eat meat...just the smell of it cooking sets off the gagging.

    I couldn't handle fish while pregnant with my oldest. Just make sure you're eating plenty of protein and iron rich foods, and without fail run every last bit of it by your doctor to make sure you stay as healthy as possible. 15 pounds gained in 20 weeks seems totally normal and unless your doctor indicates concern then don't worry about it. You can lose it after the baby is born.
  • 7elizamae
    7elizamae Posts: 758 Member
    I think it's very hard to know how a pregnancy will progress. I gained about that much by 22 weeks and then not a whole lot more.

    I remember the doctoring scolding me a little bit and telling me to cut back on orange juice (which I'd been craving like crazy). It was so hard to be pregnant, have cravings, feel big and uncomfortable AND worry about my weight all at once. And that was with a typical pregnancy! You have even more to think about with your riskier pregnancy.

    I hope you have a good friend or family member you can talk to when you're feeling overwhelmed by all of this. I'm guessing this is your first baby? My prescription is 1) advice from your doctor and 2)lots of TLC from a trusted friend or family member.

    All the worry and struggle will be worth it when you meet your little one! There's nothing like it. :) xoxo
  • LKArgh
    LKArgh Posts: 5,178 Member
    PCOS and insulin resistant...all blood work shows no concerns for diabetes but my blood sugar has been dropping too low so I often feel dizzy which is why I'm supposed to drink a pop or sugary juice when I feel faint or dizzy. I'm also to drink a caffinated drink combined with Tylenol for my migraines I've been getting.

    You are pregnant, PCOS does not come into it right now. Talk to your dr, ask a reference to an endocrinologist and/or a dietitian. If you have not already been tested for gestational diabetes, do. Insulin resistance plus your eating habits plus your weight gain, they put you at risk. You need more protein, less sugar, less calories. But, talk to a specialist, having a plan or at least guidelines will make things easier.
  • callsitlikeiseeit
    callsitlikeiseeit Posts: 8,627 Member
    you need to do what your DOCTOR tells you to do.
  • mommyrunning
    mommyrunning Posts: 495 Member
    aggelikik wrote: »
    PCOS and insulin resistant...all blood work shows no concerns for diabetes but my blood sugar has been dropping too low so I often feel dizzy which is why I'm supposed to drink a pop or sugary juice when I feel faint or dizzy. I'm also to drink a caffinated drink combined with Tylenol for my migraines I've been getting.

    You are pregnant, PCOS does not come into it right now. Talk to your dr, ask a reference to an endocrinologist and/or a dietitian. If you have not already been tested for gestational diabetes, do. Insulin resistance plus your eating habits plus your weight gain, they put you at risk. You need more protein, less sugar, less calories. But, talk to a specialist, having a plan or at least guidelines will make things easier.


    I don't mean to pick on your post. In general I think it's good advice but her weight gain isn't necessarily bad and she probably doesn't need less calories especially if her doc is telling her to eat more. Another poster linked a post she made earlier in her pregnancy about only eating 1000-1300 calories. If you re-read the post while she does talk about eating sugary foods she doesn't eat much else.


    OP-The title of your post says you gained 15 lbs but the details of your post says you gained 13lbs in 20 weeks which is in the healthy range. Food aversions during pregnancy are normal. Being sick at the smell of meat during all 3 of my pregnancies is what led me to being a vegetarian but there are other ways you can get protein. You just have to figure out what your stomach can tolerate. Maybe protein smoothies would help. A healthy pregnancy & baby should be the focus. Try not to focus so much on the scale. I wish you the best.
  • holly_roman
    holly_roman Posts: 116 Member
    OP - My doctor was the top in his field and he encouraged me to gain 30-40 lbs during pregnancy. He said b/c 25-30lbs of what you gain is directly ralated to the baby you should be gaining 5-10lbs more then that. He said it was because the baby takes all his nutrients from you it is better for the mother to retain as much of her nutrients after birth as she can b/c everything after birth(you drop around 20-25lbs just having the baby) will help when you are bleeding like crazy and nursing. I would stop worrying about the weight gain and worry more about what you are putting in your mouth. If you need sugar then eat sugar but don't forget to pair it with good protein(there are other sources of protein besides meat, i couldn't eat it during pregnancy either). You need as much good fat(avacados) and protein as you can. GL and congrats on your bundle of joy!
  • soapsandropes
    soapsandropes Posts: 269 Member
    SLLRunner wrote: »

    You don't know if her blood sugar is bouncing around. Cravings happen for other reasons.

    You are right, it was a guess based on a diet full of fruit. This is part of the reason that she should talk to her doctor.
  • tasha0814
    tasha0814 Posts: 4 Member
    I lost 50 lbs before finding out I was expecting. I gained 45 lbs during my pregnancy and had serious cravings as well, on top of struggling mentally with the scale going up after seeing it go down for so long. BUT... I lost 30 of it within the first 2 weeks after having my son! Breathe mama. You can do it. And then what you don't loose immediately, just remember...you knew how to eat right and workout to loose it the first time. You can do it again! Just enjoy your splurge on occasion, and most of all...enjoy this time and wonderful experience in your life! Best wishes!
  • scolaris
    scolaris Posts: 2,145 Member
    You need to visit a doctor in a white coat and a proper office over this one. Not Dr Internets... And even if you live remote from deeper medical talent I'm sure you can get a referral to a nutritionist who specializes in your medical needs and/or high risk pregnancies who will meet with you via phone, face time, or email. The diet you describe for yourself solo sounds like it might not be suitable for this little life building itself inside your body. You are going to have to cowgirl up here and make creating the healthiest pregnancy possible your job one. If you are craving little Debbie's you are either comfort eating from stress or you have an underlying deficiency that actually wants something else (there's a chart that circulates on these boards about what junk food craves really mean...) So get off here... skeedaddle!... and start your real work. And keep us posted. Every last one of us is pulling for you & this baby! xo
  • Colorscheme
    Colorscheme Posts: 1,179 Member
    I throw up every time I eat meat...just the smell of it cooking sets off the gagging.

    If you are feeling nauseous, try vitaming B6. I had morning sickness when I was pregnant, my ob said to try a B6 supplement and it worked.

    I gained about 25 or so lbs and I lost 15 lbs a day after having my son. I kept active until I had to stop at the 6 month mark because of pelvic pain from SPD. So in short, try to stay active and eat high protein foods if possible.
  • SLLRunner
    SLLRunner Posts: 12,943 Member
    edited October 2015
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  • Lynnmi07
    Lynnmi07 Posts: 131 Member
    I think listening to your Dr is your best bet. Mine had no problem telling me when I was putting weight on to quickly and gave me some tips. I will say I gained 40lbs with my pregnancy however it ended up being all baby (surprisingly delivered a 10lb baby) and fluid because 3 weeks post partum once all the swelling in my legs/feet were gone I was at my pre baby weight. So I wouldn't stress out too much about the weight unless you are constantly overeating.
  • ARC1603
    ARC1603 Posts: 113 Member
    Listen to the advice of your doctor.

    I'd also recommend staying off the scales whilst pregnant, because it's just not worth it. You are going to gain weight while pregnant and there's nothing you can do to control the amount. The weight is not you gaining fat, it's the baby, the placenta, amniotic fluid, increase in your blood supply and any fluid you retain. I gained about the same amount of weight in both pregnancies despite trying to be healthier in my first and just shovelling any old rubbish down in my second. Both times I had oedema so had a lot of water weight that went quickly after the birth. I also had two big babies (9lbs and 8.5lbs and he was two weeks early!). I have successfully lost my baby weight after both pregnancies within the first 4-5 months without too much hard work. Gaining the weight will pregnant doesn't mean it will be there forever.