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Asked by ullstash

Q: Weight gain at 31 weeks?

I'm pregnant with my first child, and at my 31 week appointment my doctor said I've gained 11 pounds to date. I was average (BMI 22) before getting pregnancy. My fundal length is measuring on target so I don't think baby is too small...just wondering what if 11 lbs is too much this early?

This question was asked May. 30, 2013 10:25pm
Category: Nutrition, Weight & Fitness

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Answered by ullstash - May. 31, 2013 5:43pm
Thanks for the advice! I am definately eating a lot (or at least the same as I used to eat, which is a lot!) and the tape measurements my doctor does at each appointment are measuring right on track. She hasn't mentioned doing any more ultrasounds at this point and didn't seem concerned I've only gained 11 lbs so hoepfully everything is ok?

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Answered by kelliers - May. 31, 2013 1:32pm
I am surprised your doctor didn't encourage more weight gain- you need to gain a minimum amount of pounds to nourish your baby and ensure that he or she is growing. Too little weight gain can result in low birth rate and other complications. If you are eating plenty and the baby is measuring well then you may just be one who doesn't gain much during pregnancy but if you are trying not to gain weight on purpose I would really be careful-pregnancy is no time to diet! Have they measured the baby via ultrasound lately?

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Answered by babyspraker - May. 31, 2013 11:44am
11 lbs too much? I definitely don't think so! I've gained 32 lbs and I'm almost 33 weeks. I wasn't a skinny minny to begin with, but I was healthy. If the doctor isn't worried about it, then I wouldn't be either.

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Answered by TrulyBlessed101 - May. 31, 2013 11:00am
Everyone's body is different. However, that is definitely not too much weight. As a matter of fact, it is below the average that most women have gained by that point. (Again, that does not mean that anything is wrong, its just an average). I weighed 102 before getting pregnant. I am 25 weeks along, and I have gained 18 lbs. so far. I am exactly in the average weight gain for how many weeks along I am. Even at weighing 102 before getting pregnant, I am projected go gain between 30-40 lbs. I gained 32 with my first child. I breastfed him, and I was back in my clothes within a month. As long as you are eating healthy and not skipping meals, you should be fine. BabyCenter.com has a weight gain calculator that will give you the average weight gain for how far along you are.

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Answered by yummymummy1991 - May. 31, 2013 12:52am
For being 31 weeks and only gaining 11 lbs, some ladies would be totally envious of you! That's not very much weight in the scheme of pregnancy. Rule of thumb out there is up to 5 lbs in the first trimester and from the second onwards about 1 pound per week to total about 25-35 pounds.
I too am about the same pre pregnancy BMI, nice and healthy and active - at 21.5 weeks I've put on about 8-9 pounds and that can be considered on the low end of pregnancy weight gain but still in a good range.
So long as your measurements are good, your carers are happy - then that might just be a normal rate of gain for your first pregnancy.
Some ladies put on early, mid, late, gradually, bursts... you name it. No one is the same!
Bottom line - you haven't put on very much at all so don't stress! So long as we eat a well balanced diet to meet our own needs + baby then that's great! I eat very reasonably and to bump the weight I simply nibbled on a few treats since I found it hard to pack quantity.

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