How Much Weight Should I Have Gained By Now At 23 Weeks Pregnant

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amanda - March 12

you sound just like me. When I was at my 24 week appointment (now about 4 weeks ago) I had gained 20lbs. I am 5'10", and started out thin to average size pre-pregnancy. Your gain sounds good considering you were not overweight to begin with.


Jenn - March 21

I think that's a little too much. I'm 5'4 was 125 lbs, now 23 weeks 130 lbs. I'm a little under weight, but my doctor said it's uneccesary for women to gain as much weight as most North American doctors say. He's from South Africa and the average weight gain there is 18-22 lbs for the whole pregnancy! We here in North America have attrocious eating habits with way to much refined carbs in our diet. We also need to get off our b___ts more and exercise! Cut out the white pastas and white breads, cookies etc... and replace them with high fibre carbs like whole wheat pastas, whole grains and lots of fruits and veggies. BOYCOTT the fast food chains! Your body and your baby will thank you for it!!


Revel - March 25

well i started out at 278 went down to 249 where i stayed up until last week now i weigh 255 and im 23 weeks along my dr said tahst ok since i started out big


AC - March 31

I don't mean to sound b___hy, but these questions about weight are pointless. Every woman is so different, that you cannot compare yourself to others. I gained 13 pounds right in the first tri but have leveled off with very little weight gain in the second. Most people want to compare to feel better about the weight they ahve put on, or get some reasurrance that it's okay to put on huge amounts because someone else did. Overa___lyzing this is NOT healthy. Do what feels right and relax about it


Kspa - March 31

Honestly, anyone that has gained 20+pounds at 23 weeks, is not "all baby." It's impossible. It's understandable that everyone gains differently. But, food choices are important. If you are getting some exercise and eating healthy, and still gain the weight, then don't worry about it. But, if you are eating c___p (fried foods, fast food and sugar) it is not good for the baby no matter how much weight you put on. Doctors do not go over your diets with you. People need to practice some self-restraint. I seriously doubt anyone that is eating a truly balanced diet will gain more than the recommended amount of weight 25-35 lbs. By gaining too much weight, you are putting your baby at risk for future diabetes, among other things! You also run the risk of having a difficult labor and likely c-section.


Tash - April 6

There is a correct answer for this question, b/c every woman is different. This shold be between you and your doctor. Holly says its to much, but if you were underweight you could be right on track. Just your height and weight isn't something it can be based on. Just make sure you eat a healthy diet, and try to get some exercise. Good luck!


leanne - April 6

i am 23 weeks pregnant and i have gained nearly a stone since i became pregnant. is this normal?


audittgirl - April 6

I startedat 110 pounds I'm at 23 weeks and I'm now 150 pounds


Mary - April 9

I was 99 lbs when I got pregnant and then lost 6 lbs the first 13 weeks from morning sickness I have gained about 1 lb per week since then and am in my 23rd week. so I am about 103 lbs. I am 5'2 and I am still under weight but I say everyone is different and as long as you are eating a good balanced diet you will be fine. Some women just have a harder time gaining weight than others.


mammakate - April 12

you sound almost exactly like me. i was 120 pounds when i got pregnant and i now weigh in at about 141 pounds my doc told me i was gaining a little too much to fast but i am eating healthy and excersisng so i feel that my body knows how much weight it should gain, eat healthy have a healthy baby


stellah - April 15

58 kilograms


Jasmine33_05 - May 24

Hi Leslie,well,all answers will be confusing,I weighed in at 198lb when I found out I was pregnant,I am now 23 wks along,&weighed in at 192lbs,I have been eating really healthy,doing an hour long walk 5 times a week,my doc measured me,baby is healthy,so am I,my belly is showing I'm pregnant,but due to the fact I was a bit overweight for my size 5'3", my doc says I'm really healthy&doing well,&so is my baby!Your best thing to do is speak with your doctor, they know your history,&health,I think that would be your best route! Good Luck!


CamysMama - May 25

Hi gals, I am so glad to have found this thread, because it rea__sures me that I'm not the only one in this boat. I just had an appt with my OB yesterday, and she gave me a very stern lecture about my weight gain! I have no scale at home, and I could tell that I'd been gaining, but didn't realize I was gaining so much! I started out at about 135, and I was 156 yesterday (I'm 5'1") so I guess that's a bit over 20 pounds so far. I'm 24 weeks along today. But I thought I'd been doing a pretty good job, eating lots of fruit and not too many fried foods, getting organic produce whenever I can... and it seems like the weight has all gone to my big round tummy and my precious Camy inside, because my arms and legs don't look like they've grown much fatter. But my OB told me no more Total cereal with breakfast, and no more fruit snacks... pretty much no more sugar or simple carbs at all, it has to be pure protein and whole grains from here on out. I've been a little depressed since she lectured me, because I thought I'd been doing a pretty good job, walking almost every day and drinking lots and lots of water... but I guess I wasn't being careful enough. Does anyone have any good tips for protein snacks that don't all involve meat? I'm not a vegetarian, but haven't been too thrilled over meat lately, I'm not sure why. Also, anyone know how to make plain yogurt palatable? Thank you for any advice you might have for this chubby mommy-to-be! :o)


sandee - May 25

Hi CamysMama, Some non-meat foods rich in proteins PROTEIN IN LEGUMES: Garbanzo beans, Kidney beans, Lentils, Lima beans, Navy beans, Soybeans, Split peas PROTEIN IN GRAINS: Barley, Brown rice, Buckwheat, Millet, Oatmeal, Rye, Wheat germ, Wheat, hard red, Wild rice VEGETABLE PROTEIN: Artichokes, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cuc_mbers, Eggplant, Green peas, Green pepper, Kale, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard green, Onions, Potatoes, Spinach, Tomatoes, Turnip greens, Watercress, Yams, Zucchini PROTEIN IN FRUITS: Apple, Banana, Cantaloupe, Grape, Grapefruit, Honeydew melon, Orange, Papaya, Peach, Pear, Pineapple, Strawberry, Tangerine, Watermelon


CaliTrish - May 26

CamysMama, Sandee has some great suggestions. But since you're off fruits and asking for non-meat snacks - nuts, natural peanut b___ter, and cheese are my standbys. Cottage cheese and eggs are also a good source of protein. Good luck with your no sugar/simple carb diet.


CamysMama - May 26

Thank you so much Sandee and CaliTrish! I've gone all whole-grain since The Lecture, and have been getting up early to make myself scrambled egg, tomato and whole-wheat sandwiches for breakfast... no more cereal for me! I've still been giving in to a small gla__s of oj with my breakfast, it's my only wake-up drink since I ditched coffee at the beginning of my pregnancy. Thanks to Sandee's list, I'll also be looking for some plain oatmeal that I can add a few raisins or chopped fruit to, I didn't realize that would be okay to eat. I'm happy to say most of my favorite vegetables show up on your list, too, Sandee! But what about avocados? Do they have any protein? CaliTrish, I have definitely taken the cheese suggestion to heart, and have been eating that as a snack instead of fruit, since fruit's a no-no now unless I eat it with a protein-rich meal. It's so weird how she said bacon was okay, but watch out for fruit!



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