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Oct112010

Halfway

I am halfway there. Twenty weeks. For those not in the pregnancy lingo know, the baby is considered cooked at 40 weeks which is technically ten months. Here is what some sort of online baby website expert type says about that:
Congratulations! You've hit the halfway mark in your pregnancy. The top of your uterus is about level with your belly button, and you've likely gained around 10 pounds. Expect to gain another pound or so each week from now on.
TEN POUNDS? Who are they talking about? That Braggy McBraggerson, Giselle Bundchen? Because that is SO not my experience. Also? After reading that article about the glory that is a pregnant Giselle and how she "did kung fu up until two weeks before Benjamin was born" I don't think I've ever wanted to punch someone in the solar plexus so much. Or hit her there really hard with my knuckles, repeatedly, until she cries UNCLE!

There should be some sort of federal law prohibiting celebrities, especially supermodels, from yapping about how amazing they are. Particularly during pregnancies, births and losing the baby weight.

The last time I weighed myself I was almost 160 pounds. Then I kind of flipped and shoved that bastard scale into a dark closet. As that was about two weeks ago I think we can safely assume I'm more than halfway to 170. So yeah. That's a 40 pound weight gain right there. At halfway! If I'm supposed to gain another pound or so for the next twenty weeks the experts predict I'll deliver this kid (A.K.A. The Situation) at 190?

Let me rephrase that: I'M SUPPOSED TO DELIVER THIS KID AT 190? AT LEAST?!!

Listen, I know people come in all shapes and sizes and some people naturally weigh 160 and all that so this isn't meant to impugn 160 at all. For many people it is a lovely, perfect weight. But what if you naturally weigh 160 and within the span of a few months you were pushing 200? And in the span of a few more months you could be topping out at 220? You'd be a little freaked, right?

And also? Is a 25-30 pound weight gain throughout a pregnancy a legitimate number? Is that your experience? Don't lie to me. Give me the numbers, ladies, I NEED YOUR NUMBERS!

Reader Comments (52)

I gained 60 with my first, lost it all. Gained 40 with my second, and didn't lose it all :(, THEN got knocked up with twins.....lets just say there is no way that two babies born prematurely at 35 weeks and weighing 7 lbs TOTAL made me gain 80 lbs. Nope. No one I know stays in that 25-35 lb range. I think you are just fine.

October 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCharley

Sometimes you gain more with the second one because you have more energy demands on your body (taking care of the first baby while growing the second) and sometimes it's just hard, so you ("you" as in anyone having another baby) eat a little bit more for comfort.

Also, since you mentioned swelling I think it's safe to assume that a lot of it is water weight. Just keep a close eye on your blood pressure readings, because swelling from water weight can cause your blood pressure to go up.

It's usually just temporary, but needs to be watched.

Best wishes from a new reader.

October 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWatching the fan spin

I gained 40 with my som, only lost 20, them I got pregnant withy daughter and was sick as a dog for almost the entire pregnancy. Lost those 20 pesky pounds during the first trimester, but put 30 on during the rest of the pregnancy. When I left the hospital I weighed less than when I got pregnant, but I gotta yell you--the weightloss was not really worth the sickness I endured. That was a loooong 41 weeks!

October 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

I gained 30 with my son and lost it all (yeay breastfeeding!). Course I started out at 170 which is nothing to brag about but it's where my body is happy.

October 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

Gained 60 lbs with my first. Maybe closer to 65, I quit remembering once I hit 60. I think about 20 lbs of that were water, but still!!! And that whole breastfeeding makes it so easy to lose the weight quickly bit? Does not work for everyone. I know it works for some people, but it has not worked a lick for me, 5 months in.

You know, even my nose got huge at the end.

October 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterphancy

I gained 32 with mine. But I hear 2nd babies can be a lot worse.

I know a vast number of tiny little girls, much tinier than me, who gained between 50 and 80 during pregnancy. All are back to being tiny. So I wouldn't worry too much. I used to feel all superior about only gaining 32. Not feeling so superior now that they are tiny and I have a belly I can't shake. Ah well. It goes how it goes, eh?

October 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

my mom gained 30 with me, 35 with my sister and lost all of it with both of us. then she got prego with my brother and gained 50 lbs (might have had something to do with her steak craving...). she (in her words) never lost all of it-staying about 15lbs over her pre-prego weight of 105 (yes she's one of those "tiny" women) until she decided to fight middle aged spread and got herself a personal trainer for her birthday a few years ago. she said she lost a lot by going for lots of walks with the kid (or later kids) in the stroller and trying to breastfeed as much as possible for at least 3 months post-partum.

October 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

i gained 45 pounds with Lola, but with this baby i'm at 33 weeks and have gained about 20-ish, give or take cuz it's been a week or so since i was 'weighed'. geez that makes me feel like a cow. anyhow i think it depends on age and how much you move during the day and what you are eating. i move a lot because of my job.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermaggie may

I gained about 35 pounds both of my pregnancies. I was always about 15-20 pounds overweight, though, and after kid #2 I lost the baby weight and a lot more. So maybe I would have gained more if I hadn't been overweight to start with.

Every time the nurse would say to me, "hmm, you've gained more than a pound a week," I would say brightly, "good!" Gaining weight so fast is so freaky. And I would also like to punch Gisele ("everyone should be legally obligated to breastfeed!"). Hard.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChaya

I am 5 ft 4. I started at 125 and stopped counting at 195, but that was at week 37, so my guess is I crossed the 200 mark. I delivered on my exact due date at 40 weeks - he weighed 9-8.

After a year of maternity leave (yay Canada!), I still had 40 pounds to lose. I lost it all about 6 months after going back to work by using calorie counting software and exercising regularly each day, and I have managed to keep it off.

Those are my numbers ... hope they inspire you. Every experience is its own - yours is lovely. Celebrities are fabrications of the media - don't buy into that junk.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenternovemberjuliet

I think it's all individual. I, myself, gained 28 lbs with my first pregnancy. I lost the first 10 lbs no problem, the next 10 were tough but they came off with some determination. The last 8... well they are still there. Being that I'm super short, I started at 110 and ended at 138. I'm now 118 (on a good day... if i'm totally honest i'm more like 125)

My sister, who is a tiny little thing, gained 80 lbs with her first pregnancy, and it fell off of in in a couple weeks. Needless to say I wanted to kill her. Then with her second pregnancy she gained about 25 lbs, and she's struggling to lose the last 5 lbs or so. But that stupid little brat started at a whopping 90 lbs, so she doesn't count! -- and I say that with all the sisterly love in the world.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNicole R

I am about 4 days away from my due date with my first, and I've gained a net 25 so far... But gained more if you count how I lost about 15 lbs the first trimester. I've always been overweight, though. I happen to have gestational diabetes, so I think that's helped me not gain so much weight. If I hadn't had to lay off the carbs, I'd probably be pusing 50 lbs gain. So if you are concerned, try limiting carbs, and eating "good" carbs when you do (wheat bread/pasta vs. white, etc.). I actually lost a few lbs at first when I started this, and now I'm just gaining healthy amounts of weight.

And don't worry about it! You'll always be beautiful no matter what, and The Serge will still do you in a heartbeat whenever he can. For good inspiration, watch "Away We Go" with John Krasinsky and Mya Rudolph. It's a great movie about being pregnant and all it entails.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKrystan

I was lucky with both of my pregnancies and only gained about 25 pounds. I am commenting not to brag, but to say that I probably gained 15 of the 25 during the first half of the pregnancy. My doctor was never worried. Maybe that will be the case for you.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I'm 5 5, I started at 159 and was 209 by the time he was born. But I pigged out, will not do that again next time. My son is now 11 months old and I have finally lost the baby weight with a lot of exercise and low-carb diet. I'm pushing on to lose the next 20 that I put on the year before my pregnancy due to a major stressful time with job/uni.

I know you aren't keen on breastfeeding, I didn't really mind it though it wasn't the "special" bonding time that everyone talks of. But I will say it is GREAT for losing the baby weight! the first 35 lbs melted off with it without trying.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersharon

I don't know exactly where I started, because I hadn't been weighing myself- but I'm 28 weeks and between 30-40 lbs in. It is really all boobs and belly so I'm very whatever about it. The body is going to put on what it is going to put on, you can't and shouldn't really control it all that much- ignore the baby sites, insurance companies probably pay them to write that!

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAdrienne

Please. I've had 4 kids and the LEAST I gained was 50.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCetta

I gained 50 with my son. I was 113 lbs when I got pregnant. I did all the easy pregnancy workout dvd's and ate what I thought was "normally". (before I got pregnant I always worked out hard, and was always on a perpetual diet; I def. didn't think that lifestyle would be healthy for my baby.) My doctor yelled at me when he found out I gained 14 lbs in 4 weeks! That was month 2, and I started watching what I ate and exercising moderately on the elliptical everyday for 30 min. I STILL gained 50 lbs!

I still have 10 lbs to lose--18 months later. I think it's the hardest thing I've ever had to do physically. I want more kids, and I'd love to control my weight better next time, but I agree with you, each woman is different and I don't think you can necessarily control it. And Giselle can shut her effin' mouth!

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSue

I gained 38 with my first and lost it all, although I never looked the same. Then with my second, I gained 34 pounds and lost it all. I know girls that were teeny tiny that gained 60 lbs and lost it all after. I wouldn't worry too much. If I were you, I'd keep eating the brownies :)

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMrsLisaP

I never thought I would forget the exact number of pounds I gained, but it seems I have (and it was only 18 months ago). I know it was around 40, which was fine, but I remember a HUGE chunk of that packed on during my first trimester. Like, my body was fucking SERIOUS during those first 3 months, and although I was constantly nauseated, I gained probably half of that weight during that time. But it evened out and I don't think I gained anything during the last month (even though I ate about 5 cupcakes a day at that point). It was just so weird to see my body doing it's thang and gaining an ass-ton of weight even though I was subsisting on crackers and gummy bears. I remember the midwife looking at my first trimester weight gain and being all, "Hmm. THAT'S interesting..." and I wanted to punch her in the ear.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjive turkey

I gained 45+ with my first - a boy. I only gained 25 with my second - a girl. So maybe it's a boy thing?? (though I've heard the opposite is supposed to be true). For me it had more to do with cravings - with my boy, all I craved was sweets - cake, candy, anything with sugar. With my girl while I sill had somewhat of a sweet tooth (I always do), it was nothing near anything like with my boy - all I craved with my girl was coke (coca cola that is...) - so I drank a TON of caffeine free regular coke.

I wouldn't worry about it too much - you'll lose the weight after he's born...

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElissa

Let's just see a picture, and we'll tell you how you look! Fine I'm sure!

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDan

I have always weighed around 150ish.

First kid I gained like 40lbs. lost it all no problem (I was 25 then). Second kid gained 25 and only lost like 15 of it and then the third kiddo (36 when I had her)....shit I only gained 23lbs but my god I have struggled every.single.freakin.day to get if off and keep it off!

And lets not even talk about the stretch marks shall we...

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShelly

I gained 29 with my first -- a boy. I was SO sick with him that I lost 5 lbs during the first 6 weeks of pregnancy. This time around I'm 22 weeks tomorrow -- we're having a girl this time and I have already gained 15lbs. I gained 7 lbs in 1 month, lets hope that progression slows down to 1-2 lbs per month.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShauna

I'm 33 and this is my first pregnancy. I'm 18 weeks todayI I've only gained 11lbs so far. My doc says I'll probably gain 25 at the most which I'm happy about. My boobs are very disappointing at this point, and I can stil fit into my regular B cup bras.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTeres

Oh what I wouldn't give for boobs that fit into a B cup. You do not want bowling ball boobs. Trust me on this. They just loll around on your stomach like dead hamsters.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Girl Who

I gained a little less than 25 pounds but am very short and it took years to lose... the best part is that I truly believed I looked fantastic. Obviously, the hormones were at play as photos from my baby showers show a very different picture! (You know the way you think the first photo of your infant belongs on the cover of a magazine and then you look back and wonder why, oh why, you felt the need to send it out to every person you had ever been introduced to?) But the funniest is that I was really excited about finally having boobs. I was terribly dissapointed as I never had to go up a bra size throughout my pregnancy or 11 months of breast feeding.
And, honestly, I think every woman is different in how much she gains, how fast she loses (or doesn't) and where the pounds settle. It's kind of like how we are all different types of mothers - if we love ourselves and our babies, we are doing the right thing!

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

I haven't really told anyone besides family yet, but this is the interwebs, so, hey I'm 10 weeks along. I'm already kinda Fatty McFatterson, so I can't wait to blow up and float away, especially since I appear to be giving birth to a baby gorilla (I'm 5'3", husband is 6'5"). I've gained 6 lbs. so far, which just put me over the 200 lb mark. Joy. All of my nightmares are coming true! I'm trying not to think about it?

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterchristine

My mom gained 22 pounds with me. That's about 25lbs, right? I need to mention I was 6 weeks early, so if she had carried me to term, she probably would've gained a little more. She was always a svelte, thin woman--I'm not bragging, it's just true. I think, according to charts I've seen, a normal weight, healthy woman SHOULD gain between 20--30 pounds during a pregnancy....if she is a bit over weight before pregnancy, a little less. If she is underweight before pregnancy a little more. I was talking to a friend last night (who's my mothers age) and she gained 65 pounds with her first, and 40 with her second. Another friend of mine gained around 45 with her daughter. I think that whatever weight you gain will all be totally worth it! I think if a pregnant mama wants to her weight in cookies, than so be it! You're carrying a human being for God's sake and birthing your child--the weight is really just an uncomfortable side effect, really? Violet was worth it and your son will be too! Congrats!

Many Blessings,
-Sarah Liz

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Liz

I gained 60 with number 1, 70 with number 2, and am now 31 weeks with number 3 and have only gained 20. I didn't do anything different, except maybe start out fatter. Ha! Just remember it won't be forever. And screw Giselle. I bet if you and I had a personal chef and trainer (and all day to be active) we might look a bit different too.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJill

i think i gained around 35 with my first. probably about that with my second. my third kicked my ass. i'm 5 feet tall. weiged probably 130 when i got pregnant. by the time he was born i weiged close to 200 pounds. ohmygod. i can't believe i just put that out there for the internet to see. anyway, three years later i'm down to 115ish. the skin is still stretched and baggy, but fuck it. that's what babies do.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrachel

OMG, finally someone like me! All of my friends grow this cute little ball on the front of their body that only adds about 25 lbs. Me? I started around 135 (I'm tall, 5'10") and stopped weighing myself at 197lbs! I know I hit the 200 mark. My whole body looked inflated. Think Pillsbury Dough Boy. It wasn't pretty.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristine

I went from 125 to 175. 50 brutal pounds. I was only 16 at the time and had no self control (obviously). So I thought it was a ok to eat everything in site.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKami

number 1 : 50pounds, lost it all in 18months...
number 2 : 50 pounds in the FIRST 5 MONTHS!! he's just turned 7 and still trying to lose 30 of it!! But, hey, they're healthy, and not wealthy, and as for the wise..!!!
Just enjoy the f'en pregnancy, worry about the weight after words!! ;D

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpam

I've had three kids. Total weight gained while pregnant is 144 lbs. Today, mother of 3 teens, I weigh 144. I think that means I've replicated myself.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermeara

I'm 5'6" and started off at about 130 or so. Now I weigh 160 and the baby could come at any minute. I have gained exactly 30 lbs, but 5 of that was in the past week. I think it's water because suddenly my feet and legs swelled up. I'd been lucky to not have that the whole pregnancy until now and to make matters worse, I dropped a stock pot on my already swollen toes last night! I had to really watch what I ate. Like the other commenter said, the low carb gestational diabetes diet helped me a lot, but it certainly wasn't very fun.

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWide Lawns

Although I gained 26, 24 and 20 pounds respectively with my 3 kids, I had a lot of extenuating circumstances (high risk pregnancy, bed rest, gestational diabetes, etc) and was in the hospital at some point with all 3 pregnancies for pre-term labor. However, due to all of this, I was constantly at the doctors--and getting weighed in. With my first pregnancy, I once gained 10 pounds in 10 days. NO JOKE!! Doctor weighed me at 143 on a Monday and 153 on the following Thursday!!

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenn M

For #1 - 45lbs (boy) born nearly on the due date
For #2 - 40lbs (boy) born at 39 weeks
So far in this pregnancy I'm at 18 weeks and I'm up by probably 20lbs or so (don't know boy/girl yet). I haven't weighed myself in a while.

The best doctor's appt so far was when I gained 13-14lbs in 4 weeks and the doc wanted to make sure the nurse had gotten the numbers right. I was flustered and trying desperately to explain how to keep from puking, I was eating all the time and so yeah, I'd probably gained more than I should, etc. He waved me off and said, "Fine, fine... just wanted to make sure the numbers were right." I'm glad he didn't care too much because it's not like I can control this all that well...

October 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Giselle can suck it. I gained about 45 pounds, started around 155 delivered at 200

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRhiannon

Ahum, I gained over 25 kilos (that's over 55 pounds for you) with my baby girl. That is: I gained over 25 kilos in the first 6 months and then decided to not step on the scales again. I also made it clear to my obgyn that he could forget about me setting foot on the scales in his office. ;-) From the looks of it, I think I ended up gaining around 35 kilos (around 77 pounds), I just kind of exploded to all sides during my pregnancy. Funny thing was, after delivering the baby the extra weight just disappeared, and I'm definitely no supermodel. Unfortunately some of the weight reappeared after I stopped breastfeeding.

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermarijke

Just found your blog again, Monica! So nice to catch up with you! Forget about the scale. You're cooking up a healthy baby, that's what's important. I began my first pregnancy at 130 and had to stop looking at the scale when it hit 200. I'm pretty sure I gained close to 80, but I just claim 70. And lost 30 in the hospital. Dang water. Our baby boy also weighed 9 lbs 8 1/2 ounces and was delivered via emergency c-section because he was so huge! I've done it twice since then and I just get HUGE when pregnant. But I lose it very fast...and you'll lose it. There's nothing fun about being prego...just get fat and enjoy every second. And if you're getting fat anyway, why not enjoy a few more treats?

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura Harris

I only gained 15 lbs, but I'm 5'1", slim and had my baby 2 weeks early. Don't stress about the #s lady! Stay healthy, and remember you'll have the rest of your life to work it off after the baby comes. You know, in the 5 seconds you'll have to yourself each day :) Thanks for sharing your stories with us!

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I gained about 35 lbs with each of my four kids. The last time I actually gained 30 because I had pica and was obsessed with eating ice, which cut down on more fattening cravings. It was great except for the part where it drove my husband nuts.

For reference, I am 5'4 and weighed 125 when i conceived the first. I was down to 120 by the time he was 6 months old, but then got depressed and shot up to about 140, where I stayed for a while. By the time I got pregnant with my fourth child, I was my heaviest at 168, so I hit 200 by the final week of the pregnancy. It was so miserable. Now i hover between 150-155 and hate my weight but am too lazy to diet and exercise. But what I'm saying is that I was skinny my whole life until I wasn't. It's still hard to get used to.

October 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSassy Molassy

Sixty lbs. with the first one - lost most of that as he nursed 23 hours a day at least for first 6 weeks. His eating has never slowed but we switched to formula at that time because I was utterly zombiefied.

The next pregnancy was twins... they were born at 32 weeks so I gained a mere 50 lbs. Pumped breastmilk for several months but ate through the stress of 6 weeks in NICU... never really lost most of that weight.

The last one was a TEN POUND baby. I gained 30 lbs. and dropped it all within weeks.

Determination - there is no "normal" weight gain.

October 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDayna

I gained 36 pounds all told. By 17 weeks along, I had only gained 7 pounds. I lost about 26 pounds within a week of having the baby (water and stuff), but am stuck with the last 4-6 pounds at nearly 15 months out. Could be because of my utter lack of exercise.

October 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmy B

I gained 35, I think, and then I had a seven-pound baby and came home and weighed myself and...was only down four pounds? And my milk hadn't come in yet? The hell?

October 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteragirlandaboy

I gained 37 with my first, and so far only. My OB/GYN was happy with that number since she said I was a little "small" (perfectly normal healthy weight) to begin with.

I really think it justs depends. My sister's friend has only gained 10 pounds and is due in December. My stepmom only gained 11 in total. Those women are out there but I think the best thing to keep in mind is Averages. There is no one best number.

October 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjen

Breastfeeding to lose weight is a crock of shit. Yes, the weight melts off of some people after having babies (in general, the younger you are, the more likely that is to happen) but driving your metabolism to the brink of sanity while supporting the life of another is not how it happens. Our bodies aren't meant to burn at full speed while nursing-- the metabolism slows down in order to accomplish the main goal. Bodies don't answer to simple math. Hormones are incredibly complex. Everyone who ever told me that breastfeeding is a magical weight loss is fat-- not that your readers are-- I'm just speaking from personal experience.

October 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterskinnythighs

I had my son when I was 39. We had to go through a fertility clinic to achieve pregnancy and I had one of those manic docs who very rarely had a success. My weight gain was slow and when, at 26 weeks I was only up 10 pounds he went crazy and essentially scared me to death. He kept questioning if I was dieting and ended our appointment giving me a gift certificate to a dessert shop (which was a place I was already visiting on a daily basis btw).
I called my mom who lives far away from me, crying and scared something was wrong. She laughed and said all three of her children weighed in at over 9 pounds and 24 inches at birth - and she never gained more than 22 pounds with any of us. "Simple genetics at play" she said.
Now ma isn't a doc but I think there is some truth to that. Your body will do what it is supposed to do during pregnancy (that said, anyone who eats 10 big macs a day will probably change the genetic course but you know what I mean).
It's ok, you'll be fine whatever the gain is and I can tell you I weigh less today after giving birth to two kids at 39 and 41 years of age than I did when I first got pregnant. When you find yourself walking around with a little person on each hip several hours a day you won't even have to think about dieting - you're actually engaging in weight training at that point.

October 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLucy's mom

With my first daughter, I went from around 155-160 to 240. I'm 5'9" and always had to starve myself just to stay at 155, so when I got pregnant I was so happy to have an excuse to let myself eat that I just ate and ate and ate. My doctors never said anything about it. (Of course they were German so maybe they're more laid back there.) But ALL I wanted was meat and cheese, and I had been vegan for years before that, so I don't think my body knew what to do with all that.

Now with my second daughter, I'm 22 weeks and have gone from 150 to 178ish. Who can even tell with retaining water and being constipated. I don't think I'm eating all that much but the weight just goes up anyways. At my last appointment, the freaking nurse told me I had gained a lot since my last visit (about 10 pounds in five or six weeks) and I wanted to hit her so hard. I wanted to scream at her, THIS TIME LAST PREGNANCY I WAS OVER 200 POUNDS. Ugh. Why do people care so much anyways? You're the one carrying the weight around and you're the one who'll have to lose it. Shut the fuck up.

October 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaclyn

First kid, gained about 50 lbs, lost about 60 lbs by the time he was one.

Second kid, gained 80 lbs, only ever lost about 60 lbs.

Third son, still had that extra 20lbs from #2, but ended up gaining 110lbs. Seriously. You didn't read that wrong, I gained over 100 lbs. 100 lbs! When I gave birth to him, I weighed 294 lbs. I mean, I have never been small, but I weighed almost 300 POUNDS. That's like, freak show weight.

Now the kids are 8, 6 and 2.5. Since the youngest was born, I have lost 135lbs. Now I weigh less than I did in high school. And, interestingly enough, the majority of the weight came off after I stopped nursing my youngest son (whereas with boys 1 & 2, I lost the weight while I was nursing.)

October 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSnarky Mama

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