thoughts on pregnancy weight gain

November 8, 2011

musings from the almost-halfway point
[alternate title: our baby loves cheese]

i’m just going to come out and say it: it’s weird gaining weight on purpose.

on careful review, i have concluded that some bloggers were nearly bumpless at this point. well, not me.
seriously! it’s a different world. i’m not saying i haven’t accidentally put on a few pounds before [due to holidays, vacations, crazy call schedules, etc] — but normally this is followed by a natural urge to swing the other direction before things get too dramatic [or even noticeable to others, really]. generally, there’s no mention of a ‘diet’ per se, but in those cases my thoughts and actions are admittedly along those lines: an inclination towards healthier ‘cleaner’ eating, maybe fewer snacks, more workouts.

and then the TTC issues happened, and despite never being underweight nor eating-disordered, my mindset had to change. but now i can see that those 7-8 lbs are nothing compared with the changes in pregnancy. i’m at 19 weeks and my body is barely recognizable to me anymore [at least from the now-nonexistent waist up!]. sometimes i catch myself thinking . . . well, diet-y thoughts, and then i remember: IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE THIS WAY!

i’m a nerd and like tracking these sorts of things [well – things in general!], so i have been capturing my uphill adventure on the scale on excel, checking in weekly when i remember. i am definitely in uncharted waters [though honestly, i STARTED OUT in uncharted waters prior to becoming pregnant] so each number up is admittedly sort of a shock. but i’m getting used to it. and i think this graph looks pretty appropriate:

from ~8 weeks to ~19 weeks
and the dreaded babycenter app even agrees:

trying not to think of the LONG way i have to go!
and the honest truth? i haven’t been ‘trying’ to do anything with my eating habits. in fact, the opposite is true: i would say i’ve been eating as intuitively as i ever have in my adult life. some days, i’m hungry and need snacks between my snacks; others much less so. just based on what i want, i’m mostly picking things with some nutritional value, but my body is definitely a HUGE fan of dairy in all forms right now.

from last night’s dinner . . .

to my favorite dessert.

pumpkin loyo i can’t quit you
really, for the most part, i think my diet is very similar to pre-pregnancy! i have definitely enjoyed my share of brownies/meals out/etc lately, but in truth i have always done that anyway.

the only difference i can think of [other than the whole no alcohol/no sushi type stuff] is that i’m careful to always have a snack available if need be, because when a hunger attack hits, it’s twice as powerful as it was pre-gestation. sadly, i’m also less patient in waiting for josh to come home to eat dinner, though this may have more to do with his crazy hours lately [his arrival home = my bedtime!!] than anything on my end.

so there you have it: thoughts on pregnancy weight gain at the halfway point. i am going to continue eating cheese when i want it, because i have learned to trust my body’s new intuition. and i will wear my hard-earned rapidly-growing bump with pride.

link luv
♥ i am DROOLING over this clean and modern planner from typotheque. by january, i’ll be just 6 months in to my journal J so i’ll have to hold off, but someone should buy this beautiful volume! and tell me all about it!

what you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while, from the happiness project. i wholeheartedly agree — which is why i pay so much attention to my daily routines/patterns.

attention local groupon-ers! $37 massage in downtown durham? YES PLEASE. [they accept the coupon for prenatal — i checked!]



workout: 35 min prenatal DVD [weights/light cardio]

espanol: check. it’s getting harder! argh.

endo: instead of textbook reading, i worked on prepping for a presentation [a journal club on thursday].

pager: i’m happy to say that overall yesterday was not so bad, and i think i weathered the pager quite well!


  • Reply Atilla March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    gotta love cheese! you look great

  • Reply Amy March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    You and your sweet little bump are both so cute. You should have seen me at twenty-ish weeks, not cute at all.

  • Reply Allie@LiveLaughEat March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    It must be at least somewhat comforting knowing you’re eating for another very very very important person! I know you’re not "eating for 2" and not supposed to eat thaaaat much more, but I can’t wait for the feeling that the snack I eat has a greater purpose than satisfying my cravings—nourishing a baby!

    You look beautiful Sarah. I’m sure the weight will fall right off after you give birth. Don’t fret!

  • Reply An. March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    You shouldn’t "put yourself" on graphs..just breathe and go with the flow, it’s a beautiful moment, .

  • Reply Amy March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes – right down to starting out in uncharted waters! Due to my own fertility issues (two miscarriages) I wound up gaining about 10 pounds before I got pregnant again – and that on top of the normal pregnancy weight gain is just so weird. (I’m a week behind you.)

    It is easier for me now that I have a real "bump" and my weight gain – which started quickly – seems to have normalized somewhat. But man, is it ever weird. I am glad to be pregnant, but I also can’t wait to be able to REALLY exercise again and feel like I have some sort of control over my body.

  • Reply Jen March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    I feel the same way. I’ve been eating intuitively all of pregnancy, and while my weight gain is certainly on the higher side of "healthy", I know it’s what my body needs to do. And carrying around snacks is a must! Isn’t it crazy how some days your body says "give me food NOW". I guess it knows what it wants!

    You continue to look great Sarah! <3

  • Reply Sabrina March 10, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    For what it’s worth you look really good!

  • Reply Lee Becknell March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    I think you look great and you’re right, your body knows what it needs to do.

  • Reply Marci March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    I think you look super cute and still little. I am not tracking weight gain and only ask when I’m at the doctor. I just really don’t want to know every week and don’t want to focus on the number. I trust the way I eat and that my body will do what it’s supposed to do. It is weird to watch the scale go up, but I keep remembering that it’s supposed to do that, and it’s natural! I had a big growth spurt in the last four weeks! (19-23 weeks).

  • Reply Kristina March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    I know that this is NOT the same thing at all, but I feel like talking about weight gain and how to do it well/healthily is one of those sort-of taboo topics in the ‘healthy living world’. When people are living well and gaining weight, it seems okay to talk about it, but it’s not okay to mention "Hey, I need to gain weight! What do I do?!"
    At the moment, I’m incorporating a lot of ice cream into my diet. Not sure how healthy that is…

  • Reply Angeliki March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    I understand your weight gain thoughts, they are just natural and I’m very happy that you keep everythin into perspective and you don’t get overwhelmed by all these. Bodies do crazy things to protect the little one inside 🙂 Take good care of yourself A xxx

  • Reply Shayla March 10, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    I love your honesty here and when my time comes I know I can totally relate to this post – gaining weight no matter what for is difficult but you look absolutely amazing and am loving the bump 🙂

  • Reply JT@Faux Foodie Girl March 10, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    you look fantastic!!!!

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  • Reply كيف ا& March 10, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    Informative one … Thank you for elaborating with pics. It really helps Now I am pregnant in 10 week. This is my first time.

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