Ask Our Experts

Got Questions? We've got answers from experts and parents who've been there.

Is early weight gain a problem?

I gained a lot of weight early in my pregnancy. Is that a problem?
Submitted by Team

While putting on the bulk of your pregnancy weight in the first trimester isn't the end of the world, it does cause some concern. If you started your pregnancy at a healthy weight, you should plan to gain 25 to 35 pounds total throughout your pregnancy. If you gain the majority of that early on (say, 20 pounds in the first 20 weeks), it may be hard to slow down your weight gain, and you'll end up packing on much more that what's recommended. Gaining too much weight during pregnancy can raise your risk for complications like gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, and makes it that much harder to get back in shape after your baby arrives.

Take a look at why you may have gained weight so quickly. Is your diet high in fat and calories? Are you eating a lot of sweets and fast food? It's fine to give in to some pregnancy cravings now and then, but now's the time to eat healthier than ever -- not to treat your kitchen like a 24/7 buffet. Keep in mind that you only need to consume about 300 extra calories a day while you're expecting (and less in the first trimester). That turns out to be a lot less than you'd think -- about the equivalent of a cup of cereal with milk and a banana.

Copyright 2009

The answers from our experts are for educational purposes only. Please always refer to your child's pediatrician and mental health expert for more in-depth advice.

Community Answers4

Answer this Question
Enter an Answer to this Question

500 characters left

ive lost 10 lbs since i got pregnant. i as back at my pre-pregnancy weight from my first child, got pregnnt n have actually lost weight. is this safe?
Submitted by biscutsgrl
hard to gain weight
Submitted by terriebeasleyma
My pre-pregnancy weight was 138. I'm now 32 weeks and weigh 176, that's almost 40 pounds total weight gain. I have had a healthy diet and closely watch what I eat; however, I still manage to gain a lot and still have a few weeks to go. I'm all belly and my doctor says my weight gain is fine. If your worried, just watch what you eat and if you still continue to gain a lot and your doctor says it's fine, then don't worry about it.
Submitted by scgirdner22
I gained 12 pounds in my first trimester. My doctor scolded me and had me visit a dietician for guidance. I didn't learn anything new, but did so to appease the doctor. However, that weight gain was just how my body reacted to in the increase of milk, cheese, and meat I was so hungry for! That has now ceased. Now in my third trimester, from weeks 26-31, I haven't gained but 3 pounds. It's as if I'm catching up in reverse. Everyone says I look amazing - go figure! =)
Submitted by taraavaali