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Q&A: How much extra weight gained from quitting smoking while pregnant?

How much extra weight will I gain if I quit smoking while pregnant?

Re: How much extra weight will I gain if I quit smoking while pregnant?

The Bump Expert

It’s impossible to say really. While it’s pretty common togain at least a little weight after quitting smoking in general, it doesn’thappen to everyone. Most women will gain about five pounds, since they nolonger have nicotine in their system to suppress their appetite or boost theirmetabolism. But now that you’re gaining weight for baby, there’s no way to knowfor sure how much of that is caused by the fact that you’re no longer smokingand how much of it you would have naturally gained anyway.

But besides all the obvious health benefits to kicking the habit, there’s one more upshot you can look forward to: Food will taste betterthan ever now. If you’re worried about packing on the pounds, though,just make sure to keep active, eat right, and not overdo it when it comes tosnacking or mealtime. You’ll not only keep your weight in check, but also helpcurb bloating, heartburn, or indigestion, which is always a plus.

Kerry Dougherty

Q&A: How much extra weight gained from quitting smoking while pregnant?

I quit smoking for the second and final time a month before we started TTC, which was about 7 months before I got my BFP. I have to say, it does make you gain weight for the reasons listed above and because you eat more to compensate for not being able to smoke. The reason I started up again after the first attempt at quitting, (about 3 years ago for 6 months), was because of the weight gain. And, sadly, this kind of weight doesn't come off easy. I'm now about 25-30 lbs over my ideal weight and in my 6th week of being pg. The idea of gaining another 30 lbs both haunts and scares the crap out of me, but I know it's inevitable and baby's health is top priority. I'm trying to make sure I eat as healthy as I can and don't overeat so I don't gain any more weight than necessary, (gaining weight seems to happen quite easily anymore). Don't worry, I'm not trying to lose weight--big pg no-no--just being conscious of what I eat and not stuffing my face whenever I feel like it. I can't deny that sometimes it can be quite depressing. I try not to think about it and concentrate on the fact that my dream of being a mommy is in the works. I remind myself that all I can do is start fresh with losing the weight after the baby is here. If anyone else out there is going through this, please feel free to contact me....even if you aren't an ex-smoker, but are starting out your pregnancy with extra weight. It would be nice to know I'm not alone... Thanks for reading my story!

FacciaBella83 |

Q&A: How much extra weight gained from quitting smoking while pregnant?

I immediately gained 7 pounds (from 110 to 117 - which looks a lot more than it sounds). I quit the day I found out I was pregnant, at 3w6d - before I had any cravings or increased appetite. It's not really a bad thing though, because pregnancy is the perfect time to make healthy changes. If I quit smoking without being pregnant I for sure would have replaced it with another unhealthy habit. Instead, I'm eating very well and exercising regularly. Besides, nobody can really fault you for gaining weight while pregnant! The only downside is I can't be sure how much "baby weight" I've gained now that I'm almost 10 weeks. Good luck quitting, it's so worth it!

alfulton99 |

Q&A: How much extra weight gained from quitting smoking while pregnant?

I quit smoking (for the 3rd and final time) 3 days after finding out I am pregnant. I'm currently 9 weeks pregnant as of today and I've been a non-smoker for one month in two more days. I've gained a total of 10 pounds (which I'm really not happy about). Like FacciaBella83 I was already overweight by about 30lbs before getting pg and I'm trying to stay in the 15-25Lb overall weight gain range for my complete pregnancy. This is also my second pregnancy and during my first one (11 years ago) I gained an excessive amount from making poor eating decisions while being a young first time mom. This time I'm not trying to lose weight but feel like 10lbs during first trimester is alot. Everything I'm reading about how many calories is needed is conflicting, depending on the source Im really just trying to make smarter decisions when eating and exercising when possible.

Kel1581 |