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Q&A: Losing weight during pregnancy?

I just found out I’m pregnant, and I’m actually losing weight. Is this normal? Should I be worried?

Re: I just found out I’m pregnant, and I’m actually losing weight. Is this normal? Should I be worried?

The Bump Expert

It certainly seems strange to lose weight when you’re creating a whole new person, but it’s probably nothing to fret about. Morning sickness and the accompanying loss of appetite can cause you to shed a few pounds in the first trimester. Don't worry -- you'll more than make up for this loss in the upcoming months. And remember, most women only gain between two and five pounds in the first trimester.

Still, you can (and should) take action to ensure you and baby get the nutrients you need. Prenatal vitamins are the way to go,though you might want to try one with a low dose of iron (the mineral can actually make nausea worse). And, try to eat whenever you can stand it.An empty stomach can actually trigger nausea, as can low blood sugar,so eat before you are hungry and always keep snacks nearby. Getting extra sleep and cutting down the stress will also work wonders for your appetite.

For an alternative remedy, try ginger. (Ginger ale, ginger candies, ginger beef with snow peas…) It has a long history of making tummies feel better. Or slip on an acupressure band, found at most drugstores.The bands -- meant to ward off seasickness --help many a mom fight the queasies. If you continue to lose weight or simply can’t keep anything down, talk with your doctor.

Paula Kashtan

re: Q: Losing Weight?

I have lost over 5 pounds since I found out I was pregnant. I asked my doctor and she said it was okay in the first trimester, but obviously this shouldn't continue to happen. Mine is mainly because any food I look at makes me sick. Everyone keeps telling me it gets better in teh second trimester so I am anxiously awaiting being able to eat again.

wltlakejackson |

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Peppermint helped me tremendously my first pregnancy - those little round, red-and-white swirly peppermint candies are convenient, and always helped me get over my total food aversion that first trimester. Peppermint tea is also good after a meal, and can help with keeping it down (and can help relieve/prevent heartburn and indigestion after meals, too).

happysparkle |

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I am in my 6th week, almost 7 and am nautious all the time. I eat mostly carbs because they are the most "soothing', and I actually thought I gained so much weight, but after weighing myself this morning, I haven't. I go for bread and Saltines when really nautious. I will say, though, that the vomiting has not kicked in yet.

aimee6 |

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I am in my 7th week now, and when I first found out I was pregnant, I said "Ok, better weigh myself now, this is the littleist I will be.." and I have lost about 5 pounds. The wierd thing is, I eat.. A LOT! I have to eat like every 2 hours or I get very nauseous. I have to say, though, that I don't eat a lot at one sitting, but I eat very often throughout the day.

abbyleigh02 |

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I have been bloated like a big Macy's Thanksgiving Parade balloon! I've had to cut down my salt. I have no appetite, but also no morning sickness. So no, no weight loss here!

LauraQS |

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I have lost 8 pounds since I found out I was pregnant! I do feel like I am eating all the time, but the morning sickness and vomiting must be working. Hopefully it will stop soon as I am about to enter my second trimester.

orgnlmama |

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I'm so nauseated all day long. I eat anything that I can stand to look at. Mostly carbs, I have lost about 2 pounds but had put on a bout 6 before even finding out I was pregnant. Peppermint tea kinda of helps but small things every couple of hours. I'm surviving on soup. Not good for me or baby but I can stomach it.

patchessi |

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I'm sick all the time, but when I do feel good I eat as much as possible and I've still lost 10lbs!

nathanswife |

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I am in my second trimester now and have continued to lose weight. At this week's checkup (15 wks), my doctor instructed me to take in an extra 700 calories a day through Ensure drinks. She also upped my zofran prescription. If I haven't gained weight in two weeks, or if I continue to barf like I have (losing A LOT of bile on regular basis), we have to consider more drastic measures (I was only 118 pounds with a low BMI when I got pregnant). This is scary because I am already high-risk due to severe chronic asthma.

tinychefjackson |

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I am 23 weeks and have lost a total of 18 pounds and I have had no morning sickness what so ever. The Dr. seems to think that due to the fact that we gained so much weight trying to get pregnant (fertility drugs = 42+ pounds gained in 11 months) that this is just that weight leaving now that the drugs are no longer in my body. Also know, I have known many women who are over weight and while pregant they have lost weight. Most of them say it is because they are taking care of them selfs ( many for the first time), but they are now watching what they eat and excersizing. If your Dr. isn't worried... enjoy the lose!

NCTheatregirl |

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I'm am 4 weeks, 3 days. I've recently lost 30 lbs and hoped to lose another 65. Obviously that's not going to happen. I'm hoping that I can safely lose a few more pounds while the baby is growing. I have Insulin Resistance, a precursor to Diabetes. So, losing fat would help prevent complications. IHowever, I've been eating so well and I've been craving fried foods the last couple of days. I think that means I need to start taking Omega 3 supplements. My body probably needs that.

Mommapen |

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I am 21 weeks and had to change my diet in the first trimester due to gestational diabetes. I have lost 14 pounds during my pregnancy and my doctor said that as long as I am eating right then there is nothing to worry about. He said that all the nutrition is going straight to the baby. So I agree with NCTheatregirl , as long as your Dr. is not worried enjoy losing the weight and your pregnancy.

browndragon |

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I have 13lbs in the past 7 1/2 weeks. But I know it will all come back and then some!

3girls2boys4usplus1 |

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I didn't gain an ounce while I was pregnant, I actually lost 14 lbs.!! My Dr. was not concerned whatsoever, as u/s after u/s showed she was more than healthy weight (ended up 7lbs. 10oz.). My Dr. said if it wasn't for me being pregnant, I would have weighed less, of which was true, after I gave birth, I lost another 23lbs of fluid and baby ofcourse! ;)Do what's smart, what's healthy, and if you and baby are ok, and Dr. is not worried, then don't read into it too much on what you "should" be doing.

wifeyepperson |

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I am 5'9'' and weighed 124 when I got pregnant...already under weight. I now weigh 115. I have not been this thin since I was 14 and about 3 inches shorter. The doctor said I would make up for it later...but its hard to believe that I am growing a baby in there and weighing less than ever.

Brittany FreyBox |

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I have no idea what all of you are talking about. I have GAINED 10 lbs since I got pregnant! (I am almost 7 weeks) The Dr said it was because of all of the fluids I am retaining. He said to drink more water. I don't think I can drink any more water than I already do... I already drink between 40 and 100 oz a day!

Mrslucas2008 |

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I have been really sick the last 4 days, with M/S and cold flu, I am 7 weeks, lost only 2 lbs so far, but that is because i couldnt keep anything down. I am now on dliectin, and i feel so much better, i am hoping that my appetite starts to come back but until then i have started drinking hot chocolate so that i can get some calories from that and hopefully not loose too much more.

macko! |

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I was overweight anyway so the few pounds I am losing now in the first trimester are just an added bonus! I've been just nauseous enough to not be ravenously hungry, but no morning sickness yet. who knew pregnancy could be a weight LOSS aid???!! I know, I know--I'll more than make up for it soon, but if could start out with a 10 pound loss, then the 20 pounds I gain I won't look so bad, right?

gotchagomo |

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I am now 13 weeks and have lost a total of 10 lbs. I've been so sick for at least the past 2 months now. Every day I'm throwing up that nasty stomach acid. I have no desire to look at food or smell food, let alone eat it. The only time I ever can keep water or food down is after about 5 pm, which is hard cause then I eat/drink all at once then sleep on it. I can't wait for the day to come that I actually start to crave food! Hopefully this will come soon now that I'm starting 2nd trimester.

alleyf26 |

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I'm 16 weeks and at my appt I had lost more weight doctor's not worried yet.

BetsyDavis |

Q&A: Losing weight during pregnancy?

Peppermint tea sounds delicious and tummy soothing!!

andreame |

Q&A: Losing weight during pregnancy?

My husband and I are trying to have our first baby. I'm a teacher and since I have the summers off, we're trying really hard to "schedule" as much as possible so that I'm due at during May. However, I know I'm not as healthy as a should be to start having a baby. Since we got married, my husband and I have both been fighting with the fridge to cut back. But, now that we're trying to have a baby, I'm worried that my weight will be an issue. If you're already overweight, is it bad to hope to lose some weight during your pregnancy since all the research suggests being over weight is bad for the pregnancy?

keystonestreet@hotmail.com |

Q&A: Losing weight during pregnancy?

I am 14 weeks pregnant and ive lost 21 1/2 lbs. my doctor is very proud of me and the baby is doing great. I am eating healthier than ive ever eaten in my life, and eating this healthily alows me to actually eat more! I feel great, i just wish i had done it sooner.

willmeg1@hotmail.com |

Q&A: Losing weight during pregnancy?

By the time I got to my first prenatal appt at 11 weeks I had lost 10 lbs. I'm 20 weeks now and have only gained 3 lbs, doctor says baby weighs about a pound and i swear the other 2 are in my bra!!

xxkalesxx |

Q&A: Losing weight during pregnancy?

I weighed myself at 6 weeks (a few days before I found out) and was so frustrated because i was spending hours in the gym and I had put on 2 pounds. Now at 11 weeks I have lost 13 pounds because I just cant eat...this is miserable, I hope trimester two brings my appetite back.

cookierlr1 |

Q&A: Losing weight during pregnancy?

I am currently 20 weeks. I was diagnosed with Hyperemis around 12 weeks. I had two stays in the hospital for fluids. I was suppper dehydrated. I couldnt keep anything down for approx 2 months.The OB put me on Phen(25 mg, every 4 hours) and Zofran(8 mg). Needless to say I was constatly tired!! Anyway..the sickness has finally slowed down. I get sick maybe once a day. I have actually lost 23 lbs since I found out I was preg. The OB isnt concerned. She said I might have said some "extra" to start with! Good Luck everyone.

AnnaParker09 |

Q&A: Losing weight during pregnancy?

I weighed myself the day after I found out I was pregnant (around 4.5/5 weeks) and since then I have lost 21 pounds (I am now 17 weeks) from being so 'all-day' sick. My doctor says its fine and I shouldn't worry, but every time I weigh in her office I've just had lunch or its late in the day so I weigh more than I do when I weigh myself at home in the morning. I somewhat feel like she'd giving me the brush off about it because she's not addressing my concerns... has anyone else had this serious of weight loss that continues into your second trimester, and what has your doctor said about it?

Mrs.Agurie |

Q&A: Losing weight during pregnancy?

The best thing to do in order to remove all doubts is to consult a doctor about this and let him know everything about your lifestyle, work, daily schedule, so that he can advise you on which decisions to make in order to protect your organism during the pregnancy months. I was usually losing weight after my pregnancy because I went on a diet and I was actually feeling discouraged because it didn`t show any results at the beginning, but this is not the case.

conquerer |