I think there is a portion you can control, and a portion which is just how your body manages pregnancy.
I gained 13kg with my son, mostly bump but my arms and legs did grow. Pretty sure 3kg of that was from slack eating, but I lost most (11kg) within 10 months.
A fairly petite friend of mine put on 30kg with her son. And I swear she didn't overdue it. Lost it all within 12 months.
I'm very early with my second so I'll let you know how I go. I've been much more active since having DS, so I'm hoping to stay around 10kgs.
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27-07-2016 13:45 #11
27-07-2016 15:08 #12
Is it possible to just grow a bump not a huge bum?
My active, highly health conscious friend from school gained 20kg during both her pregnancies. She was more active than me and ate better as well. She was so fluidy - her face was so puffed up. She lost it all each time. Point of my story is - some things are out of your hands.
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27-07-2016 15:14 #13
Unless you are prepared to exercise a lot, I think it really is out of your control and comes down to body shape and the way you naturally lay down fat. Even when I was thin and had a very low bmi pre kids I had a big butt. It only got worse during pregnancy.
I seemed to end up around the 80kg mark with each of my pregnancies, regardless of the starting point. I started each pregnancy between 55 and 70 kg. I got really really hungry with my first pregnancy (55kg start) but not so much with the others (65 - 70kg starts) but always ended up at the same end point.
No matter how much exercise I did - mainly walking and pregnancy aerobics and yoga classes, I always looked big all over.
27-07-2016 18:16 #14Senior Member
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Thanks ladies good to hear I suppose. I'm just one of those who fully blows out when pregnant. Just last time I gained 20kg and looked huge. This time I am gaining faster so I'm a little worried about that end number
27-07-2016 18:28 #15
Yes it is possible, but I honestly think genetics has a lot to do with it. I was lucky and didn't put on much weight with my pregnancies. My second pregnancy especially, I was all bump. I ate healthy and kept up my exercise and didn't use pregnancy as an excuse to indulge. I was back in my skinny jeans within a couple weeks of giving birth.
However I know it's not that simple for everyone. My SIL put on 30kg but she was super super thin to begin with so I think maybe it was her body stock-piling!
Try not to worry too much. Some people put on lots of weight in first trimester but barely any in 2nd, and others don't put on any until the 3rd, it's not a one size fits all thing.
Focus on staying healthy and try to embrace your changing body. It's doing a beautiful amazing thing, even if you feel like a hideous whale! Plenty of time to lose weight after baby is born - and if your lucky you might find you even end up smaller after breastfeeding - I did with my first, and probably on my way to it again now. But unfortunately that means boobs too .
27-07-2016 18:36 #16
I think it comes down to genetics that we have gotten from our folks. My first DS I put on 15kg then I lost 22kg. This time round with DS2 I put on 17kg and have around another 5kg (estimate) to go. I was all baby and you couldn't tell from behind that I was pregnant. All the weight I put on in both pregnancies was all fluid.
27-07-2016 18:36 #17
Yes, it's possible. But I don't recommend it, it's good to have some spare kg if you plan to breastfeed. Ds sucked me dry!
27-07-2016 19:00 #18
Just eat healthy and do some exercise and be the size you end up. I was mortified that I put on 16 kg when pregnant as I'd always been slim - I felt like a blimp and it got to my self esteem. However, the extra weight came off afterwards. I was back to pre baby weight when DD was 9 months old without too much effort.
Trying to limit calories etc while pregnant may not be great for bub.
27-07-2016 23:45 #19Senior Member
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It's just one of those things that is different for everyone. I thought I'd blimp out but I didn't - I was all bump right up til a few weeks before I was induced when my blood pressure started going funny and I put on quite a bit of fluid weight in a short space of time (I didn't think it was too bad at the time but looking at a couple of photos from late pregnancy I was definitely noticeably puffy!) and I think in the end I put on 13 or 14kg all up. But then after I had the baby I peed all that fluid out (I've never gone to the toilet so frequently in my life as after I gave birth) and the puff went down and I was wearing regular clothes again just a couple of weeks after birth. Then I kept losing weight and now I'm sitting about 5kg lighter now than when I got pregnant and have been for ages. And now I also have saggy boobs and a flat bum. I used to have a nice one
But none of that was due to any effort on my part, it's just how it happened.
I have a friend who recently had a baby. Started off as a tiny size 6-8, looked after herself well but put on over 20kg. At one month post partum she still looked pregnant. And I'm quite sure she eats better than I do! So I think it's just luck of the draw to a large extent. Your body does what it needs to do.
28-07-2016 09:33 #20
I actually lost weight in my last pregnancy due to diabetes medication but it still didn't stop me from looking like a beachball with legs. I was overweight before I fell preggers so it didn't help I guess. I agree with others. Genetics has a lot to do with it.
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