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thread: Weight Tracking

  1. #1
    Registered User

    Feb 2004
    Melbourne
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    Weight Tracking

    Does anyone think it's really important to track how much weight you have gained??



    I've only just thought about this today & I am pretty sure that I have put on a little bit already, but am not exactly sure how much I weighed before getting pregnant. What do you guys think - is it important to know what you are gaining, or does it not really matter?

  2. #2
    Registered User

    May 2004
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    Sarah, usually your doctor/gyno will weigh you every time he sees you and if he is concerned about how much weight you are puting on I am sure he will tell you.

    I think I put on about 12 kilos all up with Nicholas. I am not going to be too wrroed unless I put on 30 kilos!!!

    Kazz & co \/
    Nicholas 26/10/02

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    Registered User

    May 2004
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    Sarah, usually your doctor/gyno will weigh you every time he sees you and if he is concerned about how much weight you are puting on I am sure he will tell you.

    I think I put on about 12 kilos all up with Nicholas. I am not going to be too wrroed unless I put on 30 kilos!!!

    Kazz & co \/
    Nicholas 26/10/02

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    Registered User

    May 2004
    Shepparton
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    We didn't track my weight with Emily, the Dr just took belly measurements. I think tracking your weight would be fun, just as a reference for yourself. I am thinking of getting some scales, because I always wanted to know my wieght with Emily... not for any real purpose... just 'cause.

    Tanya

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    Hi Sarah.

    It isn't really necessary to track. I put on 9kg with Kameron and only 6kg with Lachlan my doctors weren't concerned. I know people that have put on 20kg and doctors haven't been concerned with that either.

    I never got weighed at all thru my pregnancy only the initial booking in appointment at the hospital.

    Love :smt049

  6. #6
    Debbie Lee Guest

    I won't want to know - even if the Dr. does weigh me.
    I am pretty heavy anyway so I think that it will just depress me to see the colossal number on the scales.
    So long as I am not putting my health at risk, I am just going to do what I can to eat healthy and do some exercise when I can. Don't wanna stress out about the weight. Not much else I can do about it anyway without depriving little Nobba of his sustainence.

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    karls Guest

    With the Obstetrician I will be using, his in-clinic Nurse always weighed me, tested a first morning urine sample, and took my blood pressure. I assume this will be same routine with this pg.

    With this pg I am 45kg lighter than I was with Lach, but would still have liked to lose a little more. If you have a little bit of weight to lose, quite possibly because of eating better and exercising, some women, including myself, actually lose weight over the first couple of months, but have healthy babies.

    Speaking for myself, I will probably follow my weight throughout this pg, but it is purely a personal choice, if your Obstetrician doesn't.

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    May 2004
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    Deb, I wouldn't worry about seeing what you weigh later on in the pregancy. When the doctor weighed me when I was really 'popping out' I couldn't see what it was as my stromach was in the way!! LOL

    Kazz & co \/
    Nicholas 26/10/02

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    Feb 2004
    Melbourne
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    LOL at your stomach being in the way Kazz!!

  10. #10
    Debbie Lee Guest

    I hadn't thought of that Kazz!
    Of course! I have pretty much said my goodbyes to my feet for a while so I guess I can say goodbye to seeing the scales too! Thanks for that!!

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    Melinda Guest

    I just wanted to say that I've been tracking my own weight, but my OB has not weighed me at all - not even once. I actually asked him about weight gain and he said that weight gain/loss during PG is really of little consequence - the main thing is that the baby is growing at the appropriate rate and that you are otherwise healthy.

    I think personally weight gain etc can be a little deceiving during PG if you're going to retain a lot of fluid as I have been - you should see my ankles etc! I've gained my fair share so far (and was already carrying additional pre-PG weight) and it has really bothered me, but the OB did mention to me that most of it was just fluid.

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    Mar 2004
    Switzerland at the moment
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    I think it depends on the OBs. Some find it important, others don't. It can be quite helpful in later pregnancy to detect pre-eclampsia. Other than that the weight gain is often nothing significant. Some gain a few kilos, others 20 or more (I am sure I'll gain 20 kg). It might be useful for yourself a) for future pregnancies, b) for losing the weight afterwards again. Other than that I think it's really a personal preference.

    Snowy
    (who so far has gained a shocking 8 kg)

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    Melinda Guest

    You're right about the weight gain in terms of pre-eclampsia Snowy. Definitely. If you start gaining a lot of weight/retaining a lot of fluid it should always be mentioned to your OB if he/she isn't tracking your weight so that they can rule this out.

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    Debbie Lee Guest

    Woah Colleen! That is amazing! I guess that I why they say not to focus too much on your weight during pregnancy hey?

  15. #15
    Registered User

    Oct 2003
    Forestville NSW
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    its hard... I lost 8kg in the first trimester, then put on 12kg after that, so really I only gained 4kg, but its hard to track....

    I'm also already down to pre-pregnancy weight just over 4 weeks after Matilda's birth.


    Christy

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    Sarah,

    Dr Lolatgis (BellyBelly's website Ob) doesn't weigh his patients. It's too inaccurate as it could be a host of other things than fat, e.g. fluid etc. Obviously regular visits to your Ob will keep track of your health, so if you are particularly worried or if your Ob is, I am sure it will be noted or mentioned. I gained 20kgs last pregnancy and lost it all and more very quickly. Some women I know put on 1kg the whole pregnancy and others all sorts of variations - so I don't think it is any reason to worry about weight. Obs generally have their own ways of doing things so if you are unsure why they do the things they do (or don't) just ask them
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  17. #17
    Registered User

    Feb 2004
    Melbourne
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    Thanks everyone for all of your replies

    The main thing I was worried about was whether the Drs would ask what I weighed before & I really don't know. I feel like I have put on some weight already, and at night I have quite an obvious belly. But if it doesn't matter too much I won't worry unless it becomes an issue.

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    Registered User

    Jun 2004
    Melbourne Australia
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    I am in the weight management industry and we have specialised programs for pregnant women... it is usual to put on between 10-15kg whilst pregnant. It is not safe to activly try to loose weight whilst pregnant any other way apart from with DR/OB or a specialised clinic. As has been said, water retention can be a major reason why you put on more than 'baby weight'. make sure you drink plenty of water and rest for half an hour with legs elevated after being on feet for over two hours.. especially later on....
    we have been TTC for 6 months now and i thought i might pop in a have a look at what goes on once we get our BFP!

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