Making Baby A, Week 18: Weight Gain

This morning, at 18w6d, according to my bathroom scale, I have officially gained 10 pounds!

But, according to various research online, I seem to be on track.

My pre-pregnancy weight was in the healthy range for my height (with a BMI of 18.5), which means I should gain between 25 to 35 pounds during my pregnancy. In addition, the proper way to do it is gaining 1 to 5 pounds in the first trimester and about 1 pound per week for the remainder of the pregnancy.

I still have 21 weeks left before full term and that means I can expect to gain 21 more pounds. Of course, it will probably be more. Some women gain an average of 1.5 pounds a week during the second and third trimester. However, my goal is to not break 35 pounds total.

I feel I have been eating fairly healthy. I still avoid cookies, chips, and sodas like I used to. Pregnancy hasn't made me crave for junk food.

My daily meals look something like this (I also take prenatal vitamins and drink at least 50 fl oz of water):

Breakfast: Two cups of 2% milk and cereal.
Snack: Yogurt.
Lunch: Whatever I pack for lunch. Typically leftovers from night before - rice, veggies, and meat.
Snack: Two pieces/servings of fruit (banana/apple/orange/pineapple/cantaloupe).
Snack (when I get home from work): A small meat bun.
Dinner: Whatever I make for dinner. Typically rice, veggies, meat, and soup.
Snack: Some kind of Asian snack.
Snack: Fruit.

Will I stay within my goal? We shall see how I do at the end of 40 weeks!

In less than 6 days, we find out whether we will be shopping for pink or blue. Can't wait!


  1. I will make more meat buns for you!

  2. I dunno about that, the first few weeks of this thing you were chowing down on frozen burriots like nobody's buisness. But I guess that phase has passed an you haven't really eaten much abnormal stuff. I wish you would develop a kick for chocolate and peanutbutter and start stocking the kitchen with that stuff, I wouldn't mind that at all, nope!

  3. I started out "underweight" with both my boys and ended up gaining 37 and 34 pounds. I was pleased with that, and I didn't change my diet too much except to eat more when I was hungry more....which, reflecting now...was a lot. LOL

    I'm excited to hear about your pregnancy. Enjoy the ride! (Have you started to feel the movements? Maybe I need to read older posts to find out.)

    Happy Friday!

  4. :)

    Sounds like mommy, daddy and baby are doing well and are happy and healthy!


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