Thursday, August 21, 2008

The Incredible Expanding Woman

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We had our appointments today and all went well. The baby girls are over a pound each which explains some of the 11 pounds I've gained so far. Actually, my doctor is very happy- since I usually pack on the preggo pounds! With my own children I'd say I easily gained 30-45 pounds each time (and that was with singletons)!

Women's Health Care Topics online describes where all the weight goes that a women will gain during the pregnancy . . .

Baby - may weigh between 6-7.5 pounds . . . obviously can be more, especially with twins.

Uterus - may weigh 2 pounds.

Placenta - generally weighs 1.5 pounds.

Breasts - may weigh up to 1.5 to 2 pounds.

Blood Volume - will increase during pregnancy up to 4 pounds.

Fluid - as much as 4 pounds.

Amniotic Fluid - weigh approximately 2 pounds.

Maternal Fat Stores and Nutrients - about 7 pounds of weight.

I think it's safe to say I probably had more "fat stores" in my last pregnancies versus a 15+ pound placenta. Especially since my kids weighed from 6 lbs 10 oz up to 7 lbs 8 oz.

When it comes to weight gain, a positive this time around will be I won't gain any after. I'm one of those women who puts on weight breast feeding instead of melting away the pounds- I'm the Le Leche League's greatest media fear!

From now on I"ll be seeing my OB every two weeks, so I'm sure I'll start to blog more often. We're getting close to beginning the third trimester- how close we are depends where you get your information. Some say the third trimester begins week 26, others say week 28 . . . all I know is regardless, it's going by really fast!


Deanna said...

Kelly, I think what you are doing is so awesome!! And identical girls!! Our Quads had a set of identical girls. I am sure the family is excited. Girl you look good. With the twins I was HUGE but much bigger with the quads (who where hidding util 26 weeks) I love seeing the pics of your sonos. Good luck girl!! You are doing awesome

Beautiful Bella said...

You look great! Was nice to see you and I love your blog.
Take care Bella & Sonja