When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, Or Quads: Proven Guidelines for a Healthy Multiple PregnancyBy Barbara Luke, Tamara Eberlein,
mom's of singleton's are supposed to gain about 12 pounds by 20 weeks.
Mom's of quads are supposed to gain 45 pounds!
I have also read recently that in multiples, first trimester weight gain is the best predictor of final birth weight. Because of the increase in multiple births, more research has been done and the guidelines for weight gain have been increased for mom's of multiples.
Here's where I'm having a bit of difficulty - I will write about the risks of a quad pregnancy later - but in a nutshell, I am not willing to put myself or the babies at that degree of risk. Therefore, I only expect to have a quad pregnancy during the first trimester (if that).
So where does that put me weight-wise?
My bump is equivalent to early second trimester. But I'm sure most of it is bloat.
I've gained 3 pounds since starting IVF which doesn't seem like much, but it feels like 10. I wonder if it's decreased muscle mass also...
My RE won't really discuss things with me until the next ultrasound because things can change so quickly in this type of high-risk pregnancy. That's fine with me because I know that it essentially doesn't matter quite yet.
But for the sake of my singleton; do I need to be gaining a ton of weight so that it can keep pace with where it should be? I imagine the answer is - probably.
I know a lot of new pregnant women struggle with the weight gain aspect of pregnancy, and I am too. I've been at a normal weight my entire life. Until I started IVF, I played soccer 2-3 times a week. Now I'm doing nothing (except walking a bit). And I feel gross. I will work on working out more - gently - but I haven't had the time or energy in the last few weeks. For the first 2 weeks, I felt very uncomfortable from the egg retrieval and probably mild OHSS and I just started feeling better physically at about 6 weeks - right before I was hit with the quad news.
Actually, the day before my ultrasound, I went for a longer more vigorous walk. I tried running a block or two and it just didn't feel good (and my boobs hurt).
I'm just in a really confusing place right now because what's going on today might not be the same as what's going on at 10 weeks or 14 weeks or after.
For now, I'm definitely going to buy some maternity pants this weekend.