Is it normal to lose weight during the second trimester of pregnancy? That’s the question of the day and one we hope to answer for you! Pregnancy is a wonderful thing for parents. As a pregnant woman, you get to feel a precious life growing inside of you. You get to experience the joy of listening to your child’s heartbeat for the first time, of feeling the first movement, of finding out the sex of the baby, and more.
Of course, you’ve probably made lifestyle changes that will help keep your baby healthy throughout your pregnancy. You’re gaining weight, you’re eating healthier, and you’re keeping both baby and mommy safe and healthy. But what happens if you lose weight during the second trimester of pregnancy? We’re here to answer your questions about what’s considered healthy (and not healthy) during this trimester. Just remember, though: we’re not doctors. This is not meant to replace real medical advice.
Is It Normal to Lose Weight During the Second Trimester
A Little Weight Loss is OK
Losing a pound or two in the middle of your second trimester can be normal, especially if you’re experiencing nausea still. If you were overweight before your pregnancy or gained a lot during your first trimester, you might also notice that you don’t gain a lot of weight during this time.
Beware of Constant Weight Loss
If you continually lose weight each week of your second trimester, you need to be cautious. Generally, the second trimester is the weight gain trimester as your child grows each week. On average, you should gain about 1 pound per week of your second trimester, which means that continual weight loss could be a sign that something is wrong.
Talk to Your Doctor
If you have any concerns about the well-being of your child or the progression of your pregnancy, our best advice is to talk to your OBGYN. As an experienced medical professional, your doctor will be able to give you the best advice based on your medical history and knowledge of your pregnancy. If your doctor is concerned, they might give you an ultrasound to check on the baby’s growth. If the baby is continuing to grow despite your weight loss, then most likely your body is simply making better use of your stored fat.
Although weight loss can be experienced during the second trimester, it is not the norm. Most women gain weight on a weekly basis during this trimester.
Did you gain weight or lose weight during the second trimester? We’d love to hear about your experiences.