Rapid weight gain...other causes?

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Re: Rapid weight gain...other causes?

Post by kaxy » Wed Mar 27, 2013 07:07 pm

I'm glad she didn't mind me saying anything -- she said she wondered about pre-e, too. She was going to check with her midwife. I think it's always good to just be on top of things and have it be nothing, than to ignore it!

Looking back, I don't know that I had rapid weight gain as any sort of sign. Mine came on at term, and rapidly once it did. I did have swelling, though, with my first. It can be different with everyone!

Re: Rapid weight gain...other causes?

Post by sam10 » Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:03 am

Oh, I am known to be alarmist amongst my friends. I don't care, as I know how PE can change your life forever.
Rapid weight gain is one of the symptoms of PE (well as you know) and I would advise your friend to be seen by her midwife/doc and get clarification. Weight gain can be tricky as it can come in spurts and is different for everybody. Looking back at my two pregnancies, I did have a lot of rapid weight gain in my first and gained at a much steadier pace in my second. I did not have excessive weight with my second and still developed severe PE. You just never know.

Rapid weight gain...other causes?

Post by kaxy » Wed Mar 27, 2013 09:00 am

I am always on hyper-alert for my pregnant friends, if they mention any symptoms that sound remotely like pre-e. Being no medical professional though, I don't always know what I'm talking about :).

Anyway, my friend is roughly 34w with her first baby, and has said that in the last week she has gained a pound per day.

I don't know what she has gained so far, total, but by looks she seems to be in a normal weight-gaining pregnancy (to this point). I told her that it sounded a bit rapid, and to please call her midwife. Never any harm in making that call, ya know?

But is weight gain like that typical in non-pre-e situations? Can that happen in perfectly normal pregnancies? Some random 3rd trimester growth spurt?

I hate to be alarmist and needlessly scare a first-time mom who just wants a nice, peaceful homebirth. But still. Pre-e is a JERK. A quiet one, at that.