I gained about 55 lbs. this pregnancy. For the first 7 months of my pregnancy, I really monitored what I ate and allowed myself a few treat meals. After that 7 month mark, I was not wanting anything healthy! I knew I was going to gain weight no matter what so I honestly stopped tracking and ate however I wanted. I don't feel bad about it at all, but I do wonder how much weight I would have gained had I just kept monitoring my food intake. I still exercised my entire pregnancy and it was only the last month that I really slowed things down. I was running until 23 weeks and then started to walk the same distance (5 miles a day), but then towards the end it just became too much of a challenge so I slowly decreased my distance but still made the effort to get in a good burn.
When I got pregnant, we had just taken our family to Disneyland. I allowed myself to do whatever I wanted on that trip knowing it was our last big hurrah before having another baby. I was up 13 lbs from my lowest weight at my first doctor visit due to vacation. I thought it was ludicrous to try and get back down to my lowest weight while just finding out I was pregnant so I decided to just keep trying to maintain and worry about it when I was no longer pregnant. My lowest weight was 182. At my first dr. visit I weighed in at 198. I am 5'7" if that gives you any reference for what I should weigh. At my last dr. visit I weighed in 253. I knew my baby was going to be a little big, so I didn't worry about it too much. When I got home from the hospital a week and a half ago, I weighed in at 237. I have been really watching my food intake the last week and a half which has really helped me feel good about myself. Yesterday morning, I weighed in at 222. I have about 37 lbs to go which I don't feel too rushed to hit, but it's definitely motivating to see the number on the scale go down. Breastfeeding sure helps in that department since exercise for me is not allowed for another 4 weeks.
These photos are taken a week apart. The left is when I got home from the hospital.
I tried on my size 12 jeans and they fit! I was a 6/8 before I got pregnant.