Pregnancy Weight Gain
Your weight gain during pregnancy will be closely monitored by your healthcare provider as it gives a direct indication as to how your baby is developing.
Your healthcare provider will want to ensure that your weight gain is a steady constant gain, and that you are staying within the recommended guidelines.
How much weight should you gain during pregnancy?
If your weight was considered to be normal prior to your pregnancy, then you should gain 25 to 35 pounds
If you were considered to be overweight prior to your pregnancy, then you should gain 15 to 25 pounds
If you were considered to be underweight prior to your pregnancy, then you should gain 28 to 40 pounds
You should gain about 2 to 4 pounds during your first three months of pregnancy and 1 pound a week for the remainder of your pregnancy.
Not only is gaining the right amount of weight better for your baby, but it will make your pregnancy more comfortable and make it easier to lose the weight after your pregnancy.
Where does all the weight go during pregnancy?
Baby – 8 Pounds
Placenta – 2-3 Pounds
Amniotic fluid – 2-3 Pounds
Uterus – 2-5 Pounds
Breasts – 2-3 Pounds
Blood volume & other maternal stores make up the rest of the weight
Eating to gain weight!
So many people think that because they are pregnant and they need to gain weight that they can eat anything they like, or that they are “eating for two“. Well, I am afraid to say that this is wrong!
By following a healthy eating plan, which ensures that you and your baby are getting all the nutrients, and following a regular exercise routine, you will ensure that your weight gain is steady.
Gaining too much weight during pregnancy
If you have gained more weight than what is recommended during the first three months of your pregnancy, whatever you do – do not go on a diet to try and lose the weight! It is never safe to diet during pregnancy, but there are ways in which you can work to stem the weight gain, without placing yourself or your developing baby at risk.
- Choose low fat meals over fatty meals
- Avoid fried foods such as french fries, mozzarella sticks or breaded chicken patties
- Choose low fat or skim milk products
- Limit your intake of sweetened or carbonated drinks
- Try and avoid adding salt to food when cooking
- Bake, grill or boil rather than fry food
- Lastly, follow a regular exercise routing during the course of your pregnancy.