Gaining Pregnancy Weight In a Healthy Way

pregnancyIt is an inevitable situation, when your body starts to increase its weight once you become pregnant.  Do not feel bad and think of it as a bad thing, as gaining weight during pregnancy is a normal mechanism and that your baby’s growth and development depend on it.  However, there is such a thing as gaining too much of a baby weight, which makes it difficult to shed off post-pregnancy.

How much weight you should gain?

There is no single guideline when it comes to how much weight a woman should gain during pregnancy, as it depends on different factors such as how much you weighed before getting pregnant, body mass index, and your state of health.  Underweight woman, for instance, should gain between 28 to 40 pounds. 

Women under normal weight should increase their weight by 25 to 35 pounds.  Overweight and obese women only need to gain a little weight between 15 to 25 pounds.  Mothers carrying multiples need to gain more weight, often between 35 to 45 pounds.  To make sure you are gaining the right amount of weight during your pregnancy, consult with your doctor.

Why gain weight even when overweight?

As an overweight person, your extra pounds already carry risk of gestational diabetes and high blood pressure.  However, pregnancy is not the time to lose weight so as not to deprive your unborn child of the nutrients he or she needs. 

Just make sure you are gaining the right amount of weight, and then lose the pounds and inches after delivering your baby by taking a balanced diet and taking more physical activities.

Why underweight women need to gain so much weight?

Women who are underweight during pregnancy are actually putting their child at risk of being born earlier and or smaller than expected.  This is why it is essential for underweight women to gain a lot of weight while carrying a child, especially during the second and third trimesters.

Where does the extra weight go?

Your weight gain comes from different parts of your body.  Your unborn child, for instance, is estimated to weigh between seven to eight pounds.  You also gain pounds on your breasts, uterus, and fat stores, while you produce more amounts of placenta, amniotic fluid, blood, and fluids which carry more weight.

How to put on the weight?

Most women do not need to gain much weight during the first trimester.  You gain the pounds as your body increases the amount of water, blood, placenta, and amniotic fluid during the first few months of pregnancy. 

At the same time, it is recommended that you add extra calories (between 150 to 200 calories a day) in your diet to support the nutrition needs of your unborn child.  You need to be careful in consuming more food than needed, especially that your appetite is more voracious during pregnancy.

During the second and third trimesters, a weight gain of three to four pounds a month (depending on your initial weight) is recommended.  This can be achieved by taking in an extra 300 calories a day. 

 Also, do not forget to put on healthy calories by eating more fruit, vegetables, and grains instead of the usual junk food.  For more information on how much more extra calories you should take in during pregnancy, consult your doctor.