Weight gain is normal during pregnancy. You have a growing baby inside you, and you need the extra calories and nutrients to help him or her develop properly, and for you to stay healthy.
But why do we put so much weight on weight gain? It is because the risks of pregnancy complications are higher in the upper and lower ends of weight gain.
Your doctor can give you an idea of how much weight gain is ideal for you and your baby. The amount of weight that you are encouraged to gain depends on your pre-pregnancy weight:
- Underweight (BMI less than 18.5) – 28 to 40 pounds
- Normal weight (BMI 18.5 to 24.9) – 25 to 35 pounds
- Overweight (BMI 25 to 29.9) – 15 to 25 pounds
- Obese (BMI 30 or greater) – 11 to 20 pounds
Too much or too little weight gain
If you realize that you are gaining too much weight, try to remember your eating habits and see if you can identify anything that may have significantly contributed to your pregnancy weight gain. Once you’ve pinpointed your dietary culprit, come up with a plan to deal with those issues.
Similarly, if you have not been gaining enough wait, you should also look back on your eating habits for the past few weeks and see what you can discover. Do not forget that switching to a healthier diet can cause weight loss.
If you are having difficulty managing your pregnancy weight, ask your doctor to refer you to a nutritionist or dietitian.
Source: Mayo Clinic