Weight Gain during Pregnancy
Weight gain during pregnancy is every expecting mother's concern, read on to know what to expect and what you can do to keep it under control.
What weight gain can I expect during my pregnancy?
More often than not, expecting mothers worry about the weight gain during pregnancy in the sense that as easy it is to gain weight, the level of difficulty of shedding the baby pounds may prove to be difficult. In reality though, the amount of weight that you gain during pregnancy is largely dependent on your weight before you conceived.
If you weighed a healthy number before getting pregnant, you should ideally only gain 25 to 35 pounds during your pregnancy. If you were underweight, you have the leeway to gain a bit more, about 28 to 40 pounds. If you were overweight at the beginning of your pregnancy, then weight gain should be lower at 15 to 25 pounds. The ideal weight gain during the first trimester is about one to two pounds.
In the next two semesters, weight gain to be is expected is about one pound every week. Though the numbers seem big, the weight you will put on will not just be the baby’s but will also include the placenta, uterus, increased blood supply, amniotic fluid, and stored fat. It is crucial for you to have a healthy diet during your pregnancy. Avoid “eating for two” too much, as it might contribute to an unhealthy weight gain. Eating small meals more often may help stave off the hunger pangs.
As everything else that concerns your pregnancy, your doctor will be able to help you set your right weight target. Go to all of your scheduled prenatal checkups so that your doctor can monitor your weight and pregnancy condition.
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