Weight Gain during Pregnancy

How much weight gain is appropriate during pregnancy depends on your pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI). For a pre-pregnancy BMI of 18.5 to 25, the ideal weight gain should be somewhere between 25 and 35 pounds. An initial weight gain of 2 to 5 pounds is usually followed by a weekly gain of 1 pound in a normal pregnancy. If you have twins the gain usually falls between 35 and 45 pounds. Women who were overweight at the time of conception usually gain around 15 pounds and those who were underweight gain between 30 to 40 pounds. In case of obesity, your gain should not exceed fifteen pounds.

Weight Gain during Pregnancy The most obvious impact of the weight gain can be seen in the form of pains and aches that you will have as your pregnancy progresses. A back ache is the most common complaint, followed by an awkward walk (thanks to your new found tummy). Another complain is of swollen legs, but that has nothing to with weight. It is a result of increased blood flow.

If you’ve had weight problems in the past or are generally finicky about your weight, you might find the gain hard to accept. But there is absolutely no reason to get agitated about the extra weight. In fact it is a sign of a healthy child growing inside you. You just need to pay attention to what you’re eating in terms of nutritional value. Also, you can track your weekly weight gain, and if you have any doubts in mind, you can consult your doctor. Tracking will also help adjust your diet according to the gain in order to get the best for your child. A stop on junk food and a start on some exercise will also help you along the way. Understand that eventually, all those extra pounds will wear off once you’ve delivered your little one.

Weight Gain during PregnancyAfter your delivery, it is good to consult a dietician to chalk out a diet that’ll help you shed the extra weight, especially if you plan to breastfeed your child. Most doctors recommend eating healthy during pregnancy, and continuing the diet for some time post-delivery for best results. And most mothers end up losing half of the weight they’ve gained within the first two months after delivery. A healthy baby usually weighs close to 8 pounds, and all the extra fluid and tissue that develop during pregnancy account for another 8 to 12. And of course the increased size of the breasts and the uterus adds another 6 or so. After all, weight put on in nine months deserves at least that much time to go away. So don’t worry about the weight gain even if you’re a model. Just eat healthy, and keep track of your weight, and keep pestering the doc!

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