Maternity | Weight Gain During Pregnancy

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If you are pregnant you may have questions regarding weight gain during pregnancy. How much weight gain is normal? What is a healthy weight gain? How much is too little weight gain? The questions go on…In this article, we’ll address all of these questions and talk about weight gain during pregnancy.

So, how much weight gain during pregnancy is normal? Well, most women should gain somewhere between 11.5 to 16 kilograms (25 to 35 pounds) during pregnancy. It is important to break down the weight gain by trimester. You will gain about 1 to 2 kilograms (2 to 4 pounds) in the first trimester and then about 1.5 to 2 kg per month until you give birth.

You weight gain can also be affected if you are carrying twins or are suffering from morning sickness. If you gain too much or too little weight during pregnancy, it can be harmful for your baby and for you. You should also not try to lose weight during pregnancy. Moreover, you only need to consume about 300 extra calories per day during pregnancy in order to support your baby’s growth and development.

Most of the weight that you gain during pregnancy is not fat but is related to the baby. Here is how about 16 kilograms (35 pounds) add up. The baby weighs 3.5 kilograms; the placenta weighs 1 to 1.5 kilograms; the amniotic fluid weighs 1 to 1.5 kilograms; the breast tissue weighs 1. To 1.5 kilograms; the blood supply weighs 2 kilograms; fat stores weigh 2.5 to 4 kilograms, and the uterus weighs 1 to 2.5 kilograms.

Why managing your weight is important during pregnancy

Gaining the right amount of weight during pregnancy can protect your health and the health of your baby. If you gain too little weight during pregnancy you could have a low birth weight baby that weighs less than 5 pounds 8 ounces.

If you gain too much weight during pregnancy you may have a baby with foetal macrosomia. This usually occurs when your baby weighs more than 8 pounds, 13 ounces. When you have a baby this large it can cause complications, such as problems during labour and heavy bleeding after birth.

If you are overweight during pregnancy you could need a Caesarean birth (also called a C-section). Moreover, you could also have trouble losing weight after your baby’s birth. This can put you at an increased risk for diabetes and high blood pressure. You could also have a still birth.

You should consult with your health care provider to figure out how much weight you need to gain during pregnancy. Your health care provider will use your Body Mass Index (BMI) before pregnancy to figure out how much weight you need to gain during pregnancy. If you are pregnant with twins, triplets, or more, you should talk to your health provider as to how much weight you need to gain during your pregnancy.

How much and what kinds of foods to eat for optimal weight gain during pregnancy

It is important to eat well when you are pregnant to give your baby a healthy start. However, you do not need to “eat for two” as is suggested by some people. You may probably not need to consume too many extra kilocalories during the first trimester. However, as your baby grows, you should consume an extra 1400 to 1900 kilocalories a day in the second and third trimesters to provide for a healthy weight gain.

You should add these extra kilojoules by consuming healthy food. This can include fresh fruits and vegetables; wholegrain breads and cereals; legumes; lean meat; fish, and low-fat dairy products. You should also check to see if your diet contains the nutrients that are good for you and your baby. These include folic acid, calcium, iron, protein, and iodine.

It is important to avoid foods that are high in sugar and fat and that do not provide any vitamins or minerals. You should also keep up with your fluid intake. You should drink a lot of water, about 2 litres a day. If you suffer from persistent morning sickness you may be losing fluids and becoming dehydrated so you need to talk to your doctor about it.

Can I exercise during pregnancy for optimal weight gain?

You should ask your doctor whether you can exercise during pregnancy. Unless your doctor recommends otherwise, you can exercise during pregnancy. However, you should adjust your activity to suit your stage of pregnancy. About 30 minutes each day of walking, swimming, or pregnancy exercise classes is optimal. You should avoid more than 20 minutes of fast physical activity to prevent overheating.

You can safely enjoy walking, swimming, aqua aerobics, and pregnancy exercise classes. If you do these regularly, they will help prevent you from putting on extra weight, reduce your risk of gestational diabetes, and make you fitter so you can cope better with labour and labour pains.

It is imperative that during this delicate time you consult the right doctors. The team of doctors at Harsha Hospitals will work closely with you right through your pregnancy to ensure that you gain the optimal weight that is right for you. Each woman has a different body structure and body metabolism, as well as a very different pregnancy experience. So, it is important that your doctors chart a weight gain program tailor-made just for you.

The doctors at Harsha Hospitals will consult with your holistically and will monitor you to ensure that you are healthy and happy during your pregnancy. Your doctors realize that if you are happy and healthy and gain the right amount of weight, this invariably results in a healthy baby with a healthy weight.

So, if you are pregnant and wondering whom to consult, make a beeline for Harsha Hospitals and make the right choice for you and your baby… right through your pregnancy, weight gain and all!

For more information about weight gain during pregnancy and other women’s issues consult Harsha Hospitals at +91 7799565793 or at or go to our website for more information.


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