The thought of pregnancy is exciting because of the end
result, however many women are really concerned about putting on too
much weight, its effects on the baby and pregnancy, as well as losing
the weight after the baby as born. There are some guidelines to help
women understand what type of weight gain they should expect that are
based on their pre-pregnancy BMI or body mass index. This number is
figured out by plugging your weight and other numbers into a formula.
The resulting number is your BMI and what will indicate how much weight
you should put on during pregnancy.
A woman with a low BMI or who is underweight is advised to gain between
28-40 pounds, a woman with a mid BMI or of average weight is recommended
to gain 25 and 35 pounds while an overweight woman with a high BMI is
only advised to gain 15 to 20 pounds. In cases where the woman has a
super high BMI, or in other words is obese, she should not gain more
than 15 pounds total. Since these numbers are all significantly higher
than what an average baby weighs many moms-to-be wonder why the need
to gain so much weight for an 8 pound baby. The answer is that the weight
is divided among a variety of things, least of all being additional
fat for the mother. For example, the placenta weighs 1.5 pounds, additional
fluids and blood account for another 8 pounds, amniotic fluid is 2 pounds,
increased uterus size is another 2 pounds, larger breasts account for
2 pounds as well, and the mother typically gains 5-8 pounds in fat.
This means that for a woman to have a healthy baby she will need to
gain close to 30 pounds. Once the baby is born there will be weight
to lose, but not too much.
Of course, pregnant women sometimes have a difficult time staying within
the guidelines and as a result their weight gain should be a regular
part of prenatal check-ups. Eating healthy foods as often as possible
and moderate exercise are good ways to keep from gaining too much weight.
Also, some women have a difficult time staying on track for their weight
gain and for these women there are tips to help them gain the necessary
If you are not gaining enough weight then in addition to your three
normal meals you should also eat three snacks. This is not to say you
should eat high fat and sugary snacks, but healthy ones. Also, you should
focus on increased calorie consumption, but in the form of healthy,
whole foods. When you are eating simply eat. Do not accompany your meals
with beverages like water, milk, juice or soda but rather save your
drinking for in between meals. That way, you will have more space for
food. As long as you follow these tips you will stay on target for healthy
weight gain during pregnancy and will not put yourself at risk for gaining
too much weight as long as you make healthy food choices.
Of course, healthy food should make up the majority of your diet after
delivery as well. During this time you will need all the nutrients and
vitamins to help you deal with the demands of a new baby. Also, you
will want to lose that baby fat and maintaining a healthy diet is the
best way to do so. Including exercise in your routine will also help
speed up the baby fat loss and give you more energy to meet the demands
of being a new mom.
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