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 Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am 31 wks pregnant. I have gained only 4kgs and am not showing that much. Otherwise I am absolutely fine. Please let me know if there is any problem with my baby's growth.

Charu (Salem, India)

A: What does your doctor say? What does the sonography report indicate? If it shows a healthy baby in spite of low weight gain, there is absolutely no need to worry.

Dr. Asha Paranjpe

Q: I am pregnant and am gaining a lot of weight. How much weight does one normally gain during pregnancy?

Suparna (Hyderabad, India)

A: The normal weight gain in pregnancy is about 14 to 18 kilos. If you gain more weight you could have complications during pregnancy and also it will be more difficult to lose it after delivery.

Dr. Asha Paranjpe

Q: I am in the 30th week of pregnancy. I delivered a stillborn baby two years ago. The cause of still birth was not ascertained. I have gained only 5.5 kgs during my pregnancy. Is this normal? The doctor says the size of the baby is OK. He says the baby is gaining adequate weight. Is it possible that baby is gaining weight though there is no noticeable increase in my weight? The doc says there is sufficient amniotic fluid. My Hb is 10.4.

Sudha (Hyderabad, Hong Kong)

A: Sorry to learn about the still born baby. Ideally you should put on 10-12 kg during your pregnancy (9 kg is also ok). Stillbirths usually do not repeat. Obstetricians are extra careful with such cases. Your weight gain thus far is satisfactory. You are doing the right thing by avoiding butter, ghee and sugar. And yes, the baby can gain in weight even if the mother does not. Your haemoglobin is on the lower side but there is enough time to increase it by eating green vegetables like spinach, green beans, coriander, other green vegetables, salads and fruits. Iron supplements will also help.

Dr. Mansukhani

Q: I had morning sickness for the first four months and didn't have much of an appetite due to this morning sickness. I have been losing weight since my pregnancy. I was anyway overweight. But the growth of the foetus is normal, and so is the size of the uterus. Why am I losing weight?

Palak (Surat, India)

A: Maternal weight gain, though an indicator of foetal wellbeing, is a poor/less sensitive indicator of the same. From what I understand your baby seems to be growing normally. Also, the ultrasound shows normal growth according to what you have written. Thus your weight should not cause you much concern. At times loss in weight occurs in the initial few months of pregnancy due to nausea and vomiting (morning sickness) leading to a decreased appetite and decreased intake of food. As the problem of morning sickness decreases, the appetite, tolerance and intake of food increases thereby increasing both the maternal and foetal weight. If maternal weight continues to decline even in the later months then it may affect both foetal and maternal health.

Dr. Sahni

Q: I am in the 17th week of pregnancy and have gained weight, but I don't feel anything in my stomach. There is no heaviness or anything like that. Is this normal?

Meha (Vadodara, India)

A: You will be able to perceive the movements of the baby only after 18 weeks. Also, the weight gain will be more pronounced by 20 - 24 weeks onwards.

Dr. Asha Paranjpe

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