Weight gain and concerns
about figure are common during pregnancy. Find answers to common queries on
weight gain and figure during pregnancy.
is only my 2nd month. Why am I showing?
Firstly, check your diet. Are you taking in
too many empty calories? If not, it could even be the result of bowel
distension, which is a common complaint in early pregnancy.
The belly of a pregnant woman is actually a
miracle. It stretches to accommodate the growing uterus and baby. After delivery
it automatically shrinks back to its original shape without much effort on part
of the woman. Most pregnant women think a lot about when their belly will show
and their pregnancy will become apparent to the whole world.
Every woman and her pregnancy are different. Hence, it is
difficult to pin point exactly when your stomach will get harder during
pregnancy and start showing.
In some women the belly becomes firm
towards the end of the first
trimester. However, this can happen at any point of time between 12 and 28
weeks of pregnancy. At around 12 weeks the uterus would have grown up and
out of the pelvic cavity. Your overall physical shape and depending upon
whether this is your first pregnancy or not your pregnancy will become obvious.
my figure return to normal after delivery?
The weight you gain during pregnancy is to
nourish the developing foetus and to store up reserves for breastfeeding once
the baby is born. So if you keep physically fit and do not gain an unnecessary
amount of weight during pregnancy, and you use up the fat stores while breastfeeding,
these is no reason for you to lose your figure.
It is possible to gain control over your
body weight and shape post pregnancy. Pregnancy can be a trying time for most
women. The body undergoes major physical and emotional changes during this
period. However, after the delivery of the baby, with your doctor’s concurrence
you can start following an exercise regimen to regain your physical shape, size
and body weight.
Do not expect instant results immediately after starting your exercise routine.
It may take some time for you to attain your pre-pregnancy weight levels.
Immediately after delivery majority of
women lose a significant amount of body weight. All the extra water retained by
the cells during pregnancy gets flushed out from the body. Extra blood in the
system will also be expelled from the body post delivery. Fluid loss normally
happens by way of excessive urination during the period immediately following
the birth of your baby. You may also perspire a lot for a week or two after
Whether you will be able to regain your original figure or
not depends a lot on YOU. The more weight you gain during pregnancy the more
difficult it would be to get
back in shape.
You will need to put in a lot of physical efforts for at
least 6-8 months to regain your original figure. If you are serious about
getting back in shape after delivery you must exercise while you are pregnant
also. This will ensure that you put on only the required amount of weight
appropriate for the relevant stage of pregnancy.
When can you start
exercising after delivery?
Women who have normal deliveries can return to exercising
after 4-6 weeks of birth of their baby. Mothers who have undergone caesarean
section delivery are normally advised to resume exercising only after 6-8 weeks
of delivery. The additional time of 2 weeks is required for the body to
completely heal after the delivery.
Breastfeeding also helps to get rid of excess body fat. It
helps to burn approximately an additional 500 calories per day. Breastfeeding
is also known to promote the shrinking of the uterus which in turn will help in
restoring your body figure.
In case of women who are not breastfeeding, it is important
to monitor the food intake carefully. You will need to eat less since the baby
is no longer inside you. You will have to cut down the quantity of snacks and
such other unhealthy food items that you may have consumed during pregnancy
which only add to your body weight.