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All About Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Are you concerned about weight gain issues during pregnancy? Here is what you must know about weight gain during pregnancy.

You are pregnant and you are growing a new human being inside you so you must be aware that weight gain is natural and essential for you and your baby.  Also there is no need to worry for the weight gain, just eat healthy and stay healthy. Weight gain is essential as the weight distributes to not only the baby, but also to placenta, amniotic fluid, blood supply, breast tissues, larger uterus, stored fat for delivery and breastfeeding and water retention.

How Much Weight Should Be Gained During the First Trimester?

The right amount of weight to be gained totally depends on how much you weighed before you conceived. It also depends on the body mass index (BMI), which is a relationship between your height and weight and is expressed in a number. Generally, if your BMI was 18.5-24.9, which means that your pre-pregnancy weight was in a healthy range for your height, then you are expected to gain 1-2 kilos in the first trimester.

What if Weight Does Not Increase in First Trimester?

Gaining weight during this process is a little weird process – some women gain a little weight during this time, some women do not, and some women actually lose weight. Weight gain is affected by morning sickness or food aversions causing you to lose weight, which is not surprising in the first trimester. As long as your weight does not decrease drastically, you need not worry. As soon as the sickness clears in the coming weeks, you would start gaining weight. You must get your concerns about pregnancy weight cleared from your doctor.

How to Gain the Right Amount of Weight During Pregnancy?

Here are some tips on gaining adequate weight during pregnancy.

Keep Track of Calories

You are two in number now and that does not mean you have to eat twice the amount of food you used to eat. You do not need to intake more than 200-300 calories a day to your recent diet. Tend to eat five to six small meals every day.

Eat Nutritious Food

What you eat is more important than how much you eat. Make sure your diet is full of nutrients and devoid of junk foods, which is good for you and your baby. Reach for fresh fruits instead of grabbing a candy bar when you are little hungry.

Munch on Healthy Snacks

Carry quick and healthy snacks, such as nuts, dried fruit, raisins, crackers, yogurt etc. Spread peanut butter on toasts, crackers, apples, bananas, or celery. Add extras to your meal, such as sour cream, butter or margarine, gravy, cream cheese, and cheese. Avoid eating foods that you are allergic to.

Practice Light Exercises

Also, ensure that you do at least 30 minutes of light exercise a day after consulting your doctor. You can practice simple exercises like walking which are all the great ways to relax and keep you fit throughout the weight gain procedure during all the trimesters of the pregnancy.

What If You Gain Too Much Weight?

Being overweight increases the risk of pregnancy complications, such as gestational diabetes and high blood pressure. So if you gain too much of weight before or during the pregnancy which is above what is recommended, you should talk to your doctor about it and maintain a healthy diet regimen to stay healthy and fit during your first trimester. If you are underweight, you should essentially gain weight while you are pregnant. Without the correct weight, your baby might have problems during the birth.

How Will You Get Rid of the Weight Gain Later?

If you gain weight wisely in a healthy range during your first trimester and continue to do the same in the next two trimesters, then you need not worry as you will lose about half of the pregnancy weight gain in the first six weeks after delivery. If you face trouble losing weight, you can consult a dietitian or a fitness trainer to help you lose weight at a healthy rate.

Weight gain during pregnancy is natural and though it is little strange during the first trimester, you need not panic. Do not start cutting back on calories right away as weight gain is essential for you and your baby. Be happy and embrace the magic of pregnancy, enjoy the weight gain.

How much weight are pregnant women expected to gain during first trimester? How to avoid excessive pregnancy weight? What are the effects of inadequate weight gain during pregnancy? Discuss here.

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