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Concerns about Weight Gain (Inadequate or Excess)

I'm worried that I'm not gaining enough weight

Thanks to morning sickness, some women are too queasy to eat in the first trimester. They may not gain much weight and some even lose weight. Fortunately, the foetus' need for calories and nutrients is quite low at this stage. Low weight gain later in the pregnancy is not a good sign. In such cases, it is important that the mother gets optimum nutrition out of whatever she eats.

I am in my first trimester and not putting on any weight.

Luckily your baby's needs in the first trimester are not so great. In fact, morning sickness can even cause you to lose a little weight. But from the fourth month on, you need to ensure that you are eating well because your baby's growth is about to pick up at a fast pace. Ideally, you should put on one pound a week until the eighth month. However, avoid eating empty calories; you need healthy foods to fulfill your baby's nutritional requirements.

I have put on over 10 pounds in the 1st trimester. What should I do

Unfortunately this weight will be difficult to lose even after delivery, because it is on you and not on your baby. However, the foetus still needs its nutritional requirements to be fulfilled. So do not cut down or try to lose weight now. You must eat regular, healthy meals from now on, because the weight you have already gained will not help your baby's growth at all.

What if my weight is significantly more than the normal range

Any extra weight gain is due to fat or fluid retention caused by excess salt or spicy food.  If you do happen to put on a few extra pounds, do not try dieting while you are pregnant since it could harm your baby.  You could ask your doctor for guidance and eat only highly nutritious foods.  Avoid junk food at all costs.

What are the first signs of trouble

If you gain a lot more weight than you normally should, or you notice a sudden decline in your weight gain, or you do not put on any weight for two consecutive weeks, then it signals trouble, and you should contact your doctor immediately.

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