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.