Weight Gain During Pregnancy
Weight gain during pregnancy is a healthy & natural occurrence; you should not worry about it. Gaining a good amount of weight during pregnancy by eating healthful is a sign of a healthy and growing baby.
You have no doubt heard the expression “to eat for two” meaning that you are feeding two people when you are pregnant. You and the baby of course. However, this saying is only partly true.
Although you need to boost your intake of calories when you are pregnant, they don’t need to be doubled. By consuming about 100 to 300 more calories, you are giving your baby the sufficient amount he/she needs to grow. Make sure you consult your doctor before deciding on the correct amount for your situation.
What Kind Of Weight Gain Can I Expect?
Every woman is different, and you should consult your doctor to get a good idea of what you can expect personally. However, below are some weight gain during pregnancy estimates based on averages. (These should only be used as a guideline):
- An Average Weight Women- Around 25-35 Pounds
- An Underweight Woman- Around 28-40 Pounds
- An Overweight Woman- Around 15-25 Pounds
Remember to consult your healthcare provider for a personal estimate.
When Will I Start Gaining Weight?
Under normal circumstances, you will gain between 2 to 4 pounds during your first three months of pregnancy. After the 1st quarter gaining a pound every week is quite reasonable. People who are expecting twins will gain more weight than usual, sometimes about a half or a pound more each week.
What Kind Of Diet Should I Be On?
The main thing you should worry about when pregnant is eating healthy. If you are already a very healthy eater, then you won’t have to change much. If you are not a healthy eater, then you should start learning now. I recommend this as a good eating plan for pregnant women, and it will show you exactly how to eat healthily.
Is It Safe To Lose Weight During Pregnancy?
For people with extreme cases of obesity, it may be okay to lose some weight gain during pregnancy. However, this is only the case when supervised by a medical professional. Under normal circumstances, you should not be trying to lose weight gain during pregnancy.