Pregnancy Weight Gain
Many pregnant women worry about their pregnancy weight gain. How much is too much? How much is too little?
~Your Pregnant Body~
The average pregnancy weight gain during pregnancy is about 25-35 pounds. During the first three months of pregnancy, you should gain about 2 to 4 pounds, then about a pound a week for the remainder of your pregnancy.
For an underweight woman the weight gain should be 28-40 pounds during pregnancy. For an overweight woman the weight gain should be only 15-25 pounds during pregnancy. If your expecting twins, you should gain 35 to 45 pounds during the pregnancy.
As I've mentioned, this is just a general guideline. You may actually gain more or less.
Gaining the right amount of weight during your pregnancy by eating a well balanced, healthy diet is a good sign that your growing baby is getting all the nutrients he or she needs.
It's not necessary to "eat for two" during your pregnancy. You do need extra calories from healthy food choices to help your baby grow and develop, but you really only need to eat 100-300 more calories than you did before you became pregnant to meet the needs of your growing baby.
Sometimes during the first few months you may actually lose weight due to nausea and just not being able to eat well.
Don't compare yourself to your friends or other pregnant women. It's always fun, but every pregnancy is different. You can gain a lot and have a smaller baby, and sometimes you can gain a little and have a pretty good size baby. Your body knows what it's doing, so feed it right!
"With my first 2 sons I weighed 115 pounds at the beginning and gained a total of 50 lbs. each. My 1st son weighed 7lbs. 4oz. & my 2nd was 8 lbs. With my third baby I started out at 130 lbs. and only gained a total of 21 lbs. He still came out to be 7lbs. 14.5oz."
It's never safe to diet during pregnancy. You and your baby need all the proper nutrients to be healthy. Just make sure to eat as healthy as you can (I know *sigh* all those goodies sound real good) when your pregnant.
Don't forget to take your prenatal vitamins!
Try our Pregnancy Weight Gain Calculator. It can help you monitor your weight during pregnancy and keep it within healthy limits.