Pregnancy Weight Gain

Pregnancy Weight GainIf you are a lady-in-waiting, pregnancy weight gain is as inevitable as cravings for pickles and ice cream. But, doesn’t it seem unfair to monitor your weight during the hungriest nine months of your life?

After all, you’re eating for two, maybe three, sometimes four. Unfortunately, not!

If you indulge urges to eat, nap, eat, you’ll gain excess weight that can prove harmful for you and your baby.

  • Risks are higher that you will have a large or premature baby.
  • Your blood pressure could heighten
  • and there is a possibility of gestational diabetes.
  • Then there is always the struggle to lose leftover weight after the baby is born.

How Much Should You Gain

Of course, every woman’s body is different but it is suggested that most women should gain 25-35 pounds over the span of pregnancy. During the first trimester, average pregnancy weight gain is 2-4 pounds. For the balance of the pregnancy (second trimester and third trimester), women should gain 1 pound per week.

If you’re having multiple births, you will need to gain in the vicinity of 37-54 pounds. Be mindful, these are average statistics. Your health care provider will evaluate your pre-birth weight, general health and tailor a balanced diet that provides the correct amount of calories.

Your pregnancy diet should include from 200-300 additional calories. The idea is to maintain a steady flow of nutrients by eating approximately the same number of calories per day.

Be mindful, you’re not on a weight loss diet. It is not any healthier to lose weight than to gain weight when you’re pregnant.

Make efforts to eat these foods:

  • Fresh fruits and veggies
  • Fish
  • Lean poultry
  • Whole grains

Avoid sugary foods and drinks.

Drink water and plenty of it. Water helps flush out any toxins in your body and keeps you and baby hydrated as well.

The foods you eat can determine your baby’s gender!

Did you know that by choosing the correct diet and certain foods prior to conception can increase your chances of having a boy or girl?

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Pregnancy Weight Gain and Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar levels during pregnancy. Conservative estimates suggest about 18% of pregnant women develop gestational diabetes. This condition demonstrates during latter stages of pregnancy and floods the baby with high glucose. The baby’s pancreas must work overtime to produce insulin. Therefore, the baby is receiving excess energy, which is stored as fat.

The baby is born “fat” or with macrosomia.

  • Often fat babies’ shoulders are damaged during the birth process.
  • They are also at greater risk for breathing problems.
  • These babies may become obese children and develop diabetes as adults.

Caesarean Candidate

Overweight pregnant women have less muscle tone, making it difficult to push the baby out of the birth canal. It’s also harder for the baby to glide through the canal due to excess fat deposits.

Obese pregnant women face a 45% chance of having C-sections.

Birth Defects

Twice as many babies with spina bifida are born to obese women; there is a 20% greater risk the baby will have a cleft lip and 30% higher risk for heart defects.

Become Your Own Health Advocate

Researchers at Penn State found that pregnant women are receiving little to no advice from obstetricians about pregnancy weight gain. Reasons are undetermined, but researcher’s recorded medical providers likely do not want to cause embarrassment.

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