Pregnancy and Weight Gain
Pregnant woman always wonder what they should eat & what not, whether she will gain too much weight, how will she lose…and many more such issues.The amount of weight you should gain during pregnancy depends on your pre-pregnancy weight. The emphasis is on a gradual and consistent pattern in weight gain. Total weight gain is around 12kgs
1st Trimester 2-3kgs may lose weight if Nausea & Vomitting
2nd & 3rd trimester 1-2kg/mth
However, not everyone follows this pattern. For example, if you are underweight at the start of the pregnancy you can afford to put on more than the average amount, or if you are overweight at the start of your pregnancy your weight gain may need to be is less than average.
- The best way to start a pregnancy is to be at a healthy weight.
- Gaining a healthy amount of weight, based on your weight before pregnancy, will help you have a more comfortable pregnancy and delivery.
- Gaining too little weight will make it hard for the baby to grow properly. Gaining too much makes it more likely that you will have a longer labor and more difficult delivery. It also makes it harder to return to normal weight after the baby is born.
- Remember, this is not the time to lose weight.
- Nutritional counseling will help
You may be worried at the thought of whether you can lose the additional weight after your baby is born.
Remember this: It took nine months to put it on; it will take that long, or more, to take it off sensibly. Healthy eating habits, plenty of physical activity and breastfeeding will all help.