Most women should gain somewhere between 25 and 35 pounds during pregnancy. If a woman does not gain enough weight, there may be health problems for the mother and baby.
Most women will gain 2 - 4 pounds during the first trimester, and 1 pound a week for the rest of the pregnancy. Through the entire pregnancy:
Some women have a hard time gaining weight during pregnancy. Sometimes it is because women start a pregnancy underweight, or they have other health issues that keep them from gaining weight. Sometimes it is caused by just not being able to keep food down due to nausea and vomiting.
Either way, a balanced, nutrient-rich diet, along with moderate exercise, is the basis for a healthy pregnancy. Talk to your doctor about how many calories you should eat each day, and how you can gain the right amount of weight.
If your health care provider says you should gain more weight, here are some tips to help:·
If you've struggled with your weight in the past, it may be hard to accept that it's okay to gain weight now. It's normal to feel anxious as the numbers on the scale edge up.
Pregnancy is not a time to diet or worry about weight gain. Keep in mind that weight gain is needed for a healthy pregnancy. The extra pounds will come off after you've had the baby. Remember not to gain too much as this can cause your baby to be too big. A healthy diet and regular exercise will help you have a healthy pregnancy and baby.
If your worries about your body image affect your pregnancy or your daily life, talk to your health care provider.
Updated by: Susan Storck, MD, FACOG, Chief, Eastside Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Bellevue, Washington; Clinical Teaching Faculty, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.
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