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What Should Your Weight Be During Pregnancy: A Month by Month Guide

 

Pregnancy is not only a time of joy but also a time of making sure you keep both your baby and yourself extremely safe. What you should and not eat, do and believe needs to be made strong. Listening to only your doctor, trusted people and yourself should be your first priority.

Nutrition is of utmost important, where a balanced diet ensure both of you the perfect nourishment. Eating too much or too less causes obvious complications with your baby’s growth as well as development. This is mostly because you are sharing nutrition with your baby - so the right amount should be eaten to make sure everything is alright.

At the same time activity and exercise is importance for weight management to keep a positive health. Many conditions can dangerously affect you like a high blood pressure, diabetes, having a premature baby or needing a C-section.

Weight by the months

Your baby is growing in your womb and will lead to a natural weight gain of approximately 11 to 16 kilograms on an average. In the case of twins, you have an approximate 16 to 20 kilogram weight gain.

There is nothing called ‘one’ weight increase in pregnancy. In the end, it depends on your body type, starting weight, body mass index and whether you’re having a single or multiple babies. The most important aspect is your body mass index. Your body mass index or BMI measures your body fat by dividing your weight by height.

If you have a:

- lower BMI, you will have higher weight gain with an approximate 13 to 18 kilograms

- higher BMI, you will higher weight gain with an approximate 7 to 11 kilograms

The first trimester does not always have a possibility of weight gain due to morning sickness. Moreover, it is unhealthy to gain too much at the same time - especially in the first trimester. Only with a gradual process of gaining for your second and third trimester will your weight management be positive.

It is professionally recommended to have a certain calorie intake that leads to a healthy and safe weight gain. Doctors tend to ask you to have a 2000 daily intake per day. As always, do not force yourself with anything and ensure to always listen to yourself as well as your body.

In fact, a healthy weight management helps you to keep some of the ‘good’ weight gain. This is because a good part of your weight gain is important for breastfeeding. A dominant part of this gain is easy to lose after a safe period has passed and fad dieting is mostly the wrong option at a sensitive point like pregnancy/post-pregnancy.

Here is a brief table that shows you how the calorie intake might work during pregnancy:

Trimester

Calorie intake

First trimester

No extra calories needed

Second trimester

Approximately 340 extra calories/day*

Third trimester

Approximately 450 extra calories/day*

*3,000 and 3,500 calories if you are carrying twins

You should remember that fat is not the only aspect that increases your weight. Your baby weighs an approximately 3.5 kilo. In addition, your body weight can increase during pregnancy because of:

- a larger uterus (0.9 kilograms)

- larger breasts (0.5 to 1.4 kilograms)

- your placenta (0.7 kilograms)

- the amniotic fluid (0.9 kilograms)

- increased blood volume (about 1.4 to 1.8 kilograms)

- increased fluid volume (about 0.9 to 1.4 kilograms)
- any extra fat stores (about 2.7 to 3.6 kilograms)

As always, doctors are always the best source to go to when in doubt. They will ensure that you get the perfectly safe plan for your weight management during pregnancy. This is mostly because there so many factors that are involved. It, then, becomes important to customise since every woman will differ from the other during their pregnancy.

So, do not fret too much over that little weight gain and have a safely happy pregnancy! 

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