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Pregnancy and Weight Gain

Pregnancy and Weight Gain

Overview of pregnancy weight

Pregnancy is a state in women’s life wherein they need the right thing in life for they need to look forward the health of the life inside their womb. Their lifestyle is a major contributing factor to do this. Proper weight gain during pregnancy is associated with a healthy eating habit. A balanced diet with correct caloric intake will give your baby the right nutrients he need to develop normally.

Pregnancy and Weight Gain
Pregnancy and Weight Gain

It is an allegory and most people would believe that during pregnancy, you need to double your food consumption especially during the first three month period for your baby needs to eat also. The fact is you need to consume extra calories from nutritious foods for your baby to grow and develop based on their estimated age of gestation.

The rationale behind the diet for normal pregnancy weight

In your pre-pregnancy state, you need to consume 2,200 kilo calories. At this point of your life you need to add 100-300 kilo calories in your diet for the following reasons: (1) to support maternal-fetal tissue synthesis, (2) to meet increased basal metabolic needs, and (3) to provide optimal use of protein and tissue growth.

In order for a pregnant mother to identify the normal weight gain during the pregnancy period, she should ask her health care provider especially the OB Gynecologist or dietician to monitor the progress of her weight. An average weight should range between 25 to 35 lbs during pregnancy.

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In other words, a pregnant woman must have at least 2 to 4 lbs of weight increase during the first three months of pregnancy period (first trimester), succeeding manner she must gain at least 1 lb. each week all throughout the remainder of the pregnancy period.

Twins double up the pregnancy weight

Twin is considered as an abnormal form of conception. Since the normal egg can only be fertilized by a single sperm. If in case that you are bearing a twin baby, you should expect of at least 35 to 45 lbs during the pregnancy. She should have an

Pregnancy and Weight Gain
Pregnancy and Weight Gain

approximately 1 and half lb. of weight gain in a week after the first three months of her pregnancy period.

Sources of weight gain during pregnancy

The following is the table of sources pertaining to weight gain during the pregnancy period. If in some point you are curious about the sudden changes in your weight gain, this table will explain to you the details pertaining to increase body weight. Note: this table varies on the age of gestation. However, you can use this standard as basis for average weight gain during pregnancy:

  • Weight of the baby – 8 lbs
  • Weight of the placenta – 2 to 3 lbs
  • Weight of the amniotic fluid – 2 to 3 lbs
  • Weight of the developing breast tissue – 2 to 3 lbs
  • Weight of the blood supple – 4 lbs
  • Weight of the fat stores for breast feeding and delivery – 5 to 9 lbs
  • Weight of the increasing size of uterus – 2 to 5 lbs
  • Total weight gain range – 25 to 35 lbs
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Rights of measuring pregnancy weight

When measuring your weight, you have to consider the following points to get an accurate result.

  • Same weighing scale or pregnancy weight tracker
    To acquire a consistent accurate result, you need to use the same scale. There are weighing scales that varies depending on the manufacturers indications;
  • Same clothing
    It is highly recommended for you to weight yourself using the same clothes that you have worn the last time you measure your weight. The purpose for this point is to limit the deviation from the weight of your clothing.
  • Same time of the day
    If in case that you took your weight before breakfast, you have to be consistent with it. Eating a minimal amount of food can alter the result. Make sure that when you took your weight at 7 in the morning; take your weight again the following day at the same hour.


Purpose of weight gain monitoring during pregnancy

During pregnancy, you are advised to have a regular maternal check-up to your OB Gynecologist. The purpose of this is to monitor the progress of pregnancy. Your doctor will use pregnancy weight gain chart to help you identify the normal weight gain from abnormal weight gain. During the consultation period, your doctor will also give you some important points on how to maintain a normal eating pattern that includes healthy foods you need to eat. This is to make sure that your baby is also receiving a sufficient amount of nutrients (vitamins and minerals) that can help develop their physical and physiologic aspect.

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The conclusion for normal pregnancy weight

It is advisable for you to monitor the amount of food you eat. There is no problem with eating too much as long as you know how to control yourself. If in case that you have any metabolic problems such as diabetes mellitus, you can discuss this concern to your doctor. This way, you will be able to acquire the prescribed diet with corresponding normal weight gain during pregnancy period.

Delores C. West is a compassionate healthcare professional with a focus on women's health and wellness. As a certified nurse-midwife, Delores is dedicated to providing comprehensive care to women throughout their reproductive journey. With a warm and nurturing approach, she empowers her patients to make informed decisions about their health and well-being. Delores's expertise in women's health makes her a trusted resource for individuals seeking personalized and compassionate care. Connect with her on LinkedIn to learn more about her commitment to women's health and wellness.