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Healthy Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Weight Gain During Pregnancy – How Much Is Too Much?

One of the downside of getting pregnant is the weight gain.  While some women regain their figures easily, some of us have to work hard in order to fit into our old clothes months after giving birth.  But weight gain is not all that bad.  In fact, it is an essential part of pregnancy.  But women need to know how much weight gain during pregnancy is alright and when it is too much.

Pregnant women are notorious for their crazy food cravings.  Some find pregnancy as the convenient excuse to pig out on all the food “no-no’s” before pregnancy.  They call this “eating for two” and gorge themselves on chocolate, junk food and sweets.  This is probably how the term “eating like a pregnant woman” came to be.

It is perfectly normal to gain weight during pregnancy.  Most obstetricians say that a two pound weight gain is ideal every month a woman is pregnant.  This ensures that the baby inside is getting ample supplies of vitamins and minerals he needs in order to grow healthy and strong even while inside the womb.  In fact some underweight women are even required to gain more weight in order to properly sustain their babies during gestation.

But overeating can be bad for both the mom and the baby.  Women who gain too much weight while pregnant will usually have babies larger for their gestational age.  This makes it hard for mothers to have a normal delivery and a cesarean section will be needed.  Other birthing complications an also occur for women with severe weight gain during pregnancy.

Becoming “overweight” during a pregnancy can be avoided easily.  Weird food cravings aside, eating a healthy and balanced diet throughout the pregnancy can do wonders for keeping your weight in check.  While food cravings are the norm, be sure not to overindulge.  If you get a craving for some chocolate chip cookies with a side of mustard, eat some but not the whole box!  Eat just enough to satisfy and control your craving.  Once you’ve eaten a cookie or two, stop.  Management and control is the key if you want to satisfy your food cravings and keep weight gain the minimum.

Morning sickness is quite common during the first few months of pregnancy, so early on get a list of healthy foods that you should eat while pregnant.  If one kind of food makes you nauseous, find the next one you like and see if you can keep it down.  Eating healthy from the start can train you to eat healthy foods from the start.

Avoid fast foods as much as you can.  Fast food contains large amounts of salt and preservatives.  Salt can contribute to bloating and water retention.  Preservatives can contain harmful ingredients which can deter baby’s development.  So if you get a craving for some burger and fries, ask hubby to make you some from scratch instead of visiting the nearest McDonald’s.

Exercise even while pregnant.  Swimming comes highly recommended for pregnant women.  This is something pregnant women can do even during the late third trimester.  Swimming can help with breathing exercises as well as keep weight gain during pregnancy to a minimum by burning off the excess fat.

Healthy Weight Gain During Pregnancy

We are bombarded every day by weight loss and diet information. Everywhere you turn; magazines, TV commercials, radio ads, in-store displays, etc. being skinny is considered ideal. How often is reaching a smaller size associated with being healthy? Unfortunately, most women are reminded of weight much too often. Pregnancy is a time to let go of the hype and myths of being a certain size and simply be healthy.

Gaining weight during pregnancy is something that every healthy woman does. There are several factors that add up to the total weight of a pregnancy; increased eating is only one very small part, and doesn’t always have to be. Your body is holding on to and is also filling with a lot of fluids to keep your own and baby’s bodies healthy. Your baby’s body is also part of your weight gains. Therefore, if you are gaining up to 25-30 pounds by the end of your pregnancy, you are in the normal range.

keywordOn the flip side of weight gain, during pregnancy, we think of ourselves as “eating for two”. Those cravings of ice cream hot fudge sundaes with triple brownie and whipped cream toppings don’t have to come in a 5-gallon bucket. You don’t have to eat double orders of onion rings with your quarter-pound super cheesy burger and extra large super size milk shake. Gaining too much weight during pregnancy is not good for you, your baby, or the overall health of you both. Keeping food portions within reason and making sure that you don’t indulge every craving all of the time is important for blood pressure, gestational diabetes (which can cause heart and delivery problems for you and the baby as well), and other health related maladies.

Of course, diet is only one part of the best way to keep gaining a healthy weight. Your doctor can recommend the best way to exercise with specialized movements and stretches just for pregnant women. When you keep moving, your muscles will stay strong and will be able to get through laboring more easily. Also, when you keep a strong body during pregnancy and a healthy weight, your recovery after delivering your baby is much faster. Who doesn’t want to be back in their favorite jeans just a few weeks earlier? Exercising properly is one way to keep your weight gain under control.

Healthy weight gain during pregnancy is one key to making sure your labor and delivery, recover, and baby’s health are taken care of as well. If you are able to eat a balanced diet with the proper nutrition and participate in a doctor approved exercise program; you will find that your weight will be more under control than if you followed every craving and relaxed all of the time. Keep moving, eat well, and see your doctor for changes in weight. You will soon see that some of the changes in your body may be new to you, but they are quite normal during pregnancy.

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