Pregnancy Weight Gain

Pregnancy Weight Gain

Here’s To A Happy and Active Pregnancy

From the moment of conception until to the time your bundle of joy is born, maintaining an ideal weight is key to a healthy pregnancy. Just as no two women are the same, neither are their pregnancies. Your pre-pregnancy weight and activity level will determine the amount of weight you need to gain for a healthy pregnancy.

How Much Weight Should I Gain?

When it comes to gaining weight during your pregnancy, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. The exact amount of weight you need to gain depends on your weight prior to conception. Your appropriate weight is directly linked to your height, so what is ideal for one, could be too much or too little for another. In general, an active woman should strive for a normal gain of 25-35 pounds during her pregnancy. For women who were overweight prior to pregnancy, 15-20 pounds is considered a normal gain of weight.

Healthy Weight Gain

Eating a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables and protein is ideal. Keep in mind that even though you are eating for two, in no way does this mean you should eat double or even triple the amount of calories needed for a healthy weight gain. Unfortunately, many women fall into this trap when they are pregnant. They think that pregnancy gives them the “green light” to eat everything and anything they see. This not only puts your health at risk, but the health of your baby as well. There are many risks associated with excessive weight gain during pregnancy such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia.

Stay Active

Exercise is not only good for you, but good for your baby as well. Staying fit during your pregnancy helps you avoid excess weight gain. In addition, it will make it easier to lose the weight after you give birth. Your doctor can advise you on which types of exercise are safe for you and your baby.

Carrying extra weight can negatively affect your fertility and your ability to conceive. If you are trying to get pregnant, talk to your physician about an appropriate exercise and dietary regimen.

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