Pregnancy Weight Gain - What To Expect During Your Pregnancy!
nderstanding pregnancy weight gain is essential for every woman who is expecting a baby. Weight gain during pregnancy is important for you and your unborn baby. Remember you are growing a new human being.
Finding the balance between gaining weight and eating healthy is a must. Not because you are pregnant means that you should be eating twice as much. You only have to add about 200 to 300 calories a day to your present diet.
Why is weight gain so important during pregnancy?
The extra weight you gain during pregnancy provides nourishment for your developing baby and is also stored for breastfeeding your baby after delivery.
How much total weight should a pregnant woman gain?
The amount of weight you should gain depends on your pre-pregnancy weight. There are four weight types that determine how much weight a female should gain during pregnancy. Those weight types are:
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- Underweight (BMI less than 18.5)
- Normal weight (BMI 18.5 to 24.9)
- Overweight (BMI 25 to 29.9)
- Underweight (BMI 30 and above)
Recommended weight gain for a pregnant woman
- Healthy weight: 25 - 37 pounds
- Underweight: 28 - 40 pounds
- Overweight: 15 - 25 pounds
- Obese: 11 - 20 pounds
Pregnancy Weight Gain Video:
For those who love videos, we have added a link to a weight gain video.
When you are pregnant the goal is to keep your weight gain as steady as possible because your baby needs a daily supply of nutrients that comes from what you eat. A healthy pregnancy means eating five to six nutritious meals each day and a little daily exercise is a must to keep yourself active and fit. Walking daily would be just fine.
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