Recommended Guidelines for Weight Gains in Pregnancy
If you are pregnant, weight gain is probably one of your main concerns. Excessive weight gain in pregnancy is dangerous and can result to some complications such as pregnancy induced hypertension or diabetes.
However, poor weight gain is just as bad for you and your baby. If you don’t gain enough weight during pregnancy, your baby may end up with low birth weight.
When should you gain weight?
You should be gaining weight throughout your pregnancy. However, it is possible that you may lose weight in the first trimester if you can’t keep your food down. This is not dangerous as long as you start gaining appropriate weight in the second trimester.
What is the normal weight gain during pregnancy?
Here are the weight gain guidelines recommended by the Institute of Medicine:
- If you are underweight you need to gain approximately 28 to 40 Lbs throughout your pregnancy
- If you start with normal weight, your weight gain should be between 25 and 35 Lbs
- If you are overweight, you should ensure that your pregnancy weight gain is between 15 and 25 Lbs
- If you are classified as obese, weight gain should be limited to 11-20 Lbs
Since you are carrying the extra weight of your baby and its placenta, and your blood volume is also increased, it is vital that you gain weight during pregnancy.
Dieting during pregnancy is not recommended.
Friday, 13 July 2012