What Women Should Know for a Healthy Weight Gain During Pregnancy?

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7:48 am September 28, 2011

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When women get pregnant it is inevitable that they gain weight. With a baby growing inside and all the extra eating that a pregnant woman does, you will definitely rack up those pounds. There will always be different types of pregnant women, there will be pregnant women who are conscious and will eat as if they are on a diet of food which will consist of boiled vegetables and tasteless meat. But there will also be pregnant women who tend to enjoy their pregnancy and will eat almost anything resulting to a big baby and bigger body after pregnancy.

But what exactly should a healthy weight gain during pregnancy consist during this period? Should they eat to their heart’s content and enjoy this period? Or eat sparingly? It can be quite confusing, because there are a lot of reasons why women control their weight during pregnancy and why some just let go. Many women say that their husbands sometimes turn away when they see their wives in chubby thighs and a wider waistline, but others just don’t really care.

So what is a healthy weight gain during pregnancy and what does one need to know to achieve this?

Is it normal to gain weight?

Of course it’s normal to gain weight during pregnancy. Most of the time the weight pregnant women gain does not come entirely from the food they eat. The baby will already weigh in about seven or eight pounds. The nutrients the body stores specifically for the baby, which is called the maternal fat also makes up seven pounds. Other contributing factors to weight gain during pregnancy are the uterus (two pounds), amniotic fluid (two pounds), the placenta (two pounds), and a lot of other factors such as the maternal blood and maternal breast tissue. So if you put on 15 pounds during this period. It doesn’t mean that you did not have a healthy weight gain during pregnancy.

How much weight should one gain during pregnancy?

There are different body types and different types of women, so it does not mean that if a skinny woman and a fat woman both gained 40 pounds, both of them have not attained a healthy weight gain during pregnancy.

There are for weight gain brackets during pregnancies, and women should base their weight gain here to see whether or not they had a healthy weight gain during pregnancy or not:

  • Bracket 1: 25 – 35 pounds – If you are the type of woman with a body mass index or BMI between 18.5 – 24.9, you belong to this category. Women with this BMI usually fall under the normal sized women or women or are neither underweight nor overweight.
  • Bracket 2: 28 – 40 pounds – If you are the type of woman with a body mass index or BMI below 18.5, you belong to this category. Women with this BMI are usually underweight, skinny, or malnourished, and they need all the weight gain they can get.
  •  Bracket 3: 15 – 25 pounds – If you are the type of woman with a body mass index or BMI between 25 – 29.9, you belong to this category. Women with this BMI are women who are overweight.
  • Bracket  4: 11 – 20 pounds – If you are the type of woman with a body mass index or BMI over 30, you belong to this category. Women with this BMI are obese and should seriously look after their weight.

Healthy weight gain during pregnancy is very important because it can affect you during the pregnancy itself, and after the pregnancy. Many women find it hard to lose all the weight after pregnancy, and as they say the best medicine aside from cure is prevention. So it is always better to keep track of all the food you eat, not necessarily depriving yourself, but eating only the right amount of food to achieve a healthy weight gain during pregnancy.

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