Pregnancy should not be an excuse to be eating all the time. I found this table below as a good reference for you. Everybody’s pre-pregnancy weight is different. One way to know what’s the healthy range to put on is through your BMI as shown in the table below. For me, I have always been in the borderline range due to high metabolism. You can ask people who are close to me, they know I eat a whole lot and will wonder where it all went to.:D I wasn’t overly cautious about putting on weight during pregnancy. I know the healthy range for me is 12.7kg-18.1kg total. As I’m writing this, I’m at 39+ weeks now and have put on a total of 13+kg. If I didn’t know the healthy and acceptable range, I would have been shocked each time I stand on the weighing scale during check-ups. Without the knowledge, I would have restricted myself from eating which would cause harm to both our health!
Another concern is, how much more exactly do you have to consume per day? Only an estimated of additional 300 calories is needed per day. Yes you heard me right! This equates to a bowl of cereal or a slice of bread! In the third trimester, you will need more, up to 500 calories per day. Here’s the reason why you should be disciplined. Putting on too much weight increases your chance of gestational diabetes, hypertension, complications during delivery and even stretch marks! On the other hand, putting on too little weight increases the chance of premature birth and might cause both mother and baby to be malnourished. Putting on a healthy weight is definitely the best option. Always discuss your nutritional needs with your doctor as you might have a different health history.
One is also expected to put on different amount of weight at the different stages of pregnancy. During your first trimester, your baby is still small, which means you don’t need to be actively gaining weight yet. However, if you’re having nausea or vomiting, you might not gain even 1kg or might even lose a little bit of weight. That’s totally normal! Have it monitored and as long as your appetite gets better, you will make up for those lost kilograms in the second trimester.
In your second trimester, your baby starts to grow. This is when weight gain should pick up each time you’re at your monthly check ups. Your doctor will check if your baby is putting on the weight too. In your third trimester, baby’s weight gain will double and triple whereas your weight gain may start to slow down. Some women may find their appetite growing smaller due to space constraints.
One more thing before I end! You may wonder, where did the 12kg go if my baby is currently estimated at 2.7kg now? This weight is actually found in the placenta, amniotic fluid, uterine enlargement, maternal breast tissue, maternal blood volume, fluids in maternal tissue and maternal fat stores. There it is! There’s so much more to count in besides your baby’s weight.
I am sure this knowledge will come in very useful to everyone! If you’re not pregnant, you can always share, encourage and advise a love one and to prevent them from having unnecessary worries about weight gain during pregnancy! If you’re planning for a baby, always consult the doctor you’re seeing, and just rest, relax and embrace this blessed journey.
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