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Pregnancy Weight Gain


Normal Pregnancy Weight Gain

One aspect many women do not care for as part of their pregnancy is the weight gain. However, this is just nature’s way of growing and protecting the baby you are carrying inside you and you can always drop the weight afterwards. Additionally, weight gain during a pregnancy is normal and should be expected. However, being pregnant does not give you free reign to eat everything in site and down a gallon of ice cream a day. In fact, when you are pregnant you need to be even more concerned about what you are eating to ensure your baby is getting enough nutrients. So, what is a normal weight gain anyway?

Normal Weight Gain

Again, you may not be looking forward to gaining a lot of weight while pregnant, but just remember you are doing so for the health of your child. Women who do not gain enough weight during pregnancy are more likely to have a baby with a low birth weight. Babies with low birth weights are more likely to have health problems than babies with higher birth rates. On the other hand excessive amounts of weight should not be gained either because the baby might grow too large causing problems during delivery and the mother will find it difficult losing a lot of weight afterwards.

An woman of average weight and size should gain between 25-35 pounds during pregnancy. However, women who are small should gain a bit more and women who are larger should gain a bit less. Your doctor will be able to suggest the amount of weight gain that is appropriate for you. Additionally, no pregnant woman who wants to have a healthy baby should ever consider dieting while pregnant. The reason for this is when a woman is losing weights there are more ketones in her blood stream and ketones are toxic to the fetus so weight loss should be avoided.

Where Does all the Weight Go?

The thought of gaining 25-35 pounds in nine months might seem like a nightmare to most women, however all of this weight is not going to fat that will appear on your thighs later on. In fact, the weight is distributed to the baby, placenta, fluids and the like.

For example, on average the baby weighs 7.5 pounds, the placenta 1.5 pounds, the amniotic fluid 1.75 pounds, the uterus 2 pounds, increased breast tissue 1 pound, increase in maternal blood 2.75 pounds, fluids in women’s tissues 3 pounds, and maternal fat 7 pounds. This comes to a total of 26.5 pounds of weight gain. So, as you can see while the mother gains a bit of fat she does not gain so much that it is difficult to lose after the baby is born because a lot of the weight leaves the body at delivery. Then the new mother just has a few more pounds to drop.

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