Oftentimes, the focus of weight gain during pregnancy is targeted at the potential problems related to gaining too much weight. This can scare many pregnant women into eating too little, in an effort to limit or prevent excess weight gain. |
However, it is equally as important that woman gain enough weight. It is very important that your baby get proper nutrition from the foods you eat. Dieting or limiting food intake during pregnancy is not a wise idea.
Recommendations for healthy weight gain during pregnancy are based on your weight before you became pregnant. Women who are at "normal" weight (Body Mass Index of 19.8 - 26) when they become pregnant are advised to gain 25 - 35 pounds during their pregnancies. Likewise, experts advise women who are "underweight" (BMI less than 19.8) when they become pregnant to gain 28-40 pounds during their pregnancies.
Healthy eating and healthy weight gain result in many positive pregnancy benefits. Gaining a healthy amount of weight:
Remember, you body uses food for energy. If you have a history of food restriction or crazy dieting, you may have altered both your metabolism and the way your body uses food when you begin eating normally (such as during pregnancy). Don't be discouraged if you gain quickly during the first trimester. As long as you are meeting your nutrient needs and getting exercise as advised by your physician, your weight gain should taper during the second trimester.
Generally, normal weight and underweight woman gain between one and one-and-a-half pounds per week, throughout the second and third trimesters.
Pregnant woman need to meet these daily minimum serving requirements: