Normal Weight Gain During Pregnancy
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Every woman will gain some weight during pregnancy, but how much is enough, and how much is too much?
Normal weight gain compared to excessive weight gain
Weight gain is normal during pregnancy, and necessary for the growth and development of the baby. Too much weight gain, on the other hand, increases the risk of medical conditions during pregnancy, including gestational diabetes and high blood pressure. Excessive weight gain could also mean a more difficult delivery. If you gain too much weight during pregnancy, it is also more difficult to shake off after the birth of your baby, and staying overweight after giving birth has many health risks.
How much weight gain is normal?
The exact amount of weight that is healthy for you to gain during pregnancy will depend on your weight before you became pregnant. Women who were underweight before their pregnancy can gain a little more weight while pregnant; whereas women who started off overweight or obese should watch their weight gain a little more closely. Normal weight gain for a single pregnancy in a woman who started at a healthy weight is between 11.5 kg and 16 kg. The normal ranges for weight gain are higher for twin or multiple pregnancies. Your doctor will be able to advise you on what the healthy range of weight gain is for you.
How to avoid excessive weight gain during pregnancy
Begin by forgetting the old myth that you are eating for two. Instead, focus on eating plenty of fruit and vegetables while you are pregnant, and drinking lots of water. Eat regular small meals throughout the day and stay active.
This information is this article is intended for general purposes only. If you have any concerns about your health or the health of your child, you should always consult a healthcare professional.