Taking better care of your body – Yourself!
Most pregnant women have mixed feelings when it comes to gaining weight during pregnancy. In fact, a lot of women feel insecure about their body especially during the third trimester of pregnancy when their tummies are at their biggest. If you are one of those women who are not really comfortable about gaining too much weight during pregnancy, do not despair.
In most cases, you can shed off whatever excess weight you gain during pregnancy. But just because you can shed off the excess weight that you gain during pregnancy, that does not mean that you do not have to watch your weight. Too much weight gain is bad for you and your baby. According to experts, excessive weight gain could lead to a lot of health problems especially for pregnant women.
How Much Weight Are You Supposed To Gain During Pregnancy?
According to experts, you can gain as much as 25 to 30 pounds during normal pregnancy. Based on standard pregnancy calendars, you may gain about 2 pounds a month during the first trimester and maximum of 4 pounds a month during the last trimester of your pregnancy. Yes, that sounds like a lot but you have to understand that when you are pregnant, you body makes room for the baby and undergoes a lot of changes to accommodate the needs of the baby.
Moreover, you start eating for two when you are pregnant so there is a big possibility that you will gain a lot of extra pounds over the nine-month pregnancy period. An increase of 25 to 30 pounds is not really very alarming especially when you are entering the last few weeks of your pregnancy.
To make sure that you are still within your allowable weight increase level, use a pregnancy weight calculator to maintain the ideal weight. You may need to change your eating habits and exercise more. However, before you make changes in your diet, you should consult your doctor first. Remember that your baby needs a lot of nourishment so you should not just cutback on food without your doctor’s knowledge. You do not really want to deprive your baby of his or her much-needed nourishment.
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