Eating a healthy, balanced diet will help your baby get the nutrients he or she needs & grow at a healthy rate. But how many extra calories do you truly need?
Though you do need some extra calories, it’s not necessary to ”eat for two.” The average pregnant woman requires only about 300 healthy calories more a day than she did before she was pregnant. This will help her increase the right amount of weight during pregnancy.
Ask your health care provider how much weight you should gain. A woman who was regular weight before getting pregnant should gain 25 to 35 pounds after becoming pregnant. Underweight women should increase 28 to 40 pounds. & overweight women may need to gain only 15 to 25 pounds during pregnancy.
In general, you should gain about 2 to 4 pounds during the first three months you’re pregnant & 1 pound a week during the rest of your pregnancy. If you are expecting twins you should increase 35 to 45 pounds during your pregnancy cycle. This would be an average of 1½ pounds per week after the usual weight gain in the first three months.
It’s especially important to gain the right amount of weight when you’re expecting twins because your weight affects the babies’ weight & because twins are often born before the due date, a higher birth weight is vital for their health. When carrying twins, you might need between 3,000 & 3,500 calories a day.
Where Does the Extra Heaviness Go During Pregnancy?
Baby : 8 pounds
Placenta : 2-3 pounds
Amniotic fluid : 2-3 pounds
Breast tissue : 2-3 pounds
Blood supply : 4 pounds
Stored fat for delivery & breastfeeding : 5-9 pounds
Larger uterus : 2-5 pounds
Total : 25-35 pounds
Is It Secure to Lose Weight When Pregnant?
If a woman is very overweight when she gets pregnant, her doctor might want her to lose weight. She should only lose heaviness under her doctor’s care. But in most matter, women should not try to lose weight or diet during pregnancy.
How to Gain the Right Amount of Heaviness during Pregnancy
If your health care provider wants you to gain weight while you’re pregnant, try these tips :
Eat five to six small meals every day.
Keep quick, easy appetizers on hand, such as nuts, raisins, cheese & crackers, dried fruit & ice cream or yogurt.
Spread peanut butter on toast, cracked, apples, bananas, or celery. One tablespoon of creamy peanut butter gives you about 100 calories & 7 grams of protein.
Add non fat crushed milk to mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, & hot cereal.
Add extras to your meal, such as butterfat or margarine, cream cheese, gravy, sour cream & cheese.
What if You Gain Too Much Weight During Pregnancy?
If you have gained more weight than your doctor recommended, talk to your therapeutist about it. In most cases, you’ll want to wait waiting after delivery to lose weight.