What you want to do when pregnant (as much as women fear gaining TOO much
weight) is to gain the appropriate amount of weight for your baby. As a matter
of fact, it is actually worse to gain too little weight as opposed to gaining
too much. However, there are more factors to consider in your diet than simply
The nutrition that the foetus receives can be a great start in their
overall health. Aside from the recommend increase in your intake of food, there
are definitely certain kinds of food that have proven to be more beneficial than
Many women wonder: why it is so important to gain weight and eat well to the
extent that their doctors recommend? In other words, why do you have to gain 25
to 35 pounds (as per the typical recommendation) when your baby will (as per
average) weigh 7.5 pounds?
1. The following is an itemized explanation of the medical reasons for
gaining the recommend amount of weight while pregnant:
- 7.5 average baby’s weight
- A doctor includes in his or her recommendation that a woman gain an
extra 7 pounds for stored protein, fat and other certain nutrients.
- There are 4 pounds required for the safety of your child that will serve
to reserve extra blood.
- An additional 4 pounds will carry other body fluids for the fetus to
- 2 pounds should be added to the total weight gain for the purpose of
- Another 2 pounds are allotted for the expansion of your uterus.
- Another 3.5 pounds should be taken into consideration for the placenta
and the amniotic fluid that surrounds and protects your baby.
2. Of course, every woman must keep in mind that patterns of weight gain will
- For instance, if you are already heavy, you may not need to gain as
- If you are having twins or triplets the amount of weight you need to
gain will be different, and this will absolutely be something that your
doctor should mention regularly.
- Your doctor will have to adjust the recommend weight gain if you are
underweight as well.
- The most important thing to remember is that the amount of weight that
you gain is much less important than what those extra pounds consist of. In
other words, junk food as opposed to healthy food will be much better for
Some foods – even completely healthy foods – are better than other kinds of
foods to consume during your for the benefit of your baby. Despite the hype over
certain diets and supplements that are healthy for you, a pregnant woman must
remember that she should take in about 300 calories more than usual every day.
It is the very best suggestion I can make to you: see or consult a
nutritionist while you are pregnant or while trying to become pregnant.
Sometimes, prenatal care will include this kind of consultation, but there are
many specialists who believe that additional information should be discussed
with a nutrition expert.
There are very many women who like their physicians but do not feel as though
there is enough time during visits to discuss diet in detail. So if you want to
be sure you are doing what is best for your baby as well as yourself, you should
get a second, and more thorough expert opinion.