Yippie! You’re pregnant! Get ready to go through this experience which is nothing short of a miracle! It is amazing how a woman’s body goes through so many changes to grow that little bundle inside it.
However, with these changes comes the weight gain. Many women worry about the weight gained during pregnancy, but these extra kilos are for nurturing your baby and you during this time. It’s not just about you anymore! You’re eating for two people now, hence you need to consume a well-balanced diet.
There are various reasons at play here such as:
It is normal to gain some weight, but you must be wondering how much weight gain is normal? Let’s take a look.
The amount of weight gain during pregnancy can be calculated based on your body mass index (BMI) before pregnancy. To calculate your BMI, divide your measured weight (in kilograms) by your measured height (in metres squared).
For example: if your height is 1.65 metres and your weight is 67 kilograms, your BMI will be 67/1.65*1.65, which would be equal to 24 kg/m^2. You can also use online BMI calculators and charts to determine your BMI.
If your BMI lies in the range of 18.5 to 24.9, before pregnancy, then you should ideally gain from 11 kg to 16 kg. In the first three months, the weight gain should be 1 to 1.5 kg. For the rest of the months, until you give birth, you should gain 1.5 to 2 kg every month.
If your pre-pregnancy BMI was above less or more than the range of 18.5 to 24.9, you should gain more or less weight, respectively.
Factors such as twin pregnancy and morning sickness also affect weight gain.
Weight gain beyond a certain point can cause potential complications to arise for your baby and you, such as:
Babies who are born to overweight mothers tend to develop obesity and other health problems in their later life.
Thus, by following your doctor’s guidelines and monitoring your weight gain, you can avoid these complications.
Eat healthily, do some physical activities and most of all, enjoy your pregnancy and the weight gain too!