pregnant womanWeight gain during pregnancy is one of the most important components of a healthy pregnancy.

Avoiding to much weight gain is crucial. And this can be achieved by eating well.

Most expectant moms get concerned about eating all the foods needed in pregnancy thinking pregnancy weight gain will make it impossible for them to get back their figures after the pregnancy.

Others think, that baby will grow too big and make a natural labor more difficult.

To help you understand this pregnancy weight gain, here is how the foods you eat is used during pregnancy:

  • Your baby’s growth………………………………7-8 lb.
  • Growth of uterus……………………………………2 lb.
  • Amniotic fluid…………………………………………2 lb.
  • Placenta……………………………………………………1 ½ lb.
  • Breast growth……………………………………………2 lb.
  • Increased fluid………………………………………4 lb.
  • Increased blood………………………………………4 lb.
  • Food stores…………………………………………………7lb.

Normal weight gain during pregnancy should be a gain of 25-35 pounds.

Pregnancy weight gain is not the same as getting fat though lots of expectant moms speak of fat.

There is actually no increase in fatty tissues … seen in the food stores.

You may notice this tissue on your hips, arms, shoulders and buttocks. These are health insurance food stores for you and baby in the last 10 weeks of pregnancy when baby is developing rapidly.

The food stores serve as an energy reserve for you during labor and birth and are lost in the months after birth, especially if you breastfed.

Most importantly, expectant moms should note that a healthy baby is rarely harder to deliver while as an underweight baby can have numerous problems and may end up in NICU.

In addition to this, skinny babies are fussier and harder to take care of … so don’t worry about weight gain in pregnancy and don’t let others make you feel bad about it.

Ensure to avoid too much weight gain during pregnancy by:

  • limiting all juice to two 4-ounce serviing per day or one 12-ounce regular soda.
  • At 4 months, add an extra 300 calories per day. i.e. 300 calories =a sandwich with two ounces of meat or a small peanut butter and jelly sandwich or two 8-ounces glasses of milk.
  • Note that a value meal for a typical fast food restaurant has about 1500 calories which is pretty much a day’s worth of calories !
  • Limit fried foods and high fat meats such as ribs and sausage. Try to select lean cuts of meat like loin. Trim visible fat before cooking.
  • Remember to use mayonnaise, salad dressing and oils sparingly.
  • don’t forget to exercise; walking and being active also counts.

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