Gaining Too Much Weight During My Pregnancy. What Can I
Courtesy of the Utah WIC Program
Much Total Weight Should I Gain?
right amount of weight to gain during pregnancy depends
on how much you weighed before getting pregnant. Talk with
your health care provider to find out what amount is right
for you. General guidelines for weight gain are:
- 40 pounds
- 35 pounds
- 25 pounds
||11 - 20
Women pregnant with multiples: Normal weight women should gain 37-54 pounds, overweight, 31-50 pounds and obese, 25-42 pounds during pregnancy.
trimester: 1.1-4.4 pounds
2nd trimester: 0.4-1.3 pounds a week
3rd trimester: 0.4-1.3 pounds a week
of Gaining Too Much Weight
Women who gain extra weight during pregnancy
are more likely to have:
Gaining too much weight during pregnancy increases the baby's
risk of being overweight during childhood.
can I Do To Slow Weight Gain?
you're gaining more weight than recommended, you'll want to
make some changes to your diet. You should never try to lose
weight during pregnancy. But if you can slow down how quickly
you gain weight for the rest of your pregnancy, you'll have
less problems with your pregnancy and delivery, and an easier
time getting back to your pre-pregnancy weight.
to Slow Weight Gain:
according to MyPyramid
half your grains whole
your calcium rich foods (choose low-fat dairy products)
lean with protein
small frequent meals
healthy snacks (fresh fruits, raw vegetables, low-fat yogurt
or cottage cheese, whole-wheat toast...)
Pregnancy only requires 200 - 300 extra calories per day.
Should I Exercise During Pregnancy?
during pregnancy will help you to slow weight gain and will
result in a healthier pregnancy and delivery. Exercise is
safe for most pregnant women. Talk to your health care provider
to find out what type of exercise is safe for you.
of Exercise During Pregnancy:
with constipation, backaches
you more energy
time losing weight after delivery
Women who exercise during pregnancy may have shorter labors
and easier deliveries.
for Exercise in Pregnancy:
contact sports, activities that increase your risk of falling
and jerky, bouncing movements
exercise on your back after the 1st trimester
exercising in very hot weather
on all or most days of the week
up and cool down
frequent breaks and drink plenty of fluids
exercise to the point of exhaustion
exercising and call your doctor if you experience faintness,
headache, pain, bleeding or have trouble walking.
Pregnancy Weight Gain: What's Healthy?
Eating During Pregnancy
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