While the miracle of birth is one thing, the process of being pregnant isn’t always pretty, and there are some issues that all women face during their pregnancies. One of the most common concerns that newly pregnant women have is just how much weight they should, ideally, gain during their entire pregnancy.
Pregnancy Weight Gain
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could go through the process of pregnancy without gaining a single pound? It sounds like an ideal situation, but that simply isn’t to be.
Pregnancy weight gain actually serves an important purpose. According to doctors and experts, between 6 and 8 lbs. of your total weight gain will be your actual baby, although that number varies. The rest of the weight you gain is likely in the form of fat, which is used to prepare the body for breastfeeding. The placenta, enlarged uterus and amniotic fluid will add additional pounds on the scale, as well, and your breast can gain up to two pounds of weight. All of this is important to the health and well being of your growing child.
How Much Weight Should I Gain?
There is no perfect number for weight gain during pregnancy. Instead there is a wide range that doctors will consider acceptable, and much of it hinges on your weight prior to your pregnancy. For example, a woman who is underweight when she gets pregnant will be expected to gain more weight during the course of her pregnancy than a woman who was overweight when she became pregnant. This discrepancy is for the purpose of fat stores for breastfeeding.
Underweight women are expected to gain between 28 and 40 pounds, depending on their starting weight. Woman who have an average body mass index should gain between 25 and 35 pounds over the course of their pregnancy. Women who are considered overweight or obese prior to becoming pregnant should look to gain between 15 and 25 pounds over the course of nine months.
The pregnancy process is a magical time, but it isn’t a time to gain weight with abandon. Heavy weight gain can be bad for both you and your growing baby. Doctors also suggest soon-to-be moms should stay fit and active during their pregnancy, and eat healthy foods.
Once you’ve had your bundle of joy, and are ready to kick your fitness back into high gear, contact Ralph Roberts, an Amarillo personal trainer who can keep your healthy, happy and fit as you navigate new motherhood.