Pregnancy and Weight Gain- How much should you really be gaining?

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“Baby weight”. It can be cute in the form of a growing baby bump. It can also be a bummer months after your bundle of joy has arrived and you are still trying to work it off. No mama to be wants to be in that situation. It’s important to make sure you are getting an adequate number of calories and nutrients every day for you and beybey, but it’s also important to make sure you aren’t going over board with the cravings and putting yourself in an unhealthy situation.

According to the Institute of Medicine a woman of average weight before pregnancy, with a BMI of 1.5-24.9, the recommended weight gain is 25-35 pounds. If you were underweight before pregnancy, 28-40 is the guideline weight gain and 15-25 pounds for woman who were over weight before pregnancy.

The weight breakdown by trimester:

  • First Trimester: 1-5 pounds
  • Second Trimester: 1-2 pounds per week
  • Third Trimester: 1-2 pounds per week

While that may seem like alot to some, here is the breakdown of what all the goods inside that baby bump add up to :

  • Breast: 1-2 pounds
  • Baby: 6-8 pounds
  • Placenta: 1-2 pounds
  • Uterus: 1-2 pounds
  • Amniotic Fluid: 2-3 pounds
  • Extra blood and fluids: 6-8 pounds
  • Protein and Fat storage: 8-10 pounds

That’s a total of 25-35 pounds! Remember that every mama is unique and every body is different. Have a talk with your doctor about how much is healthy for your body type. Every time you have an appointment, ask for feedback to ensure you are on track and still gaining at a their recommended rate. Remember that the most important during this time is having a healthy pregnancy for both you AND baby.

So now that we have all of the technical stuff out of the way, let be honest with each other, mama to mama. I gained 35 pounds while pregnant with Emmy. I loved cheesy tater tots from Sonic with a ice cold root beer. And you better believe I had them! But I also made sure to balance it out with nutritious meals the rest of the week. I was able to drop all of the weight within 7 weeks thanks to breastfeeding and walking. So indulge in your cravings every once in a while, just don’t have cake for 3 meals a day!


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