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Weight Gain In Pregnancy

Weight gain in pregnancy indicates food adequacy. About 1-1.5 kg weight gain during the 1st trimester and 450gm/week thereafter is normal. This means a weight gain of 10-12 kg during the entire pregnancy. FIRST TRIMESTER: Your baby is still tiny, which means you don’t need to gain more than 1-2 kg. If suffering from morning sickness, you might even lose a little which is okay. Or if you have pregnancy cravings, you may have more weight gain – in which case you need to keep an eye on your diet. SECOND TRIMESTER: Your baby starts to grow in earnest, so pregnancy weight gain increases so that you add a total of about 6-7 kgs. THIRD TRIMESTER: Baby’s weight goes upstream, but yours may start to hold steady or even go down during the 9th month when ever-tighter abdominal quarters make finding room for food a struggle. It’s perfectly normal if you lose a couple of kilos. Keep in mind that these are averages and not a hard and fast formula. There will be some weeks when you feel hungry all the time and others when eating much of anything will make your stomach turn. Try not to worry too much.

How To Avoid Excessive Weight Gain During Pregnancy

The key to “not gaining too much weight during pregnancy” is to keep an eye on both the scale and your diet. As a rule, instead of just eating more, focus on eating nutritious, satisfying foods that are rich in healthy fats and plenty of filling sources of fibre like fresh vegetables, fruits and whole grains. A nutrient-rich diet will fuel the incredible growth of your baby.

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