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Pregnancy weight is a natural concern for women. Read this article to learn what normal weight gain during pregnancy is, why it's important to stay within the recommended pregnancy weight gain, and emotional issues related to pregnancy weight gain.
Many women are very concerned about pregnancy weight gain. While it can be distressing to gain weight during pregnancy, it is important to realize that this is natural and expected - even healthy. First of all, weight gain indicates that the baby is growing and gaining weight. This is important to a healthy child birth. Additionally, you should realize that increased blood, water, amniotic fluid and other fluids will add to your weight, as will the placenta and other accouterments of birth. However, some of the weight you gain will be fat storage, so it is important to be prepared for that. Here are some things to remember about pregnancy weight:
It is normal for most women to gain between 25 and 35 pounds during pregnancy. This is average and to be expected. Your health care provider can help you figure out what is healthy for your height, as well as what is normal pregnancy weight gain for your pre-pregnancy weight and general health. You can expect to gain between one pound and five pounds during the first trimester. After that, you are likely to gain one pound a week throughout the second and third trimesters of your pregnancy.
Staying within the recommended pregnancy weight gain
Your health care provider will monitor your weight throughout your pregnancy, since it is an important part of your health. Your doctor or midwife can help you figure out a plan to help you keep within a normal and healthy weight gain for you. You will receive diet recommendations, as well as exercise recommendations. You really only need about 300 extra calories during pregnancy (the second and third trimesters). A pregnancy exercise program can help you keep your weight in check, as well as help you strengthen your body and prepare it for giving birth.
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