Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Maintaining a healthy diet will help your baby receive the nutrients they need. Although you need to consume extra calories when you're pregnant, it is not necessary to "eat for two". Experts recommend a woman gain about 35 pounds during her pregnancy. On average, a pregnant woman only needs about 300 extra calories per day. Women who are an average weight before pregnancy should only gain about 25 to 35 pounds. Women who are underweight when they become pregnancy should gain about 28 to 40 pounds. Women who are overweight before pregnancy should only gain about 15 to 25 pounds.

When you begin to see the weight gain, keep in mind:

  • Your baby may weigh about 8 pounds
  • The placenta will weigh 2 - 3 pounds
  • The amniotic fluid will weigh about 2 - 3 pounds
  • Your breast tissue will weigh about 2 - 3 pounds
  • The extra blood supply will average about 4 pounds
  • Fat stores will average about 5 - 9 pounds
  • Uterus growth will weigh about 2 - 5 pounds

Good foods to consume:

  • Fresh fruits and veggies
  • Water
  • Whole grain bread, cereal and pasta.
  • Low fat or reduce fat dairy products.

Foods to stay away from:

  • Artificial sweeteners.
  • Drinks that list corn syrup as one of the first ingredients.
  • Fast Food
  • Chips, candy, cake, cookies, etc.

Stay Active

  • Moderate exercise can help burn extra calories.
  • Walking or swimming.