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Pregnancy Weight Gain

Weight gain during pregnancy is absolutely normal, certain type of weight gain gives a specific body mass index which results in positive outcomes for both fetus and mother. Pregnancy weight gain in infact weight of the fetus, and other factors like shown below.

Pregnancy Weight Gain Distribution

  • Enlarged breasts 1-2 pounds
  • Enlarged uterus 2 pounds
  • Placenta 1.5 pounds
  • Amniotic fluid 2 pounds
  • Increased blood volume 3-4 pounds
  • Increased fluid volume 2-3 pounds
  • Fat Stores 6-8 pounds
Pregnancy Weight Gain – Way2Health Diagnostics

Usually, it is advisable to gain 1-4 pounds in the first three months of pregnancy, and one pound each week during the remainder of pregnancy.  This is workable by consuming 300 extra calories everyday.

Issues of Suboptimal Weight Gain

Insufficient and excessive weight gain has adverse effect during pregnancy. Insufficient weight gain during pregnancy can affect the condition of fetus and cause premature birth, labor complications, postpartum weight retention, it also increases the risk of caesarean section.

Drinking about two litres of water is important even during  pregnancy. Dehydration is not good. Keep checking your weight in every week, it will help you in maintaining your diet and keep your baby healthy.

After consultation of your doctor you can every continue 30 minute of exercise daily, as long as it suits your stage of pregnancy.


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