Are You Gaining More Weight Than You Should?

If you have been consistently hearing that pregnancy implies eating for two people, there is every possibility of giving in to it at some point or the other. If you feel nervous about looking down at your weighing scale because you might have overdone it, it’s time to start monitoring your weight gain.

How Much Is Too Much?

In the first trimester, a lot of women hardly gain weight, owing to morning sickness, food aversions and the heightened sense of smell. Instead of gaining weight, a few even tend to lose weight. As long as the loss is not alarming, doctors don’t really express any concern.

Once the first trimester queasiness wears off and there is a welcoming back of your appetite, there are cravings of all kinds, too tough to resist. So you might find yourself binging on calorie-laden crisps, ice-creams, buttered toasts etc. There could be intense cravings for sugary drinks, if you are pregnant during the summers. While it is not forbidden to surrender to your cravings, you must be aware of how much weight gain is too much in pregnancy.

Your Guide To Pregnancy Weight Gain:

BMI Normal weight gain (pounds)
<18.5 28-40
18.5-24.9 25-25
25-29.9 15-25
>30 11-20

 

In any of the trimesters, if your weight tends to cross the recommended limit, it is a wise idea to speak to your health practitioner immediately. There are a few conditions in pregnancy that may also require you to keep a track of your weight gain like a history of pre-eclampsia, Gestational Diabetes, Gestational Hypertension etc.

Let Us Take A Look At What The Excess Weight Could Possibly Do To You And How To Avoid Gaining It:

1. High Blood Pressure

Excessive weight gain towards the end of pregnancy can lead to developing Gestational Hypertension in pregnant women and can also cause preterm birth. Try monitoring weight gain every week and keep your doctor informed.

2. Gestational Diabetes

If you look plumper and feel heavier that you had expected, you might want to check how much you’re gaining lately. Do not ignore signs of obesity because the last thing you would want is to take insulin shots and cut down on carbs because GD could lead to miscarriages and the fear of developing type 2 Diabetes1

3. Intervention In Birth

Your increased weight could also make your baby bigger and heavier, due to which the chances of a normal delivery are reduced. You might need a c-section or a forceps delivery to help the baby be delivered safely.

While losing weight in the second or third trimesters is not advisable; not gaining any further, if you are obese, is almost always recommended. Doctors suggest a few ways like cutting down on empty calories, avoiding unhealthy fatty food, caffeinated beverages, avoiding condiments like jams, preserves, sauces and dips. Instead of these, pregnant women are advised to have whole food, food rich in protein and stay active during pregnancy. Prenatal yoga classes and regular walks can help keep unhealthy weight gain away to ensure a smooth and successful delivery.

Reference:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diabetes_mellitus_type_2