When pregnant, you may be concerned about weight gain. On one hand, you may fear that ‘eating for two’ will lead to excessive weight gain that will be hard to get rid of after childbirth. On the other hand, you don’t want to eat too little, so that your baby’s development will suffer.
During pregnancy, proper nutrition is extremely important. It not only affects the healthy development of your baby, but also keeps you healthy. Therefore, many women wander what is considered a healthy weight gain, can they be on a diet during pregnancy, and when can they start a diet to lose weight after childbirth.
Normal weight gain during pregnancy is about 25-35 pound for a single embryo pregnancy (more for multiples). Of course only a small portion of this weight is fat. The baby weight 7-8 pounds, the placenta is 1-2 pounds and the amniotic fluid in which the baby is surrounded weigh about 2 pound. Total 10-12 pound, which ‘disappear’ after childbirth.
In addition, the uterus grows by 2 pounds, maternal breast tissue weigh about 2 pounds and blood volume increase by about 4 pounds. Some women suffer from water retention, which may add about 3 pounds.
So far 18-20 pounds increase total, which does not include the 7 pound of fat and nutrients you are storing for breastfeeding. Total 25-27 pounds.
It is important to stress that each women will gain weight at different speed and amount, so do not worry if your weight gain is different than another women. If you have any concerns speak to your healthcare provider.