Jul 25, 2011

Pregnancy Weight Gain... How Much?!

YAY! I have been told that over the next 9 months I am to gain at least 25 pounds, and if I gain 40 it will not be the end of the world!  This is way to good to be true, what’s the catch? So far I have found out that the catch is that my butt, thighs, feet, arms, back and well pretty much my whole body is subject to this weight gain, not just my belly. Oh, P.S. As a result, stretch marks are very possible. I knew this couldn’t be a free pass to the buffet line!

Below is an excerpt of an article on Pregnancy Weight Gain from The American Pregnancy Association website.

http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/eatingfortwo.html

How much total weight should I gain?
The amount of weight you should gain depends on your weight and BMI (body mass index) before pregnancy. You should gain:
·      25-35 pounds if you were a healthy weight before pregnancy, with a BMI of 18.5-24.9.
·      28-40 pounds if you were underweight before pregnancy with a BMI of less than 18.5.
·      15-25 pounds if you were overweight before pregnancy with a BMI of 25-29.9.
·      11-20 pounds if you were obese before pregnancy with a BMI of over 30.
At what rate should I gain weight during my pregnancy?
How much you should gain depends on your weight before you were pregnant and how far along you are in your pregnancy. For the average woman who starts her pregnancy out at a normal weight, your weight gain will look something like this. If you start out your pregnancy over or under-weight, you will want to talk with your health care provider about what your weight gain rate should look like.


Healthy weight before pregnancy:
§                1-4.5 pounds during the first trimester
§                Approximately 1-2 pounds per week in the second trimester
§                Approximately 1-2 pounds per week in the third trimester
Throughout your pregnancy the goal is to keep weight gain as steady as possible because your baby requires a daily supply of nutrients that comes from what you eat. It is ok for your weight gain to fluctuate a little from week to week. However, you should contact your health care provider if you suddenly gain or lose weight, especially in your third trimester. This could be a sign of certain complications.




Where does all the extra weight go?



Here is an approximate breakdown of your weight gain:

§             Baby: 7-8 pounds
§             Placenta: 1-2 pounds
§             Amniotic fluid: 2 pounds
§             Uterus: 2 pounds
§             Maternal breast tissue: 2 pounds
§             Maternal blood : 4 pounds
§             Fluids in maternal tissue: 4 pounds
§             Maternal fat and nutrient stores: 7 pounds

I feel much better knowing where all that weight goes.  I just wish I knew how to stay in line with that list. I also think the above list should tell how many pounds we should expect to gain in our poor, extremely sore, quickly growing breast.

Actually, I would like to see the percentage of women who meet those guidelines.  Something tells me that the numbers would be around or less than 50%. Most of the women I have talked to say numbers closer to 40-60pds. I am going to give it my best, try to make wise choices and be as active as possible.  I’ll let you know how that method works out for me.


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    2 comments:

    1. I am 11 weeks in, 3+ left in the first trimester and I have gained close to 6 pounds already. I've done a lot of reading and I know I'm only supposed to gain 15-20. I also know that I'm not going to be too hard on myself in the first trimester while I still feel sick. I will eat what agrees with me, even if it makes me gain weight. I'll get back on track, and may even try the diet used for women with gestational diabetes, once I feel better. A friend of mine actually lost weight during pregnancy while on the GD diet. Not that that is my goal. And a huge peeve of mine is that all these pregnancy sites don't seem to understand what the word "diet" means. It is just referring to how you eat, not losing weight.

      Ugh! I totally feel you on the clothes issue. Right now I'm wearing my largest pair of pants with the button fly undone, by bra undone, and I'm sitting on the edge of my chair with my legs apart so my fat belly has a place to go. I don't know how such a tiny baby can make my fat rolls protrude out like they do.

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    2. LMBO Foodpixie! It's such a catch, I feel better when I eat but then I'm sick 20 minutes later. "Diet" happens to be the ugliest of all the 4 letter words out there!

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