It is very important to gain the right amount of weight when you're expecting, as it has a direct impact on babies' weight and health. Health experts advocate on gaining about 2 to 4 pounds during the first three months of the pregnancy term. Thereafter, expectant mother should gain 1 pound a week during the rest of the pregnancy.
The weight a pregnant woman should ideally gain during pregnancy depends on what her weight (and BMI) before she became pregnant. According to American Pregnancy Association:
On a trimester basis, a woman with a normal pre-pregnancy weight should ideally gain 1 to 4.5 pounds during first trimester, 1 to 2 pounds per week during second and third trimesters.
When you are pregnant, you should always consult your health care provider on how much weight you should gain. The following tips will help you gain the right amount of weight during pregnancy.
Healthy Eating: Eating healthy meals is elementary to pregnancy fitness. A pregnant woman should use fats in moderation for healthy weight gain during pregnancy.
Cook Food the Healthy Way: Baking, broiling, grilling and boiling are healthier preparation methods than frying in oil or butter. Moreover, salt shouldn’t be added to foods as it makes one retain water.
Physical Activity: During pregnancy, an expectant mother must engage in moderate exercises to help burn excess calories. Walking, swimming or prenatal yoga are some of the exercises health care providers suggest to expectant mothers.
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