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Guideline for Losing Weight During Pregnancy

February 28th, 2011 1 comment

Have you ever thought about losing weight during pregnancy? Did you hear of women who got pregnant and lost weight? Generally speaking, most women gain weight and it is healthy to do so. Most healthcare professional consider healthy weight gain during pregnancy to be an essential part. The only exception I have come across is when the woman was highly overweight before getting pregnant and lost it due to morning sickness (reduced ability to eat) and/or eating more healthy foods and eliminating or reducing junk foods from their diet.

So How Much Weight Gain Should You Expect?

If you ever looked into what is considered healthy pregnancy weight gain, then you probably realized in a hurry that there is a lot of debate and uncertainty surrounding the topic. One expert might recommend a strict diet and exercise program while another say it’s ok to eat whatever food the mother craves. It can be very confusing and overwhelming on what advice to follow.

At the end of the day, a healthy pregnancy weight gain differs from a woman to woman and from each pregnancy to another. There are so many contributing factors, of which eating and exercising habits are only two.

As a general guideline, you should gain roughly 5 pounds in the first trimester and additional 1 pound each week for the duration of the pregnancy. These guideline numbers will differ if you were underweight or overweight pre-pregnancy. If you were underweight, then you should gain about 30 to 40 pounds by the end of the pregnancy. If you were overweight, you should look at about 15 to 30 pounds. Keep in mind that all these numbers vary depending on your weight, height, and various medical conditions, which is why it’s so important for you to keep in close communication with your doctor for the whole duration of your pregnancy.

Assuming you have already talked to your doctor and that there are no outstanding issues or concerns, a pregnancy weight gain calculator might come in very handy. It takes into account your pre-pregnancy weight, height, current weight, and number of weeks into the pregnancy to give you an estimate of how much weight you should gain.

Here is one pregnancy weight gain calculator I found that I think you’ll find useful.