If you’re pregnant, you’ve gained weight. Well, some women battle severe morning sickness for the first half of their pregnancies and lose weight, but they catch up eventually. Gaining weight is not a terrible thing when you’re pregnant. It’s an essential part of creating a healthy baby while staying healthy yourself.
The Weight Breakdown
While it would be wonderful to follow the textbook when gaining and losing the baby weight, very few women fall into “average.” The rest of us do what we can to eat healthily, exercise a bit, and drink plenty of water. The weight will do what it wants to do.
When the Numbers Are Off
Sudden gains in weight could be a result of swelling, water retention, or a broken scale. It could also be a symptom of dangerous preeclampsia when combined with other symptoms of high blood pressure, so be sure to alert your doctor to any changes.
Low weight gain or even loosing weight can occur if you aren’t eating enough or have severe nausea affecting how much you can eat during a day. Once the nausea passes, you should be able to stomach much more and your weight should rise. If you’re not eating enough, eat more.
If you are on track to gain less than twenty-five pounds during your pregnancy (and you weren’t overweight to begin with) you should speak with your doctor about your health and the health of your baby. Mothers who gain too little weight are at risk of premature delivery and low birth weight babies which are often a sign of malnourishment in the womb.
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