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Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Weight gain during pregnancy is determined by whether you were underweight, at a normal weight, overweight, or obese.  Women who were a normal weight before getting pregnant should gain any were from 25 to 35 pounds. 

Women who were underweight before getting pregnant should gain any were from 28 to 40 pounds. Women who were overweight should only gain any were from 15 to 25 pounds. 

 In the first trimester is normal to gain 1 to 5 pounds.  The rest of your pregnancy expect to gain about 1 pound per week through the duration of the pregnancy for optimal growth of your baby.


Is Weight Gaining An Early Sign of Pregnancy

 Weight gain is not necessarily a sign of pregnancy.  During a pregnancy weight gain usually becomes more common toward the end of your first trimester.

Recommended Weight Gain During Pregnancy Levels

According to institute of medicine weight gain recommendations for pregnancy here is a chart of the weight.

Pre-pregnancy      Weight Category

Underweight            28-40 pounds

Normal Weight        25-35 pounds

Overweight               15-25 pounds

Obese                        11-20 pounds

When Do You Start Gaining Weight In Pregnancy?

During your first trimester the fetus is to small to see any significant change in your weight.  If you do gain weight it might be any were from 2 to 4 pounds at max.  Let’s say your suffering from morning sickness you might not gain any weight.  The second trimester your baby starts growing fast.

A normal sustainable weight gain at normal should be around 12 to 14 pounds.  Other factors contribute in weight gain during pregnancy such as your metabolism, activity level, and your genetics. It’s important to keep your regular checkups in a regular basis with your doctor to measure your weight gain.


Second Pregnancy Weight Gain

Many women report that in their second pregnancy they gain weight at a lot quicker. They also tend to gain much more weight in their second pregnancy.

How Not To Gain Excessive Weight During Pregnancy?

Managing your weight gain during your pregnancy is important.  During your pregnancy you have to eat more to nourish your growing baby, but managing your calorie intake is important. 

Eating for two is a misconception makes sure to take this time to make healthier choices and start feeding your body more vegetables and fruits.  Make sure to tame down your cravings since they can truly sabotage your attempts to make healthier choices.

Do Prenatal Vitamins Make You Gain Weight

No, prenatal vitamins nor capsules do not make you gain weight.  Vitamins do not have any calories, so they do not cause weight gain.

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