Healthy Weight Management For Pregnancy Woman

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What do we do at every office visit? We make you step on the scale. We can’t say how many times a day we hear patients say, “I hate this part,” but it does help us track how much weight gain can be attributed to the baby and how much to conditions such as edema (fluid retention) or overeating.

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If you’re anxious and eat to assuage your anxiety, you might end up consuming too many calories and gaining unneeded pounds.

Finding methods to deal with stress issues involving food is in your and your baby’s best interest. You might consider, for example, joining a support group of other pregnant women. Or you might sign up for a yoga class or learn how to meditate.

If your anxiety feels insurmountable and food becomes a reg­ular antidote, talk to your healthcare provider. He or she may suggest that you get some counseling to help you manage your worries.

Currently we recommend that women of average weight gain between twenty-five and thirty-five pounds during a normal pregnancy. For women who are underweight, a weight gain of up to forty pounds is acceptable; overweight women should try to limit weight gain to fifteen pounds; mor­bidly obese patients really do not need to gain weight.

 

One of our patients started her pregnancy at 402 pounds. At the mid­point in her pregnancy (twenty weeks), she had gained eight pounds and she was seriously concerned that she was not gaining enough weight.

I had a long talk with her about the needs of the baby and the excess weight that she was carrying daily. I told her I was not concerned that she was not gaining enough weight and, in fact, might even benefit from losing a small amount of weight.

She was upset with my assessment and felt that I was wrong because she thought that all pregnant women were supposed to gain weight. This is one of the current myths of pregnancy. The truth is, a woman’s weight gain during pregnancy depends on her weight at the time of conception.

 

What part of your weight gain relates directly to the baby? The answer depends on how much weight you actually gain. Keep in mind that your body is preparing to breastfeed, and since most of what makes up breast milk is fat, your body will want to pack on some extra fat prior to the delivery. The good news is that if you breastfeed, you will also burn extra calories.

 

Here is a breakdown of the weight that you will lose at delivery:

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- 2-3 pounds of amniotic fluid

- 3^1 pounds for increased blood volume

- 1-2 pounds for breast enlargement

- 2 pounds due to the increased size of the uterus

- 6—8 pounds for the infant

- 1-2 pounds for the placenta

 

If you have a seven-pound baby, then approximately twenty pounds of weight gain is lost within weeks of the delivery. That leaves about six to eight pounds of maternal fat stores. These fat stores will be used quickly by your hungry baby during breastfeeding.

 

What you don’t want is to gain an enormous amount of weight (fifty to sixty pounds) because then you are looking at about thirty pounds not related to the baby and possibly sticking around after you finish breast­feeding. In some cases, you can’t control the amount of weight gain, especially if you retain excessive amounts of fluid in your feet and legs, but in most cases weight gain is controllable by eating a healthy diet and including mild to moderate exercise.