Thursday, February 14, 2013

Pregnancy Weight Gain Management

Since it's my first pregnancy, I am doing a lot of reading about the food I should and should not have, the right sleeping positions, and physical activity limitations.

Another shocking thing occurring to me now is the fast rate of weight gain I'm having. According to WebMd, here is the advisable weight gain based on the pre-pregnancy weight. Too bad I started out with my post-Europe weight, which was quite high.

If your BMI is less than 18.5: Gain 28 to 40 pounds
If your BMI is 18.5 to 24.9: Gain 25 to 35 pounds
If your BMI is 25 to 29.9: Gain 15 to 25 pounds
If your BMI is 30 or greater: Gain 11-20 pounds

I fall in the 25-35lb weight gain recommendation. As advised, there should be almost no weight gain during the first trimester, and no added caloric intake is required. I shouldn't have wasted an 8-lb weight gain during that time, because I can no longer limit my caloric consumption starting the second trimester. It is said that beginning the second trimester, a steady amount of weight gain is recommended. I freaked out when I read that the baby could get heart conditions or diabetes when they get older, or increase the risk for preterm delivery if the weight gain during pregnancy is inadequate. In the end, American Pregnancy explains where the weight gain will get allocated to:

Baby: 7-8 pounds
Placenta: 1-2 pounds
Amniotic fluid: 2 pounds
Uterus: 2 pounds
Maternal breast tissue: 2 pounds
Maternal blood : 4 pounds
Fluids in maternal tissue: 4 pounds
Maternal fat and nutrient stores: 7 pounds

Here is a tool I created using my handy Excel to track my weekly progress, which I intend to use for future pregnancies as well. Too bad nobody advised me early on regarding the first trimester's no need for weight gain. 

As of the past few weeks, I have been consuming 1,800-2,000 Calories per day, considering my close-to-sedentary lifestyle. I am almost getting rid of the high sodium, processed white flour and fried food options out of my diet and religiously drinking my Anmum Materna once a day. So no, I am not on a diet and I am not at all reducing my food intake. I am just being smart about my weight gain for this journey, my journey. 

Feel free to shoot me an email if you would like to have a copy of this template: 
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