One of the concerns that some women may have going into pregnancy is whether or not they should gain weight if they’re already overweight. The fact of the matter is, however, that weight gain during pregnancy is not only normal, it’s an important and natural part of your pregnancy. This is a critical stage for both you and for your baby when it comes to nutrition and diet. When you’re pregnant, you need to focus more on meeting your nutritional needs and the nutritional needs of your baby rather than on losing weight.
If you don’t gain weight during pregnancy, it’s often not a good thing for your baby. Your baby may not gain enough weight, for example, and her development and her growth could be hindered. The key is to make sure you’re taking in the right amounts and the right kinds of food during pregnancy.
A woman who is in the normal weight range for her height and body type should gain about 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy. A woman who is underweight at the beginning of her pregnancy should gain more, probably in the range of 30 to 40 pounds. Even a woman that is overweight when her pregnancy starts should hope to gain somewhere between 12 and 25 pounds during pregnancy.
There are specific foods that you should make sure you are getting during pregnancy. You should get between 3 and 5 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables each day. One of these should be of a dark orange vegetable, and two should be of leafy dark green vegetables. You should have two servings of extra-lean meats, chicken, fish, or cooked peas or dried beans. You should drink eight glasses of water. You should have six servings of grains, and three servings of nonfat or low fat milk products.
In addition to nutritional needs, you need to be certain that you are getting enough physical activity while you are pregnant. Exercise can be a safe and an important part of your pregnancy. While you probably aren’t going to typically feel like running a marathon while pregnant, many women do experience a number of benefits from exercise while pregnant, including a relief of aches and pains, reduction of constipation, better sleep, stress relief, and a body that is more prepared both for birth and for postpartum weight loss.