reading up on how to have a healthy pregnancy {part 2}

It’s in my nerdy nature to prepare by reading. I was always one of those annoying college students who had the readings done a week in advance. It just makes sense I’d do the same when attempting to get pregnant—read stuff early on. So it’s time for another post about being healthy during pregnancy. And, again, the information is from the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy by Roger Harms and Myra Wick.

This time, it’s about weight.

Pregnancy is obviously a time in which one should aim to gain weight. That doesn’t mean you can just go willy-nilly and eat whatever you want—though I’m sure cravings can make you cave (can’t wait to experience that!). In the book, there are a couple of charts to use to sort of help you learn how much weight you should gain. For instance, going by my height and weight as it is now, I fall under the “healthy” BMI category. According to the book, I should gain 25-35 pounds throughout my pregnancy. Even if you’re “overweight” or “obese”, you should gain some during your pregnancy—anywhere from 10-25 pounds. Pregnancy is NOT the time to try to lose weight. I do know a person who said she lost weight with every one of her three kids because her metabolism went wacky. Lucky 🙂

You shouldn’t worry much about gaining weight in your first trimester—starting at a healthy weight, you only need to gain a few pounds in the first few months. Take in 150-200 extra calories a day, healthily of course! In the second and third trimesters, gaining 3-4 pounds a month until delivery is normal—an extra 300 calories a day is good.

And just for fun, how about I tell you where all that weight goes? According to the book, Baby might only weigh 7-8 lbs. But 1-3 could go towards your larger breasts, 2 to a larger uterus, 1 ½ to the placenta, 2 to amniotic fluid, 3-4 increased blood volume, 3-4 increased fluid volume, and 6-8 of fat.

This is all in Chapter 2: Healthy Choices During Pregnancy, pages 41-43. But remember, every person is different. While the book is good for general information, your health care provider is the best source to consult on any pregnancy-related issues.

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