24 Weeks Pregnant Weight Gain

Important Reminders for Healthy Pregnancy Weight Gain

Several other considerations regarding calorie intake and weight gain during pregnancy include:

  • Listen to your body. There’s no need to force yourself to exceed your calorie intake if you’re not hungry. Instead, listen to your body, follow a healthy pregnancy nutrition plan, and discuss your calorie needs with your healthcare provider if you’re still unsure.
  • Don’t actively try to lose weight. Dieting while pregnant isn’t generally healthy, but still, be mindful of the foods you consume. Try to include lots of nutritious, healthy food rather than falling victim to the “eating for two” mentality that may lead to unhealthy food choices.
  • Talk to your healthcare provider. If you’re overweight or underweight, your healthcare provider can offer advice on proper nutrition and other ways to keep you and your baby healthy throughout your pregnancy. Your provider will consider your unique body and situation before advising how much weight you should gain during pregnancy.
  • A pregnancy weight gain chart for singletons and twins by week has been created in order to help you visualize the general suggestions above. Consult your doctor about using the chart to manage and guide your weight gain during pregnancy.

    At your initial prenatal visit, your healthcare provider will weigh you. Additionally, you’ll talk about your BMI and what it means for your particular pregnancy. Following that, you and your doctor will monitor your weight gain during pregnancy and you can use the chart above as a general reference.

    You can monitor your pregnancy weight gain by using the graph below:

    Most likely, you’ll gain weight gradually, but if you gain too little or too much, which could result in problems for you and/or your newborn, your healthcare provider will assist you:

  • Women who gain too little weight during pregnancy tend to deliver smaller babies, who might suffer from specific health problems. If you fall into this category, your healthcare provider may suggest adding extra, healthy calories to your diet.
  • Women who gain too much weight during pregnancy risk developing health issues, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and hypertension. If you’re overweight, your provider may suggest adjusting your diet and adding light exercise to your routine.
  • Even if you are underweight or overweight when you first become pregnant, you might not need to actively gain or lose weight. It’s best to speak with your doctor, who can advise you on how to change your diet and daily schedule.

    When you’re carrying twins or other multiples

    You’ll probably need to put on more weight if you’re carrying twins or other multiples. Once more, discuss your options with your doctor to find the best course of action.

    If you are carrying twins, take into account these general recommendations for pregnancy weight gain:

    Pre-pregnancy weight Recommended weight gain
    Source: Institute of Medicine and National Research Council
    Underweight (BMI below 18.5) 50 to 62 lbs. (about 23 to 28 kg)
    Healthy weight (BMI 18.5 to 24.9) 37 to 54 lbs. (about 17 to 25 kg)
    Overweight (BMI 25 to 29.9) 31 to 50 lbs. (about 14 to 23 kg)
    Obese (BMI 30 or more) 25 to 42 lbs. (about 11 to 19 kg)

    Pregnancy complications like gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, preeclampsia, the need for a C-section, and premature birth are all made more likely by being overweight before getting pregnant.

    Obese individuals may safely gain less weight during pregnancy than recommended, according to some research, even though it is advised for those who are overweight or obese prior to conception. More research is needed.

    Determine how much weight you should gain while pregnant by consulting your doctor. Your healthcare provider can provide advice on diet, exercise, and weight-management techniques during pregnancy.

    It’s imperative to put on some weight while pregnant if you were underweight before getting pregnant. Without the additional weight, your child could be born prematurely or smaller than anticipated.

    Pregnancy complications like your baby’s shoulder becoming stuck after the head is delivered (shoulder dystocia) and health issues like being born significantly larger than average can be increased by gaining too much weight. Your risk of postpartum weight retention may also be increased by excessive weight gain during pregnancy.

    Why do women gain the most weight in their second trimester?

    You gain a lot of water weight during the second trimester, for starters. It’s not all in your head; it’s biology. Did you notice that around month five, despite drinking what feels like a gallon of water every day, you suddenly have an insatiable thirst that won’t go away?

    In your second trimester, your belly swells up with a couple extra pounds of amniotic fluid and a rapidly growing uterus. Welcome to the world, bump! At the same time, your blood volume soars by nearly 50%.

    Once your second trimester is over, weight gain typically slows down. (Except if you’re fortunate enough to experience full-body edema, which can result in an additional seven pounds of water weight in your arms and legs. Isn’t pregnancy fun!).

    Your belly swells during the second trimester due to the uterus’ rapid growth and a few extra pounds of amniotic fluid. Welcome to the world, bump!.

    I do not mean to dismiss the real risks of gaining too much in pregnancy, especially for women who start out pregnancy with a high BMI. Women who go over the IOM guidelines (see below) are at higher risk for C-sections, for large babies with a risk of getting stuck on their way out (ouch!), and for difficulty losing weight postpartum.

    24 Weeks Pregnant Weight Gain

    Very rapid weight gain (more than 2 lbs in a week) can signal preeclampsia, a serious and dangerous condition involving high blood pressure and protein in your urine. If you notice you a sudden jump in weight in a short period of time, definitely talk to your doctor.

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