Working with your health care provider
Your medical professional will closely monitor your weight. You can do your part by eating a healthy diet. Additionally, getting at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, such as brisk walking or swimming, is advised for the majority of pregnant women on most days. However, consult your doctor before beginning an exercise regimen. And be sure to keep your prenatal appointments. Your doctor may recommend increasing or decreasing calories as needed to help you maintain your pregnancy’s intended weight gain.
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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:
|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.
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