Normal pregnancy weight gain
Expectant mothers would gain weight in all the three trimesters of their pregnancy. So it is important to know how much weight gain in each trimester is normal. How much weight you gain in pregnancy has an impact on yours as well as the developing baby’s health. Your doctor will ask you to get your BMI checked and then give you a weight gain schedule.
BMI is the measure of the body’s fat which is calculated using your height and weight. It lets you know whether you have a normal weight or are underweight, overweight or obese. Based on the BMI value you would be recommended a diet.
Why do you gain weight in pregnancy?
When you are pregnant, not only does the baby grow in your body but there are tissues that are being produced in your body. Your breasts and uterus are also increasing in size.
The weight that a woman gains during pregnancy is linked to her body before pregnancy. If you had a BMI between 18.5-24.9 before you got pregnant,then you should be gaining 11.5-16 kgs. The weight gain is divided as 1-1.5 kgs in the first trimester and 1.5-2 kgs each month after that till you deliver.
If you are above or below the healthy range then you should gain less or more weight accordingly.
Weight gain in pregnancy
The weight that the pregnant woman gains include:
- Theweight of the baby
- The weight of the placenta
- Amniotic fluid
- Increase in the fat store
- Blood etc.