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How to Gain the Appropriate Weight in Pregnancy?

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What you eat and how much of it is more important than ever while you are pregnant. The amount of weight you gain during your pregnancy is as essential to your health as it is to the health of your baby. While you’re pregnant, you should work closely with your doctor to make sure you keep your pregnancy weight on target. Most women want to know what the ideal weight is during pregnancy. Honestly, there is no one answer. Weight gain will vary from woman to woman. There is no one “ideal” weight during pregnancy, just like there is no one “ideal” weight that is just right for al women. That said there are certain guidelines that you can follow to ensure that the weight you gain during pregnancy is healthy. Figure out what’s right for you and your baby with these guidelines. warning always consult your doctor before embarking on any

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diet. Step 1: Know what “eating for two” meansRealize that “eating for two” doesn’t mean doubling your food. It means remembering that every morsel you put in your mouth affects your baby.

Step 2: Know the weight

guidelinesKnow the recommended weight guidelines: 28 to 40 pounds if you’re underweight; anywhere from 15 to 35 pounds if you’re normal weight; and 15 to 25 pounds if you’re overweight. Women may gain more if they are pregnant with more than one baby. Tip: Most pregnant women only need to consume between 100 and 300 more calories a day than they did before.

Step 3: Gain weight graduallyGain the weight gradually. The general recommendation for a woman of normal weight is to gain two to four pounds during the first trimester, and about a pound a week for the remaining six months. Tip: Research shows that women who gain too much in the first trimester have a more difficult time shedding their pregnancy weight than those who gain weight gradually.

Step 4: Eat lots of fruits and vegetables at least seven servings of fruits and vegetables a day, with the rest of your calories divided among whole grains, dairy, and lean protein. For help in devising a food plan based on your height and weight, go to mypyramid.gov. Tip: If you use a sugar substitute, use sucralose, marketed under the name Splenda. It’s considered the safest one for pregnant women.

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Step 5: ExerciseExercise while you’re pregnant for at least 30 minutes a few days a week. Not only is it healthier for your baby, it will also allow you to enjoy some treats without gaining all your allotted pregnancy pounds in the first trimester!  Did You Know? Two to three pounds of pregnancy weight gradually gain gained in the mother’s breasts.

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