Wait, what?? I know, in the New Year we’re all supposed to resolve to lose weight, get in better shape, yadda yadda yadda. Well, not so if you’re pregnant! Losing weight and/or dieting is generally not recommended for pregnant women. Yet at the same time, women ARE concerned about gaining all of that pregnancy fat…
Except I have a secret for you. It isn’t all fat! In fact, your pregnancy weight gain consists of several components, just one of them being fat storage.
Historically, doctors advised pregnant women not to gain too much weight. However, research has shown that healthy weight gain isn’t just good for baby, it’s BEST for baby. Your little one needs all kinds of nutrients to grow to be a healthy baby. Note, I didn’t say to be a big baby. To grow a healthy, thriving baby, your provider will likely recommend that you gain on average between 25-35 pounds during your pregnancy.
Caveat: You’ll want to check your BMI (Body Mass Index) either pre-pregnancy, or early on in pregnancy, because if you begin your pregnancy anywhere other than what is categorized as “normal weight”, then these recommendations may change.
To calculate your BMI: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm
To calculate an estimate of healthy weight gain for you: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/pregnancy-breastfeeding/pregnancy_weight_gain.asp
Now before you freak out about seeing a number on the scale you never thought you’d see, hear me out. Tremendous changes occur in your body during pregnancy, all of which add up to a healthy weight gain:
So how do you feel about weight gain during pregnancy now? Ready to resolve to gain a healthy weight for you and baby in 2016? Here are some helpful tips:
Bon Appetit, and Happy 2016!
Birth educator. Doula. Yoga Teacher. Mom to a crazy threenager and Wife to an awesome husband.
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"Thank you for giving me a sound mind, hard body and open heart! "❤️ - Courtney, Arlington, VA
MamaChakra serves the following geographic areas in and around Northern Virginia (NoVa): Arlington, Alexandria, Annandale, Falls Church, Fairfax, Springfield. I also serve the Washington D.C. Metro Area.
MamaChakra's students have given birth at the following DMV-area hospitals: George Washington (GW) Midwives, Virginia Hospital Center, INOVA Alexandra, INOVA Fairfax, and Sibley Hospital.