Healthy weight gain during pregnancy
June 24, 2019
Created by Razan Shwayhat
Eating a healthy, balanced diet will help your baby get the nutrients he or she needs and grow at a healthy rate, does this mean that you need to eat for two?! Definitely not.
You will need to increase the amount of food you eat but not doubling it, the extra calories you need may be in the range of 300-500Calories/day which equals an extra meal or snack. What you need though is to improve the quality of the food you eat, so that you can supply your body and your baby with the extra nutrient required for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
The average healthy weight gain during pregnancy depends on your weight before pregnancy. If you start the pregnancy with healthy body weight than normal weight gain may be between 11- 16Kg, however, if you are underweight, you will need to increase your daily calories and nutrients and gain between 13-18Kg. However, if you are overweight, it will be advisable to watch your weight rather than dieting and keep the weight gain between 7-10Kg. On the other hand, starting pregnancy with BMI over 30 which puts you in an obesity level may require monitoring by a dietitian to ensure a minimum weight gain of 5-9Kg while providing the baby with all the required nutrients at minimum calories and avoiding pregnancy complication that may arise with the extra kilograms.
During pregnancy you don’t need to eat for two, you need to eat well. Eat healthy high-quality food and not big quantities.