the phone call right after my daughter and her husband got the
like … I’m pregnant," she said. "Of course we
are really excited."
hesitated a moment and then added, "But I’m not going
to get fat like I did last time. Mark my words! Maybe my
nutritionist (mom) can help me stay on track."
course I would be honored, dear one. Here are a few
your weight gain within a healthy range. And that range is
determined by your body mass index (BMI) at the beginning of
how to calculate your BMI: Multiply your pre-pregnant weight
(in pounds) by 703. Divide that total by your height in
inches. Divide that total by your height in inches again to
get your BMI value.
between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered "normal" weight.
Women in this category who gain between 25 to 35 pounds have
been found to have the best birth outcomes.
of 25 to 29.9 is "overweight." No more than 15 to 25
pounds is considered optimal pregnancy weight gain for these
over 30 is considered "obese." Women in this
category have fewer complications when they limit weight gain
during pregnancy to no more than 11 to 20 pounds.
way, dear, these most recent pregnancy weight gain guidelines
are based on the best outcomes for moms as well as babies. You
both are important to me.
the big deal about gaining enough but not too much weight
during pregnancy? We know now that excess weight gain during
pregnancy does more than just harm mom’s chances for fitting
in her jeans soon after delivery.
are beginning to see that babies who are bathed in excess
high-fat calories in the womb may be more prone to health
problems. They suspect that kids might even be
"programmed" to be obese when mom overeats during
fat diets—even when mom is not overweight—may damage baby’s
developing organs, some studies suggest. In the long run, this
may interfere with the regulation of food intake and blood
glucose levels… and lead to health problems.
your weight gain during pregnancy. Of course you should always
follow your doctor’s advice. But in general, a woman of
normal weight should gain about 10 pounds by the middle (20th
week) of pregnancy. An overweight woman should only gain about
5 pounds by her 20th week.
a cool chart to help you track your weight gain during
a diet that is "nutrient dense" and low in saturated
fat. That means vegetables, fruit, whole grains, low fat
dairy, eggs, lean meats, fish, and poultry. And not just
because your nutritionist mom says so. A recent review of
pregnancy and nutrition funded by the National Institutes of
Health concludes, "The quality of daily food intake is
the most important and most ignored factor determining
out this site to create a personalized daily food plan for
course you can call your mom … anytime. That’s also very
important, say experts.