Do you know how much weight you should gain during your pregnancy? What if you’re overweight? Should you try to lose weight?
Every woman who is pregnant needs to gain weight during her pregnancy. The amount you will need to gain will vary based on your starting weight.
The average recommended pregnancy weight gain is between 25 and 35 pounds.
Women who are underweight when they become pregnant will generally need to gain more than that.
Women who are overweight when they become pregnant will still need to gain between an additional 15 and 20 pounds to have healthy babies.
No mother-to-be should try to lose weight during pregnancy.
More important than how much you gain is how you gain the weight. You can easily pile on the pounds eating chocolate and ice cream, of course, but the best gain comes from a healthy diet. A healthy pregnancy diet includes:
- low fat milk or dairy (supplement with calcium if using unfortified soy milk),
- eggs, up to two each day
- lean protein, including chicken and fish
- dark green vegetables
- whole grains
- healthy fats and oils
- a vitamin C rich fruit or vegetable every day
As long as you are eating a healthy diet, you should gain the right amount of weight to keep yourself healthy, and have a healthy baby.