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How many Kilos will I gain?

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Many future moms worry about putting on weight during pregnancy. But if you are already following a healthy, balanced diet, there is absolutely no need to worry. Keeping your good eating habits will help keep your weight gain under control.

How many Kilos will I gain?

Most women in good health put on between 10 and 15 kilos, but this may vary widely depending on the person, so there’s no need to panic if you are not within this range, speak to your doctor about it. This weight gain is gradual, remember every woman has her own rhythm.

How will my weight change throughout Pregnancy?

Your weight gain is distributed almost evenly between your baby (including the placenta and the amniotic fluid) and your own body (increase in blood volume, growth of the uterus and development of the breasts).

Weight gain varies from one woman to another. Nonetheless, here is an indication of average weight gain during the different trimesters of pregnancy. You must not worry if the changes in your weight are not exactly within these ranges.

(i) During the 1st trimester, average weight gain is between 0.5 and 1.5 kilos per month.
(ii) During the 2nd trimester, you should theoretically gain between 0.4 and 0.5 kilos per week.
(iii) During the 3rd trimester, you will put on approximately 0.5 kilos per week.

What happens if I put on a lot of weight?

As each woman’s body is different, weight gain therefore varies from one woman to the next. But you are right to question rapid weight gain at an early stage (after eight weeks, it is normal to have gained 1.3 to 2.2 extra kilos).

If you were thin before becoming pregnant, there is no reason to worry. However, if your weight was normal or you were even overweight before the pregnancy, you should pay particular attention to your diet during the rest of your pregnancy.

Give preference to fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grain cereals, sources of proteins and foods rich in calcium. Avoid fatty fried foods. And don’t hesitate to discuss your concerns with your doctor.

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