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Tips to Keep Off the Pounds During Pregnancy

Jun 30, 2008
Have you ever wondered why it is so easy for celebrities to return to their pre-pregnancy weight? The reason is that they don't gain more weight than is required to make a healthy baby. Weight that is not gained from the formation of the baby, placenta, womb, and extra blood supply is considered to be extra. Most women can have a healthy baby without gaining any extra weight, according to most doctors. The extra pounds can be kept off by following these tips.

Normal vs. Extra Weight Gain

It is critical to be aware of what constitutes the average weight gain that is simply a direct result of pregnancy vs. a surplus of weight gain. 25 to 35 pounds is the average weight gain for a healthy woman, while a woman who is somewhat heavier than normal will gain from 15 to 25 pounds, and a woman under the average weight is likely to put on 28-40 pounds. These pounds are generally gained a little at a time throughout the duration of the pregnancy. The first trimester involves the loss of 2 to 4 pounds, for instance, and a woman will gain 1 to 2 pounds a week after that until delivery.

Why are these pounds necessary? Your growing baby, uterus, tissues, and more that is needed to form a healthy baby, make up the weight. The following is a detailed list of pounds and their constituents:

* The weight of your uterus is approximately 2 to 5 pounds.
* The weight of the baby is approximately 7 to 8 pounds.
* The baby's surrounding placenta constitutes about 2 to 3 pounds.
* 2 to 3 pounds of weight is gained from your expanding breast tissue.
* 5 to 9 pounds is made up of the fat stores for breast-feeding and delivery.
* There is 2 to 3 pounds of amniotic fluid.
* The additional blood supporting the baby weighs 4 pounds.

Generally, any weight gained beyond these amounts is not necessary for the growth and development of a healthy baby. Any "extra" weight gained is difficult to get off after the baby's birth.

Eating for Two

The "Eating for Two" myth can quickly cause extra weight gain. A healthy woman only needs an extra 100 to 300 calories to form a healthy baby, as understood by celebrities. This is about the same as eating an apple and a bowl of cereal. You may be disappointed to hear that any extra calories you may be consuming will be stored as fat by your body. When you are fighting to get into your pre-pregnancy jeans, you will notice the unwanted fat that you may not have recognized during pregnancy.

It is important to not excessively indulge when you are pregnant to avoid gaining unwanted weight. Stick to smart food choices, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains. The nutrition is important for your growing baby as well as for preserving your fitness.

Move that Baby Bump

Most often, when a magazine prints a picture of a pregnant celebrity, the mommy-to-be is out for a walk. Ever wonder why that is? According to many doctors, exercise is okay for healthy pregnant women. The extra blood flow when taking a walk is great for evening out mood swings and burning any extra calories you consumed during your last craving. This is yet another celebrity weight secret!

Note: These tips are for healthy women who have discussed the benefits of not gaining extra weight during pregnancy with their doctors. During a pregnancy, women should not attempt to avoid gaining healthy weight. The unborn baby and the mother may experience unhealthy side effects due to this. As previously stated, consult your doctor before beginning any weight loss program or exercise routine, especially during pregnancy.
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