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Weight Planning : Important For Pregnancy

Oct 9, 2007
Weight planning is of utter importance to pregnancy. A womans weight is the deciding factor at the time of getting pregnant. A woman who is obese or a woman who is underweight cannot hold on to their pregnancies and result in miscarriages and longer periods of conception. Such women need to gain proper pregnancy weight at the pre pregnancy stage, in order to get pregnant. Women who maintain a proper pregnancy weight throughout their pregnancy, deliver normal babies and do not encounter any complications on delivery.

Importance Of Weight Planning

In cases where proper weight planning is neglected, there are chances of premature babies and underweight babies. Underweight babies are at a greater risk of mortality than babies with normal weight are. Underweight babies suffer many abnormalities like intestinal abnormalities, disorders of bone, premature brain and or other organs of the body and the like. During pregnancy, keep a check on your weight gain. You should never lose weight during the course of your pregnancy. This will have ill effects on the development of the baby in your body.

How You Gain Weight And How Much

Weight is very delicate issues for the women, majority of the women are so conscious of gaining weight that they keep postponing their pregnancy for fear of gaining too much weight. However, there is very little need to be so concerned. Pregnancy weight gain is a normal process and it is just a myth that one puts on some extra weight after the birth of the baby. Under the influence of pre eclampsia some women gain more than 5 pounds a week. You must consult a doctor in such a situation. As the fetus grows inside the body the body gains weight but, if you do not gain weight for 2 weeks of more, especially in the third and fourth trimester, then consult a physician immediately. Let us study some facts below.

Pregnancy weight gain is according to ones weight. Therefore, weight planning is necessary as well. If you are a woman of normal weight, you will gain about 35 to 45 pounds during pregnancy. An under weight woman may gain up to 40 pounds of weight. An overweight woman will gain about 25 pounds during pregnancy. Therefore, in all probability, a healthy woman will gain the maximum weight and an overweight woman will gain the least. It is easy to monitor pregnancy weight by body mass index. An underweight woman will have an index of up to 20, a woman with regular weight will have an index of 27 and an overweight woman will have an index of above 27, there is no upper limit.

End Of A Myth

Besides the weight of the baby, pregnancy weight also contains a few other things. When you do weight planning, you should also consider them. Under normal conditions, the bag contains amniotic fluid, which is 2 pounds. The placenta weighs about 2 pounds. The body provides for extra breast tissue, uterine tissue and blood, which is 2 pounds. In addition, fat accounts for another 7 pounds. Soon after the delivery of the baby, your body looses the weight of the baby plus the weight of placenta and the fluids. If you exercise normally and keep a check on your eating then you can get back to your normal weight sooner than you expect

Therefore, when you think of pregnancy you should get pangs of excitement and not fear. Weight planning should be done by eating healthy and nutritious food. You must eat food rich in vitamins and B complex and minerals. Eat food rich in calcium, iron, B complex, folic acid, vitamin D and E. The baby for its healthy development requires all these. A little bit of meditation will also help your mind to remain stress free.
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Weight planning during pregnancy is helpful for a healthy pregnancy. Check the week by week pregnancy chart for the information regarding the weight gain during each stages of pregnancy. Follow the pregnancy exercises routine with the consultation of a health care professional to avoid the excess weight gain during pregnancy.
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