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How much weight should you gain while pregnancy?

For most women, a healthy amount of weight to gain while pregnant is 11.5 to 16 kg (25 to 35 pounds). You must talk to your health care professional:
1) If you were underweight or overweight before you became pregnant.
2) If you are younger than 17.
3) If you are pregnant with twins or triplets.
Your health care professional will suggest how much weight gain is healthy for you.
Gaining a healthy amount of weight is important for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. The weight you gain helps your baby grow, helps you to feel well and gets your body ready for breastfeeding. 11.5 to 16 kg (25 to 35 pounds) seems like a lot of weight to gain. How will I ever lose it? You may be surprised that only 2 to 3.5 kg (5 to 8 pounds) of this weight gain is fat. The rest of the weight gain is for the baby, the placenta, blood and fluids. Your body stores fat to give you the extra energy you will need for pregnancy and breastfeeding. Eating well and being active can help you slowly return to your usual weight. Choosing to breastfeed may help you lose weight a little faster. Eat well and stay active, and you will have no problem gaining a healthy amount of weight. Let your appetite guide the amount of food that you need. Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full. Pregnancy is not a time to go on a diet. Dieting can harm you and your baby.
How quickly should you gain weight?
It is also important to pay attention to how quickly you gain weight. Weight gain is usually slow during the first three months. About 0.5 to 2 kg (1 to 4.5 pounds) is normal. Your baby is small but is developing very quickly. Healthy eating is very important early in your pregnancy. For the rest of your pregnancy, the baby continues to develop and grow. You should gradually start to gain weight more quickly. You should expect to gain about У2 kg (1 pound) a week. Healthy eating and staying active can help you gain the right amount of weight. Gaining weight at a steady pace is a sign of a healthy pregnancy. Talk to your health care professional if you are gaining a lot more than 0,5 kg (1 pound) a week, or a lot less.
A balanced meal includes all four food groups – vegetables and fruit, grain products, milk, meat and alternatives. Desserts, like cake, pastries, and ice cream are high in calories, fat and sugar. We recommends limiting these foods. But, a special dessert can be part of a balanced meal once in a while. Just choose healthy desserts more often. Enjoy fresh, frozen or canned fruit. Try mixing fruit with yogurt.