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					The Beauty of Pregnancy Weight Gain

Aside from the overall condition of the fetus inside the womb, one of the
major things that stress women when they are conceiving is pregnancy
weight gain. This is because they are so afraid to gain so much weight
and be among those women who are suffering from a condition called
obesity.

Women who have babies in their wombs cannot be blamed for worrying too
much over pregnancy weight gain because the society largely contributes
to this thinking. In fact, with all the commercialization and hype on
weight loss, women—even if those who are pregnant—are tempted to cut down
on their weight so the people in the society won’t ridicule them.

Today, some studies show that more and more pregnant women are trying to
regulate their food intake. They do this because they don’t want to be
fat without thinking that it could severely affect the condition of the
baby inside the womb.

Experts say that pregnant women—regardless of their condition—should
always stay healthy throughout the duration of pregnancy. Being healthy
does not only entails having a positive outlook in life but also good
eating habits to supply the nutrients needed both by the mother and the
baby.

Why weight gain during pregnancy?

Doctors say that that number one reason why pregnant women should gain
weight is to support the nutritional needs of the growing fetus inside
her. Since food intake is the number one source of all nutrition in the
body, pregnant women should keep on eating especially during the first
few months of pregnancy to provide al the nutrients needed by the baby.

Aside from supplying all the nutritional needs of the fetus, weight gain
also indicates that the mother is healthy enough to carry on with the
pregnancy.

Experts agree that the weight of the woman before the pregnancy does not
matter once the first trimester rushes in. It means that no matte how
light or heavy you are, you still need to gain weight when you are
pregnant.

Medical findings prove that women who are overweight during pregnancy
still need to gain weight with at least 20 pounds. Women who are
underweight are advised to gain more, ranging from 20-40. These figures
are ideal for women who are having single babies.

For those who are expecting two or more, they need to gain much more
weight in order to provide the needs of the growing babies.

Pregnancy weight gain is very important for this special period in time
because it will benefit the baby a lot. Aside from providing him or her
nutrients needed through the foods that you eat, it also ensures their
overall health once they come out in this world. Studies show that
pregnant women who did not gain weight during conceiving are mothers to
small and sickly babies.

For pregnant women to gain weight the healthy way, they should stick to
the recommended number of calorie-intake which is 400 to 500 daily.

They should also be mindful about what they eat and how often they eat.
During the early stages of pregnancy, pregnant women are allowed to eat
almost anything they want to. But, as the pregnancy progresses, some
foods are prohibited for pregnant women because these contain ingredients
which can be harmful to the baby such as caffeine in coffee and in other
drinks, alcohol and beverages with alcohol content, as well as cigarette
smoking because it may cause mental problems to the baby.

Aside from eating healthy foods, pregnancy weight gain can also be
achieved by performing a list of exercise regularly to keep the muscles
fit and firm.

				
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