Gaining Too Little Weight During My Pregnancy. What Can
Courtesy of the Utah WIC Program
Much Total Weight Should I Gain?
right amount of weight to gain during pregnancy depends
on how much you weighed before getting pregnant. Talk with
your health care provider to find out what amount is right
for you. General guidelines for weight gain are:
- 40 pounds
- 35 pounds
- 25 pounds
||11 - 20
Women pregnant with multiples: Normal weight women should gain 37-54 pounds, overweight, 31-50 pounds and obese, 25-42 pounds during pregnancy.
trimester: 1.1-4.4 pounds
2nd trimester: 0.4-1.3 pounds a week
3rd trimester: 0.4-1.3 pounds a week
Does All That Weight Go?
- 3 pounds
- 2 pounds
- 4 pounds
||3 - 4 pounds
- 8 pounds
of Gaining Too Little Weight
Women who don't gain enough weight during pregnancy
are more likely to have:
with delayed development
with heart or lung problems
Can I Control My Nausea?
can affect weight gain by making you feel less hungry. There
are some things you can do to help control your nausea. Here
are some tips:
smells that worsen your nausea
small, frequent meals (5- 6 per day)
bland foods and foods high in carbohydrates and low in fat
some crackers or dry cereal by your bed to eat before you
plenty of rest
lots of fluids
prenatal vitamins make your nausea worse
them with meals
them at night
them in half
check with your health care provider before taking any medications
or supplements to help with nausea
Can I Do to Increase Weight Gain?
you've gained less weight than recommended, you'll want to
make some changes to your diet. Gaining too little weight
has risks for your pregnancy and your baby. Along with a healthy
diet, taking a prenatal vitamin will help you get the right
amount of nutrients.
to Increase Calories:
small, frequent meals
high-calorie nutrient-dense liquids (mild, 100% juices,
protein shakes) when you're not hungry for a meal
more when you feel hungry
healthy fats to your food (canola or olive oil, tub margarine,
meats with sauces or gravies
on high calorie, nutrient-dense foods
powdered mild into foods
peanut butter on toast, apple and banana slices, celery
cereal with dried fruit and nuts
of Exercise During Pregnancy:
loss is not your goal, but exercise will benefit you in other
with constipation, backaches
you more energy
your health care provider before beginning an exercise program.
Activities that affect balance or may cause injury to the
abdomen are not safe during pregnancy.
Pregnancy Weight Gain: What's Healthy?
Eating During Pregnancy
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