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"I Gained Fifteen Pounds in my First Trimester!"

What You Can Do About It
-- By Becky Hand, Licensed & Registered Dietitian

First thing to do is relax! This is not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things when it comes to your pregnancy. But there are some potential problems with gaining too much weight you should be aware of. The excess can result in extra backaches, leg pain, increased fatigue, and varicose veins. The baby may also become too large for a safe vaginal delivery. There is also an increased risk of postoperative complications and of course, the excess weight is harder for you to shed.

You are wise to be proactive and you CAN get back on track. The important thing is this is NOT the time to start a crash diet. Crash diets are not good for you and can harm the baby. It is a good time to analyze your diet and fitness program and set some healthy goals for the rest of your pregnancy. This will get you back on track.

Check Your Nutrition

First, take at good look at your eating habits and try to locate the problem areas. Do you overindulge in sweets, cake, cookies, pie, and pastries? Are you turning to high-fat, fried foods for comfort? Are you caught in the eating-for-two myth?

Once you have analyzed your diet, decide where you want to make the changes. Remember you need to meet these daily minimum servings:

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Member Comments About this Article
"Thank you so much for this article! I was super strict with diet before getting pregnant--cutting grains and most dairy. But once I realized that'd have to change while pregnant--and having aversions to healthier foods and craving the sweet stuff--I'm already up 15 lbs in 12 weeks. EEK! Glad I realized that something's gotta change and Babyfit is the way to do it! Gotta get this bad boy under control!" -- SUGAR5783
"Thank you so much for this article it made me feel so much better. I was in a really bad funk today after going to my 15 week check and already gaining 20 lbs. I now see its not the end of the world and I can shot for only .5 lbs per week from here on out. I just need to eat better and exercise more." -- DIVOGT83
"great article. we are all so different and gain weight differntly. By 17 weeks of my first pregnancy I gained 25 pounds. I was really sick and only felt ok and could function if i was eating carbs and cheese. Veggies made me vomit. Now I am 26 weeks pregnant and am up 23 pounds since pre pregnancy weight. I am not as sick any more so I can eat more veggies and less carbs and i have enough energy to go walking and swimming. i was really nervous at the weight gain rate I was going but it looks lik..." -- DHARMAMOMMY
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About The Author
Becky Hand
Becky is a registered and licensed dietitian with almost 20 years of experience. She teaches prenatal classes and counsels individuals, helping women eat right and stay fit before, during and after their pregnancies.
Becky Hand


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