You've just had a prenatal visit with your doctor. Because of your prepregnancy weight the doctor has advised you to gain no more than 15 pounds during your pregnancy.
You received a few general guidelines, such as "eat a balanced diet and walk 15 minutes a day." Now you're thinking, um, "thanks" and your mind is going crazy, you need more specific advice. You're wondering what to do. You need HELP!
TIP #1: Stick to your weight gain goals. Goals for total weight gain during pregnancy should be based on your pre-pregnancy weight, height, and age. The National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine has issued recommendations for weight gain during pregnancy. Since every woman and every pregnancy is unique, you and your physician should discuss your specific weight gain guidelines and expectations.
- Overweight women (BMI 26-29) should gain no more than 15-25 pounds during pregnancy.
- Obese women (BMI greater that 29) should limit weight gain to no more that 15 pounds.
- During the first trimester, limit weight gain to 0-5 pounds total.
- During the 2nd and 3rd trimesters, overweight women should gain about 2/3 pound per week (18 pounds total).
- During the 2nd and 3rd trimesters, obese women should gain about 1/2 pound per week (14 pounds).