Pregnancy Weight Gain: Eating for TwoPregnancy
Yay, you're pregnant and now you’re eating for two! You’re not really though. While proper nutrition is essential for the growth and development of your baby, maintaining a healthy weight gain in pregnancy is a priority. It can be difficult to get the exact sources of vitamins such as iron, folic acid, calcium and zinc during your pregnancy, so make sure you are also taking a prenatal vitamin suggested by your health care provider. Sometimes taking the supplement before you go to bed helps you not to feel as nauseous as you might otherwise. Eat a well-balanced diet, choosing foods from all the food groups in the correct proportions. You're aiming to consume around another 500 calories a day. This is not the time to diet as your baby needs nutrients to mature properly. If you are unsure of what you should be consuming, talk with a registered dietician, or your doctor or midwife can make suggestions on what you should be eating and what foods you should avoid during pregnancy as well.
An average pregnant woman should gain around 25 to 35 pounds, more if she is underweight, or less if she is overweight. Keep in mind your baby, placenta, increased blood volume, uterus, amniotic fluid, maternal breast mass, and fluid retention will only account for 17 to 26 pounds. Anything over and above that are maternal extra stores and can prove to be quite difficult to take off after a birth. While that second slice of cake seems like a perfectly good treat, make sure you’re not indulging too often! Your doctor or midwife will track your weight gain at every prenatal appointment—always a downer.
The feeling you have lost control of your body is common in pregnancy. You may have out grown your clothes, feel less attractive and have a disinterest in sex. At those times, it is important to keep reminding yourself pregnancy is temporary and soon your body will resemble its former self. Your waistline will not always be this ‘expanded!’
If you have any questions on your daily intake, weight gain, or nutrition, please consult with your health care provider.
Loree Siermachesky works as a multi-certified labour and postpartum doula, certified Lamaze childbirth educator, certified breastfeeding counselor, certified placenta encapsulation specialist and a certified car seat technician in Medicine Hat and Lethbridge. She has had the honour of attending over 1400 births in the last 20 years. She is well-known and greatly respected by the medical providers in Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, Brooks, Taber, and Calgary. She cares deeply for this profession and even more for her clientele, honoring them in whatever method of birth they choose, or helping them transition to new parenthood as they wish.