Pregnancy is an exciting time and most mom’s can’t wait to meet their baby. As your baby grows, your belly will continue to grow and get bigger so that you can house your growing baby. Most doctors recommend that women gain between 10 to 40 pounds depending on your starting weight. Talk to your doctor or health care professional to determine how much weight your doctor expects for you to gain during your pregnancy. It is important that you don’t restrict weight gain or start a diet during the duration of your pregnancy. Your baby depends on you for nutrients and your body begins storing extra calories in order to prepare your body to breast fed your baby.
What Risks Are Involved If I Gain Weight to Much Weight?
Gaining too much weight during your pregnancy make is harder for you to lose the baby weight and it will take additional time for you to lose it. However, it also can lead to other health conditions that can affect you and your unborn baby. Work with your doctor closely if he or she feels that you are gaining weight to quickly or you are gaining too much weight at any time during your pregnancy. Your doctor monitors your weight gain at each of your appointments to ensure that you on the right track and that your baby is growing properly. Excessive weight gain can lead to the following complications:
- Gestational Diabetes
- High Blood Pressure
- Leg Pain
- Varicose Veins
- Back Pain
- Increased Fatigue
- Having a Large Baby
- Increase Risk for A C-Section