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Pregnancy Weight Gain: A Badge Of Honor

Sophia Ton |30, January 2007


You are six months pregnant and you have gained 15 pounds. You're baby is thriving inside of you, and you have had an uneventful pregnancy so far. So you probably know that you have had it good so far, but you are concerned about whether or not you've gained to little or too much pregnancy weight.

How Much Weight is Too Much?

If you began your pregnancy underweight you should gain 25 to 35 pounds, and if you started your pregnancy overweight you should gain 15 to 25 pounds. However, if you are carrying twins you should expect to gain about 35 to 45 pounds.

Shortly after finding out that you have conceived you should see a doctor, as your doctor can explain to you about healthy pregnancy weight gain. If you are of average weight you should gain up to 5 pounds the first trimester of your pregnancy and around 1 pound a week for the duration of your pregnancy.

What is all This Pregnancy Weight Doing?

Besides making you uncomfortable in your pre-pregnancy clothes, pregnancy weight can make you feel awkward, clumsy, and totally unsexy. But you should not let the burgeoning billows of your new found hips and thighs keep you from living an active and healthy life.

Pregnancy weight can make any woman feel like a blimp, but keeping active can help her feel a little less frumpy.

Feeling negatively about pregnancy weight, isn't a problem all women feel. Some women are so excited about their swelling bosom that they feel super sexy and ravishing. It also helps that their husbands are excited about their thickening frames as well. So there is an upside to gaining weight during pregnancy.

Pregnancy Weight is Healthy - Don't Freak Out!

If you have had problems controlling your weight in the past, try not to freak out if the numbers on your digital scale are going up. When you're pregnant its okay to gain weight, as a matter of fact, gaining weight during pregnancy is absolutely necessary for a healthy pregnancy.

Remember that once the baby is born you will lose some of that weight, so don't try strenuous exercises or crash diets while you're pregnant it may cause serious problems with your baby's health.

Eating well during pregnancy is one way to stay healthy and to help keep off any unnecessary poundage. Cutting back on your junk intake and drinking plenty of water can really help you feel better about your weight gain.

Find out how much you should weight with Baby Corner's
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Sophia Ton is a freelance writer who writes about pregnancy & family topics.

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