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Weight Gain During Pregnancy: How Much Is Too Much?

Pregnancy is a time of joy and anticipation, but it also brings concerns and uncertainties, especially about weight gain. As you prepare to welcome a new life into the world, you may find yourself wondering how much weight you should gain or how much weight gain is normal. 

At the Center for Women's Health, our team, led by board-certified OB/GYN Sharon Breit, MD, is dedicated to helping you find the answers to these questions while providing personalized, compassionate care throughout your pregnancy.

Weight gain during pregnancy is both natural and necessary, but you need to strike the right balance for the sake of your and your baby's health. 

In this blog post, we aim to demystify the topic, offering guidelines and treatment options to ensure you maintain a healthy weight throughout your pregnancy journey.

Understand the guidelines

The amount of weight you should gain during pregnancy varies depending on several factors, including your pre-pregnancy weight and whether you are carrying more than one baby. Typically, underweight women may need to gain more, while overweight women may need to gain less. 

Consult with our health care providers at the Center for Women's Health for an individualized plan, rather than relying on generalized charts or online calculators.

Recognize the risks

Gaining too much or too little weight during pregnancy can lead to complications for both mother and child. Excessive weight gain increases the risk of gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, and cesarean delivery. 

On the other hand, inadequate weight gain can lead to low birth weight and developmental issues in the baby. It's crucial to monitor your weight and follow the guidelines we provide to minimize these risks.

Nutrition matters

You’ve certainly heard that you’re "eating for two" when you’re pregnant, but quality trumps quantity. Consuming nutrient-dense foods such as fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains can help you gain weight in a healthy manner. 

At the Center for Women's Health, we offer personalized nutritional counseling to ensure that you meet your dietary needs without going overboard.

Exercise is beneficial

Physical activity is also is beneficial during pregnancy. While high-intensity workouts may not be advisable, moderate exercise like walking, swimming, or prenatal yoga can help control weight gain and prepare your body for labor. 

Always consult your health care provider so we can tailor an exercise regimen that's appropriate for you.

Comprehensive prenatal care

At the Center for Women's Health in Wichita, Kansas, we provide comprehensive care, including lifestyle counseling and support, to help you tackle any weight-related challenges that arise during your pregnancy.

Your journey through pregnancy is a beautiful chapter in the story of your life. Why not make it the healthiest chapter for you and your baby? Call us at 316-202-1690 to schedule a consultation and get the personalized advice and care you deserve, or request an appointment here.

Telehealth appointments are available. Please call our clinic to determine if your visit is eligible for a telemedicine appointment.

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