Everyone has heard the saying, “When you’re pregnant, you’re eating for two.” Well, that’s not necessarily true. If you double your calorie intake, you would probably find yourself at an unhealthy weight range. The key to understanding weight gain during pregnancy is to maintain a healthy, balanced diet while gaining the nutrients that are needed and right for you and your baby. It’s important to keep physically active during pregnancy. Having a sedentary pregnancy may also contribute to lack of calorie burning.
Whether you’re average, underweight, overweight or as they would say, “eating for three,” weight gain is an inevitable factor that accompanies the beauty of giving birth.
Average weight gain
Typically, expecting mothers can find themselves gaining an average of 25-35 pounds. The most common calorie intake for average weight mothers is an additional 3000 calories.
Pregnant women who are under weight can find themselves gaining weight in the range of 28-40 pounds.
If you are over weight during pregnancy, you may find yourself at an increase weight gain of about 15-25 pounds.
Twin weight gain
Having twins may mean that you can gain up to 25-55 pounds. Don’t worry, this is normal. Mothers who are expecting twins can expect to consume an average of 3,000 and 3,500 calories a day.
Most Physicians will encourage mild to moderate exercise during pregnancy. However, make sure to check with your OBGYN to determine a fitness regimen that’s tailored just for you.