Gain Weight Safely During Your Pregnancy

Gain Weight Safely During Your Pregnancy


If you're underweight, try to gain 28-40 pounds; if you're normal weight, shoot for 25-35 pounds.

When you're pregnant, you need to eat 300 extra calories per day. If you're underweight, you need to gain 28 to 40 pounds, and if you're overweight, you need to gain only 15 to 25 pounds.

When you're pregnant with twins, you should gain 35 to 45 pounds, and you may need to eat between 3,000 and 3,500 calories a day.

How to Gain the Right Amount of Weight During

Eat five to six small meals every day, and keep quick, easy snacks on hand. Spread peanut butter on toast, crackers, apples, bananas, and celery, and add extras to your meal.

What if You Gain Too Much Weight?

When eating fast food, choose lower-fat items such as broiled chicken breast sandwich with tomato and lettuce (no sauce or mayonnaise), side salad with low-fat dressing, plain bagels, or a plain baked potato.

Avoid foods such as French fries, mozzarella sticks, or breaded chicken patties. Try to eat healthy foods like fresh fruit, low-fat yogurt, angel food cake with strawberries, or pretzels, and use fats in moderation.

Exercise can help you burn excess calories.

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