Weight gain during pregnancy - What to expect when you’re expecting
During pregnancy, a woman gradually gains up to 11 kg more than her pregnancy weight. As your pregnancy progresses, your doctor monitors your weight and can detect the pattern weight gain in your case. Every woman and every pregnancy is different and has its own unique pattern of weight gain.
However, if you are facing a sudden spike in weight, and seem to not be able to manage daily chores or feel exhausted and lethargic. consult your doctor. it may be a symptom of preeclampsia, or maybe you took the “eating for two” adage too seriously.
Weight gain month on month
If you are in the normal weight range to begin with, the normal weight gain is up to 11- 16 kgs. Ideally, you should gain about 1.5 kgs in the first three months, and then around 1.5 -2 kgs, every month following the first trimester, until you give birth. If you see a difference in weight gain which is much higher than normal, without periodic intervals, then you might need to consult a doctor.
In any case, here’s what might happen if your weight gain has suddenly spiked:
- High BP: High BP can lead to gestational hypertension which can create complications
- Pre-eclampsia: Very risky condition that can create liver and kidney problems and affect
the placenta leading to a complicated pregnancy.
- Gestational diabetes: Gaining too much weight can put you at a risk of gestational
diabetes, which might result in type 2 diabetes later in life.
- A large baby: Too much weight gain may result in a large baby making it difficult to have
a normal delivery. It may come down to having an assisted delivery or a caesarean
- Premature labour: Gaining too much weight during pregnancy can result in premature
labour, giving birth to a premature baby who may face developmental and learning
difficulties later in life.
- Problems in later life: Gain too much weight during pregnancy and you will face a lot of
problem losing this weight later in life, resulting in the aforementioned list of health problems.
But remember always, this doesn’t mean that you should start dieting. Instead discuss with your doctor a workable diet plan and stick to it. A sensible diet plan will control the kilos you put on, and yet ensure
that you and your baby stay away from any pregnancy complications.