It is recommended that pregnant women gain about 30-35 pounds over the course of their pregnancy, unless they are carrying multiples. If you are overweight, experts want you to gain 25-30 pounds. If you are underweight, you're supposed to gain about 35-40 pounds. The majority of this weight will be gained in the second and third trimesters. However, some women actually lose weight during pregnancy. The following tips may help you prevent weight loss during pregnancy.
- What are you eating? Did you recently make a huge lifestyle change and cut high calorie junk food from your diet? Before pregnancy, did you drink a great deal of alcohol, but quit once you found out you were pregnant? If so, you may actually lose weight during early pregnancy. Try replacing your junk food with lean protein sources and high carbohydrate foods. If you continue to lose weight into the second trimester, talk to your care provider about your diet.
- Do you have a fast metabolism and difficulty putting on weight? If so, you may actually have problems putting on weight during pregnancy. Speaking from personal experience, you need to add high protein, high carbohydrate foods to your diet. Protein smoothies made with fruit and yogurt may help. Talk to your care provider about diet recommendations.
- How are you doing emotionally? Some women actually stop or decrease eating if they are depressed. If you are having a difficult pregnancy, difficultly adapting to pregnancy/having a baby or have little to no support, or have suffered depression in the past, you may be depressed during your pregnancy. Your care provider will have recommendations for you to combat depression. Counseling and medication may be recommended.
If you are depressed during pregnancy, you are at a high risk of developing a condition called postpartum depression after you deliver. Talk to your care provider about postpartum depression symptoms and treatment plans.
- Are you suffering or have you suffered from an eating disorder? If you've had an eating disorder in the past, pregnancy may trigger it again. Let your care provider know, so they can watch for symptoms and be ready with treatment plans. If you currently have an eating disorder, please speak to your care provider immediately-you are putting you and your baby's health at risk.
- Do you have severe morning sickness? Some women have difficulty putting on weight in pregnancy due to severe morning sickness. If your morning sickness is primarily in the first trimester, this isn't a big deal, but if it continues into the second trimester, it can become a problem. See if there are any triggers to your morning sickness. Some people find certain scents like flowers, eggs or fish trigger morning sickness. In addition, try eating small amounts of easily digestible food all throughout the day. Finally, talk to your care provider. There are medications that can help with morning sickness.