Gaining weight during pregnancy
You don't need to eat for 2 when you're pregnant (as the saying goes), but you do need to make sure your baby is getting the proper amount of nutrition while in uterus. A healthy and balanced diet will ensure that the fetus is growing at a healthy rate and obtaining the proper nutrients.
The amount of weight you are supposed to gain during pregnancy is dependent on how much you weigh presently.
You should gain 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy if you were of a healthy weight before pregnancy, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 18.5 to 24.9.
You may gain more if you were underweight before pregnancy, with a BMI of less than 18.5. It's not unusual for women in this category to add 28 to 40 pounds during pregnancy.
A woman who is overweight before becoming pregnant with a BMI of 25 to 29.9 should gain 15 to 25 pounds.
A woman considered obese with a BMI over 30 should gain 11 to 20 pounds.
If you need to gain more weight:
1. Eat 5-6 meals a day but in smaller portions
2.Choose full-fat cheese and crackers, ice cream and yogurt, dried fruit or nuts for quick snacks to assist you in gaining weight while pregnant.
3.Limit your salt intake. Salt causes your body to retain fluid.