Gestational Weight – Average Weight Gain to Keep in Mind
Posted Sep 02 2013 8:42am
Motherhood calls, at some point of time or the other, regardless of whether they do obsess about weight gain.
It's maturity, really. Where a woman moves away from focusing on oneself constantly (and making it rather annoyingly about themselves) to a time when their every waking thought is about a child who they've given birth to.
However, there's one more thing: it's a known fact that watching weight gain at this time is far more important – obviously for medical reasons.
This is especially true for those who are overweight or dangerously obese. But before we get into weight gain and its limits per week, let's gain an understanding of a pregnancy and why gestational weight is an important factor.
Gestational Weight – An Introduction
Ask any woman what matters the most during those 9 months – and pregnancy weight gain will be one of those things that comes up again and again.
Of course, there are the physiological, emotional and psychological changes that accompany a pregnancy, and which is why women tend to have mood swings, suffer from labor pains and so on and so forth.
But for most doctors and loved ones, keeping both the baby and mother safe is probably the most important thing on their minds, and which is why they will go to any extent to make sure they are safe.
But what if the mother's weight had a role to play in their safety and the child they are bringing forth into this world?
The doctors consider this factor (along with continuous weight gain that occurs as you progress from month to month) to be an important one, and which is why they calculate a pregnant woman's BMI as the weeks go by.
Let's look at a bit of data that will clarify what these safe weights limits are for women according to their pre-pregnancy body mass index values.
Gestational Weight Limits – What You Need to Know Let's admit that every woman is different, and the way they gain weight, depends on a variety of factors.
However, when it comes to a pregnancy, their pre-pregnancy BMI values count for a lot, and which you can see from the chart to the left.
If you fall under the category of underweight or normal weight, according to the chart, then it's not a problem if you gain weight steadily (and within the limits specified) but if you are overweight or obese, it can get dangerous if you gain weight in the manner that women in the earlier categories do.
Simply put, the women in the first two categories, are allowed to gain more weight which women in the other two categories must be extremely careful about.
With that said, while this chart is a reliable one, it's always a good idea to consult your doctor about the amount of gestational weight that you can gain during your pregnancy.