5 Feb 07
For an average weight woman it's recommended to gain 30 pounds. Even if you're overweight, they still recommend gaining at least 25 pounds. You DO need to gain weight. The baby-obviously, fluids, maternal blood, maternal fat stores, etc. Loosing weight is not an option until after the delivery. happy mylot day.
8 Sep 07
A healthy diet during pregnancy affects both mother and the fetus as the mother nourishes the fetus through her own body. During the first 3 months of pregnancy, the daily nutrients needs of the fetus are small. But thereafter, the daily allowances of all the essential nutrients need to be increased in order to build the infant’s tissues and also to protect the mother from deficiencies. On the whole, the diet of a pregnant mother needs to be well balanced with a slight increase in the calorie [additional 300 cal/day] and protein[15 gm/day] content. There is also an increase in the requirements of calcium, iron and folic acid which is usually supplemented through tablets. At this time, the body’s efficiency at absorbing and utilizing energy is augmented. So, it is the quality of the diet that is important, not the amount. What you should aim for is providing yourself with healthy choices from a vast variety of food.