Don’t overdo it
If you spend all your time on the scales, you are doing yourself no favours. Your gynaecologist will check your weight during each routine checkup and assess whether it is within the recommended range. In general, your calorific needs will not increase before the fourth month of pregnancy, and then by only about 250 kcal. But your requirements for essential vitamins and minerals will be higher right from the beginning. So it is vital to ensure that a well-balanced diet is maintained throughout the entire pregnancy and continued throughout the breastfeeding period.
Many women suffer from nausea and morning sickness during the first three months, so weight gain is hardly an issue. Some women even lose weight during this period.
During the second and third trimester of your pregnancy, the weekly weight gain is between 300 and 500 grams (depending on your pre-pregnancy weight). Shortly before birth, energy requirements may decline again, since your ability to exercise is limited. But the same is true here, too: the amount of energy actually needed will vary from woman to woman.
A diet is out of the question during pregnancy!
Being overweight before pregnancy does not mean that you now have to lose weight, as this might harm the baby’s nutrient supply. Apart from that, during a diet – similar to smoking – lots of toxins are released into your blood circulation and consequently to your unborn child.
* BMI = Body Mass Index: is the ratio of body weight and body height
How to calculate your BMI: body weight (in kg) divided by body height squared (m²). For example: 60 kg : (1.60 m)² = 23.4 kg/m². The BMI for women of normal weight is 18.5-24.9 kg/m².