Monday, August 20, 2012

Weight gain during first trimester

Weight gain during first trimester

Many women don't have any weight gain during first trimester. Some women even lose a few pounds (courtesy of morning sickness). Other women may have started the pregnancy a little overweight; therefore, they don't need to gain any weight this early on. Fortunately, nature has your baby's back, offering protection even if you are too sick to eat. Tiny fetuses have tiny nutritional needs, which means that your lack of weight gain now won't have any effect on your baby. Not so, however, once you enter the second trimester. As the baby gets bigger, calories and nutrients will be more in demand.

It's very important to eat healthy though. If you continue to have trouble gaining weight after the first trimester, try taking in more calories. Eat a little more food each day. Don't skip meals and eat more frequent snacks (healthy ones of course). If you can't eat a lot at one sitting (which isn't good for pregnancy digestion anyhow), eat six small meals daily instead of three big ones. Eat salads and soups after your main courses to avoid putting a damper on your appetite. It is best to eat foods high in good fats. Don't try to add pounds by adding lots of junk food to your diet. That kind of weight gain is more likely to head straight for your hips and thighs and not to the proper place that it should be heading (the baby).

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First Trimester Of Pregnancy

Author: richardjames

Congratulations on becoming pregnant. You are about to embark on an exciting 9 months for both you and your partner. Your first trimester of pregnancy is just the beginning. Your body is going to go through many changes. It’s helpful to know what to expect during this time.

During the first trimester of pregnancy, nausea is often caused by the increase in the levels of hormones within the body. But for some women, the hormone levels continue to rise up to the third trimester. In addition, the size of the baby is much larger during this trimester and the uterus may possibly press against the stomach. Nausea may also occur with heartburn, so women are advised to eat smaller frequent meals to avoid it.

Your breasts may swell and become tender- this is your body preparing to breastfeed. Wearing a supportive bra may ease discomfort. During pregnancy, mothers often complain of spots or greasy skin. This is nothing to be alarmed about. It is the result of an increase of hormones within the body.

Many women are terrified of miscarriage during the first trimester of pregnancy. They often do not tell friends about pregnancy until after the first trimester. Miscarriage is not common despite receiving a lot of attention in magazines.

The hormone changes are quite evident during this period and the woman will experience the well known morning sickness. This sickness can also be triggered by several factors such as perfumes, food odors and cigarette smoke. By the guide can teach the woman that this morning sickness is likely to end as soon as the first trimester is over.

Fatigue can also be a sure sign of an early pregnancy, usually occurring during the first trimester and often partially blamed on a dramatic rise in the level of the hormone progesterone. Pregnancy also can put a huge strain on every bodily function - it's no wonder that you may feel totally exhausted before the day is through.

Prenatal vitamins

Prenatal vitamins contain valuable iron that you need when you are pregnant. But this very same iron can trigger nausea. You may want to try a different brand of prenatal vitamins or go on a low iron formula during the first trimester pregnancy. Also, change the timing of the day when you take it. Try taking your vitamin with something other than water, like in a spoon of pudding.

If you didn’t manage to gain at least 2 pounds after the first trimester of pregnancy, or even lose some weight you don’t need to panic, this is not a reason for the baby not to develop normally, but you should consult a specialist in nutrition. If you didn’t have healthy-eating habits before, pregnancy is the time to develop these good habits. Even if you don’t have an appetite and you feel a little sick, make sure that what you eat , at least, is high-calorie but healthy food. You don’t have to exaggerate with eating junk food and having endless desserts, even if you didn’t manage to gain the proper weight in the first trimester. This may be harmful for the baby.

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