There are so many things a mother-to-be must do in preparation for her new baby- some of which can seem a bit complicated. This includes what types of food she can or cannot eat and how many times a week she should exercise, just to name a couple. Now, doctors have revealed how much weight a woman should gain during her pregnancy.
It should come as no surprise that there's no predefined number. Like most things, it really depends on the mother-to-be. Her weight before she got pregnant is relevant to how much she should be gaining throughout each trimester. According to Insider, Alexandra Stockwell- an MD who has been working in medicine for over a decade- offers insight on the "average" weight gain during pregnancy.
Beginning with the first trimester, it's normal for a woman to only add on a couple of pounds. This is due to the fact that the baby has only started to grow. However, in the second and third trimester, a mother can expect to put on an extra pound a week during pregnancy. Again, this is also dependant upon how much she weighed beforehand. It's believed that a woman who was underweight should typically put on a few extra pounds to ensure she's healthy. The same goes for a woman who might've been overweight before pregnancy— it's normal for her to gain a little less than average.
So as the saying goes, a mother-to-be really isn't "eating for two," but rather, herself and a little bit extra. Looking at the numbers specifically, a woman who is pregnant should only really be consuming 200 to 300 calories extra per day in the second trimester. Sometimes this number increases toward the end of pregnancy. Of course, it's highly recommended that a mother fuels her body with the nutrition her unborn child needs. With that in mind, a healthy diet is essential to having a healthy pregnancy.
Like most things involving babies and pregnancy, not everything is black and white. There's no magic number-instead, there's a guideline based on what's deemed "average." You should reach out to your doctor or health professional if you feel like you're either gaining too much or too little during pregnancy. After all, every female body is different- and that's okay!