Weight Gain During Pregnancy

How much should you add to your weight? Well professionals say that is should be around 11 to 16 kilograms for those who had their ideal weight when they got the baby. For those who had more than they should at the time 9 to 11 kilograms  is enough, and if you are overweight, it should be less than 9 kilograms . However if you were under you ideal weight when your pregnancy began you should add about 13 to even 18 kilograms. Your aim is to add enough to supply for the child so that at any given time, no matter what the circumstances are, your child has a constant supply of food. When the child arrives you will use this extra reserve for production of milk for the baby.


Remember that in your first three months your weight gain may vary highly. Some women add as far as 4.5 kilograms just from retaining fluids (something like water weight) and others may lose it as a result of vomiting at a high rate. Provided that you are not underweight or losing weight there is nothing to be concerned about.

At the beginning of your weight gain  it may be hard sometimes to think of what you should wear on account of that while you are not yet showing and you still don’t have need for maternity clothes, in your normal clothes you might fell like something is off.  Now you should start to buy a more loose (non-maternity) skirt or pants with elastic that are larger than you would normally take. You will not wear these during your whole pregnancy, but they won’t be left unusable after it is over and the baby is here.

Changes to the Breasts During Pregnancy

Changes to the Breasts  are the first sings that you may see that point to your pregnancy. Estrogen and progesterone, which are hormones in the breasts, start to change in the first few weeks of your pregnancy, they may cause your breasts to become more swollen, warmer and more tender, heavier and sore. You may also feel them becoming tighter. These things happen as the glands that produce milk form in the breasts and the blood pump  becomes bigger.

In your first three months you should increase one cup size. Later it can grow again. From the 11 kilograms that pregnant women usually gain while they are carrying their baby 1 kilogram is added to their breasts. These changes to the breasts may be easier to notice and become more uncomfortable if you normally have small breasts or this is the first time you are pregnant.

Other changes to the breasts may be:

1    the area around the nipple (the areola) may become darker

2    the areoral glands can become more bumpy

3    you may notice more veins on your breasts

4    shooting pains

You can take a breast massage or a warmer shower to deal with the soreness. To make the growth of the breasts become more comfortable, it is recommended to buy a support bra. You can wear during the day or when you are sleeping.

Discomfort in the Pelvis and Fullness in the Abdominal

The changes in your pelvis don’t need to show so you can feel them. It is normal to fell fullness  in the abdominal , cramp or pain may occur when you are switching positions. To get ready for your baby the uterus is expanding. While it grows, the ligaments that support the pelvic cavity are being pushed by it. You may see that some positions feel more comfortable, that is because in these positions the tension on these ligaments is smaller. Stay in those positions  and when you are changing one do it slowly.

Other physical changes in the primal three months might  be staining/spotting due to the problems the embryo may cause to the blood vessels while it implants in the uterus and itchy skin.