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What is the ideal weight plan for women during pregnancy?  

With everything else you have to do now that you're pregnant, it can be tough to remember how much weight you should be gaining and when. But it's more important than ever to keep an eye on the scale for your and your baby's health. Gaining too much or too little weight can lead to various issues during pregnancy and after giving birth, which is why going at a steady pace is best.

A woman who was average weight before getting pregnant should gain 25 to 35 pounds after becoming pregnant. Underweight women should gain 28 to 40 pounds. And overweight women may need to gain only 15 to 25 pounds during pregnancy.

If you are under-weight before pregnancy, it is essential to gain a reasonable amount of weight while you are pregnant. Without the extra weight, your baby might be born smaller than expected.

Also, being overweight before pregnancy increases the risk of various pregnancy complications, including gestational diabetes, high blood pressure disorders of pregnancy, such as preeclampsia, and the need for a C-section.

Your pregnancy weight gain timeline will depend on various factors, such as your metabolism, activity level, and genetics.

If you start at a healthy or average weight, you need to gain only about 1 to 4 pounds in the first few months of pregnancy. You can do this by eating a healthy diet — no extra calories are necessary.

Steady weight gain is more important in the second and third trimesters — especially if you start at a healthy weight or you are underweight. According to the experts, you will gain about 1 pound a week until delivery. An extra 300 calories a day, which you can find in half a sandwich and a glass of skim milk, might be enough to help you meet this goal.

Women who are overweight or have a BMI of 30 or higher should aim for a weight gain of about 1/2 pound a week in the second and third trimesters. Try adding a glass of low-fat milk or an ounce of cheese and a serving of fresh fruit to your diet.

Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables because these provide vitamins, minerals and fibre, which helps digestion and can help prevent constipation which is common in pregnant women. Avoid snacking on high fat and sugar foods, and do not drink alcohol or smoke.

During pregnancy, women are usually hungrier than usual, so they can and should eat more, but you don't need to eat for two. Don't count calories in pregnancy!

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