This was what one of my squaddies (clients) said to me during one of our sessions. After laughing at her rather dramatic emojis, I asked for details.
Apparently, she had added 7kg already in her first trimester. I wasn’t shocked, because it happened to me in my first pregnancy. From the moment I got pregnant, I ate anything, everything and at every time. It also did not help that from like week 6, I went public with my BFP(Big FAT positive) outlook to life. So the weight gain was expected.
Confront Your Weight Gain Excuses
I recall visiting one of my older friends and she sweetly asked me to watch my weight gain. But I was quick to tell her that I was about 2 months pregnant, so that was why I had a fuller figure. (d’uh!!!) She gave me a sympathetic smile and still insisted I should be careful. Of course, my dismissal of her advice led me to gain a whooping 40kg by week 41.
By pregnancy number 2, I had gained a whole lot of common sense and knowledge. Common sense because I really didn’t want to go through all that weight-loss work again. And knowledge because, I had gone ahead to get an American certification on Prenatal Fitness and Nutrition.
What Is Medically Expected?
On the average, a woman is expected to gain a total of 10kg to 15 kg weight all through her pregnancy. And half of it should occur in the third trimester. The first trimester should see you gain a minimum of 1 to 2 pounds ideally, which is less than 1kg. And that is expected, after all, your baby is literally the size of a ‘tadpole’ so it need not show externally yet.
Keep It Together
Now, barring any morning sickness, please keep it together in your first trimester. If you have been exercising before, don’t stop without a cause. Working out when pregnant is not only safe but recommended. So long as you modify moves to suit your trimester.If however, you have not been working out, and your doctor is fine with it, you can start as a beginner. Just make sure you observe all the rules that guide prenatal exercising, and I shared some here.
You should also watch your food intake. Please do not stay more than 2 to 3 hours without eating or snacking healthily. Growth may not be really happening at that point, but development is, and that is taking a lot from you as the mom.Once your body is lacking the energy that food provides, you can faint or become light headed in minutes. I recall this one time, in my first trimester, my team and I traveled from Abuja to Uyo for a training. The morning session began early and was long. It hit noon and I had not had a chance to eat. I came a hair’s breath close to fainting. Needless to say, the entire team stayed on my case all through. So eat, but please eat healthily.
The Weight Gain Process
By third trimester though,things speed up a little. It almost feels like breathing makes you gain weight. That is also because the body is amassing all it needs to prepare you for labour and delivery. I recall asking my doctor in the last weeks what I could do to stop the baby from growing so fast, evident in the way my abdomen was getting bigger faster. He said, nothing. He also said that even if I really restrict my diet, the baby takes what it needs FIRST and then leaves whatever is left for me.
So darling preggos, please gain weight at the right pace, and fight for discipline. It will do you a world of good.
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