OK, so you’re technically not eating for two, but when is there another period in your life when adding extra cheese to a pizza or having a malted milk shake with dinner tastes so good as it does during pregnancy? Never. The answer is never. But your body’s going through a lot of changes too, making your weight shift up as you, you know, grow a baby. For some, they don’t notice any weight gain until the second or third trimester, but when do you gain the most weight during pregnancy?
The weight gain of pregnancy is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s a long, slow jog up the scale until you deliver. According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), depending upon your weight when you get pregnant, you should gain between 10 and 35 pounds over the nine month period of pregnancy. However, when those pounds kick in is somewhat unique per mother. According to the study, most women shouldn’t gain any more than four pounds during the first 12 weeks of their pregnancy. There isn’t a need for a big calorie boost, and you’re not building the blood and fluid reserves that you do during subsequent trimesters. During the second and third trimesters, you should be gaining between one half of a pound and one pound per week. Some women experience a jump somewhere in their second trimester, according to the Institutes of…
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