Increase in weight is normal during pregnancy. However, if you have an uncontrolled weight increase due to wrong food choices, chances of gestational diabetes increase. Remember, gestational diabetes occur during 24th to 28th week of pregnancy. To prevent it, it is necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle in the first few months of your pregnancy.
Have a regular weight checkup during pregnancy and ensure that your weight increase is not crossing the doctor recommended limit. Women who are underweight at the start of pregnancy should gain 12 to 18 kgs whereas women who are normal weight are advised to gain 11 to 15 kgs. For overweight women, a 6 to 11 kgs gain is recommended and for obese women just 4 to 10 kgs.
Do not over indulge in foods thinking it will be beneficial to the baby. At the same time, do not cut down on nutritional foods to maintain weight. Exercise regularly and keep consulting your doctor and dietitian.
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