Low weight during pregnancy: How to enable pregnancy weight gain?

Low weight during pregnancy

How do I know if I am underweight?

Your doctor will determine at your first checkup if you are indeed underweight. If this is the case, if left untreated, you have a greater risk of having a preterm delivery or a small for gestational age (SGA) baby. And this might put the baby at risk for a host of other problems. This is best avoided by gaining enough weight consistently through your pregnancy and will greatly reduce the risk of the aforementioned problems.

Do bear in mind that the bulk of your nourishment should preferably come from whole foods. The doctor will also likely prescribe a prenatal vitamin supplement to make up for some shortcomings. Ensure that you are taking a folic acid supplement to reduce the probability of neural tube defects.

Tips to promote weight gain during pregnancy

If it’s hard for you to make a good diet plan, enlist the help of a dietician, a trained professional to help customize your food plan according to your dietary needs. A trained dietician can also help you make sample menus to follow and suggest substitutions with local produce of foods you need to eat. Remember, a balanced diet goes a long way to help your and your unborn baby’s nutrition.

Here are some basic guidelines which are worth a shot to gain some calories and put on some weight -

  • Eat a healthy and filling breakfast every day. Slather some peanut butter/ nut butter or add a slice of cheese to your morning bread for a protein kick in the morning.
  • Throw in a few slices of avocado, and a handful of seeds/nuts to your salads for some extra protein and healthy fat.
  • Try to eat 2-3 snacks in between meals. Choose foods like yogurt, dried fruit or a fresh fruit smoothie for easy-to-eat yet healthy options.
  • Replace canned drinks with milk or juices that are high in vitamin C or beta carotene - an antioxidant. Avoid packed juices as much as possible to make sure that you are not eating unnecessary sugar.

With some help and y paying attention to your diet and specifically weight gain, there is absolutely no reason you cannot have a healthy and happy pregnancy and baby.