How much weight should I gain at 16 weeks pregnant?

(April 5, 2011)

The first trimester or the period till week 12 can be quite traumatic and difficult for the mother to be. She is usually not able to keep foods down and often loses weight. Week 16 is the beginning of the second trimester. The second trimester is usually considered the golden trimester where the mother to be gets to enjoy the joys of pregnancy without the complications of the first trimester and the bulkiness of the third trimester.

There is no hard and fast rule of how much weight you should put on but starting the second trimester, you will definitely put on weight. So there will be a 16 week -pregnant weight gain.

There are many ways to calculate how much weight you should put on through the pregnancy. Many internet sites and even doctors will tell you about the 16 weeks pregnant weight gain calculator. This calculator helps you calculate how much weight you should gain by the time you are 16 weeks pregnant. There is definite weight gain that should happen by 16 weeks of pregnancy but these calculators and averages are just that, figures to go by. They are measures but not something to set yourself by. The weight gain is something that will defer with every woman and also with every pregnancy so even with two babies, the same woman can put on completely different weights for both the pregnancies. The weekly aim should be about a pound a week.

The change in diet can cause a huge fluctuation in weight. Some women can put on up to 60 pounds, some put on few pounds like 5 or 10 pounds while some women do not put on any weight. You can also be 16 weeks pregnant and not be gaining weight. There is no need to panic or worry about your baby. Your regular ultrasounds and checkups will tell you that your baby is growing normally and is healthy. You have to ensure you eat well, get some regular exercise and rest adequately. You should not stress about how much weight you are or are not putting on. Ideally don’t even constantly obsess with the scales. Check your weight only at your doctor’s place so you will only check it about once a month. As you progress into the second trimester, you could also face some typical symptoms of indigestion or heartburn, of fatigue, of abdominal discomfort, of occasional headaches and bloating.

Submitted by N on April 5, 2011 at 07:09

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