There is a good way and a bad way to gain weight during pregnancy. Your goal should be to gain weight in a healthy and gradual manner. Gaining too much weight during pregnancy can lead to high birth weight, gestational diabetes and difficulty losing weight following the pregnancy tips. Not gaining enough weight can lead to low birth weight and other fetal problems.
1. Start healthy eating habits before you get pregnant. This can make the transition much easier. Cut down on sweets and fatty foods with little nutritional value.
2. Ask your doctor how much total weight you should gain during the pregnancy. The average weight gain is a total of 25 to 35 pounds, but may be more or less depending on if you are overweight or underweight.
3. Add only 200 extra calories on a daily basis to your diet. A woman already eating a healthy balanced and nutritional diet does not need to change her diet that dramatically.
4. Incorporate foods that are high in protein and good fats to your diet. This can include peanut butter, avocados, fatty fish and nuts.