Our expert says:
Congratulations on your second pregnancy. According to international experts, pregnant moms who start their pregnancies with a normal weight and BMI can gain between 11,5 kg and up to 16 kg of weight. So you gained about 4 kg more than the maximum recommended amount during your first pregnancy. If your BMI was 27 before this second pregnancy then it is recommended that you gain between 7 kg and 11,5 kg over the 9 months. If you gain the maximum of 11,5 kg over 9 months, this works out to approx. 200 g per week, or 4,4 kg over 22 weeks. You have, therefore, not exceeded the recommended increase this time around and should not be as overweight at the end of your 2nd pregnancy as you were with the first. Although the amount of weight gained by the mother does to a certain extent mirror the weight of the developing baby, there is no way of predicting how much your second baby will weigh based on what your daughter weighed at birth. Birthweight does not only depend on what the Mom gains, but the genetic makeup of the child, how many weeks the pregnancy lasts and the composition of the Mom's diet. Your 2-year-old lassie seems to be quite heavy as she already weighs more than a 3-year-old. Keep an eye on her growth and food intake so that she does not become overweight. If necessary, have her assessed by a registered dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area). You can also ask the dietitian to help you with a pre-and postpartum diet.
Holding thumbs that you have a most successful pregnancy
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal
advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.