Is 4 kg Too Much Weight to Gain in a Month?

QUESTION

Dear Fitness Expert,
I am 27 years old and am pregnant. This is my 5th month.I gained a weight of 4 kgs in one month. (i.e. from 4th month to 5th month). Is it too much weight?

How much my weight should increase in a month?

Nasreen

ANSWER

Hi Nasreen,
You must not worry about what the scale says. Leave that to your physician. Be sure that your doctor knows what you are eating and how you are working out. Having said that, it is important for you to know that every woman and every pregnancy is different. You may have a friend who puts on half the weight you do -- and you are both perfectly healthy. Women carry (and pack on fat) differently. Jogging, aerobics and swimming will help keep you fit and strong for your delivery date but it has little impact on how much weight you gain. Studies show that genetics figures prominently in how much you do or don't gain during pregnancy.

Does that mean you can eat to your hearts delight? Not at all!! By maintaining a healthy diet, you will ensure faster (and healthier) weight loss after the baby is born. Loading up on fudge and brownies will only make your recovery more painful. Focus on eating a healthy diet, continue to exercise and do not worry about what your scale says.

Your body knows what its doing!

Good luck! Have a wonderful, healthy pregnancy.

-- Alex

Alexandra Allred

Alexandra Allred is a former member of the US Women's Bobsled team, is an accomplished martial artist, and continues to teach kickboxing while juggling her career as a full-time writer and mother of three. She has interviewed hundreds of athletes, models, actresses, trainers, doctors, and health/fitness experts as she sought to find answers to her own questions about working out while pregnant, arranging breast-feeding around a training schedule, diet when pregnant and breastfeeding, and encouraging her whole family.

Alex is the author of ten books, including Atta Girl! A Celebration of Women in Sports and Entering the Mother Zone: Balancing Self, Health & Family. We're excited to have her on board!