Is this Weight Gain Normal?

QUESTION

Dear Nutritionist,
Its kind of two questions is it normal to gain 45lbs at 26 weeks?

Also is it normal to always be hungry. I never feel full, I could honestly eat non stop and not feel full. Do I need to stop eating at some point or do I keep eating when in hungry which is always?

ANSWER

Gaining 45 pounds at 26 weeks seems a little high but it depends on what you weighed before you became pregnant. Women who are thin or even underweight before pregnancy can stand to gain a little more. If you feel you are gaining to much weight, you should speak with your doctor.

It is normal for some women to feel hungry all of the time. However, you are not eating for two as the saying goes, you only need about an extra 300 calories per day. So if you eat when you are hungry and that is all day long, you will most likely gain more weight then you need to. I suggest starting to pre-plan your days until you get used to a new way of eating. Plan to eat 3 meals with 3 snacks so that you are eating every 3 hours or so. Eat healthy meals and snacks that are full of nutritious and high fiber foods so that they keep you full. Eating high sugary foods or foods with no nutritional substance will keep you feeling hungry all day. Also, don't forget to drink lots of water throughout the day, which can help make you feel fuller and cut cravings. You can check out www.mypyramid.gov for information on eating healthy.

-- Kimberly, RD LD

Kimberly Tessmer

Kimberly A. Tessmer, RD LD has been a registered dietitian since 1992 and is also an Ohio licensed Dietitian. Her educational achievements include a Bachelor of Science in Technology (Dietetics) from Bowling State University in Bowling Green, OH. She currently owns and operates a consulting business called "Nutrition Focus" www.nutrifocus.net, in which she specializes and offers services in the areas of weight management, general nutrition, authoring, menu development and a variety of other services.

To date Kim has authored three books including "The Everything® Nutrition Book", "Tell Me What To Eat If I Have Celiac Disease", and "The Everything® Pregnancy Nutrition Book". In addition, Kim has written numerous articles for various health/nutrition web sites and magazines including Bally Total Fitness Magazine, Well and Healthy Women Magazine and Healthology.com, Inc as well as continuing education courses for www.care2learn.com. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and the ADA Practice Group, Nutrition Entrepreneurs.