Weight Gain Mom and Baby

QUESTION

Dear Nutritionist,
I have had three children all very small. One preemie 2lbs13oz and two girls at 5lbs1oz, I am also quite small 95lbs. I would like to have a healthier weight gain and a bigger baby, any suggestions?

ANSWER

It isn't always weight gain or loss that results in a preemie and/or low birth weight baby versus a larger baby. However, it is important to eat a healthy diet and to consume adequate calories during pregnancy.

A slow and steady weight gain is what is optimum. An additional 300 to 500 calories a day, above your maintenance calories, is the recommendation. Stick to a healthy diet including all of the food groups each day. Check out www.mypyramid.gov for specific information on planning a healthy diet!

-- 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.