Weight Gain Mom and Baby

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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