Why have I gained so much weight during pregnancy?
Q: My starting weight before pregnancy was 74.5 kg and now I am 91 kg. I am 38 weeks pregnant.Why am I gaining excess weight? I eat a normal diet and walk 20 mins, 3 times a week. I have a lot of swelling on my face and legs. Is this the reason for weight gain? I drink 2 liters of water every day but the urine is comparatively very less. Please reply.
A:You were overweight before pregnancy, so, you should have taken care from the beginning. Right now, it is hard to evaluate your weight gain as you begin to retain fluid at the end of your pregnancy. You have also not mentioned weather you are carrying one foetus or twins. It is also not advisable to lose weight at this stage. The burning of fat stores during pregnancy could cause your body to release certain substances such as ketones that could harm your baby. You only need 200-300 extra calories for your baby. Avoid fried foods and chips and cut down on salt and sugar. Avoid foods that contain nitrites (which are added to fish and meat). No matter how much you gain weight, it is essential to take all the vitamins and minerals prescribed by your doctor. At this stage of your pregnancy, you must be having problems of backache and swollen feet due to the extra weight you have gained. I suggest: