Your body is going to go through many changes during pregnancy, some may be easier to prevent, some may be cause for concern whilst others are natural and healthy- even if they can feel a little weird!
There are no official guidelines for pregnancy weight gain, and it depends on your weight before you became pregnant. The average weight gain is between 10kg and 12.5kg (22-26lbs), mostly after 20 weeks.
You will be weighed and measured at your antenatal appointments and your midwife will provide you with guidance.
By the time you reach your due date, just over a third of your weight gain will be baby, placenta and amniotic fluid. The other two thirds are due to changes in your body; additional blood volume, fluid, fuller breasts, fat stores, and extra uterine muscle growth.
Resist the urge to splurge on unhealthy foods; a healthy balanced diet is best for baby and you. Women are advised to have 2,000 calories a day. It is only during the last trimester that your pregnant body needs more than this, and even then it is just an additional 200 calories a day which should come from nutritious food choices; a slice of toast and baked beans or bowl of cereal with semi-skimmed milk are around 200 calorie options. Find out more about healthy eating in pregnancy here.
Your breasts are gearing up for the busiest chapter of their lives, making milk for your little miracle. They can feel tender before you even realise you are pregnant thanks to the boosted blood volume and hormone surges that kick off once you become pregnanct.
Keep things comfy with sports bras for non-wired support. Get measured regularly throughout your pregnancy to ensure your bras fit your changing boobs. And if you plan on breastfeeding, you can save money by buying nursing bras while pregnant as they can be worn before and after baby arrives.
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