One of the major concerns of pregnant women is about the health of their baby inside the belly. It is clear that exams and medical visits and prenatal care help to provide an overview and often relief for the most desperate.
However, when it comes to the baby’s weight, many women still have that flea behind their ears.
Is he too heavy? Is it too light? What influences the baby’s weight gain in the belly? What to eat to increase weight? And how to reduce it?
It was thinking about all these doubts that we decided to gather the main information about the baby’s weight inside the mother’s belly so that you can be less worried and more peaceful during pregnancy. But first of all, do you know how the baby’s weight inside your belly is calculated?
How to Know the Weight of the Baby in the Mother’s Belly?
It is important to know that during a part of the pregnancy the baby is very small and has not gained significant weight, but it is from the 20th week that things start to change.
From that moment the baby starts to gain weight more quickly , being able to gain up to 200g per week. In the last weeks of gestation, this growth is even more accelerated.
To know the height of a baby, doctors make a calculation based on imaging tests, such as ultrasound . This calculation is basically the size of the femur multiplied by seven. With this result it is possible to know if the baby is too big or too small.
However, it is always good to point out that one pregnancy is different from the other and each baby gains weight taking into account several factors, such as the height of the parents and the type of diet of the pregnant woman.
There is no need to worry if your baby does not gain weight as you think he should, talk to your doctor and if there is something wrong he will consult you in the best way.
Does the weight of the mother influence the baby’s weight in any way?
Yes, we can say that the mother’s weight during and also before pregnancy influences the baby’s weight gain in the belly. This is because everything depends on the diet and the type of life that the woman leads throughout this period of pregnancy.
A woman who has an irregular eating habit can produce a baby with overweight problems . Therefore, it is important to always take care of the food, exercise properly for each period and give special attention to the body and health during pregnancy.
And that care should start as soon as possible. The ideal is to see a specialist doctor as soon as the woman starts planning a pregnancy. The sooner you regulate your eating habits, the better!
Does Eating Too Much Increase Baby’s Weight?
Knowing this, we can conclude that eating a lot in an uncontrolled way and without following a proper diet can lead the baby to gain weight in an unwanted way, which can cause problems such as being overweight not only at birth, but also during life. If the pregnant woman has difficulties to eat or create a healthy eating habit, she should inform the doctor that she can prescribe a diet and food supplements.
Feeding to Increase Baby’s Weight
The baby’s weight gain must happen naturally and it must happen when the woman eats properly and leads a healthy life. However, when it is necessary to feed in order to make the baby gain weight, food supplements are almost always prescribed to help and complement the woman’s diet.
It is important to know that during pregnancy a woman must gain between 10 and 15 kg, but this varies in each case. In the case of thinner women it is recommended to gain even more weight, in women with obesity the ideal is not to exceed 11kg.
Many women believe in the phrase “eat for two” during pregnancy, but this is a myth. It is necessary to eat only what is necessary and in a healthy way. There is no use exaggerating to make the baby gain weight, this can end up causing complications for both the pregnancy and the baby after birth.
Foods Not Recommended in Pregnancy
During pregnancy the basic tip is to follow a healthy diet. When a woman has no health problems and is having a peaceful pregnancy, there is not much to worry about.
However, if the woman already has a disease such as hypertension or diabetes or has also had any complications during pregnancy, it is important to be aware of what to eat during this period. The doctor will probably help you with this task.
Some of the foods that are not indicated during pregnancy are some types of fish, such as tuna, and mainly raw fish, as well as raw eggs and undercooked meats, as these foods may offer a greater risk of contamination and infection.
Pregnant women should also stay away from alcoholic beverages , because in addition to causing serious damage such as malformation, alcohol consumption is also linked to the baby’s low weight.
It is also recommended that the pregnant woman not take or considerably reduce the consumption of caffeinated beverages. After all, it is very important to wash fruits and vegetables very well before they are eaten.
Therefore, give preference to lean meats, oats, nuts, fruits , vegetables, skim milk and beans! Try to keep your diet as free of fats and sugars as possible.
As you can see, there are many myths about what influences baby weight gain in a woman’s belly and many things that we believe don’t really work.
That is exactly why you should always research and make the best possible use of the information you obtain. Be careful not to fall into the myths and have a diet that will not help you make the baby gain or lose weight.
Remember that the most important thing is to always maintain a healthy eating habit, rich in vitamins and proteins, besides all this is just the beginning and, after the baby comes into the world, many other concerns will come. And that is very positive!
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.