Pregnancy weight and big baby

Pregnancy weight and big baby

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"Pregnant 5 months, I have already taken 8 pounds, will I have a big baby?" Anna Roy, a liberal and hospitable midwife in Paris, answers Mégane's question.

The answer of Anna Roy, liberal and hospitable midwife in Paris

  • Weight gain of the pregnant woman is part of the monitoring of pregnancy. It meets certain criteria, more or less strict.
  • It has been established that in the context of pregnancy monitoring, normal weight gain is, on average, one kilogram per month during the first two trimesters. It drops to two kilos a month during the last quarter. Which brings the average weight gain to 12 kilos, but if you only take 9 kilos, that's fine too.
  • There are variations depending on women. When a woman takes too much weight, it is she who takes the weight not the baby. This does not really expose him to having a big baby but rather to certain complications: gestational diabetes, water retention, hypertension ... In addition, an excessive weight gain exposes the woman to a mass of intrapelvic fat , inside the small pond. This can interfere with the baby's exit.
  • Normally at 5 months, you must have taken 5 kilos ... So there are 3 pounds too much! But this is not the disaster. We must see what the midwife or obstetrician says. Weight gain should be monitored and regulated to allow the pregnant woman to carry out a healthy pregnancy. Without forgetting the continuation! The more pounds accumulated during pregnancy, the more time will be lost, which for some people pushes back the moment to feel better about yourself.

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To find out more: the book Welcome to the world, confidences of a young midwife is published by Editions Leduc (April 2015).