Pregnancy: Concerns About Pregnancy Weight Gain

I am six weeks pregnant and weigh myself every morning before breakfast. Yesterday, I was 113 pounds; this morning I am 116 pounds. I do drink a lot of water, but I can't be gaining three pounds per day, can I?

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I wish that we could do away with scales all together. They do such a good job measuring what we don't care to know about and do such a poor a job measuring what we would like to know.

Think about pregnancy as life within a large sea sponge. Everything you come in contact with helps you absorb water. Blood volume is doubled by the 28th week of pregnancy and your body produces a cup of amniotic fluid every hour. Early pregnancy is spent preparing for these changes.

As a general rule, try to weigh yourself just once per week. Concentrate on eating an extremely healthful diet. You only need an additional 200 calories per day during pregnancy. The bowl of ice cream that you used to be able to get away with now goes directly to your waistline.

Try not to get discouraged. Weight is never gained in a smooth curve. Exercise, however, will still slow the gain and build muscle during pregnancy.

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