How Much Weight Is Safe To Gain During Pregnancy?

How much weight is safe to gain during pregnancy

Do you question how much weight is safe for you to gain during pregnancy? This is a common question for mothers-to-be. First of all, you are supposed to gain weight, so it’s important not to stress over it when you do. However, it is important to know how much weight represents a healthy gain for you, and when you should gain it. Gaining too much weight during pregnancy can present health hazards like gestational diabetes, hypertension, preeclampsia, and possible complications during labor and delivery.

Although you will need extra weight to support your baby’s growth and development, “eating for two” is not a healthy approach to eating during your pregnancy, and being pregnant is not a blank ticket to overindulge. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released findings on gestational weight gain showing that 47 percent of American moms-to-be gained more than the recommended amount of weight during pregnancy. This put their health and that of their babies at risk both during and after pregnancy.

Not gaining enough weight during pregnancy increases the risk of low birth weight babies and pre-term deliveries. The recommended amount of weight gain depends on your pre-pregnancy weight; if you are overweight when you become pregnant, a weight gain of 15-25 pounds is recommended, if you start at a healthy weight, 25 to 35 pounds is recommended, and if you are underweight, 28 to 40 pounds is the recommendation. A lack of weight gain in the first trimester is not unusual, especially if you suffer from morning sickness. During the second trimester, weight gain should pick up. If you started out pregnancy at a normal weight, you should expect to gain around 14 to 15 pounds, as your baby is growing rapidly during this stage. During the third trimester, your baby’s weight gain will continue, but yours may start to taper off. You should expect a gain of approximately 10 to 12 pounds at this point.

To gain the right amount of weight during pregnancy, don’t use the “eating for two” mentality to double your caloric intake, or you’re likely to gain too much. Start by simply adding a snack of around 300 calories to your daily menu. Your meals and snacks should be comprised of healthy, whole foods whenever possible such as fruits, vegetables, healthy proteins, whole grains, and dairy products. It’s also important to stay hydrated by drinking water throughout the day, and maintain a regular exercise routine, even if it is a simple 30-minute walk around the neighborhood in the morning, at lunch, or after dinner. If you’re carrying twins or multiples, consult with your doctor about the correct amount of weight gain and exercise to maintain optimal health during your pregnancy.

While the volume of food you consume is important, the nutrition it contains is paramount to having a healthy pregnancy. When it comes to satisfying cravings, getting the protein and healthy fats that you and your baby need is the key. A high protein, high fat snack will keep you fuller longer than a snack consisting of processed carbohydrates. Think yogurt, cheese, and peanut butter instead of chips, crackers, or cookies.

At Colorado Obstetrics and Women’s Health in Colorado Springs, we offer complete obstetrical and prenatal care, for both routine and high-risk pregnancies. We care for women at every stage of life, from the child bearing years through menopause and beyond. If you are looking for caring OB/GYNs who will work with you to achieve and maintain your best possible health, give us a call today at (719) 634-8800 to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly women’s health professionals. We look forward to meeting you.

False Negative Pregnancy Test Results

False Negative Pregnancy Test Results

For many women, a home pregnancy test is the first indication they have of being pregnant. Unfortunately, sometimes these tests can return a false negative result. In other words, the test may say “not pregnant” when in reality you are pregnant. Sometimes a test can also return a false positive result, detecting pregnancy where none exists, but false negative results are much more common, with as many as 9 out of 15 women testing negative until seven or eight weeks. How does this happen? What could cause a pregnancy test to return a negative result when you are actually pregnant?

One reason a pregnancy test may return a false negative result is that the test is simply taken too early in the pregnancy to properly detect the presence of a developing fetus. The sooner after a missed period a home pregnancy test is taken, the harder it is for the test to detect the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotrophin, or hCG. Every test is different, and some are more sensitive than others. A pregnancy test can usually detect hCG levels within 10 days of a missed period. Some tests can detect hCG even earlier, within a week of conception, but no test is 100% accurate.

Another reason you may receive a false negative on a home pregnancy test is that hCG levels vary from person to person, and your individual hCG level may be too low to be detected on a home pregnancy test. If your home pregnancy test comes back negative after a missed period, wait one week and retest. Some women may take up to three weeks after a missed period before a detectable level of hCG is produced. A negative result from a home pregnancy test does not unconditionally rule out pregnancy or ectopic pregnancy.

A third reason for a false negative result on a pregnancy test is diluted urine. If you drink a lot of water, it will dilute the hCG in your urine, and could cause you to get a false negative. Test your urine again upon rising in the morning, as this urine will have the most concentrated amounts of hCG.

It’s also possible to experience symptoms normally associated with pregnancy such as mood swings, swollen breasts and food cravings, which may be caused by PMS rather than pregnancy. On the other hand, you might experience what appears to be a menstrual period, even though you are pregnant. If you are having some vaginal bleeding but suspect you might be pregnant even though you have received a negative result from a home pregnancy test, it’s time to talk to your medical provider. Your doctor can conduct urine and blood tests to help determine if you are pregnant. Although it’s less likely, it is still possible to be pregnant even if urine and blood tests come back negative.

If you still believe you are pregnant after receiving negative urine and blood test results, your medical provider can perform a transvaginal ultrasound to determine whether you are pregnant. A pregnancy in your uterus should be visible six weeks after your last menstrual period. If there are no signs of an embryo or fetus in the uterus and your hCG levels are elevated or rising, an ectopic pregnancy could be the culprit.

At Colorado Obstetrics and Women’s Health in Colorado Springs, we care for women at every stage of life, from the child bearing years through menopause and beyond. We offer women complete prenatal and obstetrical care, for both routine and high-risk pregnancies. If you are looking for a caring OB/GYN who will work with you to achieve and maintain your best possible health at every stage of your life, give us a call today at (719) 634-8800 to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly women’s health professionals. We look forward to helping you achieve your best health, and live your best life.