Losing Weight During The Second Trimester

Pregnancy is, in almost every case, not the time that you should consider losing any weight. Quite to the contrary, pregnancy is the one time when a woman of an average or even a larger-than-average build is not only encouraged to gain weight, it is in her best interests as well as the best interests of her baby that she does indeed gain weight. The
pregnant woman’s focus, both in the second trimester and in the other portions of pregnancy, needs to be on the nutritional needs of her and of her baby, rather than on losing weight.

Losing weight during the second trimester is almost never a good thing. Over the course of your entire pregnancy, you should be gaining at least 25 to 35 pounds. If you were underweight before you became pregnant, you should gain more like 30 to 40 pounds. If you were overweight before becoming pregnant, you should still gain weight, although your weight gain should be in the 15 to 25 pound range.

During the second trimester, rather than losing weight, you should be expecting to gain somewhere around a half a pound each and every week. Towards the end of the second trimester, as you go into your third trimester of pregnancy, this should probably be closer to a pound a week, or even more. For a woman within a normal weight range before she becomes pregnant, she should gain around ten to fifteen pounds during the second trimester.

If you are losing weight during the second trimester, it can be an indication that there is something wrong. It may be that you have an eating disorder, or that there is a problem with the growth of your baby. Regardless, losing weight during the second trimester almost always means that there is a problem. If you find that you are losing weight during the second trimester of pregnancy, you should contact your health care provider immediately. Your health care provider may be able to help determine why exactly it is that you are losing weight during the second trimester, and help to address whatever the cause is, and to help insure that your pregnancy can continue in a healthy fashion.


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