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Skinny Pregnant Women: What is Considered the Norm?

Skinny Pregnant Women: What is Considered the Norm?
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Last Updated: 27 November 2020

The dangerous trend (propounded by obsessing over celebrity pregnancies) of analysing how much weight a woman has gained during pregnancy has led women starving themselves to stay thin during pregnancy, but how much weight you gain depends on your metabolism and all of it is completely normal. Is it normal to be a skinny pregnant woman? What problems can you face? Let’s find the answers!

How much weight should you gain during pregnancy?

Weight gain depends on many conditions , like your BMI (body mass index) and how many issues you are having, here’s a table that will give you a rough idea:

Underweight (BMI less than 18.5) Healthy weight (BMI 18.5 to 24.9) Overweight (BMI 25 to 29.9) Obese (BMI 30+)
If you’re pregnant with one baby 28 to 40 pounds 25 to 35 pounds 15 to 25 pounds 11 to 20 pounds
If you’re pregnant with twins 50 to 62 pounds 37 to 54 pounds 31 to 50 pounds 25 to 42 pounds
Amount of weight to gain based on your BMI before pregnancy

The average weight distribution in healthy pregnancies are:

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  • Baby =7.5 pounds
  • Amniotic fluid = 2 pounds
  • Blood = 4 pounds
  • Body fluids = 4 pounds
  • Breasts = 2 pounds
  • Fat, protein and other nutrients = 7 pounds
  • Placenta = 1.5 pounds
  • Uterus = 2 pounds

However,there are some risks related to failure to gain enough weight during pregnancy i.e low weight gain during pregnancy, chances are that you might conceive a premature or a low birthweight (less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces) baby.

Some of the Problems You Might Face, if You Are a Skinny Pregnant Woman

If you are skinny and pregnant, chances are you have come across these remarks:

People can never shut up about the necessity of weight gain during pregnancy

“Well I gained xyz amount of weight during pregnancy, you should too!” is a common thing that skinny pregnant girl have to hear. What people do not understand is that their unsolicited opinions are doing no good, instead just increasing the anxiety of the to-be mommy. No one purposefully tries not to gain weight, and it’s their health they know when to contact the professionals, strangers need to stop acting like doctors without degrees.

People just assume that there is something wrong with you and your baby

A skinny pregnant woman is not equal to an unhealthy woman. But people will automatically assume that that is the case. Again, if you are not their doctor or have no idea about their medical degrees, stop assuming random things, and the mom and her baby thrive.

Other pregnant women discriminate against skinny pregnant women

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If you’re reading this and are a woman who has gained a conventional amount of weight, please do not look down upon your skinny counterparts, they are going through the same problems as you are (just because they are wearing a tank top and shorts doesn’t mean they are okay) and they are trying their best and already receive enough judgment from the rest of the world, show some solidarity.

If you are a skinny pregnant woman reading this, know that you are valid, and don’t let anyone question your worth.

People assume pregnancy is not as hard if you are skinny

Okay, news flash!

All pregnant women, no matter what shape or size they are dealing with the same problems that come with pregnancy. Skinny ones are not free from those god-awful cramps ,migraines and terrible hormonal mood swings and chances are that some of them are also having to cope with the fear of having a premature baby. So please, keep your uninformed comments to yourself.

People think skinny pregnant women are lying

“No way you are eight months far along, you are too small!”

Yes, Karen. Some women are built like that, please remember that there is no reason for them to lie to you and they very well know how far due they are, let them breathe for God’s sake!

In spite of all of this, people will still want to touch your belly!

Do not touch pregnant women’s bellies without their consent. Enough said.

And definitely not after passing unsolicited judgements about them.

When should you be concerned about your weight while pregnant?

Being outside the “healthy weight” range of the BMI scale while you are pregnant can increase pregnancy risks. That is when you should be concerned about your weight during pregnancy. Because this imbalance might lead time miscarriage, stillbirth, gestational diabetes, premature birth etc. So weight management during pregnancy is very important.

Healthy ways to gain weight during pregnancy:

There are healthy ways to gain weight during pregnancy, without giving in to the “eating for two myth” and overeating junk food that will increase your cholesterol. Those are the foods to avoid during pregnancy.

You need not consume more than 300 extra calories when you are pregnant, here are some healthy alternatives:

  • Three parts of butter added to breads or veggies
  • One scoop of ice cream
  • A peanut butter sandwich
  • measuring belly when pregnant
  • A large bowl of cereal with low-fat milk
  • Three handfuls of nuts
  • One bar of dark chocolate
  • A serving of fruit cobbler
  • Substitute three cups of juice for water
  • Three slices of cheese
  • Prenatal Vitamin Supplement Shake
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    Prenatal Vitamin Supplement Shake by Baby Booster
    • Milk soluble
    • Gluten Free
    • Soy free
    • 16 oz
  • One slice of quiche
  • A cup of chilli and beans
  • 8 ounces of chocolate milk
  • One avocado

Concluding Thoughts

In conclusion, pregnancy is glorious no matter if you are a skinny pregnant woman or otherwise, do not let people’s opinion ruin the adventurous journey that pregnancy is, and put your health before everything else.

Happy Pregnancy!

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