As if the media ever had trouble finding things to say about Kim Kardashian, her recent pregnancy seems to have sent gossip writers into a frenzy. What will she name her child? What’s the child’s sex? What foods has she been craving?
But the biggest question on everyone’s minds seems to be about Kim’s pregnancy weight – how much has she gained, and is it a healthy amount? It’s been speculated that Kim has gained 65 pounds – an unhealthy amount for anyone, especially for someone who’s 5’2” and only in her second trimester. Kim shot down these rumors, claiming she’s only gained 20 pounds, which is within the guidelines of what’s advisable by doctors. However, Kim will have to be extra careful in her third trimester not to exceed one pound a week.
While only Kim and her doctor know the truth about how much Kim has gained, what can’t be disputed is that Kim is a real woman – despite opinions to the contrary – and real women vary a great deal in how much they gain during pregnancy. Nevertheless, doctors do recommend staying within a certain range, depending on your personal situation, in order to protect the health of both you and your baby. Gaining too much weight can increase your risk of developing gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, varicose veins, back pain, and extreme fatigue, along with an increased risk of requiring cesarean section. Not gaining enough weight can cause your baby to me malnourished and have a low birth weight – a precursor for many other health problems.
Here are the guidelines for how much weight a woman should gain during pregnancy:
- 25-35 pounds if you were a healthy weight before pregnancy, with a BMI of 18.5-24.9
- 28-40 pounds if you were underweight before pregnancy with a BMI of less than 18.5
- 15-25 pounds if you were overweight before pregnancy with a BMI of 25-29.9
- 11-20 pounds if you were obese before pregnancy with a BMI of over 30
For more information on pregnancy, what to expect at the doctor’s office, and questions to ask, read our Pregnancy Patient Guide.
Sources: perezhilton.com and americanpregnancy.org