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Cravings and weight gain during pregnancy.

Use your pregnancy as an opportunity to eat a balanced diet. This should ideally continue once your baby is born as children inherit food habits from their parents. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For many women, cravings can be the first sign of pregnancy. These can range from normal foodstuffs like spicy and salty to extraordinary food stuff like sponges 🤔 No one really knows why women crave certain things but as long as your cravings are not harmful and eaten in moderation as part of a balanced diet then there should be no reason not to indulge. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Common cravings include: Ice Chillies Gherkins Chocolate Fruit Curry ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In fact with Jorja I craved fruit and with Jazmine chocolate!! What did you crave when you were pregnant?? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For those of you who know me well, one of the things I loved most about pregnancy was my weight gain. The average weight gain is 13.8kg (30lbs or 2stone 2lbs). For both pregnancies I gained about 2 and a half stone each time. Weight gain can be broken down as follows: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Baby 3.6kg (8lb) Placenta 675g (1lb) Amniotic fluid 900g (2lb) Growth of uterus 900g (2lb) Increased breast tissue (my fave 😂) 900g (2lb) Increased blood volume 1.8kg (4lbs) Fluid retention in mothers tissues 1.8kg (4lbs) Increased maternal fat stores 3.2kg (7lbs) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ These are approximate of course with most of the weight gain happening in the second trimester. How did you feel about your weight gain? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My advice to you is embrace it, enjoy this wonderful time in growing a human being. . . 📷 @cello2212

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