Expecting a baby?  Be prepared to be hungrier than you have ever been in your whole life.  While doctors and Medical Insurance providers all have statistics as to how much weight you should gain the information doesn’t help to ease the hunger.  And, the really tough part is that you gain the most weight in the last three months.  Which means that while you are absolutely starving, you better watch those calories because you’ll need to save most of the weight gain for later.

Ever wonder why it is so important to not gain too much weight while you are expecting a baby?  Or, how much weight should you gain?  Most Medical Insurance providers and doctors advise not to gain much more than about 25 pounds.  The amount of pounds depends on your pre-pregnancy weight.  Women who gain too much weight have a higher chance of needing a cesarean birth.   For those of you who have Medical Insurance (and I hope that is everyone) your Medical Insurance will pay for the cesarean even if you do not have maternity coverage with your Medical Insurance.  That’s because a cesarean is considered to be a part of your Medical Insurance major medical coverage.  Also, if you were to g et gestational diabetes, that would also be covered under your medical insurance.  That’s important to know because if you do have maternity coverage a cesarean would mean that you would have to pay the deductible of your Medical Insurance policy before the Medical Insurance policy would start to pay.  For instance, if your Medical Insurance policy has a deductible of $2500 and then it’s an 80/20 plan you would pay the first $2500 and the Medical Insurance carrier would then pay 80% and you would pay 20% up to your stop loss.

Healthfinder.gov has some ideas on how to eat a healthy, balanced diet while you are pregnant.

  • “Folic acid, found in fortified breads and cereals, can help prevent spinal cord birth defects.
  • Iron, found in chicken, fish, red meat and green leafy veggies, helps prevent iron-deficiency anemia during pregnancy.
  • Calcium, found in dairy foods and calcium-fortified juices, aids in the development of baby’s bones, teeth, nerves, muscles and heart.
  • Whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats and low-fat dairy foods are also part of a balanced diet.

Along with eating a healthy diet, it is also important for expectant Moms’ to take a pre-natal vitamin.

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