Beware of gaining too much/not gaining enough weight!
Gaining too much weight during a pregnancy will make you susceptible to pregnancy induced hypertension. However, recent trends have been seeing mothers-to-be that are too slim. It is said that not gaining enough weight will result in not only a smaller infant but also makes you susceptible to lifestyle related diseases. In any case, weight control during gestation is very important.
How much weight gain is normal during pregnancy?
The weight a pregnant woman gains until birth mostly consists of the weight of the infant (fetus), placenta, amniotic fluid and blood. A newborn's average weight is approximately 3 kilograms. It is said that a mother-to-be's body stores up necessary nutrients for birth and breastfeeding during pregnancy as well. In recent time, weight gain calculated according to each individual's pre-pregnancy weight seems to be the most ideal.
Low Salt Recipe
Ingredients (serve 2)
- 170g potatoes
- 60g canned tuna (no oil/ no salt)
- 20g boiled edamame
- 80g cherry tomatoes
- 50g shredded cheese
- ¼ tsp salt
How to cook
1. Cut the potatoes in half, rinse with cold water, drain lightly, place in a heatproof container, cover with plastic wrap and microwave for about 2 minutes (600W). Drain and sprinkle with salt. Cut the tomatoes in half.
2. Spread the drained tuna, edamame, cherry tomatoes and cheese over the potatoes and cook in a toaster or on the grill until the cheese is melted and lightly charred.
Use non-oil and salt-free tuna cans to reduce salt content.