Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Weight gain is an important factor during pregnancy as it helps the growth and nourishment for the developing baby. Weight gain at a constant rate within the recommended period can lower the chances of suffering from hemorrhoids, stretch marks, fatigue, shortness of breath, varicose veins, and indigestion. Mom’s weight before conceiving will determine how much weight should be gained throughout the pregnancy.

 Amount of Weight Gain Expected During Pregnancy

  • 15 to 20 pounds if obese before pregnancy.
  • 28 to 40 pounds if under weight before getting pregnant.
  • 25 to 37 pounds if at a healthy weight before conceiving.

Even in the first trimester some weight gain should be expected.

  • Healthy weight before pregnancy – 3 to 5 pounds
  • Underweight before pregnancy – 5 to 6 pounds or more. It depends on how underweight you were before conceiving.
  • Overweight before pregnancy – 1 to 2 pounds

By the end of the pregnancy one may wonder where all the weight is distributed. Surely, it does not all go to the baby.

Here is the breakdown of weight gained during pregnancy:

  • Placenta – 1 to 2 pounds
  • Baby – 7 to 8 pounds
  • Uterus – 2 pounds
  • Breast tissue – 2 pounds
  • Maternal blood – 4 pounds
  • Fluids present in the maternal tissue – 7 pounds

Throughout the pregnancy, the main goal should be to gain weight according to the recommended rate. Eating properly and staying fit will help control the weight during pregnancy. Contact a health care provider if sudden weight gain or loss of more than a few pounds occurs. It could be a signal that something is wrong.

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