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Weight Gain During Pregnancy: Broken Down During While Pregnant in Months

How Much Should I Gain?

Nearly all pregnant women experience weight gain. But is the amount gained during pregnancy safe for you or the baby? According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; this is the recommended Healthy Weight Gain:

  • If you are underweight it is recommended that you gain 28-40 lbs
  • If you are in the healthy range for your height, 25-35 lbs
  • Overweight women should gain no more than 15-25 lbs
  • Obese women should gain at least 15 lbs.

***These recommendations are for a pregnant woman carrying one fetus. Make sure to consult with your physician if carrying more than one.

Are You Losing Weight?

Eating For Two

Those who take the 'eating for two' expression literally cause more harm than good.

  1. Women who gain excessive weight during pregnancy are likely to keep those extra pounds after pregnancy.
  2. Pregnant mothers with excessive weight gain often deliver High Birth Weight baby (HBW). High birth babies are categorized as above 8.8lbs at birth.

High Birth Weight babies are at risk for:

  • Injury during the birth process
  • Birth defects
  • More likely to develop obesity, hypertension (high blood pressure) and diabetes at some point of their lives.


High Birth Weight Baby


Distribution of Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Where does it all go?
It must be understood that not all of your weight gain during pregnancy is body fat. This chart shows how the pounds are broken down.

Rate of Weight Gain

Not only is the amount of weight gained important, but also the rate of the weight gain. Certainly it is not good to gain 10 pounds in a month or even more, but if you are gaining significant amounts of weight after 5-6 months into your pregnancy, you may be experiencing something quite worse than just regular weight gain and need to discuss this with your doctor. Also, if you are losing weight during your pregnancy, consult your doctor as well.

Most pregnant women should gain approximately 4 pounds during the first trimester and 3-4 pounds each month thereafter. It should be a slow and steady weight gain.

March of Dimes Explains Healthy Eating

My Pyramid

Healthy Choices

Healthy Choices are so important while pregnant. Sure, you can eat chips or ice cream to gain that extra weight, but really, how good is that for you or baby?

A healthy diet includes proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and plenty of water. It isn't hard to make room or substitute these things into your diet. Such as Calcium; it is found in low-fat yogurts and is very beneficial. Replace white bread with Whole-grain breads. Simple things like that can make all the difference. I suggest going to MyPyramid.com to find the daily recommended allowances of each to base your pregnancy diet off of.

So, are you eating for two? YES, you are. But remember, that does not mean more- it means better.



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Susannah Birch from Toowoomba, Australia on August 04, 2010:

I gained 25kg while pregnant, half my body weight. Lost nearly all of it within first week postpartum because I was breast feeding.

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