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Weight Gain in Pregnancy – How Much is Enough?

When you are pregnant, you may hear the old ‘re eating for two. But if you overeat during this time, you increase health risks for you and your baby; things like gestational diabetes, large for gestational age babies, and of course difficulty losing those pounds once the baby is born. To grow a healthy baby, your body requires only 200 to 300 Calories more per day; that is one extra muffin, small serving of pasta or bowl of cereal. The key to growing your healthy bump is to eat a healthy, balanced diet that includes a variety of foods.
The question on your mind may how much weight should I gain during my pregnancy. That answer depends upon your pre-pregnancy weight. If you were a normal weight before pregnancy, you should gain between 25 and 35 pounds. If you were underweight, you should aim to gain a bit more. If you were overweight, you still need to gain weight. Pregnancy is no time for crash diets. Every woman should aim to gain at least 15 pounds, no matter her pre-pregnancy weight.
Remember though that you will not gain the same amount through out your pregnancy. Some women lose a bit of weight during the first trimester, due primarily to nausea. During the last two months of pregnancy, you may gain a pound each week as your baby puts on extra fat necessary for life outside the womb.
So where does all this weight go:
7.5 – 8.5 lbs Baby
2 lbs Amniotic Fluid
1.5 – 2 lbs Placenta
1.5 – 2 lbs Breast Tissue
3 lbs Blood Volume
2 – 2.5 lbs Uterine Muscle
4 lbs Water
8 lbs Maternal Stores
Remember these are general guidelines and are no substitute for sound medical advice from your doctor or midwife.