10 Weeks Pregnant

Lesson of the Week: What You Need to Know About Weight Gain

Weight gain during pregnancy varies from woman to woman (and even from pregnancy to pregnancy in each woman). Your pre-pregnancy weight affects how much you should gain during pregnancy, and pregnant women should remember that nutrition matters more than the numbers on the scale. If you gain more than the recommended amount but you have eaten healthy foods, the weight will likely come off more easily and quickly after delivery. However, the most important thing to remember is that you should not diet during pregnancy.
Pre-Pregnancy Weight and Weight Gain
If you are underweight prior to your pregnancy, an acceptable pregnancy weight gain is between 30 and 40 pounds. If you are at normal weight before your pregnancy, an acceptable weight gain is between 25 and 35 pounds. If you are overweight prior to your pregnancy, an acceptable weight gain is 15 to 25 pounds.
Where Does the Weight Go?
For women who are carrying one child:
  • 7.5 pounds goes to the baby
  • 2.0 pounds goes to the uterus
  • 1.5 pounds goes to the placenta
  • 2.0 pounds goes to the breasts
  • 8.0 pounds goes to blood and fluid
  • 7.0 pounds goes to fat.
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