Pregnancy Weight Gain

Gaining Too Much

If you have too much weight gain, you are more likely to have a longer labor and more difficult delivery. Also, gaining a lot of extra body fat will make it harder for you to return to a normal weight after you have your baby. If you feel you are gaining too much weight during your pregnancy, talk with your healthcare provider.

Gaining Too Little

Do not try to lose weight if you are pregnant. If you do not eat enough calories or a variety of foods, your baby will not get the nutrients he or she needs to grow.
Talk to your healthcare provider if you feel you are not gaining enough weight.

Pregnancy Weight Gain: Where Does It Go?

Total weight gain during pregnancy includes six to eight pounds for the weight of the baby. The remaining weight consists of a higher fluid volume, larger breasts, larger uterus, amniotic fluid, and the placenta.
For women carrying one child approximately:
  • 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.


Make sure to visit your doctor throughout your pregnancy so he or she can check on your weight gain.


Losing the Pregnancy Weight

It can be hard to lose weight after you have your baby if you gained too much weight during pregnancy. During pregnancy, fat deposits can increase by more than one-third of the total amount you had before becoming pregnant. If weight gain during pregnancy is normal, most women lose this extra weight in the birth process and in the weeks and months after birth. Breastfeeding also can help to deplete the fat gained during pregnancy by helping the body to expend at least 500 more calories each day.
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