Your body undergoes dramatic changes during pregnancy. Organs shift, the baby grows, and weight is gained. Today, most doctors suggest that healthy weight gain should amount to between 25 and 35 pounds, depending on your body size and pre-pregnancy weight.
Recommendations for Pregnancy Weight Gain
How much weight you should gain during pregnancy depends on how the scale read before you were expecting. Here's a breakdown of what doctors suggest:
- Underweight pre-pregnancy weight: 28-40 pounds
- Normal pre-pregnancy weight: 25-35 pounds
- Overweight pre-pregnancy weight: 15-25 pounds
How It All Adds Up
How do all those pounds add up, anyway?
Here's how those pregnancy pounds are used:
|Fat, protein and other nutrients||7 lbs|
|Increased blood||4 lbs|
|Increased fluid||4 lbs|
|Amniotic fluid||2 lbs|
|Breast growth||2 lbs|