Oct 16, 2014

How much weight should you gain while pregnant?

YAY! I have been told that over the next 9 months I am to gain at least 25 pounds, and if I gain 40 it will not be the end of the world!  This is way to good to be true, what’s the catch? So far I have found out that the catch is that my butt, thighs, feet, arms, back and well pretty much my whole body is subject to this weight gain, not just my belly. Oh, P.S. As a result, stretch marks are very possible. I knew this couldn’t be a free pass to the buffet line!

Below is an excerpt of an article on Pregnancy Weight Gain from The American Pregnancy Association website.


How much total weight should I gain?
The amount of weight you should gain depends on your weight and BMI (body mass index) before pregnancy. You should gain:
·      25-35 pounds if you were a healthy weight before pregnancy, with a BMI of 18.5-24.9.
·      28-40 pounds if you were underweight before pregnancy with a BMI of less than 18.5.
·      15-25 pounds if you were overweight before pregnancy with a BMI of 25-29.9.
·      11-20 pounds if you were obese before pregnancy with a BMI of over 30.
At what rate should I gain weight during my pregnancy?
How much you should gain depends on your weight before you were pregnant and how far along you are in your pregnancy. For the average woman who starts her pregnancy out at a normal weight, your weight gain will look something like this. If you start out your pregnancy over or under-weight, you will want to talk with your health care provider about what your weight gain rate should look like.

Healthy weight before pregnancy:
§                1-4.5 pounds during the first trimester
§                Approximately 1-2 pounds per week in the second trimester
§                Approximately 1-2 pounds per week in the third trimester
Throughout your pregnancy the goal is to keep weight gain as steady as possible because your baby requires a daily supply of nutrients that comes from what you eat. It is ok for your weight gain to fluctuate a little from week to week. However, you should contact your health care provider if you suddenly gain or lose weight, especially in your third trimester. This could be a sign of certain complications.

Where does all the extra weight go?

Here is an approximate breakdown of your weight gain:

§             Baby: 7-8 pounds
§             Placenta: 1-2 pounds
§             Amniotic fluid: 2 pounds
§             Uterus: 2 pounds
§             Maternal breast tissue: 2 pounds
§             Maternal blood : 4 pounds
§             Fluids in maternal tissue: 4 pounds
§             Maternal fat and nutrient stores: 7 pounds

I feel much better knowing where all that weight goes.  I just wish I knew how to stay in line with that list. I also think the above list should tell how many pounds we should expect to gain in our poor, extremely sore, quickly growing breast.

Actually, I would like to see the percentage of women who meet those guidelines.  Something tells me that the numbers would be around or less than 50%. Most of the women I have talked to say numbers closer to 40-60pds. I am going to give it my best, try to make wise choices and be as active as possible.  I’ll let you know how that method works out for me.

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1 comment:

  1. I didn't know that there is also a proper amount of weight during pregnancy, i thought it depend on how much healthy is your baby. This is really great information.