Weight Gain in Pregnancy: How Much?

Monday, June 22, 2015

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Gaining the right amount of weight during pregnancy helps your baby grow to a healthy size. But what’s the right amount? These guidelines can help you figure out how much is right for you:

  • If you were at a normal weight before pregnancy, your ideal weight gain is around 25 to 30 pounds.

  • If you were underweight before pregnancy, your ideal weight gain is between 28 and 40 pounds.

  • If you were overweight before pregnancy, your ideal weight gain is between 15 and 25 pounds.

  • If you were obese before pregnancy, your ideal weight gain is between 11 and 20 pounds.

Your health care professional can help you decide on a target weight range that’s healthy for you. It’s best to gain weight gradually during your pregnancy, with most of the weight gained in the last three months. Generally, doctors suggest women gain weight at the following rate:

  • 1 to 4 pounds total during the first three months

  • 2 to 4 pounds per month from the fourth month until delivery

Gaining a healthy amount of weight helps you have an easier pregnancy and delivery. It may also help make it easier for you to get back to your normal weight after delivery. A healthy weight gain can also lower the chances that you or your child will have obesity and weight-related problems later in life.

Together with your health care professional, you can make a plan to manage your pregnancy weight in a healthy way for yourself and your baby.

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