How much weight should I gain during pregnancy?

Q: How much weight should I gain during pregnancy?

A: Pregnancy is one time in your life when you should be packing on pounds, but it's important to gain slowly and keep your weight within healthy range for your body type. Here are some general guidelines. Be sure to ask your healthcare provider for specific recommendations.

- Underweight before pregnancy: 28-40 pounds - Normal weight before pregnancy: 25-35 pounds - Overweight before pregnancy: 15-25 pounds - Obese before pregnancy: 15 pounds - Carrying twins: 35-45 pounds - Carrying triplets: 50 pounds

You should gain more weight toward the middle and end of your pregnancy than at the beginning. Most normal-weight women can expect to put on about two to four pounds total in the first trimester and three to four pounds a month in the second and third trimesters. If you're concerned about whether you're gaining too much or too little weight, talk to your doctor. He or she can help you make healthier nutrition and fitness choices or refer you to a nutritionist for extra help.


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