The FAQ’s of Having a Baby: Because when it comes to preparing for your bundle of joy, you’ve got questions—and we’ve got answers!
Pregnancy is one time in your life when it's perfectly acceptable to put on pounds. But it's important to have slow and steady gain and to 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.
If you were...
Underweight before pregnancy: 28-40 pounds
Normal weight before pregnancy: 25-35 pounds
Overweight before pregnancy: 15-25 pounds
Obese before pregnancy: 11-20
Underweight before pregnancy: 50-62
Normal weight before pregnancy: 37-54
Overweight before pregnancy: 31-50
Obese before pregnancy: 25-42
In an average pregnancy, weight gain is distributed as follows:
Baby -- 7-8 lbs.
Placenta -- 1.5 lbs.
Increased fluid volume -- 3-4 lbs.
Increased blood volume -- 3-4 lbs.
Amniotic fluid -- 2 lbs.
Enlarged uterus -- 2 lbs.
Enlarged breasts -- 2 lbs.
Stored fat and protein (important for lactation) -- 6-8 lbs.
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