Tracking my weight gain

Your weight will be checked each time you go to your health care giver. Most women should expect to gain about 3 or 4 pounds during the first 3 months and about a pound a week for the rest of their pregnancy.

Your total weight gain might range from about 25 to about 35 pounds. How much you gain is related to your weight before you became pregnant. Usually:

I If you were underweight, you should gain 28 to 40 pounds.

I If your weight was normal, you should gain 25 to 35 pounds.

If you were very heavy, you should gain 15 to 25 pounds.

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Weeks of Pregnancy

Your health care provider may advise you to gain more or less, depending on your size and weight before you became pregnant. This is not the time to diet to lose weight, no matter how heavy you are.

Your steady weight gain is a sign that your baby is growing. Full grown newborn babies usually weigh about 7 pounds. But, you must gain much more than that to support the development of your baby.

Typically, a pregnant woman gains 25 to 35 pounds. The weight is divided this way:

Baby: 7 to 8 pounds Changes in mother's body

Breast increase

1 to 2 pounds

Blood increase

4 to 5 pounds

Fat

5 to 7 pounds

Body fluid

1 to 2 pounds

Uterus increase

2 to 5 pounds

Placenta

2 to 3 pounds

Amniotic fluid

2 to 3 pounds

Gaining weight is what sometimes makes pregnant women most unhappy and uncomfortable. But if you remember how important it is to the health of your baby, it may be easier for you to handle. Besides, most women lose all the extra weight they have gained by 2 or 3 months after their baby is born, and even sooner if they breastfeed.

Weigh yourself once a week and keep a record of your weight on the next 2 pages. Choose the same day, and the same time of day — every Saturday morning, for example — to weigh yourself. Try to use the same scale each time, too.

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