How Much Weight Should You Gain In Pregnancy?






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Weight gain during pregnancy is normal. Honestly, you are growing a living, breathing human being.How could you not gain weight? However, there are some women who gain a little weight during pregnancy, and some women who gain a lot of weight during pregnancy.


So, what’s the difference? Why do some women gain more weight when they are pregnant? Read on for the inside scoop.

Reason #1: They Don’t Know Any Better

If a woman has never been pregnant before, chances are, she probably doesn’t know much about pregnancy and she probably doesn’t know that there is a “normal” amount of weight gain that is considered ideal by most doctors. Most women think that pregnancy is a free for all to eat whatever they want, whenever they want, and that is just not the case.


On average, a woman should gain between 25-35 pounds during her entire pregnancy. A woman should only gain about 2-4 pounds during the first trimester, and around 1 pound per week for the remainder of her pregnancy.


Reason #2: She’s Eating Badly

Like previously mentioned, many women think that pregnancy is a free ticket to an all you can eat ice cream sundae, taco, potato chip, pizza bar. That is definitely not the case. In fact, since a woman is nourishing her baby during pregnancy, she should actually be even more careful about what she eats than any other time.


Make sure to keep healthy snacks on hand, eat most of your meals at home instead of in a restaurant, and watch out for “empty” calories from things like soda, candy, and chips. Eating poorly is probably the #1 reason why women gain too much weight during pregnancy.

Reason #3: She’s Not Exercising

Exercise is always important, even if you are expecting. In fact, keeping active while pregnant can prevent pregnancy complications, keep women from gaining too much weight, and can even reduce the amount of time spent in labor.


Pregnant women should exercise daily, but should choose low impact exercise like walking, stationary biking, or swimming.

Reason #4: She has pregnancy complications

Sometimes, there are pregnancy complications that make a woman gain more weight than she otherwise should. For example, gestational hypertension (preeclampsia) or gestational diabetes can sometimes lead to weight gain during pregnancy.


Women who are put on bed rest due to other pregnancy complications also sometimes gain too much weight because they are not being as active as they should be. Finally, women who are pregnant with twins or multiples often gain more weight than women who are pregnant with a single baby, simply because they are hungrier.

Ms. Wisniewski has over 15 years experience as a labor and delivery nurse, having also worked previously as a nurse midwife in the Philippines and India. She enjoys empowering women and providing family centered care to women from all cultural and educational backgrounds.