How Much Weight Gain is Normal During Pregnancy?

How Much Weight Gain is Normal During Pregnancy?

While some women look forward to easing up on watching their calorie consumption during pregnancy, medical experts recommend not to go overboard with relaxing healthy eating habits. In other words, even though you don't have to worry about fitting into slim jeans or a crop top, you still can't eat whatever you want.

Keep in mind that the majority of extra weight you put on during your pregnancy will still be there after you deliver your baby. Plus, eating healthy helps your baby as well as yourself. You need more vitamins and minerals than when you were eating for one, especially extra protein, iron, calcium, and folic acid. 

Experts recommend that you consume only about an extra 300 more calories a day. However, those calories should be nutrient-packed and not empty, sugar-laden ones.  

At Women's Health Care Center, PLLC, our experienced medical team can help you determine the proper range of weight to gain based on your body mass index and how many babies you're carrying. Additionally, they'll help you plan out a healthy eating plan that will keep you and your baby on track. 

Pregnancy weight gain guidelines

The average weight gain during pregnancy is from 25 to 35 pounds. However, everyone has a different pregnancy experience . Also, you'll obviously gain more weight if you're carrying twins or triplets than if you were carrying one baby.

Here are guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

It's also important to note that you should gain weight gradually, with the most weight gained toward the end of your pregnancy. 

What if I gain too much or too little during pregnancy? 

While it's good to stay within the guidelines, it's also vital to reduce stress. So, don't stress out if you gain too little or too much. In fact, almost half of pregnant women do gain more weight than recommended, and about 20 percent don't gain enough

However, gaining too little or too much weight may increase your risk for pregnancy complications such as gestational diabetes or preeclampsia. Additionally, gaining too much or too little weight during pregnancy can carry a risk for your baby's health. 

One study found that gaining more weight than recommended during pregnancy may raise your child's chances of being overweight in the future. On the flip side, if you don't eat enough, your body may go into starvation mode because it's not getting enough calories and nutrients, and your child may be born with mental deficiencies.

For expert guidance on what to eat and what not to eat and how to exercise during pregnancy, call the Women's Health Care Center, PLLC, located in Helena, Montana, to schedule an appointment with one of our caring providers. You can also send us a message.

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