How much weight canI expect to gain during pregnancy?

On average, 25 to 35 lbs (11.5 to 16 kg). Smaller women may need a little more to store extra energy. If you started out a bit heavier, you may need to gain a little less. If you are pregnant with twins or triplets, your health care provider will suggest a healthy amount of weight to gain.

At what rate will I gain weight?

Weight gain is usually slow during the first 3 months. After this, your baby begins to grow more quickly. Although everyone is different, here is a guideline of what you can expect.

First Trimester Second Trimester Third Trimester Total Weight Gain
Weight Gain 2-5 lbs (1-2 kg) 13 lbs (6 kg) 10-18 lbs (4.5-8 kg) 25-35 lbs (11.5-16 kg)

How much of this weight is actually baby?


Breakdown of weight gain
Baby 6-8 lbs (2.5-3.5 kg)
Energy Stored as Fat 5-8 lbs (2 -3.5 kg)
Placenta and Amniotic Fluid 4-6 lbs (2-2.5 kg)
Blood 4 lbs (2 kg)
Breasts 2-3 lbs (1-1.5 kg)
Uterus 2-3 lbs (1-1.5 kg)
Extra Fluids 2-3 lbs (1-1.5 kg)
Total 25-35 lbs (11.5-16 kg)

How many more calories do I need per day while I'm pregnant?

You will need about 350 extra calories per day in your second trimester and an extra 450 calories per day in your third trimester. Satisfy this caloric intake with nutritious foods, such as a turkey sandwich, on whole wheat with mustard.

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