Note: This chart reflects weight gain for a single baby pregnancy.
Along with the aforementioned factors that contribute to your weight gain during pregnancy, gaining weight can help ensure a healthy baby upon delivery.
If you gain less than the recommended amount of weight, it’s possible you will deliver a baby who is too small. Low birth weight babies may have trouble breast feeding, can be at increased risk of illness and may experience developmental delays.
If you gain more than the recommended amount of weight, it’s possible to deliver a baby who is too large, leading to delivery complications, C-section, pregnancy related high blood pressure and potentially obesity during childhood.
When you become pregnant, be sure to talk to your doctor about pregnancy health and nutrition. You may find that our recipes for pregnant women can give you some good ideas for delicious foods to eat that can nourish both you and your growing baby, and our guide for exercising during pregnancy can help you learn ways to stay active and exercise safely during pregnancy.
Be sure to track your pregnancy weight gain throughout your pregnancy and follow our pregnancy weight gain chart to stay on top of everything.