Kara Korhonen, MS, RD, talks about how much weight you should gain during pregnancy and how the weight is distributed throughout your body.
Every variable mean to be considered when determining how much weight you should gain. Do you smoke? How old are you? Are you carrying multiples? If you having already, discuss your calculated weight gain recommendation with your obstetrician or midwife. Further, they should discuss your weight gain at each appointment to insure that you are on track. Now that you know how much weight you should gain, where do all of these extra pounds go? Right to your tires and rare, not exactly. Here is a distribution of a 30 pound weight gain according to the American College of Obstetricians or Gynecologist. Remember 30 pounds may sound like a lot, but many women leave hospital 15 or more pounds lighter than when they arrived. Most babies pack on roughly 7-1/2 pounds. The placenta generally contributes 1-1/2 pounds. The amniotic fluid generally comprises 2 pounds of extra weight. The uterus grows and expands to roughly 2 pounds. Most women’s breast adds 2 pounds of weight during pregnancy. A woman’s blood volume adds an additional 4 pounds of weight gain. A woman’s body generally retains as much as 4 pounds of fluid during pregnancy. Lastly, a woman’s body stores roughly 7 pounds of added fat to help nourish the baby and provide the energy necessary to breastfeed after delivery.