Pregnancy weight gain explained
Every woman is aware of the fact that with pregnancy comes weight gain; some of us obsess over every extra pregnancy kilo and others of us reach for a third cookie, an extra chocolate, another chip without batting an eyelid.
But what is considered an ‘okay’ amount of weight to gain?
Well, there are no official guidelines for weight gain in pregnancy but gaining between 22-35lb is considered normal – and here’s where it all goes:
Around 7lb 7oz is your baby
* 14lb is maternal stores in preparation for breastfeeding (fat, protein and nutrients)
* 4lb is increased fluid
* 2lb is your womb
* 2lb is amniotic fluid
* 2lb is breast enlargement
* 1lb 7oz is the placenta
Most of your weight gain will occur later on in your pregnancy.
During the first 12 weeks, you should only gain around 5lb and from week 20 you can expect to put on 1lb a week for the rest of your pregnancy – sometimes you will put on 3-4lb in a week and then nothing the next week, in other words, weight gain is not always consistent.
Your midwife will measure your Body Mass Index (BMI), which measures your weight in relation to your height. Depending on your BMI, your Midwife will be able to advise on what’s a healthy weight gain for you.
If you want to check it out yourself, Babycentre.co.uk has a nifty little Pregnancy Weight Gain Calculator that can estimate how much weight you will gain during pregnancy (do note that the outcome is based on US figures).
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