Weight Gain and Pregnancy
Aside from the weight of the baby itself, the weight you gain during pregnancy will go towards increased blood production (about 40 percent more); extra fluids and fat deposits; larger breasts and uterus; and amniotic fluid and placenta.
- You should gain 25-35 pounds if you begin your pregnancy at a normal weight.
- Gain 28-40 pounds if you are underweight.
- Gain 15-25 pounds if you are very overweight.
- It is realistic to expect your body to take about nine months after birth before it can return to its pre-pregnancy weight.
- Breastfeeding burns at least 500 calories per day.