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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.

After pregnancy

  • 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.
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