Pregnancy weight chart

Near the beginning of your prenatal care your doctor or midwife will discuss with you how much weight you should gain during your pregnancy.  Most experts say that a healthy woman that is at an appropriate weight should gain 25 to 35 pounds.  This weight could vary if you are underweight or overweight when you become pregnant, or if you are having multiple babies.

Try to keep your weight gain slow and steady, don’t use pregnancy as an excuse to eat everything you want, not only is this unhealthy for you and your baby, but trying to lose weight after your pregnancy can be very difficult.  Everyone gains weight at a different rate, but here is a general guideline for what you should plan to gain.

Weeks 1-13 (first trimester)

 You should gain 1 to 1 ½ pounds each month

Weeks 14-26 (second trimester)

 You should gain ½ to ¾ of a pound each week.

Weeks 27 until the end of your pregnancy (third trimester)

 You should gain about a pound each week

Remember that not all of this is the weight of the baby.  You’ll also be adding pounds for the placenta, blood volume, breasts, water retention, and amniotic fluid.  Additionally, you’ll put also add a small amount of fat, and other nutrients your body needs during the pregnancy.

Pregnancy Weight Gain Chart