Weight Distribution During Pregnancy

Pregnant_womanWeight gain during pregnancy is a normal, healthy process required to nourish and support a growing baby. The risk of pregnancy complications increases with low and high extremes of weight gain. Even then, the thought of gaining weight can be daunting for many women when considering the challenge it can be to lose the excess weight post-pregnancy. Understanding the distribution of weight may put things into perspective.

The following figures reflect the estimated breakdown for an average-sized baby:

  • Baby: 7-8 lbs
  • Larger breasts: 1-2 lbs
  • Larger uterus: 1-2 lbs
  • Placenta: 1-1.5 lbs
  • Amniotic fluid: 1-2 lbs
  • Increased blood volume: 2-4 lbs
  • Increased fluid volume: 2-3 lbs
  • Fat stores: 6-8 lbs

If you are overweight before pregnancy, you may not need any extra fat stores, so your weight gain may be in the 15 pound range.  If you are quite thin, you may gain 25-30 pounds.  Most women, through breast feeding and slowly getting back to normal life, will lose the weight over time. If you have concerns about weight during your pregnancy, consult a dietitian at Green Lake Nutrition, and we can help you achieve your goals safely.

Source: Today’s Dietitian, January 2015

Written by Emily, intern at Green Lake Nutrition

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