Many women ask our OBGYN in Bradenton about how much weight they should gain during pregnancy. There is a lot of controversy out there about weight gain during pregnancy, and that is why we have come up with this guide to clear things up for you.

Why is healthy weight gain important?

Healthy weight gain is important for both you and your baby! When you gain a healthy amount of weight, it not only keeps your baby healthy, but it also increases your ability to deliver safely. If you gain too much during pregnancy, you have a much higher risk of having a baby that is too large, which makes your baby more susceptible to birth trauma and could cause you to need a cesarean delivery. If your baby is larger than 9 pounds, it increases their risk for a wide variety of issues, including jaundice, low blood sugar and respiratory distress right after delivery. On the other hand, if you don’t gain enough weight during pregnancy, your baby may not be able to grow properly.

How are those extra pounds used during pregnancy?

  • Your baby – 8 lbs
  • Placenta – 2-3 lbs
  • Breasts – 2-3 lbs
  • Amniotic fluid – 2-3 lbs
  • Uterus – 2-5 lbs
  • Blood supply – 4 lbs
  • Stored fat for breastfeeding and delivery – 5-9 lbs

Now that you know why healthy weight gain is important and where all of those extra pounds go, it is time to figure out exactly how much you should gain during your pregnancy. To learn how to calculate how much weight you should gain, stay tuned for our next blog!