Before you learn about how much weight you should gain to keep you and your baby healthy during your pregnancy, you need to learn about why healthy weight gain is important. If you haven’t already, please read our latest blog, our OBGYN in Venice talked about the risks of gaining too much and too little weight, and we also talked about where all of those extra pounds go!
How much weight should you gain during your pregnancy?
Although we can give you general information about how much weight you should gain during your pregnancy, you should keep in mind that the only way to know for sure is by asking your doctor.
Before you think about how much weight you should gain throughout your pregnancy, you need to figure out if you are a healthy weight to being with. The best way to do this is by calculating your BMI. If you don’t already know your BMI, a great place to check it is with the CDC’s BMI Calculator.
- If you are average weight – You will need to gain 25-35 lbs.
- If you are underweight – You will need to gain 28-40 lbs.
- If you are overweight – You will need to gain 15-25 lbs.
Should you try to lose weight if you are overweight?
If you are obese or very overweight, there is a possibility that your doctor will encourage you to lose weight, but in most cases, you shouldn’t try to diet or lose any weight throughout pregnancy. If you are asked to lose weight, your doctor will need to supervise your weight loss very closely.
Stay tuned for our next blog to learn about how to safely gain weight during pregnancy.