How much pregnancy weight should I gain? It is one of the most common questions asked by expecting moms. Even if you were overweight before conceiving, losing weight during pregnancy isn’t safe. Instead focus on being healthy.
Women who gain too little pregnancy weight are at increased risk of having a small baby (less than 5 1/2 pounds). Women who gain too much pregnancy weight are at increased risk of having an early baby or a large baby.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends a weight gain of 25 to 37 pounds during pregnancy for women who were a normal weight before pregnancy. If you are underweight for your height at conception, you should gain 28 to 40 pounds. If you were overweight for your height, you should gain 15 to 25 pounds. If you were obese, you should gain no more than 15 pounds. If you're having twins, you should gain about 35 to 45 pounds.
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