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Posted on: 11-Nov-2016 10:40am

Eating for Two? Here is what to Expect of Your Weight Gain

Are you eating for two? We all tend to think getting pregnant is the one time we can finally gain weight and not feel guilty or stress over our waistline. But, are you gaining too much weight? Women of average weight before pregnancy should gain anywhere between 25 to 35 pounds during the course of their pregnancy. Sound like a lot? It may, but it only translates to about 300 more calories a day.Women following this weight-gain guideline should aim to put on 1 to 5 pounds in the first trimester and about 1 pound per week for the rest of your pregnancy.

According to editors at , the weight you are gaining is distributed as follows.
  • Baby -- 7-8 lbs.
  • Placenta -- 1.5 lbs.
  • Increased fluid volume -- 3-4 lbs.
  • Increased blood volume -- 3-4 lbs.
  • Amniotic fluid -- 2 lbs.
  • Enlarged uterus -- 2 lbs.
  • Enlarged breasts -- 2 lbs.
  • Stored fat and protein (important for lactation) -- 6-8 lbs.
Keep checking back for more information on how to stay fit and healthy before and after your pregnancy.
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