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How much weight should I gain during pregnancy?

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Author: Dr. Ted Miller of Agnesian HealthCare

A common question from expecting mothers is, “How much weight should I gain during my pregnancy?” The truth is there is no universal amount a woman should gain because each woman’s experience is different. One factor I take into consideration is if the woman was underweight or overweight before becoming pregnant. It also depends if the woman is carrying more than one child.

I have outlined below a few general rules of thumb, but it is always best to consult a physician first:

  • A woman who was a healthy weight before pregnancy should gain between 25 and 35 pounds.
  • A woman who was underweight before pregnancy should gain 28 to 40 pounds.
  • A woman who was overweight before pregnancy should gain 15 to 25 pounds.

Generally, women should aim to gain between two and four pounds per week during the first three months of pregnancy and one pound per week after that. Gaining weight too fast can be harmful to the baby.

It is very important for mother’s expecting twins to gain the right amount of weight. Often times, twins are born premature, so a healthy birth weight is extremely important in the early weeks. Mothers that are expecting twins should gain 35 to 45 pounds during her pregnancy. I recommend gaining two to four pounds per week for the first three months and 1.5 pounds per week for the last six months.

Agnesian HealthCare’s Fond du Lac Regional Clinic has nine obstetrics/gynecology medical doctors on staff to assist you. To make an appointment, please call our office support specialists at (920) 926-8450.

About Agnesian HealthCare Womens Health

Addressing the physical, emotional and educational needs of women, Agnesian HealthCare's Women's Health Services offers the resources that apply to your life, in all its wonderful complexity. With a Health Resource Center, Obstetric Services, a Domestic Violence Program, Behavioral Health Services and programs serving women in mid-life, a number of options are available in the Fond du Lac, Ripon and Waupun areas.

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