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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Weight gain during pregnancy

Hi,

I am 28.5 weeks pregnant and about 68kg. I was 55kg before I became pregnant. What proportion of my body weight now is attributable to the pregnancy?

Thanks,
Vicki

Dear Vicki,

The recommended weight gain for pregnancy is about 30 pounds. That would be the result of gaining 1/2 pound per week for the first 20 weeks, and about a pound a week for the last 20 weeks. Therefore, at 28 weeks, you should have gained 13 pounds. The baby accounts for only 2 pounds; the rest is increased weight of the uterus itself, amniotic fluid, increased blood volume, and more.

So far, you've gained 13 kg which is approximately 28.6 pounds. Personally, I think the recommendations are unrealistic. Most women gain considerably more than the recommended weight and then they lose it after the baby is born. In my experience, the amount of weight that you have gained is typical.

Sincerely,
Amy

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