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Weight Gain During Pregnancy

What Makes Up The Extra Weight

Weight Gain During Pregnancy - Infographic - 2021
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What we’re sharing here are the guidelines from trusted medical sources (eg: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) but they’re just that – guidelines.

It is important to chat with your OB or Midwife to discuss the factors that may affect your individual weight gain goals during pregnancy.
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Your weight never reflects your value and the conversation about your weight belongs between you and your healthcare provider and no one else!
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The amount of weight gain recommended for a healthy pregnancy is determined by your prepregnancy BMI. If you had a normal BMI before pregnancy (18.5% – 24.9%), it is recommended to gain between 25-35 lbs.
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So while 30 or more pounds may seem like a lot, most of it is related directly to the baby itself and the organs and body functions required to grow the baby.
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It is typically recommended to gain 1-5lbs during the first trimester and then 1-2lbs per week in the second and third trimesters. These are just averages so talk to your healthcare provider as they may adjust these based on your individual circumstances.
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Instead of focusing solely on the number on the scale, it’s helpful to focus on what you’re eating instead of how much or how little. The right nutrition is the key to having a well-rounded diet which is what will get the right nutrition to your baby.
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If you feel comfortable, let us know how much weight you have gained during pregnancy to show other moms they are not alone! 👇
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