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When you're pregnant, how much weight gain is normal, and when is it too much? Should you be worried that your baby isn't getting enough nutrients if you are underweight? Weight gain is a common concern during pregnancy. As the body grows and changes, women sometimes feel self-conscious about the extra weight, or have fears about the size of their belly.

There are risks for gaining too little or too much weight during a pregnancy. Women who don't gain enough risk having a baby that's very small, and women who put on too much weight have babies that are too large, or come prematurely. The risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and varicose veins increases with extra weight. How much weight you should gain is largely dependent on your size and body type before the pregnancy.

For a normal pregnancy, doctors will usually recommend a weight gain of 25 to 35 pounds. You'll gain most of this weight during your last trimester, when the baby is at his or her largest. During the first few months of pregnancy, you might not notice any difference in your weight at all. As the fetus develops, you will feel your clothing begin to get tight, and your stomach will begin to protrude.

If you are underweight when you conceive, your doctor will most likely recommend that you gain 28 to 40 pounds. Often, underweight women deliver much smaller babies, so if you can add a few extra pounds to your frame it can help with the baby's birth weight. If you're overweight, you should gain less than the normal 25 to 35 pounds advised by physicians. Your weight gain should be 15-25 pounds. Of course, if you are carrying twins, you need to gain more weight between 35 and 40 pounds during the course of your pregnancy.

Never try to lose weight during a pregnancy. Even if you are overweight, or feel that you are gaining weight too rapidly, to diet could seriously harm your baby. Your doctor can help you modify your diet plan if you feel that you are gaining too much weight, or offer you counselling if you are having difficulties with eating.

The pregnancy weight is not all baby and stomach it's composed of a number of different things. The blood, womb and amniotic fluid all weight about the same amount, and around 4 pounds is retained water. The baby and placenta makes up nearly 10 pounds of weight, and the rest is fat, amniotic fluid, and the weight of your breasts.

It's common to have small spurts of growth, and to experience weeks or even months with little gain. This is completely normal, and as long as you are tracking your weight gain and eating a healthy diet, you should be fine!


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