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How much weight should I gain while I'm pregnant?

This is a question that you should discuss with your own physician. Your own weight gain during pregnancy should be determined by your current size and weight, as well as your medical history. Only your physician is in a position to safely determine this for you. It is important, however, to understand that too little or too much weight gain can be unhealthy for both you and your baby. Healthy nutrition is of utmost importance during pregnancy.

Here is a general breakdown of what pregnancy weight gain consists of. This is, of course, a generalization (total = 26 1/2 pounds).

Baby - 7 1/2 pounds

Placenta - 1 1/2 pounds

Amniotic Fluid - 1 3/4 pounds

Uterine enlargement - 2 pounds

Maternal breast tissue - 1 pound

Maternal blood volume - 2 3/4 pounds

Fluids in maternal tissue - 3 pounds

Maternal fat - 7 pounds

Remember that although most pregnant women can continue with a safe and recommended general fitness program, pregnancy is not the time to begin an exercise program. Discuss your nutritional needs and prenatal care with your personal physician.