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WEIGHT GAIN

Friday, 31 March 2017



Weight gain throughout pregnancy is a strange topic, when you try to ask someone’s advice they say things like ‘everyone is different’, ‘no-ones pregnancy is the same’, ’this is your time to eat what you like’ or 'you must eat more as your eating for two now'

These don’t really answer the question and some of them are false, I was also surprised that the midwives don’t weigh you throughout your pregnancy to monitor your growth as well as your baby / bump. 

After researching online I have found the below information to be really helpful:

Weight gain in pregnancy varies greatly. Most pregnant women gain between 10kg and 12.5kg (22lb to 26lb), putting on most of the weight after week 20.

Much of the extra weight is due to your baby growing, but your body will also be storing fat, ready to make breast milk after your baby is born
· At birth, a baby weighs about 3.3kg (7.3lb).
· The placenta, which keeps your baby nourished, weighs 0.7kg (1.5lb).
· The amniotic fluid, which supports and cushions your baby, weighs 0.8kg (1.8lb).
· The muscle layer of your womb (uterus) grows dramatically, and weighs an extra 0.9kg (2lb).
· Your blood volume increases, and weighs an extra 1.2kg (2.6lb).
· You have extra fluid in your body, weighing about 1.2kg (2.6lb).
· Your breasts weigh an extra 0.4kg (0.9lb).
· You store fat, about 4kg (8.8lb), to give you energy for breastfeeding.

I have also found a simple weight calculator that I have been using to monitor my weight. Please not this calculator is only estimate but can be found at:

There are also many other factors you must take into account, at the end of the day its your body no ones else's, so do what you think is right for you and your baby.

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