Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Many patients ask “am I gaining too much or too little weight. Although you are eating for two, it is recommended to only increase your total calories by an additional 100-300 per day.  Below is a guideline from the American College of Ob/Gyns.

First calculate your BMI (Body Mass Index)

Prepregnancy
BMI
BMI (kg/m2) Total weight
gain range (lbs)
Range of weight gain per
week 2nd/3rd trimester
(lbs per week assuming
1-5lb weight gain in 1st
trimester
Underweight <18.5 28-40 1 (1-1.3) lbs
Normal weight 18.5-24.9 25-35 1 (0.8-1) lb
Overweight 25.0-29.9 15-25 0.6 (0.5-0.7) lb
Obese >29.9 11-20 0.5 (0.4-0.6) lb

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