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Where Does All The Pregnancy Weight Go?

This baby is only going to weigh, like, seven or eight pounds right? So why do I have to gain 25 to 35?

You’re right: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends gaining 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy. Here’s a pound-by-pound breakdown.

1.5 pounds the placenta

7 pounds maternal stores of fat, protein, and other nutrients

7.5 pounds your average full-term baby

2 pounds breast tissue (we know it feels like so much more!)

4 pounds increased fluid volume

4 pounds increased blood volume

2 pounds the uterus

2 pounds amniotic fluid

Total = 30 pounds

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