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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