BookmarkBookmarkTick

Where Does All the Pregnancy Weight Go?

Baby only weighs so much—so why do you gain all this weight during pregnancy? Here's a breakdown of where it's all going.
ByThe Bump Editors
Updated
April 26, 2017
Hero Image

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends gaining 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy—but why? Here’s a pound-by-pound breakdown of how that weight is distributed across your body.

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

Plus, more from The Bump:

Related Video
ashley graham shares her positivity about pregnancy weight gain

Even With Pregnancy Weight Gain, Ashley Graham Has Never Felt Better

profile picture of Nehal Aggarwal
Nehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
12/16/2019
close-up of hands touching pregnant belly

Most Pregnant Women Have Been Shamed for Their Weight, Study Finds

profile picture of Ashley Edwards Walker
Ashley Edwards Walker
Contributing Writer
Published
10/08/2019
lifestyle blogger jacey duprie opens up about her pregnancy weight gain

Jacey Duprie Opens Up About Weight Gain and Self-Love During Pregnancy

profile picture of Jacey Duprie
Jacey Duprie
Founder and creative director of Damsel in Dior

Is Having a Big Baby Hereditary?

profile picture of James O’Brien, MD
James O’Brien, MD
OB-GYN

8 Nutrition Tips for Plus-Size Pregnant Women

profile picture of Sunny Sea Gold
Sunny Sea Gold
Contributing Writer
Article removed.