Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Estimate the right amount of weight gain for you and your baby.  

What you eat and how much of it is more important than ever while you are pregnant. The amount of weight you gain during your pregnancy is as essential to your health as it is to the health of your baby. While you’re pregnant, you should work closely with your doctor to make sure you keep your pregnancy weight on target.

Not gaining enough weight can jeopardize your baby’s growth and development. Gaining too much weight can cause complications during your pregnancy and make it difficult for you to lose the extra pounds after your delivery.

“Eating for two” doesn’t mean you should double-up on the food you consume. If you are a healthy weight before your pregnancy, you only need to eat an average of an extra 300 calories a day during your pregnancy — that’s a glass of skim milk and half a sandwich.

Eat a nutritious, well-rounded diet. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, pregnant women should have three cups of dairy, 5-6.5 ounces of protein, 1 ½-2 cups of fruits, 2 ½-3 cups of vegetables, and 6-8 ounces of whole grains every day.

How Much You Should Gain

The amount of weight you need to gain during your pregnancy depends on a number of different factors, including if you are having twins or multiples, your pre-pregnancy weight, your body mass index (BMI), and your and your baby’s overall health.

Pregnancy Weight Guidelines

Height Underweight (BMI <18.5) Healthy Weight (BMI 18.5-24.9) Overweight (BMI 25-29.9) Obese (BMI >30)
Recommended Goal for Weight Gain 28-40 lbs. 25-35 lbs 15-25 lbs 11-20 lbs.
4’7” <80 80-107 108-128 >128
4’8” <83 83-111 112-133 >133
4’9” <86 86-115 116-138 >138
4’10” <89 89-110 120-143 >143
4’11” <92 92-123 124-148 >148
5’0” <95 95-127 128-153 >153
5’1” <98 98-132 133=158 >158
5’2” <101 101-136 137-163 >163
5’3” <105 105-140 141-169 >169
5’4” <108 108-145 146-174 >174
5’5” <111 111-149 150-179 >179
5’6” <115 115-154 155-185 >185
5’7” <118 118-159 160-191 >191
5’8” <122 122-164 165-196 >196
5’9” <125 125-168 169-202 >202
5’10” <129 129-173 174-208 >208
5’11” <133 133-178 179-214 >214
6’0” <137 137-183 184-220 >220
6’1” <140 140-189 190-227 >227
6’2” <143 143-194 195-233 >233
6’3” <148 149-199 200-239 >239