a woman is pregnant and adds to her weight, she is not simply carrying the extra
weight of the baby, but also other tissues vital for the pregnancy as well as
extra water and blood within her system.
breakdown of what makes up the most of the weight gain after nine months can be
the baby accounts for about
7 pounds (3.1 Kg),
the placenta is about
2 pounds (0.9 Kg),
amniotic fluid is another 2.2 pounds (1 Kg),
the enlarged uterus is
2 pounds (0.9 Kg)
the extra retained fluids,
body fats and enlarged breasts make up the other 16 pounds or so (7.2 Kg).
This all ads up to about 29 pounds
(13.3 Kg) which is at the upper limit for a woman of a normal weight and height
ratio after nine months.
So as you can see, after the birth, within a few weeks of the body returning to a normal schedule and the loss of
the extra fluids being carried around, there is not much weight to lose if she wants to return to her original size.
How much weight should be taken at each stage of pregnancy? In general terms, in the
first 13 weeks of pregnancy 5 to 7 pounds is added.
the middle trimester, 10 to 12 pounds is normal.
the last trimester 12 to 15 pounds is added.
allows for a weight gain over the full nine months of between 27 and 34 pounds.
you probably already know.... many women also visit your site. I
happen to be an expectant mother who LOVES your site! I
especially love your due date calculator and your weight gain calculator.
However, under the "breakdown of weight gain" there is a
statement saying that 29 lbs. should be the upper limit for a woman
beginning at normal weight.
Disagree - The
upper limit for a woman beginning at a normal weight should be 35 pounds.
Some women, such as I, never experience morning sickness, and the increase
in appetite can easily propel the weight gain in the first trimester.
It is perfectly normal and acceptable to gain UP TO 35 pounds if you start
out at or near your ideal weight. I just don't want all the new
Daddies who visit your site to think that their wife/mate is gaining too
much if they gain 30-35 lbs. I am 5'2" and I started off
at 120 lbs. This is my 3rd pregnancy and I gained exactly 35 pounds
with both prior pregnancies. I have also never experienced morning
sickness. I've only experienced; increased need to urinate, extreme
fatigue, and a horrendous appetite!! :-)
you so much for your site! I've enjoyed it a great deal so far, and
intend to enjoy it more in the future!
Reader's Contribution: With my first one, I
was at the low end of the weight gain scale, and I was eating
extremely well. A lot of healthy foods, and I stayed away from
the bad stuff like sweets. I just wasnt 'craving' them. This
pregnancy (I am currently 27 weeks) is a little different. I
started off bad with morning sickness and lost 5 lbs in the
first trimester. After that I started craving sweets. I gained
the 'normal' amount of weight but I did it quite quickly after
losing 5 lbs. I am in the 'normal' weight gain range as of right
now. I made a decision to curb my poor eating habits and now I
eat veggies instead of sugars.
I think the weight gain
is a choice each woman has to make. Choose a carrot over a
chocolate bar, or maybe some cheese and crackers instead of
chips. Think of your baby and his/her needs before your wants.
I started off at 110lbs
at 5'3" and am now 127 at 6 months pregnant. As soon as I
noticed my weight gain to be rapid I changed my eating habits.
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