Created by Łukasz Białek, MD and Bogna Szyk
Dominik Czernia, PhD and Jack Bowater
Based on research by
U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services “Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025. 9th edition: Chapter 5 -Women Who Are Pregnant or Lactating“ (December 2020)See 1 more source
Institute of Medicine (US) and National Research Council (US) Committee to Reexamine IOM Pregnancy Weight Guidelines. “Weight Gain During Pregnancy: Reexamining the Guidelines.“ (May 2009)
Dec 26, 2022
- Changes in the body during pregnancy
- Why do you gain weight during pregnancy?
- Prenatal care importance
- Pregnancy weight gain by week and by trimester
- How to use the pregnancy weight calculator?
- How to weigh yourself?
- What to eat to maintain appropriate weight gain during pregnancy?
- What if I gain too much or too little weight?
- Do we need to change the social norms?
- Pregnancy weight gain series
This pregnancy weight gain calculator is a handy tool for estimating how much weight you should gain during pregnancy. You can use it to determine the pregnancy weight gain week by week. Remember that these values are only approximate, though - don't worry if your weight gain is a bit faster or slower. In this article, you will learn about different changes that happen to a pregnant woman's body and why it is so important to follow your weight gain during pregnancy. We will also tell you what is a normal weight gain in pregnancy and point out what kind of weight fluctuations you should be concerned about and what can they mean.
Expecting a baby? Make sure to check what height and blood type they will probably have!
Changes in the body during pregnancy
Is your period late? Do you have morning sickness? Do you feel tired most of the time? If you are answering Yes to those questions, it means that you are probably pregnant. Congratulations!
Usually, pregnancy lasts 40 weeks from the last menstrual period or 38 weeks from fertilization (but it is generally counted from the last menstrual period). Pregnancy is typically divided into three trimesters:
- trimester - first 12 weeks
- trimester - from 13th till 28th week
- trimester - from 29th week till childbirth
A lot of women feel fear about pregnancy and the changes it causes to their bodies. They are afraid of stretch marks, urinary infections, pain, and going through labor. There is even a medical term tokophobia, which is an unspecified phobic anxiety disorder classified by the International Classification of Disease! But these are not the only changes that occur to the body of a pregnant woman. There are specific breast changes (they are larger and the areolae are darker), significant changes in hormone regulation, the arterial pressure lowers (due to dilatation of vessels by progesterone), cardiac output increases by 30-50%, heart rate increases by 25%, blood volume increases by even 45% as well as vital capacity. All these changes have three major reasons:
- To enable appropriate growth for the baby;
- To prepare for the labor; and
- To prepare for breastfeeding after the childbirth.
It is also worth remembering and knowing that although pregnancy is not a disease, it may predispose the woman to certain conditions. These include tooth decay, urinary and other infections, heartburn, constipation, hemorrhoids, cholelithiasis, hypertension, etc.
And last but not least there is a change in the weight of a pregnant woman!
Why do you gain weight during pregnancy?
Pregnancy can lead to changes in many of your daily routines and habits, including what you eat and how much exercise you get. But most of all: women's bodies change during pregnancy to ensure that their unborn child gets enough food and other things they need. These changes already start happening in early pregnancy and become more and more noticeable as time goes on. Women gain more weight in the final months of pregnancy than they do in the first few months (look at the pregnancy weight gain timeline generated by our calculator).
There are various reasons women gain weight during pregnancy and many different body areas where they gain it. First, of course, is the baby itself. Then there are the changes to your body that support your pregnancy and what will happen after childbirth. You gain fat, which your body is going to use to store nutrients for breastfeeding; your breasts increase (and this is also additional weight!), and you gain weight from your enlarged uterus, placenta, and amniotic fluid. The rest of your weight gain comes from the increased blood and body fluid.
Prenatal care importance
In the US, prenatal care for so-called low-risk pregnancies usually consists of 8 visits to a healthcare professional. On each of them, there are particular procedures performed which vary depending on the particular visit. They include medical history, abdominal and vaginal examination, blood pressure measurement, blood type identification, urinalysis, HIV and syphilis testing, vaccination and education. During the first visits a very important part of the examination might be β-hCG levelcontrol. One of the most important parts of every visit is measuring the weight of the woman. It suggests that even though it is a straightforward measurement, it may be beneficial in screening the pathologies during pregnancy.
It is obvious that over time a pregnant woman weighs more and more. But what is healthy pregnancy weight gain? How much more is enough? And how much more is way too much? Is my current weight within the limit of normal weight gain in pregnancy? Keep on reading to get this information!
Pregnancy weight gain by week and by trimester
In pregnancy, ideal weight is different than in non-pregnant women. Are you wondering how much weight should you gain during pregnancy? Or maybe you think it is a fixed number of pounds or a fixed percentage of your pre-pregnancy weight?
Let's check the truth! Pregnancy weight gain depends on two main factors: your pre-pregnancy BMI and the type of pregnancy (singleton or twin).
- If you were underweight (BMI below 18.5), you should gain between 28 and 40 pounds during your pregnancy.
- If your BMI was normal (18.5–24.9), you should gain between 25 and 35 pounds (and 37 to 54 pounds if you're carrying twins).
- If you were overweight (BMI between 25 and 29.9), you should gain between 15 and 25 pounds (and 31 to 50 pounds for a twin pregnancy).
- Finally, if you were obese before the pregnancy (BMI over 30), you should gain between 11 and 20 pounds (25 to 42 pounds during a twin pregnancy).
This weight gain is your target for the 40th week. During your pregnancy, however, you can and even should monitor the changes in your weight as well. The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies suggests a distribution of pregnancy weight gain by week; we built this calculator according to their guidelines so you can check whether your weight is in the recommended range.
During the first trimester, you will probably gain 3-4 pounds in total only - your baby is still tiny, and morning sickness may prevent you from gaining any weight at all. Most of your weight gain will occur during the second trimester. In the third, even though you will still keep gaining weight, the increase will slow down, especially during the ninth month.
Use our pregnancy weight gain calculator to receive the full information about typical weight gain in pregnancy, tailored for you.
How to use the pregnancy weight calculator?
Check these few steps to find your healthy weight gain during pregnancy:
- Enter your height and pre-pregnancy weight into appropriate boxes.
- The pregnancy weight gain calculator will automatically determine your pre-pregnancy BMI.
- Mark whether you are expecting twins or not - this will heavily influence your weight gain.
- Choose the week of pregnancy.
- The pregnancy weight gain calculator will determine the minimum and maximum recommended weight gain since the beginning of pregnancy - these values are approved by The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. It will also add these values to your initial weight.
You can also take a look at the graph below the pregnancy weight calculator on the left. Thanks to it, you can also check how much weight you should gain in a particular week of pregnancy and how much it should change on the timeline.
How to weigh yourself?
First of all, don't stress too much - in pregnancy, you don't have to weigh yourself every day. The day-to-day fluctuations, often caused by a big dinner the day before, can really drive you crazy. It's enough to weigh yourself once a week. Remember always to do it at the same time of the day, wearing the same amount of clothes, and using the same scale. Later you can check your measurements on the timeline graph below our pregnancy weight calculator to ensure that you are doing well.
What to eat to maintain appropriate weight gain during pregnancy?
During pregnancy, normal weight gain is crucial for the proper development of the baby - maternal obesity can be linked to, e.g., an increased number of stillbirths and neonatal deaths. You should remember that a healthy diet is an essential part of your lifestyle at any time, but it is especially vital if you're pregnant or planning a pregnancy. But what do we mean by a healthy diet? Many mamas-to-be wonder what they should eat and what is the right diet for a pregnant woman?
The most important thing to remember is that you don't need to go on any special diet. However, it's important to eat different foods every day to get all the necessary nutrients that you and your baby needs. It's best to get the vitamins from the food, not the dietary supplements. However, the supplementation of folic acid is also necessary.
During pregnancy, women are usually hungrier than usual so they can and should eat more, but you don't need to eat for two. Don't count calories in pregnancy! Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables because these provide vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber, which helps digestion and can help prevent constipation - which often happens in pregnant women. Avoid snacking on foods that are high in fat and sugar. Eliminate alcohol and cigarettes. Eat protein foods, such as beans, meat, fish, eggs every day. However, avoid raw meat, as it may be a source of infection.
Prepare your meals safely:
- wash fruits, vegetables, and your hands,
- use a separate knife and chopping board for raw meats,
- store raw foods separately from ready-to-eat foods.
Remember also about other healthy habits: have some regular physical activity (if everything during pregnancy is fine), sleep long enough, drink plenty of water, and don't smoke!
What if I gain too much or too little weight?
Don't fret if your weight differs from the recommended one only slightly. Your pregnancy will, most likely, not follow the "ideal" weight gain distribution. As soon as you approach your target weight, you should be fine. Watch out for the following, though, as they might be some worrying signals:
- gaining more than three pounds in one week of the second trimester;
- gaining more than two pounds in one week of the third semester;
- gaining no weight at all for more than two weeks in a row during months 4 - 8.
Women who gain a lot of weight in pregnancy have a higher risk of specific health problems and complications during childbirth. For instance, they are more likely to have a hefty baby with a birth weight of over 4,000 g or 4,500 g (macrosomia) and are more likely to need a Cesarean section. They are also more likely to have difficulties losing the extra weight after giving birth. Gaining too much weight might also cause other problems, from simple discomfort and back pain to trouble reading the ultrasound results, and even preeclampsia (gestational hypertension plus proteinuria) and premature labor.
On the other hand, if a woman doesn't gain enough weight and doesn't get enough different foods in pregnancy, it can harm her growing baby: babies are then often born too early (preterm birth) or often weigh too little at birth. Gaining too little weight maybe even more dangerous for the baby as we realize that small premature infants have more problems in the neonatal intensive care units.
If you are in any of the situations mentioned above, don't forget to consult your doctor!
Do we need to change the social norms?
The current obesity epidemic has brought the topic of weight into focus, not only among scientists. Nowadays, the importance of living healthier is clear to more and more people worldwide. For women, pregnancy has been identified as an important area of study for weight control, as excessive weight gain during pregnancy leads to many health complications. Then why have women come to embrace pregnancy as a time to gain weight freely? Dr. Jennifer Kraschnewski from Penn State College of Medicine stated in her article that it is mainly due to social norms, which can be summarized by the commonly used phrase "eating for two." "In truth, only an additional 300 calories a day are needed to achieve the 25-35 pound weight gain recommended for normal-weight women", says Dr. Kraschnewski in her article.
Moreover, according to an article published by Phelan in American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, we should notice that pregnancy is a recognized teachable moment, when women are highly motivated to engage in healthy behaviors, such as smoking cessation or having a healthy diet. The problem is that adopting optimal health behaviors is impossible when there is confusion about how should it look like. This is why we cannot give up in educating the society about real, scientifically proven, healthy diet for pregnant women.
Pregnancy weight gain series
We introduced a series of articles based on pregnancy weight changes - go ahead and find your answers in one of them!
- Twin pregnancy weight gain calculator;
- How to maintain weight in pregnancy calculator;
- Excessive weight gain in pregnancy; and
- BMI in pregnancy
When do you start gaining weight in pregnancy?
In pregnancy, the most apparent weight gain happens in the second trimester. You gain weight the moment the baby starts growing, but during the first trimester they're still relatively tiny. The first weeks of pregnancy often involve morning nausea, which may prevent you from noticing extra pounds. In the third trimester (from 29. weeks), you still gain weight, but at a slower pace.
How much weight will I gain during pregnancy if I weigh 122 lbs?
If you weight 122 lb, you should gain approximately:
- 25-35 lbs if your weight before pregnancy was within the normal range (BMI 18.5-24.9);
- 15-25 lbs if before pregnancy you were overweight (BMI 25-29.9);
- 11-20 lbs if before pregnancy you were obese (BMI 30 and more); and
- 28-40 lbs if before pregnancy you were underweight (BMI less than 18.5).
Do I gain weight faster in my second pregnancy?
Weight gain in the second pregnancy is approximately the same as in the first one. However, you might have the impression of gaining extra pounds faster. One possible reason is the starting point - you might not have shed additional weight from the first pregnancy yet. The pregnancy is also more apparent. Abdominal muscles, ligaments, and uterus never come back to the original shape after a child - which makes your second pregnancy baby bump more prominent.
How much weight should a teenager gain during pregnancy?
According to Institute of Medicine, teenage pregnancy recommendations do not differ from adult pregnancy recommendations. Adolescents during pregnancy should gain 11-40 lbs, depending on their pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI). BMI is an index for adults, and it will misclassify some teenagers as underweight. Still, a pregnant teenager needs to not only support the growth of the baby, but also of themselves. That's why a more prominent weight gain might be appropriate.
Łukasz Białek, MD and Bogna Szyk
What trimester do you gain the most weight? ›
In plain English: pregnant women usually gain more weight in their second trimesters than in their third.How much weight should you gain each trimester? ›
During your first 12 weeks—the first trimester—you may gain only 1 to 5 pounds or no weight at all. In your second and third trimesters, if you were a healthy weight before pregnancy, you should gain between half a pound and 1 pound per week.How much should I weigh 32 weeks pregnant? ›
|Gestational Age||Length (inches)||Weight (oz/lb)|
|31 weeks||16.18||3.31 lb|
|32 weeks||16.19||3.75 lb|
|33 weeks||17.20||4.23 lb|
|34 weeks||17.72||4.73 lb|
- Eat the appropriate portion size and avoid second helpings.
- Choose low-fat dairy products.
- Exercise; consider walking or swimming on most if not all days.
- Use low-fat cooking methods.
- Limit sweets and high-calorie snacks.
- Limit sweet and sugary drinks.
Most women lose around 13 pounds (6 kg) right after childbirth, which includes the baby's weight, as well as the weight of the amniotic fluid and placenta. When it comes to fat loss, with a healthy diet and regular exercise, you may lose about 1 pound (0.5 kg) a week.What is normal weight gain by 20 weeks? ›
As you near the end of your first trimester, and begin the second, weight gain is expected to increase. Some providers like to see women with a "healthy" BMI prior to pregnancy, gain 10 pounds by 20 weeks. During the second and third trimester, guidelines often suggest gaining 1/2 to 1 pound per week.How much weight should you gain by 25 weeks? ›
Generally, it is recommended that pregnant women gain only 1-4 pounds during the first 3 months of pregnancy, and 1 pound per week during the remainder of the pregnancy.How much weight should you gain by 30 weeks? ›
|Your pre-pregnancy BMI||Recommended weight gain (second and third trimesters)|
|Less than 18.5||1 to 1.3 pounds per week|
|18.5 to 24.9||0.8 to 1 pound per week|
|25 to 29.9||0.5 to 0.7 pounds per week|
|30 or higher||0.4 to 0.6 pounds per week|
Healthy weight gain at 27 weeks pregnant is around 15 to 30 pounds. If you've gained more quickly than recommended—two or more pounds per week—your OB may tell you to slow it down a bit. Sounds rough, but they can give you some tips on keeping the weight gain under control.How much weight should I gain by 28 weeks? ›
Each week your uterus continues to grow. The top of your uterus can now be felt well above your belly button, about 3 ½ inches (8.9 cm) or more. Your weight gain is most likely between 17 and 24 pounds (7.7 to 10.8 kg).
How much should a 5 6 pregnant woman weigh? ›
|Height||Underweight (BMI <18.5)||Healthy Weight (BMI 18.5-24.9)|
Mom-to-be: You've probably gained 22 to 28 pounds by now. Of the pound a week you're gaining now, roughly half is going to your baby. Smaller meals could feel more comfortable as your uterus crowds your belly. Tip of the Week: It's safe to keep having sex with your partner, though you may be too uncomfortable.How many extra calories do you need at 32 weeks pregnant? ›
Being pregnant, you'll obviously be more hungry than usual, but even if you are expecting twins or more, you don't need to eat extra portions. In the final 3 months of your pregnancy, you'll need an extra 200 calories a day – that's the same as 2 slices of wholemeal toast and margarine.How much weight does a baby gain from 32 to 36 weeks? ›
In fact as the lanugo hair on her body begins to fall off, the hair on her head grows even faster. By week 32 some babies already have a thick head of hair while others have only a few strands. Your baby is now about 4 pounds — an incredible increase of almost 2 pounds from last month—and about 15.5 inches long.What fruit is not good for pregnancy? ›
- Papaya – It tops the list for obvious reasons. ...
- Pineapple – These are also not recommended to the pregnant women as they contain certain enzymes that alters the texture of cervix which could induce premature contractions. ...
- Grapes –
The typical places that become puffy and swollen are the ankles, feet, legs, fingers, and even the face. Fluid retention is annoying, to be sure, but it's a necessary evil. Extra fluid builds up during pregnancy as hormones change, which helps to soften the body so it can more easily expand as the baby and uterus grow.Can I safely lose weight while pregnant? ›
Dieting, trying to stay the same weight or losing weight while pregnant — other than in the early weeks — can deprive your baby of nutrients needed to grow and develop. Losing weight while pregnant, other than in the early weeks, is not healthy for you or your baby.Can you be skinnier after pregnancy? ›
Often, excess or rapid postpartum weight loss is due to lifestyle issues and the pressures of new parenthood (like being too tired to eat), other times there may be a health concern that needs treatment. Either way, help is out there. So, if you're worried about losing too much weight, contact your doctor.Does pumping help you lose weight? ›
You may lose some of the weight gained during pregnancy while exclusively pumping. Pumping mothers can burn up to 500 extra calories per day. But keep in mind, you'll need to eat often to replenish calories lost and keep up your energy levels.Why am I so skinny after having a baby? ›
2. Your initial weight loss will happen when the baby is born. Your initial weight loss begins when you give birth. The baby, amniotic fluid, placenta, and other fluids leave your body, and over the next six weeks, you will continue to lose weight as other fluids in your body return to pre-pregnancy levels.
What is the normal weight gain for 5 months pregnant? ›
Most women should gain somewhere between 25 and 35 pounds (11.5 to 16 kilograms) during pregnancy. Most will gain 2 to 4 pounds (1 to 2 kilograms) during the first trimester, and then 1 pound (0.5 kilogram) a week for the rest of the pregnancy.How big is your bump at 20 weeks? ›
20 weeks pregnant belly
So from your pubic bone to the top of your bump, your belly should be measuring 20 cm (7.9 in) now. This is called the fundal height. At 20 weeks pregnant, your uterus is approximately the size of a cantaloupe or a melon.
This week, you may look in the mirror at your 21 week baby bump and wonder, “Where did I go?!” By the time you reach 21 weeks pregnant, you may have gained around 13 to 14 pounds, and around 21 pounds if you're 21 weeks pregnant with twins.What is normal weight gain at 26 weeks? ›
By 26 weeks pregnant, you've probably gained about 16 to 22 pounds—or about 27 to 42 pounds if you're 26 weeks pregnant with twins.How many pounds can I lift at 25 weeks pregnant? ›
A common recommendation is to not lift objects heavier than 20 pounds during pregnancy.How many pounds should you gain by 26 weeks? ›
If you have been watching your weight throughout your pregnancy and have been sticking to a balanced diet, your weight gain should be between 16 and 22 pounds (7.25 to 10 kg).What is considered rapid weight gain in third trimester? ›
If you gain more than three pounds in any one week in the second trimester, or if you gain more than two pounds in any week in the third trimester — especially if it doesn't seem to be related to overeating or excessive intake of sodium — check with your practitioner, as it could be a sign of preeclampsia.How much weight gain in 3rd trimester? ›
During the third trimester of pregnancy, women can expect to gain around 0.5 to 1 lb per week. Some ways to gain weight safely during pregnancy include eating a healthful and diverse diet and getting regular exercise. Women can work with their healthcare team to track their weight gain throughout their pregnancy.How much weight can you pick up at 30 weeks pregnant? ›
Lifting more than 23 kg (51 lbs) is permitted repetitively for the first half of pregnancy (up to Week 20) and intermittently through Week 30. Between Weeks 20 and 24, repetitive lifting up to 23 kg (51 lbs) is permitted. A weight limit of 11 kg (24 lbs) is specified after Week 24.Is 3rd trimester 27 or 28 weeks? ›
Week 28 – your 3rd trimester.
Are you 7 months at 27 weeks? ›
If you're wondering how many months along you are at 27 weeks pregnant, you're in either your sixth or seventh month, as the weeks don't fit evenly into months.Is it normal to not gain weight at 27 weeks pregnant? ›
There may be several reasons that you're not gaining enough weight during pregnancy—it could be due to excessive nausea, loss of appetite, food aversions, or other digestive concerns. If you're concerned that you're not gaining enough weigh, don't worry.Is 28 weeks considered 7 months pregnant? ›
28 weeks pregnant is how many months? If you're 28 weeks pregnant, you're in month 7 of your pregnancy.What is the average bump size at 28 weeks? ›
Your Pregnant Belly at 28 Weeks
This week, fundal height—the distance from your pubic bone to the top of your uterus—should be about 26 to 30 centimeters.
At 28 weeks, the average fetus is about the size of a head of lettuce, weighing about 2.5 pounds and measuring about 10 inches long, crown to rump.What is a skinny weight for 5 6 female? ›
If you weigh 107 pounds or less at this height, you are considered underweight with a BMI of 18.4. A healthy weight range for that woman would be 108 to 145 pounds. BMI is just one way to measure healthy weight. Some women have a low, but still healthy weight.What is an unhealthy weight to be pregnant? ›
|If before pregnancy, you were…||You should gain…|
|Underweight BMI less than 18.5||28-40 pounds|
|Normal Weight BMI 18.5-24.9||25-35 pounds|
|Overweight BMI 25.0-29.9||15-25 pounds|
|Obese BMI greater than or equal to 30.0||11- 20 pounds|
Conclusion. Women carrying a male fetus have significantly increased maternal weight gain during pregnancy when compared to women with a female fetus. The increased sex ratio remains when adjusting for each newborn weight group.How many pounds should I have gained at 33 weeks? ›
The top of your uterus is a little over 5 inches (12.7 cm) from your belly button. Your total weight gain should be between 22 and 28 pounds (10 to 12.7 kg).Can you gain 30 pounds in 3 months? ›
“Anecdotally, we are definitely seeing weight gain,” Dr. Morton says. “You can put on 30 pounds really quickly—you can do it in three months.”
At what age does a baby weigh 32 pounds? ›
|9 months||26-28 in.||16-20 lbs.|
|12 months||28-30 in.||20-24 lbs.|
|18 months||30-32 in.||24-28 lbs.|
|24 months||32-34 in.||28-30 lbs.|
About 1,800 calories per day during the first trimester. About 2,200 calories per day during the second trimester. About 2,400 calories per day during the third trimester.What are pregnancy super foods? ›
- Broccoli and All Leafy Greens. The darker the better for this superfood, because darker means more nutrients and vitamins. ...
- Eggs. Eggs remain an excellent source of protein. ...
- Lean Meats. ...
- Salmon. ...
- Bananas. ...
- Sweet Potatoes. ...
- Legumes. ...
So when these drop, we can feel a bit dizzy, lethargic, or weak. In order to maintain balanced blood sugar levels, we need to consume enough food. As you're adjusting to the new nutrient needs as a result of your pregnancy, if you feel a bit dizzy at times, this may be a sign that you're not eating enough.Does your belly get bigger after 36 weeks? ›
Just as your baby's growth is starting to slow down by this stage, at 36 weeks pregnant its unlikely there will be much change in the size of your baby bump.Do you stop gaining weight at 36 weeks pregnant? ›
Up until about week 36 of pregnancy, it's possible to gain around one pound per week. Once you reach the final weeks, your baby stops gaining weight, so you may, too—or you might even lose a couple of pounds.What is the normal weight for 36 weeks pregnant? ›
By week 36 of pregnancy fetal weight is approximately 2.7kg and fetal length is around 47.5cm from crown to heel.How much weight should you gain by 18 weeks? ›
Some providers like to see women with a "healthy" BMI prior to pregnancy, gain 10 pounds by 20 weeks. During the second and third trimester, guidelines often suggest gaining 1/2 to 1 pound per week. Whatever weight-gain range is determined to be right for you, try to gain the weight gradually.Do you gain weight faster in third trimester? ›
Many women will experience rapid weight gain during their third trimester. This is because the fetus typically gains the most weight in this time, according to the Office on Women's Health (OWH) .How many pounds can you lift at 18 weeks pregnant? ›
Lifting more than 23 kg (51 lbs) is permitted repetitively for the first half of pregnancy (up to Week 20) and intermittently through Week 30.
How many pounds do you gain by 17 weeks? ›
Wondering how much weight gain at 17 weeks to expect? By this point of the pregnancy, you can expect to have gained around 5-10 pounds. In other words, you can expect to gain about 1-2 pounds per week during the second trimester.How many pounds should I gain by 15 weeks? ›
During pregnancy week 15 , the average weight gain at this point is about 5 pounds (2.27 kilograms). You may have gained a little more or a little less, which is completely normal. However, if it is significantly more or less, your doctor may want to discuss your diet at your next prenatal appointment.Do you gain more weight with a boy or girl? ›
The less weight a woman gains during pregnancy, the less likely she is to have a boy, an analysis of CDC data found. The reasons behind the correlation of a mother's gestational weight gain and the sex of her child are unclear.Does your butt get bigger during pregnancy? ›
Several factors cause your butt to get bigger during pregnancy, including weight gain and belly expansion. Skeletal, postural, and alignment changes also play a part.Why do your thighs get bigger during pregnancy? ›
As you grow your baby, your body carries more water than it usually would. This excess water tends to drain into the lower parts of your body which can cause your legs in particular to look larger than usual.How many pounds do you gain at 32 weeks? ›
Mom-to-be: You've probably gained 22 to 28 pounds by now. Of the pound a week you're gaining now, roughly half is going to your baby. Smaller meals could feel more comfortable as your uterus crowds your belly. Tip of the Week: It's safe to keep having sex with your partner, though you may be too uncomfortable.What is a healthy weight gain by 28 weeks? ›
What changes are occurring with your body? Each week your uterus continues to grow. The top of your uterus can now be felt well above your belly button, about 3 ½ inches (8.9 cm) or more. Your weight gain is most likely between 17 and 24 pounds (7.7 to 10.8 kg).How much weight should I have gained at 29 weeks? ›
At 29 weeks pregnant, your total pregnancy weight gain at this point should be between 19 and 25 pounds (8.6 to 11.3 kg). The top of your uterus can be felt somewhere between 3 ½ to 4 inches (8.9 to 10 cm) above your belly button.