Weight gain during pregnancy is necessary to support your growing baby. Here are some common questions about how much weight gain you can expect and calorie requirements during pregnancy.
Q: What are the additional calorie requirements in pregnancy?
A: Only about 300, beginning your fourth month of pregnancy. Nutritious ones, that is. A turkey sandwich, on whole wheat with mustard, is a fine example.
Q: How much additional weight gain during pregnancy can I expect?
A: On average, 25 to 35 pounds. Smaller women may need a little more to store extra energy. If you started out a bit heavier, you may need to gain a little less.
Q: How much of this weight is actually baby?
A: About 25% of this weight is baby. Another 10% is placenta and amniotic fluid. The rest is vital “support services” for the baby — like increased blood volume, breast and uterine tissues and fat stores.
Q: At what rate will I gain weight?
A: Weight gain is usually slow during the first 3 months. After this, your baby begins to grow more quickly. Although everyone is different, here is a guideline of what you can expect.