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At what rate will I gain weight during my pregnancy, and how much weight can I expect to gain?

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.

  • First Trimester: 1 to 4 pounds total during the first 3 months
  • Second and Third Trimesters: 2 to 4 pounds per month during the 4th to 9th months (second and third trimesters)

On average, you may gain a total of 25 to 35 pounds during your pregnancy if you started in a healthy weight range. Underweight women may need to gain more to store extra energy. If you started out a bit heavier, you may need to gain a little less.

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How much additional weight gain during pregnancy can I expect?

On average, 25 to 35 pounds, if you started in a healthy weight range. Underweight 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.

How much of my pregnancy weight is actually baby?

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.

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Should I be getting extra vitamins in my diet during my pregnancy?

That passenger of yours needs a lot more than just a ride in your belly, especially at this point in your pregnancy. You and your baby need a full range of nutrients, including folic acid, iron, zinc and calcium. Plus, your baby will try to take all the nutrients he needs, even if it means putting you at a deficit. Most doctors recommend a prenatal vitamin supplement, starting even before you are pregnant.

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What are the benefits of formula-feeding my baby?

Formula not only meets your baby's basic nutrition requirements, it also provides the nutrients your baby needs for his growth and development. Formula-feeding also allows Dad and other family members or friends to feed and bond with your baby, and for Mom to have a little break. And some parents just feel more comfortable with formula-feeding.

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What are the breastfeeding benefits for moms?

Breast milk has nutrients your baby needs. It helps protect your baby from many illnesses, and it's easily digested. For you, it's convenient and economical. You can feed your baby anytime, anywhere. You may need to buy bottles or nipples if you plan to express milk and bottle-feed your baby now and then. 

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