How much weight should I expect to gain during my pregnancy?
A lot of pregnant people are worried about gaining too much/too little weight during pregnancy. This is a common concern but it’s important to remember that you are growing a human. Your baby, placenta and added blood and water volume make up a considerable amount of the weight you will put on during pregnancy and lose immediately after birth.
Your total weight gain can depend on your pre-pregnancy weight & how many fetuses you are carrying. Your healthcare provider will be able to fully assess your target weight gain for a healthy pregnancy. Those who start off heavier actually gain less (or lose weight) than those who weigh less from the start of pregnancy.
It is important to keep moving and eat a rainbow of food choices. Regular exercise (walking, running, swimming, other sports you are used to) and healthy eating (an extra snack per day) will contribute positively to your prenatal and postnatal health.
And just shake off those unwanted comments about your bump size. Your doctor or midwife will let you know if there are concerns at each visit.