Pregnancy Weight Gain Guide: The Risks of Gaining Too Much or Too Little Weight for Moms-to-be by 30Seconds Pregnancy

Pregnancy Weight Gain Guide: The Risks of Gaining Too Much or Too Little Weight for Moms-to-be

Weight gain may be a worry of pregnancy, but it’s essential – in the right amount. Not gaining the recommended amount of weight has been associated with delivering smaller babies, which could mean difficulty breastfeeding, illness risks and possible developmental delays, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Gaining too much weight has been associated with larger babies, which could mean complications during delivery, a C-section and even an increased risk of childhood obesity for your baby.

What can you do to make sure you gain the recommended amount of weight during your pregnancy? Here are six tips from the CDC:

  • Talk to your doctor about weight gain numbers and goals.
  • Track your pregnancy weight gain. (Why not start a pregnancy journal and include all your weight gain numbers and memories?)
  • Eat a balanced diet. ( is a great resource.)
  • Know your calorie needs during pregnancy. Pregnant women need about 300 additional calories each day.
  • Limit your sugar and fat intake.
  • Strive for at least 2 1/2 hours of moderate exercise a week. Walking and prenatal yoga are good options. 

How much weight is recommended? Here are the guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG):

  • Underweight (BMI less than 18.5): 28-40 pounds
  • Normal Weight (BMI 18.5 – 24.9): 25-35 pounds
  • Overweight (BMI 25 – 29.9): 15-25 pounds
  • Obese (BMI 30 and greater): 11-20 pounds

How much weight did you gain during your pregnancy?

The information on is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. The information provided through this site should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, and is not a substitute for professional care. Always consult your personal healthcare provider.

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