Many women wonder what the normal weight gain during pregnancy is. This all depends on a variety of factors including age; your normal nutritional habits and exercise, how much your blood volume increases, how many babies you are carrying.
On average a women carrying one baby will put on approx. 25 – 35 pounds during her pregnancy.
A breakdown of weight gain during pregnancy is as follows:-
- Full term 9 month baby 8lbs
- Breast tissue 2 – 3 lbs
- Extra blood volume 4 lbs
- Additional fat stores (usually required for breastfeeding) 5 – 7 lbs
- Placenta 2 – 3 lbs
- Amniotic Fluid 2 – 3 lbs
- Increase in Uterus size 2 – 4 lbs
The average weight gain during pregnancy is only a guide, as discussed it can be higher or lower than the 25 – 35 pounds. Some women put on a lot more weight and this can be due to the myth that they are eating for 2. As your body is busy growing your baby you can feel hungrier than normal and you may eat more than what you did beforehand. The trick is you can still eat more often but try to consume healthy food choices like fruit, nuts to avoid putting on excess weight.
Some women experience cravings of sugary foods, like I did, I craved ice cream every day and with my first pregnancy caved in and ate it for dessert every night, with my second pregnancy I was more conscious of this and still ate ice cream but watched portion size, tried reduced fat ones and didn’t eat it every night (more in moderation).