Health Tip: Gaining Weight During Pregnancy

What's a safe amount?

(HealthDay News) -- It's healthy and normal to gain weight during pregnancy -- up to a point.

The womenshealth.gov website offers these guidelines for how many pounds you should expect to gain while you're pregnant:

  • Women who were at a normal weight before pregnancy should expect to gain 25 to 30 pounds.
  • Women who were underweight before pregnancy should gain 28 to 40 pounds.
  • Women who were overweight before pregnancy should gain 15 to 25 pounds.
  • Women who were obese before pregnancy should gain 11 to 20 pounds.

The site advises checking with your doctor to learn an amount of weight gain that's safe for you.

Diana Kohnle

Related Articles

Learn More About Sharp
Sharp HealthCare is San Diego's health care leader with seven hospitals, two medical groups and a health plan. Learn more about our San Diego hospitals, choose a Sharp-affiliated San Diego doctor or browse our comprehensive medical services.

Health News is provided as a service to Sharp Web site users by HealthDay. Sharp HealthCare nor its employees, agents, or contractors, review, control, or take responsibility for the content of these articles. Please read the Terms of Use for more information.