This baby is only going to weigh, like, seven or eight pounds right? So why do I have to gain 25 to 35?
You’re right: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends gaining 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy. Here’s a pound-by-pound breakdown.
1.5 lbs. the placenta
7 lbs. maternal stores of fat, protein, and other nutrients
7.5 lbs. your average full-term baby
2 lbs. breast tissue (we know it feels like so much more!)
4 lbs. increased fluid volume
4 lbs. increased blood volume
2 lbs. the uterus
2 lbs. amniotic fluid
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