With a nutritious diet and proper eating habits, you'll soon start to see a few extra pounds when you step on the scale. Part of the weight gain is baby, but your body adds most of the pounds as extra fluid and blood volume, and as energy stores for labor, birth, and breastfeeding.
Overall, the average woman should gain between 25 and 35 pounds, but it can vary, depending on whether you are underweight or overweight, and if you are carrying twins or more. Underweight women should gain 28 to 40 pounds, while overweight women should gain less, from 15 to 25 pounds.
|Here's a breakdown of the average pattern of weight gain in each trimester:|
|First trimester||3 to 4 pounds|
|Second trimester||12 to 14 pounds|
|Third trimester||8 to 10 pounds|
|By the end of pregnancy, here's where the weight goes:|
|Maternal energy stores
(fat, protein, and other nutrients)
|Fluid volume||4 pounds|
|Breast enlargement||2 pounds|
|Amniotic fluid||2 pounds|
Working during your pregnancy can be taxing, but here are some tips to lessen the load:
Avoiding back strain
Weight gain during pregnancy can add strain to your back. Using proper lifting techniques for lighter objects can help reduce the strain and prevent injury. Consider the following recommendations to avoid back strain:
Remember, heavy lifting should be avoided, which might include your hefty 3 year-old! Talk with your health care provider about your work activities, including any heavy lifting or bending.
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