Gain Targets in Pounds
The general recommendation
for total pregnancy weight gain for adult women who have a low weight
(BMI <20) at the time of conception is between 28 and 40 pounds. Weight
gain during the first trimester is usually modest but, beginning in the
second trimester, a steady gain of 1-to-1.2 pounds per week is encouraged.
Women who are less than 5'2" in height should aim for the lower end
of the weight gain range. Print out this page to track your weight gain
over the weeks of your pregnancy.
It is important
that you follow your physician's advise, however, since individual
needs may vary. If your weight gain rate is not following this pattern,
discuss concerns or questions with your obstetrician. Referral to
a dietitian for nutritional assessment and guidance may be recommended.