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Weight Gain Targets in Pounds

These guidelines for weight gain are only for general information. It is very important that you follow your physician's advise since women carrying more than one fetus have highly individual needs. Always discuss weight gain goals and your concerns with your obstetrician. Referral to a dietitian for nutritional assessment and guidance may be recommended.

The general recommendation for total pregnancy weight gain for women carrying twins is 35-45 pounds. Weight gain during the first trimester is usually modest but, beginning in the second trimester, a steady gain of about 1.5 pounds per week is encouraged. Women who had a high pre-pregnancy or 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.

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