Dr. Szmuc explains how much weight a woman might expect to gain during pregnancy.
Weight gain is a area that is a touchy subject. I would say that the average is 27 to 30 pounds in a average patient’s weight that comes in at their first visit.
We say that you should gain less if you are overweight or obese and that can be anywhere from 15 to 20 pounds. If you are way underweight the recommendation is up to 30 to 40 pounds.
Well the baby needs a proper weight gain by the mom so that the child can get all the nutrition that baby needs. Remember, you are growing a baby from scratch and that baby is just going to grow to six to ten pounds in a matter of months.
So the weight gain is important. The weight goes to the baby, to the uterus, to the placenta, the mom’s body including breasts and bones – all that increases and all that takes weight gain.
About Dr. Edward D. Szmuc, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.:
Dr. Edward D. Szmuc, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., is board certified with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow of American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Banner Desert Medical Center in Tempe, Arizona. Dr. Szmuc earned his M.D. from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo and completed his residency at Boston University School of Medicine in Massachusetts.