What’s “Normal” Pregnancy Weight Gain…And Loss?

Heidi Klum

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Just what is “normal” pregnancy weight gain…and weight loss post-pregnancy?  New moms love to compare notes on how much weight they gained during pregnancy. Those that gain the least seem to take pride in knowing that they’re a few pounds closer to regaining their pre-pregnancy figure and those that gain the most are left feeling like they spent the better part of 9 months overindulging. But pregnancy and weight gain do go hand-in-hand.

Nicole Kidman

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What makes many new moms question themselves is what they see and read in the tabloids. Hollywood stars and super models showing off their fabulous svelte figures just weeks after giving birth. Nicole Kidman spotted 10 days after delivering without a mere bump in sight, Heidi Klum hitting the Victoria’s Secret runway less than 2 months out of the hospital, Kourtney Kardashian posing for a bikini cover shot 4 months later and Angelina Jolie delivering twins without skipping a beat.

Angelina Jolie

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The fact is, women who gain too little weight during pregnancy run the risk of delivering a low birth weight baby and that can lead to long-term developmental consequences. The notion of “eating for two” may be too generous, but adding an additional 300 calories to your daily diet will help feed your body the nutrients it needs for your baby to grow without packing on the pounds. Eating a healthy diet and staying fit should be the goal, not dieting and excessive exercise – that can wait!

Kourtney Kardashian

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Personally, I have experienced pregnancy 3 times and gained between 32 – 35 pounds each time. Although I didn’t love leaving the hospital still wearing my maternity jeans, I knew it was only temporary. Luckily, I did lose all the weight following each pregnancy, but it did take me a good 9 months to lose what it took me 9 months to gain!

Pre-pregnancy weight Recommended weight gain
Underweight (BMI less than 18.5) 28 to 40 pounds (about 13 to 18 kilograms)
Normal weight (BMI 18.5 to 24.9) 25 to 35 pounds (about 11 to 16 kilograms)
Overweight (BMI 25 to 29.9) 15 to 25 pounds (about 7 to 11 kilograms)
Obese (BMI 30 or greater) 11 to 20 pounds (about 5 to 9 kilograms)

– Ilaria

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  1. I gained 50 pds, worked in bakery,and couldn’t eat most things, because of morning sickness from 4-10 months late baby too. Did lose it by taking a few exercise classes in college. One class was doing cardio- swimming, aerobics, and running and another weightlifting which was fun. If I had another I would try to eat more healthy, find food that I could eat with morning sickness and exercise more. :D

  2. Im delivered a baby, my 1st child at 35. Before pregnancy, I was 5’6 120 lbs. So very tiny and quite thin. I had a very healthy pregnancy and I didnt show much pregnancy, until I was around 8 months. Through my pregnancy, I didnt overeat, just ate when I was hungry and Im not big on sweets. (Never ate after 6pm) From the beginning, till 6 months….I had gained 30 lbs and then in the last month, jumped from gaining a total of 35 lbs to almost 60lbs!!! Was told….I was all baby and was going to have a 6lb to a possible 8 lb baby! I went over 1 week from my delivery date and my son was a whopping 10lbs at birth!! When my son was born, I heard Dr’s say, “OMG hes HUUUGE!” He was a very long baby too! Later, on a I was told by my specialist…if I had waited the full 2 weeks, over my delivery date, he would have easily been a 13lb baby!! My husband is only 6″ tall, however my own father is 6’2 and a cousin 6’5. So we have tall people in the family. Now…my son is almost 2 (in a few months) and Im still having a hard time getting off that last 20lbs! Everyone says I look thin, but my boobs are huge and I still have some baby belly there. I eat extremely healthy, but I need to get into the groove of walking every day. I think…this is what will help me! My husband is also going to be my personal trainer–and motivate me, because I think after 35…your metabolism starts to slow down… I havent been able to get back into my size 27-28 jeans, which depresses me….

  3. Ladies….

    Thanks so much for sharing your experiences with pregnancy weight gain (and the struggles trying to lose it).

    I know so many women can relate to this topic! You help everyone by sharing your own experiences.

    Julie

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