Average Weight Gain at 20th Week of Pregnancy

Submitted by Nic on January 24, 2012

A normal pregnancy lasts for around 38 to 40 weeks and therefore the 20th week is the midpoint of your pregnancy. There are only 20 weeks more to go before your due date and you are most likely sporting a nice "bump.” At this stage, it is important for you to take your diet and weight gain very seriously. Do you know if the amount of weight you have gained so far is at par with the normal weight gain at 20 weeks pregnant?

For the average sized woman who is 20 weeks pregnant, the...

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...weight gain should be around 10 to 11 pounds. But do keep in mind that every woman gains her pregnancy weight differently and so if your weight gain at 20 weeks of being pregnant is a bit more or less than this, it is not necessarily a cause for concern. However, if you are way below or way more than what your average weight gain at 20 weeks pregnant should be, it could be an indication of trouble. In such instances you need to speak to your health care provider and if required, make immediate dietary changes. For the first month or two, you won’t really gain much weight, but by the time you are 20 weeks pregnant, your total weight gain should be at least 8 to 10 pounds. You can expect to gain between half a pound and one pound during the 20th week. This trend is likely to continue for the rest of your pregnancy too.

Wouldn’t you like to know what your baby weighs when you are in your 20th week of pregnancy? While the average weight gain at 20 weeks for pregnant women is 10 pounds or so, most babies weigh around 9 ounces at this time.

Of course, when you are the 20 weeks pregnant the weight you gain should be through the right foods. To ensure that your baby grows strong and healthy, remember to continue eating a balanced diet with a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, cereals, pulses, dairy products, nuts, seeds and lean meat, so that your body gets an intake of proteins, carbohydrates, and plenty of vitamins and minerals. For a healthy baby, it is best for you to gain around 25 to 35 pounds, during the course of 9 months. Inadequate weight gain or following a poor diet during pregnancy could have severe ramifications on the health of the baby.

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