How much weight should I gain at 28 weeks pregnant?

(June 9, 2011)

One of the most commonly asked questions is, “how much weight should I gain at 28 weeks pregnant?” The ideal amount of weight to be gained during pregnancy depends largely on your pre-pregnancy weight or your weight before you conceived. Depending on your BMI (body mass index) before pregnancy you can decide how much weight you need to put on during your full pregnancy tenure. The percentage of weight gain at 28 weeks pregnant would be different for a woman who is of normal weight, an overweight woman and an obese woman. If your BMI before pregnancy was 18.5-24.9, you should gain a total of 25-35 pounds during your full pregnancy. If your BMI is lower than 18.5, weight gain should be between 28-40 pounds. For an overweight woman with a BMI of 25-29.9, weight gain should be 15-25 pounds and likewise for an obese woman with a BMI of more than 30, total weight gain should be between 11-20 pounds.

For a woman of normal pre-pregnancy weight, gaining between 16-18 pounds would be considered normal weight gain at 28 weeks pregnant. It is important to gain weight throughout pregnancy and not deprive yourself and your baby of important nutrients. Even if you are overweight or obese, weight gain is still important during pregnancy. Only the amount of weight gain would differ as compared to a woman who has normal pre-pregnancy weight. A number of factors like the weight of the growing baby, the growing uterus, the weight of the amniotic fluid, placental weight, weight of the enlarged breasts and the increased volume of blood help in determining the average weight gain at 28 weeks pregnant. For overweight and obese women, the total expected weight gain at 28 weeks pregnant would be between 9-15 pounds. Similarly for underweight women the ideal total weight gain at 28 weeks pregnant would be between 17-24 pounds. It is very important to eat a well balanced diet and also get involved in regular moderate exercises to maintain a healthy weight during your pregnancy tenure. Gaining 1-2 pounds on an average every month is considered to be healthy during pregnancy. Being underweight, overweight or obese can negatively impact your health as well as the health of your unborn child. It can further put you at risk to health problems like diabetes, hypertension and premature delivery and can cause problems like low or high birth weight or child obesity issues for your baby.

Submitted by N on June 9, 2011 at 12:33

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