Weight gain is normal and healthy during pregnancy. Weight gain recommendations vary depending on different factors.
It is important to gain a healthy amount of weight for you and your growing baby. This amount depends on your weight before you were pregnant and other factors (e.g. teen pregnancy, pregnant with more than one baby, etc.) The amount of weight you gain includes the weight of your baby, your uterus, the amniotic fluid, etc. A healthy diet plus physical activity during pregnancy will help you gain weight gradually.
There are risks to gaining too much or too little weight during your pregnancy. Talk to your health care provider about how much weight you should gain.
It is important to pay attention to how quickly you gain weight. Weight gain is usually slow during the first three months. Most weight gain will happen in the second and third trimesters. Gaining weight at a steady pace is a sign of a healthy pregnancy. Talk to your health care provider if you are gaining a lot more than 0.4 kg (1 pound) a week, or a lot less.