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Where the weight goes

When you’re pregnant, every pound gained is good for the baby. Here’s how the pounds are distributed:

Baby7.5 pounds
Placenta1.5 pounds
Amniotic fluid1.75 pounds
Uterine enlargement2 pounds
Maternal breast tissue1 pound
Maternal blood volume2.75 pounds
Fluids in maternal tissue3 pounds
Maternal fat7 pounds
Total26.5 pounds

This weight should come mostly from healthy foods, including whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

And for those who are just thinking about becoming pregnant, keep these tips in mind:

  • Quit smoking and stop drinking alcohol.
  • Become physically active.
  • Take prenatal vitamins.
  • Schedule a gynecological exam.
  • Eat healthy foods.
  • Make an appointment with your doctor.

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