Healthy Weight Gain - Overall Weight Gain

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Maintain a Healthy Weight Gain
Overall Weight Gain
# You may also fall into this category if you are a teenager or if you smoke.
* The weight gain goal for women in this category may range from 40 to 45 pounds.
Source: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health. www.nichd.nih.gov
The amount of weight gain that is healthy for you depends on how much you weighed before you were pregnant. Find your pre-pregnancy weight and height in the table below. Then look at the bottom row of the table to find your overall healthy weight gain goal.
If you are expecting twins, an overall weight gain of 35 to 45 pounds is considered healthy.
Remember that these goals are only a general range for overall weight gain. Your health care provider will let you know if you're gaining too much or too little weight for a healthy pregnancy. Weight loss can be dangerous during any part of your pregnancy. Report any weight loss to your health care provider right away.
OVERALL WEIGHT GAIN GOALS
(by pre-pregnancy height and weight)
H E I G H T
(Without Shoes)
WEIGHT STATUS CATEGORY
(Weight in pounds, in light, indoor clothing)
ft.
in.
A*
92 or less
135 or more
94 or less
139 or more
97 or less
143 or more
100 or less
147 or more
103 or less
151 or more
106 or less
156 or more
109 or less
160 or more
113 or less
166 or more
117 or less
171 or more
121 or less
177 or more
124 or less
182 or more
128 or less
187 or more
131 or less
192 or more
135 or less
197 or more
139 or less
203 or more
142 or less
208 or more
Your overall
weight gain goal is:
35-40*