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Why does a pregnant women gain so much weight?

Why does a pregnant women gain so much weight?

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Weight Distribution in the Average Woman

  • 7 ½ lbs is about how much the baby will weigh by the end of your
  • pregnancy.
  • 1 ½ lbs is how much the placenta weighs.
  • 4 lbs is attributed to increased fluid volume. 2 lbs is the weight of the uterus.
  • 2 lbs is the weight of the breast tissue.
  • 4 lbs is because of increased blood volume.
  • 7 lbs is attributed to maternal stores of fat, protein, and other nutrients.
  • 2 lbs for amniotic fluid.
  • Total: 30 lbs