Dr. Pamela Smith, ND 

Dr. Pam has a family practice at The Nest Family Wellness Centre which offers naturopathic and midwifery care. She combines science-based natural medicine with conventional medical therapeutics. Learn more about Dr. Pam and the services offered by her clinic here, or book an appointment at www.drpamelasmith.com.

Check out the latest Ask Dr Pam Q&A and posts by topic below as well as her health and wellness posts.

Ask Dr Pam   

What is the gained weight during pregnancy attributable to?

There are many changes that occur in a woman’s body during pregnancy that contribute to the healthy weight gain experienced. Here is a list of approximate values of what tissues increase in volume or size to impact change in weight: 

  • Amniotic fluid: 2-4 lbs
  • Adipose tissue: 4-7 lbs
  • Blood components: 2-4 lbs
  • Breast: 2-4 lbs (up to 8 lbs when milk comes in)
  • Fluid (Extracellular): 3-10 lbs
  • Fetus: 5.5-7.5 lbs
  • Placenta: 1.5-4 lbs
  • Uterus: 2 lbs

This Q&A discusses a healthy amount of weight to gain during pregnancy.