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Is it normal to gain 17 kilos during pregnancy?

By Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez B.Sc., M.Sc. (embryologist).
Last Update: 05/11/2022

Gaining 17 kilograms during pregnancy is within the recommended range if the pregnant woman was underweight when she became pregnant, that is, if her pre-pregnancy BMI was less than 18.5. In this case, it is recommended that the pregnant woman gain between 12.5 and 18 kilos.

However, if the pregnant woman was normally overweight (BMI 18.5-24.9), the recommended range of kilos to be gained during pregnancy is 11.5 to 16.

Similarly, if the woman was overweight (BMI 25-29.9), it is recommended that she gain between 7 and 11.5 kilos during pregnancy and, if she was obese (BMI over 30), only 5-9 kilos.

 Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez
Silvia Azaña Gutiérrez
B.Sc., M.Sc.
Embryologist
Graduate in Health Biology from the University of Alcalá and specialized in Clinical Genetics from the same university. Master in Assisted Reproduction by the University of Valencia in collaboration with IVI clinics.
License: 3435-CV
Embryologist. Graduate in Health Biology from the University of Alcalá and specialized in Clinical Genetics from the same university. Master in Assisted Reproduction by the University of Valencia in collaboration with IVI clinics. License: 3435-CV.