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Distribution of weight gained during pregnancy

The total weight gain of a pregnant woman is distributed between the baby and other structures and tissues. Approximately, the contribution of each of these to the pregnant woman's weight gain is:

Baby
3.5 kilos.
Placenta
700 g.
Uterus
1 kilo.
Amniotic fluid
800 g.
Breast
400 g.
Blood
1.5 kilos
Fat deposits
3.5 kilos.
Extravascular fluid
1.5 kilos.

This may also explain why only part of the weight gained during pregnancy is lost at delivery.

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Last Update: 05/12/2022