Health and weight Why gain weight?
You are indeed going to gain weight, but what for exactly? In fact, only a fraction of your weight gain will increase your own (fat) reserves, the rest is only temporary and will disappear shortly after the birth of your baby.
- Foetus: 3-4 kg
- Placenta: 700 g
- Amniotic fluid: 900 g
- Increased blood volume: 1-1.5 l
- Breasts: 400-500 g
- Water retention: 2 l
- Fat reserves: 2-3 kg
That’s a total of 10.2 to 12.8 kg on average, for a woman who wasn’t underweight or overweight before the pregnancy.