Weigh the mother

| healthy sigN^ Mother slowly and steadily gains between 9 and 18 kilograms (20 to 40 pounds) during pregnancy. This is the same as 1 to 2 kilograms (2 to 4 pounds) each month .

WARNING SIGNS

nr ania is so muc bigger than I am. Am I gaining enough weight?

You are both gaining good ing go amounts ofweight, a little each month. Don't worry!

• Mother is very thin or gains fewer than 9 kilograms (20 pounds) during pregnancy.

• Mother gains more than 19 kilograms (42 pounds) during pregnancy.

• Mother gains weight suddenly — more than 2 kilograms (4 pounds) in 1 week or 4 kilograms (8 pounds) in 1 month, especially in the last 2 months of pregnancy.

Most of the weight a woman gains during pregnancy is from her baby, the placenta, and the bag of waters . The mother also puts on some fat . This is healthy.

If you have a scale, weigh the mother at each visit. If possible, always use the same scale

You are both gaining good ing go amounts ofweight, a little each month. Don't worry!

What to do if you find warning signs

Mother is very thin or does not gain enough weight

Some women are small or thin and may stay small or thin during pregnancy. That is normal . But all pregnant women should steadily gain weight. If the mother does not gain enough weight, try to find out why. Ask the mother about:

• hookworm and other parasites (see page 37).

• nausea and vomiting (see page 73)

• money problems (cannot afford food — see page 104). Mother is very fat or gains a lot of weight

Women of all sizes can be healthy and have safe births . But gaining a lot of weight can be a warning sign of diabetes . If a woman is very fat, or gains a lot of weight in pregnancy, look for other signs of diabetes (see page 115).

Mother gains weight suddenly

If a mother gains weight suddenly near the end of her pregnancy, it may be a sign of twins (see page 143) or pre-eclampsia (see page 125).

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