How much weight should I gain during pregnancy if I have diabetes?

If you start pregnancy at a normal weight, expect to add between 25 to 35 pounds. Women who start pregnancy too thin need to gain more. If you are obese at the start of your pregnancy, work with your dietitian to limit your weight gain to about 15-25 pounds. You can determine your healthy weight by finding your body mass index (BMI) level by using a BMI calculator.

Pregnancy Weight Goals:
  • If you're prepregnancy weight is underweight then gain 28-40 pounds
  • If you're prepregnancy weight is normal then gain 25-35 pounds
  • If you're prepregnancy weight is overweight then gain 15-25 pounds
  • If you're prepregnancy weight is obese then gain 11-20 pounds
These are averages to give you an idea of how much weight you should gain. Talk to your health care provider about your specific weight goals during pregnancy.

Continue Learning about Diabetes


Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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