I read this information in the book What to Expect When You're Expecting and found it kind of fascinating so I thought I'd share it with you. At this point, Baby Moe is likely 2 to 3 lbs and yet there are several other pounds being put to good use in the form of fluids and important supplies for the baby. So far, I've gained about 17 lbs.
By the end of pregnancy, here's where all those pounds go.
Baby: 8 pounds
Placenta: 2-3 pounds
Amniotic fluids: 2-3 pounds
Breast tissue: 2-3 pounds
Blood supply: 4 pounds
Stored fat for delivery and breastfeeding: 5-9 pounds
Larger uterus: 2-5 pounds
A note on pregnancy books
I found my copy of What to Expect When You're Expecting at our local St. Vincent dePaul for $1! In addition, I found a bunch of other popular pregnancy and parenting books there that could be useful. Don't underestimate your local second hand shop for some great, affordable pregnancy resources.
Another great book that I'm making my way through is The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems. We received this as a gift from my sister-in-law and I am excited to try out the routine and techniques out once Baby Moe arrives.
*It is recommended that underweight women (based on BMI prior to pregnancy) gain 28-40 lbs, normal weight women gain 25-35 lbs, overweight women gain 15-25 lbs, and obese women gain 11-20 lbs. Obviously, all bodies are different and this doesn't mean that women won't gain more or less than the recommended amount. Source: Institute of Medicine