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You gained 30 lbs. during pregnancy but your baby only weighed eight of those. But, you don't feel like you gained all that weight in body fat, so you might be wondering where the rest of that scale jump came from. There are a lot of reasons women gain weight during pregnancy and a lot of different places they gain it. For the most part, those scale increases indicate that your body's doing its part to prepare you and your baby for a healthy gestation and delivery.