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Pregnancy Weight Gain

Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Weight gain is a ubiquitous reality of pregnancy. You’re pregnant, and that means you’re supposed to gain weight. However, it is still important to know how much weight to gain and when to gain it. Too much weight gain increases your chances of gestational diabetes, hypertension, and complications during labor. Too little weight gain puts you at an increased risk for early labor and delivery. A woman who is average weight before getting pregnant should gain 25 to 35 pounds after becoming pregnant. Underweight women should gain 28 to 40 pounds. And overweight women may need to gain only 15 to 25 pounds during pregnancy.
“The recommended weight gain during pregnancy depends on various factors, most importantly, how much you weighed before you got pregnant,” explains Dr. Shamsah Amersi, a Board Certified physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

 

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