How much weight you should gain during pregnancy?

weight gain during pregnancy

From how much you need to gain to how it’s distributed in your body, get the answers to all your pregnancy weight gain questions. Plus: Why you should worry less about losing the baby weight after you give birth.

If weight and gain have always been unspeakable words to you, added pounds are about to be a plus: You’re pregnant, and that means you’re supposed to gain weight. That said, it’s important to know how much to gain and when to gain it.

Pack on way too many pounds and you increase your chances of gestational diabetes, hypertension and complications during labor and delivery (not to mention you’ll more likely find yourself with stretch marks plus extra pounds to shed once you’ve delivered). In fact, a government report from November 2015 found that 47 percent of American moms gained more than the recommended amount of weight during pregnancy, putting themselves and their babies at risk for health problems both during and after pregnancy.

Pack on too few, as about one in five moms do, and you’re at an increased risk for a baby who’s born too soon or too small (or both) along with other pregnancy complications. Bottom line: A steady pace is best for you, your body, your pregnancy and, most of all, your baby.

While all of this may sound overwhelming, in most cases there’s a lot you can do to keep your weight gain under control (plus, of course, your doctor will be there to guide you). Here’s some important info to keep in mind to gain a healthy amount of weight during pregnancy.


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