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A 31-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to lose weight during pregnancy?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Yes: Focus on nutrition instead of the scale. Are you eating a healthy diet and exercising daily? If so, the weight gain or loss is less important. Your baby appreciates your healthy lifestyle.You should not specifically diet or calorie restrict during pregnancy. You only need about 300 calories more per day during the third trimester of pregnancy.
Dr. Leon Katz
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Usually not: While I am not a gynecologist, generally it is advisedvdthat women gain weight during pregnancy. Your gyn can tell you the correct amount of weight that is considered healthy to be gained. Keep in mind that a heavier women is likely to gain less weight during pregnancy, assuming she is careful not to over so it.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Is it unusual to lose weight during pregnancy?

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Dr. Paula Hillard
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
Not common : A certain amount of weight gain in pregnancy is important for a healthy pregnancy. How much weight gain in pregnancy depends on pre-pregnancy weight. Ask your doctor.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What can be done to lose weight after pregnancy?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Weight loss : Don’t strive to lose your pregnancy weight instantaneously. Your body has just been through a lot. If you breast feed your baby that will burn extra calories. Make sensible nutrition choices. Remain physically active. Ensure that calories burned exceed calories consumed. Take care.
A 32-year-old member asked:

How can you safely lose weight during pregnancy?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
OH my!: This is not the right time to be trying to lose weight. Eat healthfully during pregnancy and be physically active. Worry, about actively losing weight after the birth of your child. Congratulations.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to lose weight after pregnancy?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
One pound at a time.: Breast feeding can help to burn calories. Your calorie expenditure will need to exceed calorie consumption. Healthy nutrition choices and physical activity will go a long way. But you don't have to rush, your body has just been through a lot.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Not sure if or how to lose weight during pregnancy?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Not good timing.: Although some women do lose weight during pregnancy it is usually not intentional. This is a time when your body and your fetus need nutrients. Most women gain weight during pregnancy & that is quite normal. This would not be the best time to deliberately lose weight.

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