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A 33-year-old member asked:

What is the appropriate weight gain in pregnancy?

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Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
25 lbs: That's the standard quote. The recommendation may vary depending on your baseline wt. If your pre-pregnancy wt was over ideal wt. Then your dr may recommend less wt. Gain or even no wt. Gain.
Dr. Chuck Shaffer
Bariatrics 34 years experience
See below: Studies show that women who gain too much during pregnancy are at a higher risk for having a cesarean delivery. They also tend to retain too much weight after pregnancy and have a higher weight in subsequent pregnancies. Your pre-pregnancy weight was in the healthy range for your height (a bmi of 18.5 to 24.9), you should gain between 25 and 35 pounds, gaining 1 to 5 pounds in the first trimeste.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

What can I do to control my weight gain during pregnancy?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
If this is a : Particular area of concern for you, you might wish to work with a nutritionist to ensure that you have a healthy weight gain during your pregnancy.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What's the difference between weight gain and pregnancy weight gain?

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
Clinical Psychology 19 years experience
Growing fetus: Some weight gain in the context of pregnancy is expected and healthy. The growing baby along with bodily changes (increase in blood and fluids, placenta, etc) can account for healthy weight gain. However, pregnancy is not a free ticket to eating bad foods and eating should focus on providing you and the growing baby with proper nutrients not junk. You doctor should advise you on healthy gain.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is healthy pregnancy weight gain?

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 27 years experience
Depends.: Depending on your pre-pregnancy weight for height, you may be best off not gaining any weight, or 10-40 lbs (more for twins).
A 26-year-old member asked:

How much weight is too much to gain in pregnancy?

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Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
40lb: Answer can vary according to your base weight. Most pts who gain more than 40 lbs may have issues in preg and they usually will not get their orig. Metabolic rate back.
A 45-year-old member asked:

When does most weight gain occur in pregnancy?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
At the end: The vast majority of weight gain should occur at the end of the third trimester when patients are retaining fluid. Unfortunately, many gain lots of the weight in the beginning. You only need 300 calories more per day at the end of pregnancy. Eating for two is not a true statement.

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