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How many pounds are considered a healthy weight gain during pregnancy?

How many pounds are considered a healthy weight gain during pregnancy?

Depends: It depends a lot on your pre-pregnancy weight. The average recommended is 25 - 30 pounds. More if you start out underweight and less if you start our over weight. More importantly you need to gain it by eatting a well balanced healthy diet rich in nutrients. Good luck. Hope this helps. ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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What's a healthy diet during pregnancy?

What's a healthy diet during pregnancy?

Eat Smart: Try to incorporate fruits, vegetables, protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats into your everyday diet. Eat small meals throughout the day so that you won't overeat all at once. If you have cravings allow yourself to have them every once in a while, otherwise you will crave them more. You can eat healthy and still enjoy yourself! ...Read more

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What is normal weight gain during pregnancy if overweight?

What is normal weight gain during pregnancy if overweight?

Depends: On how much you weigh, 25-30 would be average but some of my obese pts sometimes do not gain much at all 10-15 lbs which is fine as long as the baby is growing. ...Read more

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High risk pregnancy in healthy woman--oxymoron?

High risk pregnancy in healthy woman--oxymoron?

Nope: Starting out a pregnancy healthy is best for mom and baby, but it's still possible to develop complications. That's why OB providers see moms regularly during pregnancy, both to provide support for a normal, healthy process and to check for signs and symptoms of possible problems. If a pregnancy becomes un-routine, high risk specialists can help. ...Read more

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What is healthy pregnancy weight gain?

What is healthy pregnancy weight gain?

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). ...Read more

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Is vaginal fisting during a healthy pregnancy safe?

Is vaginal fisting during a healthy pregnancy safe?

I trying looking up: 'vaginal fisting' and could not find any matches. So, I am left guessing what this means. If this means inserting full fist in vagina- that would not be recommended. If this is not what is meant by the term, then please clarify and re-ask question. ...Read more

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How many kilos should a pregnant women gain during pregnancy?

Weight gain: The amount of kilos depends on starting weight in relation to height or the bmi. For instance normal weight gain is 10-14 kg. If you are overweight, the recommendation would be less and if you are underweight the recommendation would be more. ...Read more

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Is running during pregnancy healthy for the baby?

Is running during pregnancy healthy for the baby?

Exercise pregnant: Unless a mother has specific contraindications for exercising during pregancy, healthful behaviors like appropriate exercise is always beneficial to the baby. ...Read more

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For a teen what's normal weight to gain during pregnancy?

For a teen what's normal weight to gain during pregnancy?

25 -30 lbs: 2-3 lbs for full term pregnancy with vitamin supplementation. ...Read more

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Is insulin healthy for pregnant women?

Is insulin healthy for pregnant women?

Yes: It's acceptable and permissible to use during pregnancy if needed to treat diabetes. ...Read more

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Are dips safe to eat during pregnancy?

Are dips safe to eat during pregnancy?

Dips?: If you mean cheese dip, salsa, etc...Yes, they are safe. What have you heard about these that made you ask the question? ...Read more

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Is chocolate weight gain supplement safe during pregnancy?

Is chocolate weight gain supplement safe during pregnancy?

I see no problems: The natural caffeine in chocolate is the only ingredient that might give minor concern but i see no reason to avoid it in moderation. ...Read more

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If overweight during 1st trimester of pregnancy should you loose weight?

If overweight during 1st trimester of pregnancy should you loose weight?

I would not because:: It's good to lose weight if overweight, but pregnancy is not a good time to do this. Our fat contains many environmental toxins like pcb's, dioxins, pbb's ; heavy metals. When you lose weight these toxins enter your bloodstream ; might have serious adverse effects on your developing baby- especially during the first trimester. You can try to not gain much during preg. But now is not time to lose. ...Read more

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Should a woman with a normal body mass index (bmi) before pregnancy should gain 11 to 20 pounds during pregnancy.?

Should a woman with a normal body mass index (bmi) before pregnancy should gain 11 to 20 pounds during pregnancy.?

Weight Gain: the Institutes of Medicine say that a woman with a normal BMI before pregnancy is recommended to gain 25-35 pounds during pregnancy. Many physicains believe that the weight gain targets are too high, however. It is always best to discuss personal targets with the individual doctor taking care of the patient. ...Read more

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Is it safe to lose weight during pregnancy?

Is it safe to lose weight during pregnancy?

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. ...Read more

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Should a woman with a normal body mass index (bmi) before pregnancy should gain 11 to 20 pounds during pregnancy.?

Weight Gain: the Institutes of Medicine say that a woman with a normal BMI before pregnancy is recommended to gain 25-35 pounds during pregnancy. Many physicains believe that the weight gain targets are too high, however. It is always best to discuss personal targets with the individual doctor taking care of the patient. ...Read more

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If you're a healthy BMI when you get pregnant but gain pregnancy weight and it causes your BMI to be in the overweight randge, is that unhealthy?

If you're a healthy BMI when you get pregnant but gain pregnancy weight and it causes your BMI to be in the overweight randge, is that unhealthy?

It depends/unlikely,: This depends on how much weight is gained during pregnancy. The average woman is expected to gain about 25 pounds during pregnancy and would likely still be overweight after it. So it's normal to be overweight in pregnancy. However, if the BMI was high normal before pregnancy it might be smart to have a diet and exercise program after the pregnancy. Best of luck. ...Read more

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I am 28 years old, my BMI is 28.2. Should i reduce weight for healthy pregnancy?

I am 28 years old, my BMI is 28.2. Should i reduce weight for healthy pregnancy?

Wouldn't hurt: While your bmi is not obese it is above the normal range which can increase your risk for complications of pregnancy as well as decreased fertility. I would encourage you to adopt healthy lifestyle changes. ...Read more

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Im 17 1/2 weeks pregnant, my BMI is 35, can I use 'slimfast' products for food replacements during my pregnancy?

Im 17 1/2 weeks pregnant, my BMI is 35, can I use 'slimfast' products for food replacements during my pregnancy?

I would not: Recommend slimfast for anyone, and don't like any pregnant patient to be taking any additives, supplements, diet aids, etc. Unless they have been cleared with their physician. Why take any chances when you're pregnant? ...Read more

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Is it safe to use the withings scale during pregnancy? Measures BMI throught infared (i think) http://www.Withings.Com/en/bodyscale

Is it safe to use the withings scale during pregnancy? Measures BMI throught infared (i think) http://www.Withings.Com/en/bodyscale

Yes: All the scales i know of that measure body fat do so by a priciple of electrical impedance. You usually have your feet on a "pad" that is metallic and a very small electrical current is sent from one pad to the other. Since electricity travels at different speeds through water, fat, bone and muscle it can calculate what percentage is fat. Totally harmless (except for the result!). ...Read more

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Am about 6 weeks pregnant and my BMI is about 31 ..Could that affect my pregnancy and the health of my baby or increase the chance of any miscarriage?

Am about 6 weeks pregnant and my BMI is about 31 ..Could that affect my pregnancy and the health of my baby or increase the chance of any miscarriage?

Possibly: But you should not attempt weight loss during pregnancy. Wait until your pregnancy has concluded. Make sure you're eating a healthy diet and getting daily exercise. Also, make sure you're tested for gestational diabetes, and if the tests are positive, discuss potential treatments with your ob. ...Read more

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Does having a high bmi cause lower hcg in early pregnancy?

Does having a high bmi cause lower hcg in early pregnancy?

No: A high BMI does not cause lower HCG. The HCG levels vary greatly from pregnancy to pregnancy. It is only important that they go up normally in very early pregnancy. Later in pregnancy, the level does not matter. ...Read more

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I have a BMI of 36 . I'm 24 years old and I already getting really bad back ache is this due to my weight or my pregnancy I'm 13 weeks today ?

I have a BMI of 36 . I'm 24 years old and I already getting really bad back ache is this due to my weight or my pregnancy I'm 13 weeks today ?

Both, back muscle: load/strain with associated internal ischemia & pain induced spasms. Study: https://www.healthtap.com/#user_questions/1523751, https://www.healthtap.com/#user_questions/1467559, https://www.healthtap.com/#user_questions/1366830, https://www.healthtap.com/#user_questions/1487857, https://www.healthtap.com/#user_questions/1525187, http://goo.gl/3w4uD2, http://goo.gl/02iz6i & http://goo.gl/2ZwxtW ...Read more

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I am 34 years old, have had 5 pregnancies, have a BMI of 30 and have a family history of twins on my mothers side. What are my odds of having twins?

Twins: If you did an extensive family pedigree with a genetic counselor they might be able to tell you different, but your twin chance is very close to 2% like everyone else, unless you've used fertility meds. ...Read more

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I have a low BMI, and I'm trying to concieve. Ever since my last period I've been loosing more weight, could this be a sign of pregnancy because of nausea?

I have a low BMI, and I'm trying to concieve. Ever since my last period I've been loosing more weight, could this be a sign of pregnancy because of nausea?

More info needed: Too many possibilities for these symptoms to speculate, and not enough information about how low your weight is. See a doctor for both pregnancy check and evaluation of the cause of your weight loss. Good luck! ...Read more

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I'm at my 6 week pregrancy and i'm experiencing breathing difficulty  and started snoring (i never snored before) I had a high BMI before pragrancy ?

I'm at my 6 week pregrancy and i'm experiencing breathing difficulty  and started snoring (i never snored before) I had a high BMI before pragrancy ?

Breathing changes: Breathing changes with pregnancy, the breaths getting shallower and more frequent so most women feel some shortness of breath even very early on. Snoring can be related to congestion that most women have or it could be sleep apnea that is more common in women with a higher bmi. If it seems to disrupt your sleep, you should get it checked out. ...Read more

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Is it healthy to be vegetarian during pregnancy?

Is it healthy to be vegetarian during pregnancy?

Yes: If you eat a proper diet of fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, nuts, and maybe also dairy, you are fine. You should be on prenatal vitamins anyway. As a case in point, the majority of indians are vegetarian, including during pregnancy. Apparently, it turned out fine since there's over 1 billion in india. ...Read more

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How harmful for your health is smoking during pregnancy?

How harmful for your health is smoking during pregnancy?

Not sure..: It's just never a good idea to smoke while pregnant. Ever. And because there is no positive effect, why take a chance? Think if you were the fetus. Would you want your mom to smoke while you were trying to grow and survive? And if something were to go wrong with your pregnancy or the baby, why take the chance of living your life wondering if something you did caused it. Just don't do it! ...Read more

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What can you do during pregnancy to ensure your unborn child will be healthy?

What can you do during pregnancy to ensure your unborn child will be healthy?

BEFORE conception: Consume .4 mg. of Folic Acid daily to reduce risk of Neural Tube Defects & of Autism. A flu vaccine at least 2 mos. prior to conception & immunity to measles & rubella also reduce risk of Autism. Don't drink, smoke, use drugs or meds not okayed by your OB when attempting pregnancy because fetal organs form 3-8 weeks after conception. Early & regular OB care will guide you through pregnancy. ...Read more

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If I am overweight and pregnant should I be trying to get to a healthier weight during my pregnancy?

If I am overweight and pregnant should I be trying to get to a healthier weight during my pregnancy?

Yes: I recommend that women who are overweight in pregnancy watch their weight gain more closely. Sometimes i recommend gaining only 10-15 lbs. Healthy eating and exercise are both good. For people who have not been very active, walking is generally a fantastic exercise. Working on these things during pregnancy helps reduce the risks of diabetes and high blood pressure! ...Read more

Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Body Mass Index (Definition)

Body mass index (BMI) is a measurement based on a person's height and weight, to decide if a person is too heavy or too light for his height. The index is a number that can be in the underweight range, normal range, overweight range, or obese range. Children use different number ranges than adults do, ...Read more


Bmi (Definition)

Bmi or body mass index is how we define if a person is under or overweight. It is calculated my taking your height in meters and dividing it by your weight in kilograms squared. Or using a bmi calculator. A normal weight is a bmi between 18-25. Obese is a ...Read more