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How many pounds can a pregnant woman lift during her third trimester?

How many pounds can a pregnant woman lift during her third trimester?

No hard rules: There are no hard a fast rules on this. I usually tell my patients 25 lbs but this is mainly due to to the risk of back injuries and fall risk. If you have a job that requires frequent heavy lifting then discuss with your doctor and perhaps restrictions may be placed. ...Read more

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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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Is it possible for a woman who is 180 pounds and stands at 5'4 to start showing at 2 months for pregnancy?

Is it possible for a woman who is 180 pounds and stands at 5'4 to start showing at 2 months for pregnancy?

Varies: The typical scenario is that with your first baby you will really start to show when you are 18-22 weeks. With your second baby you are in maternity clothes by 8 weeks! ...Read more

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What is the normal weight for a pregnant woman? My niece is pregnant at 410 pounds. Is this unsafe?

What is the normal weight for a pregnant woman?   My niece is pregnant at 410 pounds. Is this unsafe?

Morbid Obesity: Yes. Of course this is an abnormal weight and thus makes your niece's pregnancy a very high risk pregnancy. "normal' weight can vary widely based upon the body shape and medical history of a pregnant female, so there is no one good answer to your underlying question. ...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 normal as a female to gain 10 pounds in two months of pregnancy?

Is it normal as a female to gain 10 pounds in two months of pregnancy?

A little too much: Avg wt gain is 25-35 lbs, and you should not be gaining more that 1 pound a week at the max, talk to your doctor about your weight, i always discuss that with my pregnant patients as your doc should be doing with you. ...Read more

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Why is that a women will put on water weight in 2 months of being pregnant? With a ectopic pregnancy on top of that. Like almost 30 pounds.

Why is that a women will put on water weight in 2 months of being pregnant? With a ectopic pregnancy on top of that. Like almost 30 pounds.

I am unaware: That you can separate ectopic pregnancy from regular pregnancy by following your weight. As a radiologist we usually can tell you have an ectopic pregnancy by doing an ultrasound exam. As for the weight gain this is due to the fact the baby needs all sorts of things to develop. It has an amniotic sac, and placenta - which has a certain weight and your uterus swells up as well. ...Read more

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I'm 5'10 at 17. I'm also 13 weeks pregnant and my weight is about 225. This lady said I can only gain 7 more pounds throughout my pregnancy. Possible?

I'm 5'10 at 17. I'm also 13 weeks pregnant and my weight is about 225. This lady said I can only gain 7 more pounds throughout my pregnancy. Possible?

In theory, yes, but: Check with the Ob-Gyn to see if such ideas are good or bad. If a woman is 225 lb. with no baby, and wants to be 232 at the end of pregnancy, she would have to use up a lot of stored fat. Theoretically, 232 minus 7 lb. for baby, 2 for placenta, 5 for uterus+breasts, 5 for extra blood, and 5 for extra water, comes out to 208... which suggests using up 17 lb of stored fat from before the pregnancy. ...Read more