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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Not sure if or how to lose weight during pregnancy?

Not sure if or how to lose weight during pregnancy?

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. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant and have always been overweight. I want to get fit during this pregnancy but have been told losing weight is bad? Even if it's overweight

I'm pregnant and have always been overweight. I want to get fit during this pregnancy but have been told losing weight is bad? Even if it's overweight

Fit pregnancy.: Now that you're pregnant, this is not the time to begin any intensive exercise program. Light activity, such as brisk walking, would be fine. As well, a healthy pregnancy only requires an additional 300-500 calories daily, so take stock of your nutrition plan and don't overdo it with extra calories. Focus on lean proteins and complex carbohydrates. And prenatal vitamins. ...Read more

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Is it common to lose weight during pregnancy? Instead of gaining weight like usual women, i actually have lost weight. Could that mean theres something wrong with my baby?

Common to have loss: I see less weight gain the more overweight/obese a patient is. Also, towards the last 3-4 weeks of pregnancy, can see some weight loss. Some people lose weight due to vomitting issues. If the loss continues, talk to your ob. Less frequently , there may be a problem with the baby. Discuss all your concerns with the doctor. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to lose weight during pregnancy?

Is it unusual to lose weight during pregnancy?

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. ...Read more

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How can you safely lose weight during pregnancy?

How can you safely lose weight during pregnancy?

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. ...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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I am overweight. What is the best way to lose weight during pregnancy?

I am overweight. What is the best way to lose weight during pregnancy?

Gain less: The baby, placenta, amniotic fluid, breast enlargement, and increased blood volume can amount to 20-25 lbs. If you only gain 10 lbs with your pregnancy, your fat stores will decrease by 15 lbs. A small amount of weight gain during pregnancy is important to ensure you are eating enough protein and other building blocks for normal fetal development. Even if obese, a 10 lb wt gain is recommended. ...Read more

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Is it normal for me to lose weight during pregnancy if I was overweight before I was pregnant?

Is it normal for me to lose weight during pregnancy if I was overweight before I was pregnant?

CanHappen,GetChecked: Especially during 1st tri. Could be you are unable to keep food down due to nausea. Also, your body is supporting growth of a baby, which requires more energy than u commonly use, resulting in weight loss. Also, HCG (pregnancy hormone) can cause some weight loss. So long as the baby is growing/gaining weight & you are healthy should be ok. Most important: check w OB about health of you & baby. ...Read more

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Is it okay to lose weight during pregnancy/not gain weight if you're not limiting nutrition but instead walking off the excess calories?

Is it okay to lose weight during pregnancy/not gain weight if you're not limiting nutrition but instead walking off the excess calories?

Healthy always ok: Often pregnant women start focusing on nutrition and exercise in ways they were not doing before getting pregnant. One must look at the big picture. If a patient who was not living a healthy lifestyle before starts living healthy during pregnancy this is a good thing. We can not just look at the scale and make a judgment. ...Read more

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Can you lose weight during pregnancy without exercising and not know your pregnant?

Can you lose weight during pregnancy without exercising and not know your pregnant?

In early pregnancy: It is not unusual to lose weight in the first 3 months of pregnancy due to eating less if you have morning sickness, and obviously many women don't know they are pregnant until they miss a period and take a pregnancy test. Home pregnancy tests are cheap, accurate and widely available so time to stop wondering and take a test! ...Read more

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Can you tell me for the women that got really large during pregnancy, how to lose weight?

Can you tell me for the women that got really large during pregnancy, how to lose weight?

Same way as anybody: else. Eat healthfully. Try to eat at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 of fruit per day. Increase nutritional fiber. Avoid refined sugar & junk carbohydrates. Avoid alcohol, sweetened juices, soda & caffeinated beverages. Aim for 7.5 to 8 hrs of sleep / night. Hydrate w at least 64 oz of water / day. Calories burned must > calories consumed. Do both cardio & weight training. Good luck. ...Read more

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What can I do to lose weight during pregnancy? But also gain weight or I guess in general stay healthy & fit with out hurting the baby?

What can I do to lose weight during pregnancy? But also gain weight or I guess in general stay healthy & fit with out hurting the baby?

Weight gain in preg: You should never try to lose weight in pregnancy. If you start out at a normal weight, you should gain 25-30 lbs. if you are underweight, you should aim for 30-33 lbs. Overweight women should still see a positive weight gain of 20-22 lbs. ...Read more

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I'm 23, 5'5,160lbs, how to tighten a post pregnancy pouch and lose 25lbs quickly? im scared that just losing weight will cause loose skin..

I'm 23, 5'5,160lbs, how to tighten a post pregnancy pouch and lose 25lbs quickly?  im scared that just losing weight will cause loose skin..

Breastfeeding to use: Use breastfeeding to burn up stored calories. One can get her pre-pregnancy weight back, and work out with weights to get in great shape again, but cannot truly get her "pre-pregnancy" body back. That is because a pre-pregnancy body is a different stage in a woman's life than a post-pregnancy body. Also, one's age is older, and some NORMAL permanent changes have occurred after a having a baby. ...Read more

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I am over weight can I eat low carb or low fat to lose weight during this pregnancy. I'm 295 at last weigh in. I don't look it but i am. What to do?

I am over weight can I eat low carb or low fat to lose weight during this pregnancy. I'm 295 at last weigh in. I don't look it but i am. What to do?

Decrease intake.: Controlling how many calories you consume daily will be your best bet to control your weight. Your height also plays an important role (bmi) in your risk for complications of pregnancy, so consult with your obstetrician to set realistic goals of weight by the end of the pregnancy (gain less than 10 lbs would be a good idea). Avoid sodas, bread, pasta, fried food, eating out - prefer grilled food. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


Dr. Julie Abbott
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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