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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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


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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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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
1,924 doctors shared insights

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


Dr. Suzanne Galli
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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