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Is it normal to gain more than 25 kg during pregnancy especially when I already am heavy?
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In brief: No
Although it is common to gain extra weight, it is not the best thing for you or your pregnancy.
You are more likely to develop gestational diabetes. Then your baby may also gain too much weight and have problems with its glucose or electrolytes at the time of birth and it is much more difficult to get back to a normal weight postpartum if you have gained over 25 pounds.

In brief: No
Although it is common to gain extra weight, it is not the best thing for you or your pregnancy.
You are more likely to develop gestational diabetes. Then your baby may also gain too much weight and have problems with its glucose or electrolytes at the time of birth and it is much more difficult to get back to a normal weight postpartum if you have gained over 25 pounds.
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
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Dr. James Rochester
Also can lead to significant difficulties at the time of delivery such as dystocia or baby getting stuck in birth canal.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Weight gain varies from person to person but using very general numbers most pregnant women gain 20-30 lbs.
Overweight women should gain even less. A pregnant woman only needs 300 calories more per day in the third trimester. Daily exercise like walking is also recommended. Focusing on a healthy diet and exercise can help you avoid excess weight gain that you will have to lose after pregnancy.

In brief: No
Weight gain varies from person to person but using very general numbers most pregnant women gain 20-30 lbs.
Overweight women should gain even less. A pregnant woman only needs 300 calories more per day in the third trimester. Daily exercise like walking is also recommended. Focusing on a healthy diet and exercise can help you avoid excess weight gain that you will have to lose after pregnancy.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Dr. Alysia Townsend
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: No
Recommended weight gain during pregnancy in terms of kg is usually 16-20 kg if underweight, 11-16 kg if normal weight, and under 7 kg if overweight or obese.
A 25 kg weight gain would therefore be more than expected or generally recommended for women in pregnancy. You should be evaluated by your obstetrician to determine what may be causing you to gain that amount of weight.

In brief: No
Recommended weight gain during pregnancy in terms of kg is usually 16-20 kg if underweight, 11-16 kg if normal weight, and under 7 kg if overweight or obese.
A 25 kg weight gain would therefore be more than expected or generally recommended for women in pregnancy. You should be evaluated by your obstetrician to determine what may be causing you to gain that amount of weight.
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